Productivity Tools for Freelancers…and the rest of you too!

8:23 am by

In addition to blogging at Indie Fixx I am also a freelance writer. And being a freelancer means that I have a really big need to stay organized and do not have a huge budget to waste on productivity suites and the like. That’s not a problem for me though. There are are so many great free and low-cost tools that I can use to be just as productive and professional as some big corporate mega-firm.

These tools are probably just what you need to help prioritize, organize and productify your life and work.

Evernote is a note taking tool. You can sync it on your desktop, in a web browser and on your phone and tablet. I use it to to take notes at meetings, clip webpages for later and easier reading. I can take notes on my iPad and reference them later on my laptop and that’s awesome.

Toggl is time-tracking software. Users can utilize it for free or upgrade for $5 per month for the pro version. It’s how I keep track of my freelance hours.

Penultimate is an iPad app used for writing and sketching. It’s useful for taking notes with diagrams and if you’d rather write than type.  I use a stylus because I like the feel of taking notes the old-fashioned way without the literal pen and paper. I can sync my Penultimate account with Evernote, so all my Penultimate notes are also accessible via Evernote.

Google Drive is a free service that lets you create documents, store them and access them anywhere. There are PC and Mac versions as well as for phones and tablets. Free up to 5 GB of space. I use it instead of having to worry about having to purchase word processing software.

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Interview series – interviewees needed

11:36 pm by

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Both indie retailers (online and/or brick&mortar) and indie wholesalers, I am looking to interview you for a regular series I will be writing for the Vianza blog. The goal of the series will be to share wisdom and advice with indie retailers and wholesalers. You know the old saying, “Don’t reinvent the wheel.” Getting good advice is an essential part of running a successful business and the Vianza blog is all about sharing great advice with you and all readers.

If you want to be interviewed (and have your shop and goods highlighted, of course). Get in touch with me at jen@indiefixx.com.

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Business Plans Demystified

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Need to write or update your business plan? Never fear, I wrote a post for Vianza with all sorts of business plan basics that is geared towards indie businesses.

Read it here and share below if you have any other great tips.

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Indie Biz: Trade show Tips

10:38 am by

I’m back from vacation today and I’m not quite back in the swing of things. There’s copious amounts of laundry to do, even more email to wade through and all I want to do is has another cup of tea and go read a book. I will share some pics later from my vacation, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, I want to share a post I recently wrote the Vianza called…

14 Trade show Tips From Indie Entrepreneurs.

It’s for those who are just getting started with trade shows and who need some advice on having a smooth and successful trade show experience. I share a list of tips submitted by independent designers and artists who have been participating in trade shows for years. That’s the best way to learn…from those who are doing what you want to do!

Thanks to Laura from Fisk and FernCathereene Huynh Design, Jenn from Just Jenn Recipes, Juliet from The Broken Plate Pendant Co, Gabrielle from The Green Gal and Tasha McKelvey for contributing tips to this article.

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Biz Tips: How To Communicate Value To Your Wholesale Customers

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You may or may not know that I am a regular contributor over at Vianza’s Blog. Yup, I post over there a few times a month. Well, last week I wrote about a topic that I thought those of you indie artists and designers who sell wholesale might be interested in…

Artists and Designers: How To Communicate Value To Your Wholesale Customers

The main point I made is that you aren’t only selling your goods, but you are selling the experience of buying your goods too and that you communicate a lot about your business and your products to your customers through that experience. Head on over and read some more.

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What Your Librarian Knows About Your Indie Business

8:15 am by

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You can find me over at Vianza Blog, for my regular weekly post, where I share an article called “What Your Librarian Knows About Your Indie Business”.

Head on over—it’s a quick read—I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Retailers: Find new brands at indie craft shows

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Read my post Retailers: Find new brands at indie craft shows over at Vianza today and share any indie craft shows I missed. I blog once a week at Vianza, usually on Tuesday, about topics for indie bizness owners–both for makers as well as for retail biz owners.

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Web Shop

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Read my regular weekly post over at Vianza. This week’s topic….Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Web Shop!

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Indie Bizness: Get more product views

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Read my regular weekly post over at Vianza.com about how to improve your product views by improving your product photography.

Photography Tips That Will Get You More Product Views from Customers

I blog at Vianza every week on Tuesdays about a variety of topics facing independent artists, designers, and boutique owners. Make sure to read and chime in!

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How to keep your promos from being tossed out

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Promos can be a both an effective & fun way to grow your brand.  They are especially effective for current customers and you might want to consider adding some sort of promos to all your orders, if don’t already do so.  They can also be good to use at craft shows to anyone who makes a purchase or lingers in your booth.

But, it can be difficult to come up with a good idea for a promo that’s just not going to be tossed out. I mean, why waste your money and/or time buying or making promos that are just going to end up in the trash? That’s why I  like the usable promo, something that folks are going to hold onto & use: magnets, notebooks, calendars + more. But usable goodies that are going to stand out from the crowd are the ideal.

Here are some promos I found which are usable and clever and I bet don’t get tossed out!

recipe card by Pink Kiss Pottery

New Recipe Card!

recipe card by glue&glitter

Basket of Lip Balm

lip balm by Etsy Labs

lavender goodies!

sachet by  popko

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coasters by theHandmaiden

a good word

ice cream sticks as bookmarks by silvertreeart

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yum, marshmallows by stellaloella

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clothespin clips by queenvanna creations

plantable seed paper promo card

plantable seed paper promo card

plantable business card by porridge papers

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sewing kit by Jennifer M Ramos
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