It’s the end of the week, and just like almost every Friday at The Solopreneur Life, I have some tasty, mostly-healthy bits of information to share with you.
Here’s the menu:
• How to grow when cash flow is low
• Lending a hand to solopreneur startups
• A new tool for e-commerce on Facebook
• Another tool, this one for “coming soon” pages
• My go-to task-management tool
• Animoto is slickimoto
How to Grow When Cash Flow Is Low
Many solopreneurs are in a real bind: we need more time in the day and we need better marketing, but financial resources to hire outside help are scarce or nonexistent. So, the ability to hire the virtual assistance we need or the marketing help we require is very limited. What’s the solution?
Monday on my BlogTalkRadio show, Nicole Fende, a small-business finance expert, host of SmallBizFinance on BlogTalkRadio, and publisher of SmallBusinessFinanceForum.com, will reveal ways you and your vendors can be creative about financing and payment.
The idea for this show, cleverly titled “How to Grow When Cash Flow Is Low,” grew out of the needs expressed in The Solopreneur Life 2010 End-of-Year Survey. I think Nicole’s information is critical for solopreneurs and our vendors, so don’t miss it.
Radio Stats: Online=Popular, Offline=Not So Much
I was looking at the stats for my BlogTalkRadio show, and the programs that deal with online subjects (Facebook, going mini-viral) have attracted the most listeners. The show about offline tools had the lowest listenership.
Keep in mind that the sampling size is miniscule, so no conclusions should be drawn, but it’s still intereseting.
Lending a Hand to Solopreneur Startups
I always talk about the need for us as The Solopreneur Life community to support startups and to share their risk. Well, I am putting my money where my mouth is.
If you are a brand-new solopreneur, or a solopreneur who has launched a brand-new business, I want to give you a three-month classified-ad listing at The Solopreneur Life’s classified ads site for free! (Three-month ads normally sell for $15.)
I am doing this because the mission of The Solopreneur Life community is to help solopreneurs succeed! And when startups succeed, it strengthens all of us.
Use this coupon code when prompted: Startups
And as they say in the ShamWow commercials, “But wait, there’s more”:
• I will announce your launch to the solopreneur community here at TheSolopreneurLife.com.
• I will tweet your new listing on Twitter, and
• I will announce it on Facebook.
Here’s a New Tool for E-Commerce on Facebook
Another Tool, This One for “Coming Soon” Pages
If you need an “under construction” or “coming soon” page for your Web site, here’s a tool to consider: a WordPress plugin called CSS Jockey. I haven’t used it but I know someone who has, and her page looks great. Below right is an example of what a CSS Jockey page looks like.
My Go-To Task-Management Software
I have no loyalty when it comes to task-management tools, but I always come back to a little tool called “Things.” I think the simplicity is the reason, plus the fact that it makes me more productive and efficient.
I’ve added Things to the “Tools That Work” page.
Animoto Is Slickimoto
Pamela is a design pro, so it’s no surprise that her video would look great. But could a hack like me create something halfway decent with Animoto? Well, within 30 minutes of landing on the Animoto site for the first time and with my 10-year-old daughter looking over my shoulder, I made this video for The Solopreneur Life Ads. Yep, Animoto is easy to use all right.
Like most online tools, Animoto is available in a free version and pay version.
In case you missed any of this week’s columns, here they are:
• The Best Blogger on Solopreneurship Is…
• Featured Soloist Andy Hayes: “I Find Innovation When I’m Away From My World”
• Countdown! Launch Info for New Products and Services for Solopreneurs