The Business of Being Creative Double-Take: Top 10 Business Tools for Creative Entrepreneurs

Run your own creative business? 2 creative entrepreneurs are sharing their must have business tools that help them effectively manage their businesses. Find the list at jojotastic.com

Instagram. Blogging. Facebook. Email newsletters. Pinterest. Invoicing. Webinars. Bookkeeping. 

When you run your own blog or business, the list of things to do feels endless and it’s easy to feel constantly behind. The good news is, there are some amazing tools to stay organized and get things done. Joanna and I are sharing our favorite tools to help us rock our businesses, save time and make more money!

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how I maintain my photoshoot props (and find new ones!)

This post is sponsored by eBay. All opinions are my own and always will be! Thanks for supporting content that keeps Jojotastic going.

I have a confession to make: I’m a hoarder. There, I said it. The truth is that my studio is practically overrun with photoshoot props that I simply no longer use. Recently, I decided it was time for some serious decluttering and went through every. single. one. of my props. One of my ultimate styling tips is to sell the pieces on eBay when I’m through with them to help me recoup those expenses and put the money toward new props. eBay also makes it super easy to list the items and then package and ship each piece. And, again, here’s where eBay really comes into play: it’s my ultimate source for finding new photoshoot props!

Keep reading for tips on how to sell on eBay, details of an awesome giveaway, and tips for finding new styling props.

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The Business of Being Creative Double-Take: working from home vs. a studio space

The Business of Being Creative Double-Take: working from home vs. a studio space. Advice for small businesses, boss ladies, and creatives — more tips on jojotastic.com

I launched my business, Katie Williamsen Web & Social Media Consulting, LLC, in January of 2016 while working a 9-to-5 in a traditional office setting. Although I enjoyed my day job, I wished my schedule had more flexibility. When I went full-time in August of that year, I loved having the ability to schedule my day and work at the times I had the most energy. On top of that, working from home was a perk for sure! Now that I’ve been working from home full-time for almost nine months, I’ve found that it really works for me. I’m not going to lie, I can certainly fall prey to distractions, but I love having the flexibility to work early in the morning and then head to a 9 am yoga class.

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2017 Reader Survey + giveaway

Help! I'd love your feedback on my blog. 2017 reader survey on jojotastic.com

I have been meaning to do this since January… only 4 months late! Anyways, it’s reader survey time! Last year I asked you guys for your feedback for the first time and it was totally illuminating. It’s been over a year and I’d love to check in with you and see what you love, what you hate, and what else I can offer you to stay inspired!

This survey will be live for a week, so please leave your feedback and thoughts:

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And to thank you for your time, I’m running a bit of a giveaway! Make sure you enter your email address on the survey to enter to win a $50 gift card to Amazon. This is coming out of my own pocket, you guys — that’s how important your feedback is to me!

Thanks so much!

The Business of Being Creative: The Best Podcasts for Lady Bosses & Bloggers

the business of being creative. the best podcasts for bloggers and boss ladies. our favorite podcasts, the best episodes, and tips on fitting all of these podcasts into your schedule. get all of the free resources on jojotastic.com

Do you ever find yourself with an endless amount of tabs open to must read blog posts, your download folder filled with free newsletter opt-ins and your inbox exploding with newsletters? (Joanna’s note: yes.) Whether you’re just starting out or have been in the online creative space for some time, the amount of free business content available can overwhelm you. I still love reading blogs and newsletters, but my favorite way to educate myself is to listen to a business podcast. There are some really great ones out there, so today we’re sharing our favorite podcasts, the best episodes, and tips on fitting all of these podcasts into your schedule.

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meet Plann, my new favorite instagram planning tool

If I have one huge business tip for you, it’s to automate as much as possible. I schedule everything: Facebook posts, tweets, even my pins! For a more visual platform like Instagram, I recently started using an app called Plann and I couldn’t sing it’s praises more. My friend Kyla from House of Hipsters told me all about it and I knew I immediately had to try it because her feed is crazy gorgeous. Wanna know more?

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The Business of Being Creative Double-Take: how to monetize a blog

The Business of Being Creative, How to Monetize a Blog. Business tips from @katiewilliamsen and @jojotastic. Read more on Jojotastic.com

Wow, it’s been a hot minute since we last shared a business post… so I’m really excited to announce a small change! We have a new editor on the team — everyone, meet Katie Williamsen, a super-talented web and social media strategist. She’s the real deal and joined the team to help drop some serious business knowledge on us. Katie specializes in helping like-minded female entrepreneurs feel informed, empowered and excited to creative effective changes within their business.

In terms of this business series, we thought it would be fun to do a double-take, basically what my response to a question and what Katie thinks. We’re from totally different backgrounds, so I think this is gonna be fun. — Joanna

Question: My question to you both is about monetizing a blog. It’s something I’m working to do more of. I have the brand, but what I don’t have at my fingertips are those commercial sponsor connections. How do you connect with potential sponsors? Cold call? How do you find time to do that? Do you belong to a blogging network that makes those connections for you?

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