beating the blues//working for yourself!

sometimes working for yourself sucks. it just has to be said. sometimes you feel really alone in whatever you're doing and you need to feel like there is someone else going through what you're going through. Sometimes there are a million unpaid invoices and you are owed so much money but you are currently poor and you just want to sign up for a 9-5 job like, right now. but then you check your mail and all of your money is there and you are so proud of yourself and you become inspired and your job is the best job in the world. you have to love what you do. 

whenever i'm feeling super uninspired or down about the state of my business i watch a lot of inspiring women's podcasts and webinars and feel like i'm not alone. listening to or watching other people's journeys really make me want to work harder and have even more of a success story.  my favorites to listen to are:

mariah @ femtrepreneur (an old friend from middle school who is the BOSSIEST most badass babe) seriously. being around her is so inspiring and because we now live in different states, her webinars and video courses have to suffice. but it's okay because they're pretty amazing.

hilary @ dean street society & melyssa @ the nectar collective & elsie @ a beautiful mess for tips, fun, struggle stories and general DIY productiveness. 

girlboss radio because sofia amoruso is such a rock star. i'm so glad that she has brought badass babes mainstream. her podcast is great and really makes you feel like the boss that you are. She really has created such an amazing world of business ladies and is just so damn cool. 

the thing to remember is why you do what you do. if you didn't love what you do then you wouldn't be doing it. you have to think about the days when you couldn't work for yourself. when you were struggling at whatever stupid job that you were miserable at. the days when all you wanted was one day to work for yourself. if you have the opportunity to work from home for your own business you are already at an advantage. remember that. you get to do this, so do it! BOOM!

How I Stay Organized & Productive Both On & Offline!

it takes a village of people, apps and organizational tools to do my job well every day. i use a multitude of apps on my computer to keep my life in order. all of these apps are free to use and keep everything well-oiled when working with other people. 

Asana for list making, team chats, calendars, etc. i always have 100 projects going on so the “projects” side bar really lets me see the different parts of my business and how they all work together. 

Google Docs for documents that i am working on with other people, for long term writing projects and posts that are written that i 

Google Sheets to keep my expenses, sales and other fun stuff on the same hard drive without having to make changes on both my laptop and my desktop. i also love Dropbox for the same reason. I work on a lot of things with teams of people and these things are essential to keep everyone on the same page. 

MailChimp is what i send all of my emails out on to my subscribers. It’s a great, inexpensive (can be free!) website that you can send newsletters, email marketing and even automated email sequences out on. 

Evernote is an amazing app for taking notes and making to do lists for monthly/weekly/everything, or if you're having a Skype meeting with someone and you need a place to jot down notes based off what they are saying. 

IRL i keep a white board in my studio for my team’s to-do’s if there are a lot of different big projects being worked on at the same time, which there usually is. This is handy for my seamstresses so that they know what they are sewing and how many of each (if it’s not a custom piece) they are making. i also keep stacks of cute notebooks, sticky notes & notepads scattered around my desk for any and everything i need to write down.

I live and die by my planner. I love my Planner so much. it’s cute, convenient and keeps me SO, SO organized. i bring it with me everywhere and find that if i write something down i remember it better and feel more organized than if i just put it in my google calendar. i used to use GCal and i didn’t like that i couldn’t write myself notes or make little comments about different things. i like being able to flip through what I'm working on. something about the tangible element really helps me!