MailChimp is a pretty freaking amazing service that I recommend to every beginner – not just because they've got an adorable chimp as a mascot, but because they're super easy-to-use and totally free. Even the most tech-scared newbie can get a functioning email list and – spoiler alert: website – up and cruising in no time. This post is part 2 in a series on how to create a free landing page for your opt-in freebie using MailChimp, so if you missed part 1, click here to catch up on how to create the actual landing page. Today, our focus is on putting together the automated email that delivers your freebie directly to your adoring fans inbox.
Do you want a beautiful, functional landing page for your opt-in or newsletter but don't exactly have the spare cash laying around to invest in Leadpages? Most beginners start growing their email list in MailChimp and for a good reason – it’s simple, it’s free, and it looks pretty dang good. Now, you’re going to want to sit down… I’m about to drop a bomb on you. You can now create a landing page that connects directly to your email list in MailChimp. Here’ s a super quick and easy tutorial on how to create a landing page in Mailchimp fo’ free!
Think of your webpage as you’re number one employee. She works for you 24/7 - she literally doesn’t take a break… AND she doesn’t drink all the Lacroix out of the company fridge. Your website non-stop performs for you. Your website is the number one way that you can make money in your sleep. Maybe for you it doesn’t feel that way right now. Maybe your website feels more like that freelancer who won’t stop showing up and you’re pretty sure he’s napping in his cubicle.
SquareSpace templates can be confusing. It’s easy to get distracted by shiny objects, example photography, really slick type and well-written headlines. We can easily get swept away in how beautiful each template is. However, this is NOT the best way to select your template. The best way to select is by covering the features and functions you need to have, rather than thinking about the stylization or the surface level design elements.
The first decision that you need to make when you create a trial site on SquareSpace is selecting your template. It’s a hard decision because they’re all visually stunning – you can quickly get swept away in the example sites and make a decision based on looks alone. Here’s the right way to select your SquareSpace template so you get a site that does everything you need it to do… AND is beautiful, as well.
Some people compare their websites to a welcome mat for their business. I don't know about you, but my welcome mat doesn't really do anything besides collects dirt and leaves – pretty much the opposite of what I want my website to do. I think of my homepage more as a cocktail party (fun, right?). It's where people wander up to when they're interested and want to know more about you. They're there to get the scoop. They are warming up to you and the idea of working with you. So, it's crucial that their first experience is a good one. Your homepage – what they see when they land on your website – really counts.
SquareSpace and Wordpress. They’re the top two Content Management Systems (CMS) and highly debated. WordPress people are hardcore WPers and those who preach the SquareSpace gospel are just as devoted. Personally, I’ve built over a handful of sites on both platforms. After almost 10 years of building and designing sites in both, I’ve committed to only one platform. Want to know my CLEAR winner? What do I use for myself, my clients, what do i recommend and why? Let’s start by talking about some of the key differences.
You started an Instagram account and you're beginning to see a little traction. You’re gaining confidence and wondering how to keep the ball rolling... how to take your business to the next level. Maybe you considered hiring a designer to create a custom logo for you, or maybe you’ve already whipped one up yourself. You’re wondering, how do I take the next step? How do I get serious about growing my business and convert my followers into customers? I’m going to be super honest with you.
My without-a-doubt-drop-the-mic-hands-down-all-time favorite design project is creating a Brand Book. I often find myself chatting with friends about their start-up ideas and never fail to get flushed-in-the-cheeks excited while explaining to them why, before anything else, we HAVE TO make them A BRAND BOOK.
Getting started as a creative entrepreneur feels like diving headfirst into some very muddy water. You know where you'd like to end up, but you have no idea what is going to happen along the way. Rather than handing off some shotty cliché advice – I'll give it to you straight. Here are my top seven tips for how to get started as a creative entrepreneur (and how to stay sane while doing so).
When another small business rips off your design, it feels gross – but in a we-all-are-struggling complicated sisterhood way. However, when you find your exact design on Urban Outfitters – it’s just straight up LAME.