Starting a small business is tough, especially when you don’t know where to start. Maintaining a business is so much harder! In the past, I’ve written two other lists of things you need for your business. The first was written when I just started out and the second was written a couple of months after that. However, some of my essentials have changed so much that the list is entirely different! So, today, I decided to share with you an updated list of 5 things that I love and you need to help run your business. I’m sharing who I use for my business cards, social media scheduling, website and more! If you’re interested, just keep scrolling!
As a small business owner, I do almost everything by myself. From making my handmade cards to doing the SEO from my website, I do it all. If I don't know how to do it, I have to learn. That's what happened with social media marketing. Now, I recently got busier than ever. With university, Thoughtfully Handmade and my extracurriculars, I got extremely overwhelmed. That's why I decided to hire a social media intern. Longwinded introduction aside, let's get into how I actually hired her!
Hello and good morning (or afternoon)! After two months of restarting Thoughtfully Handmade, I have researched and found some resources that are fundamental to running my business. In the spirit of #communityovercompetition, I decided to share it with all of you so that you can use these excellent resources as well!
I had a big dilemma when I restarted Thoughtfully Handmade. My best friend told me about Squarespace; and while I agree that their website templates are aesthetically pleasing, it was a bit out of my price range. Another option was Etsy, and EVERYONE knows about Etsy. And there lies my dilemma: do I go with Squarespace, which is expensive? Or, do I go with Etsy, which takes a percentage of my earnings? Neither seemed like a great option. Then, I was introduced to Shopify, and boy was that a game-changer! In this blog post, I’ll be giving both the pros and cons of Shopify and Etsy as I take you through how I made my decision at the end.