Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Don't Miss The Window of Opportunity

Networking and connecting throughout the year has probably had a profound effect on the growth of your business. Opportunities abound when you make the right connections. It's not to late to build networking connections even now, if you find the right site that connects you to others that are like minded and willing to share for you it can greatly help your business. Don’t miss the window, if you’re just rolling along and haven’t started getting your marketing strategy for the busy shopping season in motion yet you've got to get started quickly as the season is fast approaching. I’m sure you know that the businesses in the malls are busy putting out there Christmas stock and setting up holiday displays to attract customers. Many of the big box stores started in October with putting their Christmas and holiday products out, a bit too early I thought. As an online small business owner I understand that we have to get on board early and be preparing our stores for those early shoppers. People are starting their shopping earlier and earlier it seems. Research shows more and more people are shopping online and this is a trend that surely will only increase with the convenience of it all. So in short, the key is to have a plan and make it happen. Take a look at your inventory and assess what you need or want to add to your inventory. What are the trends and items that will attract customers to your store front. The competition for online store owners is fierce so we have to make our products and shops look the best that they can. It takes great marketing effort and consistency everyday to draw the customers in. Decide on what new items to add to your inventory and which ones to promote. Use all available social media platforms that you are active in. Just do it subtly, nobody wants to just see a big push of your items, add something of value when you can. When using Twitter to market your products remember to include appropriate hash tags, like #sales, #deals, #blackfriday and so forth. This will help when people are searching for products and deals. If you use Pinterest you'll want to highlight your holiday boards that feature your products. Create unique boards like Christmas Trims. Winter Wonderland, Christmas Gadgets Everyone Can Use, you get the idea. Also include prices, Pinterest lets you add this! Well I hope this pushes you to work on your holiday marketing. Don’t leave it too late or you seriously might miss your window of opportunity. The shopper’s will leave your shop and purchase somewhere else and we don’t want to miss out on any sales! To Your Holiday Season! New Home Address Beautiful Flowers 2016 Calendar

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Revisiting Your Goals This Fall

With the beginning of the fall season, the daylight gets shorter and the night moves in earlier and earlier. The fall is often a time of new beginnings, perhaps returning to routines for many after a busy summer. For some it's the start of a new school year, perhaps a new job or the return to a gym or music class. I love the Fall season as it is the time the leaves begin to change to brilliant shades of orange, red and yellow and being out doors holds much appeal. God has given us such beautiful scenery to enjoy. On the weekends getting out for trail walks with my husband and a special coffee in hand is the perfect fall comfort for me! September can also be a time of revisiting your routines and a time to re set your goals. I hope as you read this it will inspire you to look at your goals whether for your business or for your daily life and see what you might want to change. If things seem stale and boring it might be time to rethink how you're doing things. Whatever you decide to do I hope you do something new and see great progress this month. I’ve been working diligently on my websites and my store as there is always so much to do with designing, marketing and finding new ways to get my designs and sites in front of the right eyes. Right now I'm also working on new Christmas designs for my shop, keeping things fresh! Stop by my store or visit one of my websites, you can find them in the side bar of my blog.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Beautiful B.C. and Fitness

Living in beautiful  B.C. with this amazing year round climate has got to be the best. I love that every single day I have the opportunity to be outdoors, breathing fresh air and staying fit and healthy.  Some days it might be a neighbourhood  walk and other days I love to hop on my bike and go for a 8 to 10 km bike ride. I love to cycle on biking trails with my husband too. It’s the perfect exercise and fun on a weekend.  Sometimes it’s longer bike rides that include a lunch and a ride through parks and various attractions.  This summer I have done tons of biking, hiking and trail walking plus a little kayaking. B. C. has so many outdoor options for staying active.

