If you’ve been here lately, you know that I just finished moving. I’m sure that you also know that with moving, comes internet hook-up appointments and cancellations and…well, simply put? ISOLATION, LONELINESS AND WOE – especially if you are trying to run a business website from your home office.
I spent over a week without internet at home, and that really sucks when you work mostly online…from home. I spent a whole lotta hours reliving my university days in cafés with wifi – trying to get things researched, sent, received and posted.
It was not awesome.
BUT! Now I’m back online at home and feeling oh so happy to have butt firmly planted in my good ole spinning office chair, twirling about and doing my thing at home.
As soon as the technician left yesterday, I immediately started gorging on all of the business sites I haven’t been able to enjoy fully from my iPhone. That inspired me to do a round-up of the websites I missed most while I was on a deserted island of no-internet sadness.
Without further pause, I give you…
My Top 10 – Most Missed – Totally Bitchin’ Websites for Business and Life.
And How I Keep Them all Organized
(In no particular order)
This site has changed my life, and that is not even an overstatement. Creative Live offers access to free streaming workshops from experts in a whole wack of entrepreneurial fields on 5 different channels: Photo & Video, Art & Design, Music & Audio, Craft & Maker and Money & Life.
You can RSVP for any live courses coming up, or purchase anytime access to courses that have already been broadcasted. I personally love watching live and participating in the live-chat function they’ve got set up for folks from all over the world. I’ve made some amazing connections to other entrepreneurs on there. If you ever hear KrisWithaK’s comments being read out during a class you are watching – you can rest assured that it was likely me. 🙂
If you are creative, and you are interested in growing your skill set (and maybe even your global entrepreneurial friend network), you really have to check this site out and sign up for some classes.
Ok, so this one isn’t exactly a business website, but it has made my business life make ALL of the sense it needs to for everyone in my family to be happy. I need to move and stretch every day to feel good, and I need to feel good to run a good business and happy family.
I use the streaming video section of this website every morning as a part of my wake-up-and-trick-yourself-into-feeling-awesome routine (I’m not naturally a morning person). You can choose videos based on the amount of time you’ve got to spend, the type of practice you want, a preferred instructor, or even the part of your body you want to focus on.
If you have some experience with Yoga, you should check the site out and see what they can offer your state of mind – and body – while you run your business.
This site is more of a magazine than a website, in my mind, but it fits the totally arbitrary business website criteria I have in place, and I love it, so it’s on the list.
It’s run by two sisters with adorable fashion sense and wicked creative minds. They have regularly updated sections on photography, crafts, recipes, decor (including offices and studios), fashion and beauty, and they offer business advice based on their own rise through the creative business world too.
It’s a must-read website and lifestyle magazine at the same time, and I SO totally covet all of the great shoes, offices, snacks and haircuts I see on there. Go check them out, and be ready for all of the envy. There will be envy.
I am still a bit new to this site, but I’ve searched her archives for more reading each time she sends me a new post, so I know we’re a match made in heaven already. Evolve & Succeed is a blog written by Halley Gray, a marketing strategist who focuses on helping freelancers (like meeeee) who want to book out their services to awesome clients they love (like meeee).
She uses a clear, honest style and gives simple advice that feels doable and pragmatic…and she has a podcast called, “Braless on Couch”. Obviously, I love her already.
I can tell you are all shocked that April’s blog is on here, right? No, you know I love April Bowles Olin too much for words, so I won’t get all gushy and silly right now, but you can check out my review of her book here, or my freak out about being a part of her From Busy to Happy program here if you’re in the mood for more lovin’ mojo about her.
April shares beautiful images and focused advice specially for creative entrepreneurs who want to make a living, making. She’s adorable and brilliant, and you’ll love her too!
She’s also about to do her second course on Creative Live, and I am LOSING my mind trying to figure out a way to make it to San Francisco to be there for it.
Clearly, my list would be incomplete without mention of April’s amazing business partner and awesome business saving pixie in her own right – Mayi Carles.
This little lady “With a T-Rex Heart” fires me up every week with her fun, quirky and clever Friday Video Time Vlog episodes – full of advice, candour and HUGE sunglasses. I would like to invite her to every single dinner party ever…and also picnics…and pyjama parties.
