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To Do List; Can’t Function Without It.

This past holiday weekend had me all over the place. The kids were out of school, the Man Hunk was off from work. That meant more cooking, cleaning, and yelling LOL! I wouldn’t have been able to get through the weekend without my “things to do” list.

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This “things to do” list is the latest template I designed to go with the Monthly Content Planner and Blog Post Planner set. The set is designed to help keep you focused and on track.

For example, I used the Monthly Content Planner way ahead of time to organize all of my social media content so it will go along with the items I’ve been wanting to release. The project for this week was cake toppers.

Monthly Content Planner I knew that I would be busy with the production of the cake toppers, so on my Monthly Content Planner I had planned to post “sneak peeks” to my Instagram/Twitter/Facebook pages. It allowed me to have something quick and easy to post while not fully giving away all of the details.  

Next, I used my “Things To Do” list to keep me on track for those couple of days that I was working on this project. It may not seem like it, but a lot goes into promoting these items. For example, here’s a glimpse at my process:

Planning (Content Planner/Project Planning)

Design Projects

Build/Create

Photograph and Edit

List Items in Etsy Shop

Promote on Social Media

Blog

This is a basic structure and there really is more to the list you see up above. Using my cake topper project again as an example, taking these pictures required me to bake and decorate an actual cake LOL! I literally had to tell my peeps not to touch the cake until after I was done taking the photo’s. Then I realized that my 3-year-old would not understand my struggle, so I baked two cakes just so they could dig in to one and leave my prop cake alone. Let’s not even talk about the set up. See my previous Flat Lay post for reference. But, here’s a behind the scenes look just for shits and giggles:

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Once I was done listing these items to my Etsy shop and promoting the items on social media, I wanted to share a bit of this process and that’s when the “Blog Post Planner” came into play. As you can see, these items require a lot of planning and execution; without my templates I wouldn’t have been able to stick to my desired time frame. I’ve figured out a way to plan ahead and this works great for me. If you need help planning for your business check out my templates here:

Monthly Content Planner

Things to Do

Blog Post Planner

Thanks for stopping by, I will catch you all up on the next one!

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Blog Tips, Blog Tools, Crafts, Small Business

How to Start a Blog for Your Business.

Part of starting a business means you will have to work very hard to promote your products. Since starting Jazelle86-Paper Designs last year, I’ve learned that having a blog is a great way to mold the position of your product and that products value. Here, I will share some tips I’ve found along the way to help you get started quick.

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1. Prepare/Light Research

Do your homework on the following:

Blog Hosting Websites. I use WordPress.com. Its simple to use and there are always options to upgrade from the free version if needed.

Blog Posting Planner. This tool is important for me because it helps to plan ahead and organize your thoughts and purpose for each post. I use my own sheet which is also available on my Etsy shop as a Digital Download for only $1.99. Click here to check it out:  Blog Post Planner on Etsy
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If you use my Planner, you simply organize your thoughts and then follow the “workflow” bullets.

3.What are you selling?

Every Business sells something, whether it’s a service, product, or idea. Therefore, you need to decide what purpose you are aiming for with each post. For example, I’ve added my product on this post (Blog Post Planner on Etsy ). The purpose of this post is to inform people on how to quickly start blogging for your business. MY purpose, is to promote my product along with this post.

The post and the product go together well. I am offering information along with a tool you can purchase from my shop. See how that works!

4.Visuals.

Your blog must be nice to look at. It’s the first thing people will see and the determining factor on whether or not people will stay and read your content. WordPress.com has a library of free images you can use. It helps tremendously because taking your own photos of professional quality can be a daunting task.

5. Link to Social Media.

This is important because you will need to stay connected with all of your platforms. I use Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest the most. This is where I share all of my content. It makes it easy for customers to find you!

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Once you have all of your accounts in order and you’ve signed up on a blog hosting website, you can start immediately. The best part is, you can post a blog directly from your phone. Posting from your phone is convenient if most of your pictures are already on there. Make sure to spell check, review your post, publish and share!!!

I hope this helps you to get started right away. It’s really very easy. The hard part is staying consistent. I recommend you start with 1-2 post per month and then try weekly posts. This includes planning ahead though, make sure you post with a purpose for your business! 🙂

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