A few days ago my husband and one of my sons and I did a 10km hike up a local mountain, Cypress to be exact. Some  steeper rocky sections to get through as well as some nice trail paths. A good mix of cardio for sure. We came across a bear on one of the trails, thankfully he kept going the other way. Once we got to the top of Eagle Bluff we had a beautiful view of the ocean. Chipmunks joined us for our lunch, eating trail mix  from our hands. A couple of huge ravens perched on rocks and trees very close to us, they were very chill’ and didn’t even make a noise. Made for some great pictures too!


Exercise every day (even if it’s just a short burst) can not only benefit you physically but can keep you much more alert and creative mentally too! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention less than one quarter of American adults get the recommended amount of aerobic & strength training exercise each week. Outdoor exercising particularly boosts energy and can help decrease feelings of depression and tension in your body. Going for a brisk walk, jog or bike ride daily can boost your mood and increase your overall energy, when you consider these things, it sure beats sitting on the couch.  So stretch yourself, walk a little more, get some fresh air and soak up some sun if it’s out, just because you can!

Whimsical Bee with Flowers Greeting Card
Whimsical Bee with Flowers Greeting Card
Whimsical Ladybug Pack Of Gift Tags
Whimsical Ladybug Pack Of Gift Tags
Whimsical Floral Tree Canvas Print
Whimsical Floral Tree Canvas Print

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Using Airbnb the Pros and Cons

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted and just getting back from a holiday in the U.S.A. I thought it was time to share another post.

On this last trip my husband and I used Airbnb to book a couple of stays, the first place we stayed two nights and the second, one night. This was our first experience with this type of stay.  The first place was in San Francisco and was actually a great place, the host was very kind and went through the room with private bathroom and a private kitchen space with us, thoroughly. It was downstairs and they were upstairs. You could tell they were experienced at what to provide and had travelled lots themselves so had things set up perfectly. They provided fresh fruit and coffee and tea that could be accessed all day as well as fresh homemade bread and bagels for breakfast! They also had tons of brochures and maps available too!

My experience of the second place was not so good! Didn’t like the smells, they had a huge dog, (in the picture it looked much smaller) and it wasn’t modern or cozy. Oh well,we wouldn’t appreciate the good experiences if we didn’t have some bad ones! This particular host was pleasant but didn’t show us what we could use without us asking, it was kind of weird!  

Have you ever used Airbnb or would you consider this type of service in the future? Airbnb can be valuable to those that want to save money or if you choose to host to make some extra cash. Share your thoughts…

Here is a slideshare I created on the Pros and Cons of Airbnb

We have some great new products to design on at Zazzle, new shirt styles, boxers and boyshorts, sunglasses and some other fun items. Stop by Designs by Shell for a visit and see more…

Helicopter - Pilot Boxers
Helicopter - Pilot Boxers
San Francisco Cable Car 2 Inch Square Magnet
San Francisco Cable Car 2 Inch Square Magnet
Cartoon Hedgehog Tee Shirt
Cartoon Hedgehog Tee Shirt

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Using Slideshare for Business

Recently I was introduced to a platform called Slideshare. Perhaps you’ve heard of it, if not I’ll explain what it is and why you should use it to market your business.

Slideshare is a free website that allows one to post content in presentation form. The presentations are viewed by the general public and gives one the opportunity to increase traffic to your website, splash pages or your blog.

Here are some pretty good reasons you may want to begin using this website.

1. Ranked the most popular document and presentation sharing site in the world.  It gets 60 million monthly visitors.

2. Content uploaded to this site is mobile compatible. Your content is automatically optimized for mobile users.

3. A feature of the homepage, Slideshare features the most popular content. if your presentation makes it to the homepage, it will go viral.

4. Google likes presentations and ranks them above articles, blogs and news stories.

5. Through using this site you can increase your business profile. Advertise your business and become seen as a reputable source of information.

6. Slideshare is easy enough for technically challenged people to use.

7. It allows you to add photos of people, images, text, graphs, and your brand logo to any of the pages that suit you.

Well those were enough reasons for me to begin using this site, perhaps you’ll want to sign up and begin using it for your business too!