She’s adorable and fun – and brilliant too – but the thing you will love most about Mayi (if you’re anything like me), is her fantastic illustrations, branding services and planners.
This is another wonderful business website from a lady who has helped me to happily find my own way – Michelle Ward. She plays the ukelele, writes great posts, shares wonderful advice and hosts my favourite Spreecast: Grown up Gigs.
I have watched hours of these Grown up Gigs episodes, while organizing my office, filing paperwork or planted firmly in ole spinny-chair with my full attention zoned into the episode – and they are always AWESOME. She gets “together” with a wonderful business person and they talk about the whole process: fears, roadblocks, excitements and victories. I learn something every episode, and I always finish feeling like I’m doing the right thing – a huge bonus on those days I feel all question-y and stressed about entrepreneurial life.
Did I mention she plays the ukelele?
This site is a new favourite of mine. I found it on a bunny trail only a few months ago, and I fell in love with the visual sweetness of it right away. It was one of those love-at-first-sight things though that simply etched the surface. As I got to know the site better, I found that I didn’t just love it – I LooooooVed it (imagine a middle school taunting voice for that last “love”).
Here’s the thing: there are lots of great posts from a wide array of contributors, the site is adorable and well designed and Jessika Hepburn runs OMHG from Lunenburg, NS (one of the most beautiful little seaside towns – and it’s within a day’s drive of my own hometown!). But the coolest thing about OMGH is the way it has been built to house a community.
Jessika has a unique background and viewpoint on business and community-building, and I love that she refers to OMHG as being specifically community-driven and collaboratively-led. It feels awesome to visit, and I have a sneaking suspicion that I will be diving in to the membership side of the site very soon…or driving to Lunenburg to stalk her. One or the other, for sure.
Here is yet another awesome lady and awesome business website I’ve found through Creative Live (April was a teacher on Creative Live too, and Michelle Ward will be soon). I attended Tara’s CL class online only a few weeks ago, and I LOVED IT!
I learned a lot: Tara helped me to shift and shimmy the way I think about how marketing works to attract and educate people as they find you organically at different points along a path – all leading to your home base. She’s just great! I can imagine having a cup of tea with her and feeling totally comfortable, sharing all my deepest business secrets and insecurities with her.
Tara has created a lovely blog and membership site, offering advice for makers and shakers who want to run a business that embraces and amplifies their specific type of sparkle. I dig her a bunch. 🙂
Also – her membership site? It’s called Starship. My geeky little heart just loves that.
The Female Entrepreneur Association website is an online hub for posts, articles and videos designed to support women in business. It’s beautiful, insightful and sparkly. The design is gorgeous, and the underlying focus to support the determination needed to keep going in this mad-wacky life is just what I need on some difficult days.
The site was started by Carrie Green – who has been in business since she was 20, and has developed a digital magazine along with this wonderful website to help ladies like you and me to feel like it’s actually possible and in fact wonderful to live and work in business.
I enjoy her video podcast a lot too. Like Michelle, Carrie hosts chats with other ladies who rock business in different industries. I’ve learned a ton from those chats and always feel supported and ready to get-on-with-it-then, afterward.
How do I keep all of these wicked Business Websites organized?
It’s not easy to keep track of all of the amazing business websites out there without missing important posts or flailing in the mire of the email-inbox-overwhelm.
I always say you should read as much as possible though, and interact with as many sites as you can within the sphere of business and your industry – so what do I do to make that possible? I use bloglovin’ to organize my favourite business websites and blogs, and I love it. It’s nice to be able to go to one place and find all of the articles curated for me, in categories I set up.
Go check it out! If you want a shortcut, you can follow me on bloglovin’ waaaaay up there at the top of the sidebar, and it’ll bring you to the site. It’s a quick and easy sign-up process and the site is SUPER intuitive to use.
I meant to make this one short and easy, because life has been BONKERS here with the move, but I just can’t help but share share share and share some more with you guys.
It’s your turn now. Comment below with links to your favourite business website and a short description of the very best thing about it.
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