Tuesday, January 10, 2012

24 clever ideas to make life easier

I can't take credit for these, going around in a mass email, but they're sure worth sharing!! (Thanks Mom!)

ull strawberries easily using a straw.


Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture
will disguise dings and scrapes.  Rubbing a walnut
over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings
and scrapes.

Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or
computer screen with WD40.

Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box
by securing with a rubber band.

Overhaul your linen cupboard, store bed linen sets
inside one of their own pillowcases and there will
be no more hunting through piles for a match.

Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone & iPod
in a bowl.  The concave shape amplifies the music.

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

Add this item to your beach bag.  Baby powder
gets sand off your skin easily, who knew?!

Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.

Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls
against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the

Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a
stocking over the vacuum hose.

Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting
crosses into a box lid.

For those who can’t stand the scrunching and
bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.

Forever losing your bathroom essentials?  Use
magnetic strips to store bobby pins, tweezers
and clippers, behind a vanity door

Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty
soles rubbing on your clothes.  And you can
find them in just about every hotel.

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy.  Magnets
hold the plastic cups down to make them

Bread tags make the perfect cord labels.

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones, so
much more fun and easier for kids to eat.

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper
bag.  Much healthier and cheaper than the packet

Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles.

Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough
over the top and voila, you have cookie bowls for fruit
or ice-cream.

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing
sunburn relief.

Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.

Use egg cartons to separate and store your
Christmas decorations.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Walkthrough of opening your own New Small Business

This past month I've been lucky to help a dear friend start up her new practice of Ayurvedic Medicine, and it stirred the wheels of writing again to share the steps we took, in case you have something new you want to promote and generate income with, with little-to-no startup. 

After our first session together on December 1st, we summarized what Tracy needed... She already had a space rented, a name for the business, and a nice shiny new degree to be proud of.
So what she needed next was:
A logo. A website. And blog. Some photos. An emailing system. And of course, a Facebook page.
Now it was time to start checking things off the list!

We started with everyone's favorite, GoDaddy, and secured her website's name:  www.wholehealingayurveda.com.  Three years of hosting and one email, check.

Then we went to my favorite, Weebly, and started her free website design.  If you want an easy operating system with preset designs and settings, Weebly the way to go.  It took us about two weeks of writing and editing (including 2 startup blog posts) and $15 worth of stock images from www.123rf.com, and Tracy's page was up. Check.

Meanwhile, while Tracy was writing, I took her great ideas to Photoshop and hammered out a logo. Check.  

Once her page was live, we set up a page on Facebook (5 minutes!) and began sharing it with all the local friends we know.  We then went over what, when, and how to post in order to grow her list of clients.  Facebook, Check! 

Then we went to another free fave, Mailchimp. We imported her small mailing list into the system, designed a few templates for emails, set up the html for a mailing list signup widget for her website, and Tracy's first email to her potential clients will go out today.  Check.

One month later, her entire system was set up! And for less than $50 and 10 hours of my time which I am excited to receive Ayurvedic treatments for!

So what are you waiting for?  What business do you need to promote online in 2012?