Here is one of the first one’s I created!

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Purple Butterfly Racerback Tank Top
Female Runner, Gotta Run
Female Runner, Gotta Run
Bold Stripes Black Boombot Rex Bluetooth Speaker
Bold Stripes Black Boombot Rex Bluetooth Speaker

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Exercise Your Way to Success in Business

Believe it or not exercise can help you be more successful at your business. If your like most people you have lots on your plate everyday, perhaps it’s work, children, keeping up your home, taking care of a loved one and the list goes on. Exercise may be the last thing on your mind most days but it’s true that if you make the time for exercise in whatever form works for your schedule you will be able to cope better with all of your tasks.

Those who are toned and fit have to make the time to get that way, it is a commitment and yes perhaps a sacrifice of something else but so worth it!  Science shows that physical activity for 45 – minutes to and hour a day can return great health benefits, strengthening your brain and increasing your overall productivity throughout your day. Working out releases chemicals in the brain called endorphins known as hormones that can boost your mood and make you feel good.  This helps you to be positive and be better able to balance work and family.

Have a goal, you can start small and increase it as you go! Maybe it’s as simple as losing 5 pounds or fitting in a smaller size pair of jeans. Perhaps it’s to help you breath lighter as you walk up the stairs in your home.

Working a business we know that not everything goes as smooth as peanut butter and stress can be challenge to keep at bay. Stress can have a profound negative impact on one’s health. Exercise increases the production of good hormones that will help you cope with stress and feel more relaxed throughout your day.

Running a business with all of it’s demands pulling at you constantly can be overwhelming for most people. A decent night’s sleep is crucial to be able to handle all of the in’s and out’s of business. Exercising regularly can help you get a good night’s sleep.

I hope this inspires you and encourages you to make time for exercise even if it’s just a short walk everyday! A few minutes is a great start and you know you will feel better. I did a 20 minute power walk this morning as well as  a 25 minute bike ride. I feel great and am ready to work! 


Nature Scene with Running Motivation Classic Round Sticker
Nature Scene with Running Motivation Round Sticker
New Home Address Shipping Labels
New Home Address Shipping Labels
Weight Lifting Birthday Design Stationery Note Card
Weight Lifting Birthday Card

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Affiliate Marketing is the Future

One of the easiest ways to earn an income is from Affiliate Marketing. Basically, affiliate marketing is earning a commission by promoting and selling products that are created by other people or another company.

How does it work? Well, you choose a product or a line of products that you would like to promote and from the sale of each item you then earn a profit . So why is this great, you ask? As an affiliate marketer you benefit from earning a commission, the company benefits from the sale of the product  and in turn the customer is pleased because they found the product. It’s a win, win!

One of the joys of affiliate marketing is that you don’t need to put a huge investment of your time to create a product to sell. As soon as you find a product or line that you’re interested in selling you can begin. All you need is a platform to sell it on.

You’ll want to find a reputable company or product that you know will be useful and wanted. Trying to promote a product that you don’t believe in will be seen as fake and people won’t feel that you are trustworthy to do business with. It is better to recommend products from a company that you’ve purchased yourself and allow you to speak from experience. Honesty is always the best policy!

To be successful at affiliate marketing you’ll need these essential elements to get started.

1) A Domain Name

2) A Landing Page

3) Targeted Traffic

4) Quality Products to Promote

Generating traffic is a big factor here as without targeted traffic coming to your landing page and clicking through you’ll be hard pressed to get any sales. There are fabulous websites, selling products on the internet but they are not getting the traffic to keep them alive. You’ll want a website that is easy to navigate, nothing complicated or cluttered as you’ll turn potential customers away. These steps should help you on your journey to become a successful affiliate marketer!

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Black Eyed Susans - Daisies Throw Pillow
Official Bird Watcher Trucker Hat
Official Bird Watcher Trucker Hat
Dental Appointment Business Card Templates
Dental Appointment Business Card Templates