I’ve started a new series called #PFbusinesstiptuesday on Instagram and want to start posting them here to avoid the lengthy explanations in my posts! Cause let’s be honest… IG wasn’t created for writing novels. I thought I’d share a recap here of what I’ve posted over the last few weeks, and then each new business tip will be posted to the blog from here on out.
Week 1 // 4.28.2015
How can I use styled stock photography for my business?
You guys!! Who wants to learn some tips for running your business more effectively to save you money and time?! I have learned so much over the last 9 years of being an entrepreneur- both by trial and error AND by gleaning knowledge from others! I thought it would be fun to start a thread called #PFbusinesstiptuesday where I share something with all of you that I’ve found to be useful in running a business. Some ideas include social media tools, Photoshop tips, pricing your products, website basics, networking and collaborating to lengthen your reach, e-commerce platforms, favorite fonts, taking a digital design and turning it into a tangible product, photo editing apps… the list goes on and on! If you’d like to learn about something specific, just let me know! Today’s question is: How can I use #styledstockphotography for my business?
The answer: In so many ways! Having styled images at your fingertips can ramp up your business and give it the attention it deserves! It’s all about branding and showcasing your products or services. Whether you sell a product like baby moccs or a service like interior design e-consultations, you can incorporate styled images into your business. Think beyond just overlaying your styled image with your product image. You can also overlay text to create giveaway images, quotes, shop announcements, and promotions for your social media sites. You can use styled photos in blog posts or as linked sidebar images or, one of my favorites… header slideshow images. And they’re great for making your business pop when sending out email campaigns. Each image is versatile, too. Later today, I’ll show you how to take an image that seems limited in its uses and make it work for you in another way. Because getting more bang for your buck is always a good thing!
If you’re trying to figure out how to make your images more versatile, here’s an example of taking an image that seems limited in its uses and making it work for you in another way. Pretty awesome, right?! This image is proof that you don’t have to sell custom stamps to use styled envelope images. Still loving all of these fun colors!
Week 2 // 5.5.2015
How to use smartphone apps like PicTapGo to improve your pictures in a flash!
Hey hey! I wanted to do something super practical for today’s #PFbusinesstiptuesday. Ever wonder why your iPhone photos look so blah and how someone else’s phone photos can look so amazing?? Don’t say photoshop. You do not have to have a fancy camera or mad editing skills to make your photos stand out! All you need is a quick and simple solution: a photo editing app. Here in the social media sphere, your pictures are what make you first and foremost. They can be the difference between a little success and MAJOR success! All I did to enhance my picture was open my photo editing app, select my image, and choose a few lighting, color, and contrast enhancements. It took me about 30 seconds. See? Now you have no excuse for bad snapshots on your feed!! If you want to know my go-to photo editing app, it’s the #pictapgo_app. (Not sponsored, by the way… I’m just sharing one of my favorite tools with you!) This app by @gettotallyrad (website here) is only a couple of bucks and worth every penny. I love the interface that lets you see what each edit would do to your picture and allows you to have total control over each edit with a simple slider. Plus!! You can post your photos to IG without cropping (if you’ve ever wondered how people do that… now you know!). So whether you use my favorite app or another photo editing app, try it out! Your followers will thank you.
Week 3 // 5.12.2015
How to embrace community over competition and live with an attitude of abundance.
#risingtidesociety (website here) has struck a cord with me recently and I wanted to share their philosophy with you today for my #PFbusinesstiptuesday: community over competition. There are amazing things about living in 2015, and one of them is that the world is filled with brave, creative entrepreneurs! We’re so blessed to be able to watch others’ talents and businesses grow through our tiny IG looking glass. But one thing that can hurt us is when we begin to think we have to push others out or compete with them in an abrasive or undercutting way in order to have our own serving of success. Trust me- this really is not the best strategy in the end. Instead, building a community of creatives that can help each other, inspire one another, and thrive together is what our goal should be. Because if there is anything I have learned in my entrepreneurship endeavors, it’s this: there is always room for quality, you’re best off when you compete with yourself, and my favorite… you would be wise to learn to have an attitude of abundance in both your professional and personal life. Or in other words, there’s enough success and happiness to go around! #letsdothis #attitudeofabundance #wordstoliveby
Week 4 // 5.19.2015
Ebb and flow: coping with days when you can’t get it all done, and following businesses who will share what they know and help you grow!
#realtalk All 4 of my kids have been sick for days, so my expectations for what I wanted to get done work-wise just haven’t been met. I did get two new #styledstockphotography images listed in my etsy shop today, but compared to the dozens more I had hoped to list by now, it just doesn’t seem like much has been accomplished ’round these parts. BUT! I got a newsletter last night from @laurenelizhook (check her out if you get a sec!) about ebb and flow in business, and I’m choosing to accept that there will be ebb and flow in my personal life as well… times when things are great and I feel like supermom/wife/businesswoman, and times when things are just off and I can’t be all those things. So my #PFbusinesstiptuesday is twofold: first, accept that there will be days where you can’t possibly get it all done and then make sure to prioritize well; and second, take time to discover other businesses that inspire you and want to help you grow and become better. Because there are so many good people in the world willing to share what they know to help you grow professionally.
So what do ya’ll want to learn about? I’m open for suggestions and I truly want to be an open book as much as possible! It’s time to come together and share what we know to help each other succeed! Please leave a note in the comments if you’d like to see something specific included in a future #PFbusinesstiptuesday. Thanks for following along!