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New Music: March 2015

I haven’t done one of these in a while! I really love sharing what I’m listing to though, so I’m going to try to do more of them. Lately I’ve been trying to just have more fun. It’s so easy for me to get caught up and forget to enjoy the ride. Plus I have so much going on (including wedding planning) that I just want to take a step back because I don’t want this happy time in my life to turn into a stressful time. I think that really reflects in my music choices this week! And look at the the beautiful artwork in the covers.

This week I have a lot of pop and electronic music on my playlist. I absolutely love “Adore” by Ariana Grande — I really love the whimsy, old school Mariah Carey feel to her music. It’s so inspiring and I just have to listen to it whenever I’m designing something with a more feminine style. The song “U” by Mikky Ekko is so so beautiful! Empire is a really good show, and I highly recommend it if you love drama. If not, I at least recommend the soundtrack. Fifth Harmony’s new album is so much fun! Tori Kelly is a singer that I’ve been following for years and I’m so glad to see her getting some much-deserved attention.

♪ Listen on Spotify

  1. “2AM” – Astrid
  2. “Adore” – Ariana Grande & Cashmere Cat
  3. “Windows” – AWOLNATION
  4. “U” – Mikky Ekko
  5. “You’re So Beautiful” – Empire cast
  6. “Reflection” – Fifth Harmony
  7. “Keep It Movin'” – Empire cast
  8. “I Want You To Know” – Zedd & Selena Gomez
  9. “Research” – Big Sean feat. Ariana Grande
  10. “Nobody Love” – Tori Kelly
  11. “Lean On” – Major Lazer, DJ Snake, & MØ
  12. “It Feels” – NERVO
  13. “NSFW” – Timeflies feat. Angel Haze
  14. “We All Want The Same Thing” – Rixton
  15. “Where Are U Now” – Skrillex, Diplo, & Justin Bieber
  16. “10 Bands” – Drake
  17. “bodyache” – Purity Ring
  18. “Talking Body” (Gryffin Remix) – Tove Lo

Link Love: Weekly Resources

Link Love: Weekly Resources

This week has been up and down for me. I feel like I’ve been doing really well on the business front, getting things done and cleaning things up. But I’m still so frustrated about my work situation that I get distracted at times. My heart is telling me to let go and take a chance, but my brain is telling me it’s too scary and risky because I have so many responsibilities. Maybe I’ll write out a post about it — maybe some of you feel the same way and can relate.

On a lighter, unreleated note, guess who’s going to meet Stephen Amell (star of Arrow on The CW) this weekend? This girl! I’m heading to the Dallas Comic Con Fan Days event where a few members of the cast, along with other celebrities, will be making an appearance. Believe it or not, this is my first Comic Con event. I’m super excited!


Check out my most recent posts over at The Blog ManualHow to treat your blog like a business and 7 Must-Have Pinterest Marketing Tools.

A Beautiful Mess shared 7 free tools for tracking blog post performance. Some very helpful tools here.

Allyssa shared her daily schedule and how it helps her get more done. I recently did this myself and it really does help!

I love Dana’s post, “Love Your Life: Stop Putting Up With Bullshit.” I need to save this post and re-read it every time I feel like I have no way out of a bad situation (like the one I mentioned above).

Dana also has some great posts on re-imagining your Instagram profile and writing and saving backup blog posts for a rainy day. Good stuff!

Regina shared her tips on how to create super share-worthy blog posts, and even included a handy guide.

4 Tools to Help You Manage Your Business Finances

Tools to Manage Business Finances

It’s tax season, which means it’s time to get your business finances together to file. Whether you are a blogger making an income from your blog or a freelancer (or both), organizing your finances to make easier on yourself is a good idea. Some of you have your stuff together already — you’ve got an organized system to manage your money and documents and you’re ready to file your taxes. That’s awesome! But some of you may be freaking out a little right now because you’re not as organized. Or, maybe you’re just starting out and you’re looking for a way to not freak out when tax time comes around next year. This is where it really comes in handy to utilize tools and software to help you. I’ve got a few in mind that I thought I’d share! I’ve tried all of these (yes, all of them) and I recommend each one as an option for you.

GoDaddy Bookkeeping (formerly Outright)

I’ve said many times that I’m not the biggest fan of GoDaddy. Even so, I still use their services sometimes when I buy and sell domains, or when I use their awesome accounting software. Outright was an awesome accounting tool that GoDaddy bought and renamed GoDaddy Bookkeeping. With it you can send invoices, track your time, view detailed charts and graphs, and even see an estimate of how much you should pay in quarterly taxes — all for $9.99 a month. And, since it’s GoDaddy, there are a ton of coupons out there to make it cheaper.

Freshbooks

Freshbooks is probably the most popular right now, because it’s so easy to use and it connects easily with so many other web apps (like Mailchimp, GoDaddy Bookkeeping, and Google Apps). It’s so easy to track your time, generate invoices, view your financial info and manage client info. It’s a little pricey (paid plans start at $19.95 a month) but I think it has the most features wrapped up in one product.

Intuit Quickbooks

Intuit Quickbooks is more advanced accounting software, starting at $7.99 a month for the self-employed edition. You can manage your income and expenses, view detailed financial information and easily set up tax info. I found that there’s a learning curve and it can be complicated to set up, but it’s so powerful once you get it going. Intuit makes such powerful software that you know you’re getting a good product.

A plain spreadsheet

A free option is to use Google Drive to manage your business finances and documents. You can set up a spreadsheet yourself or view the Google Drive library with hundreds of spreadsheet templates.

Further Reading

For more information on business finances, check out these resources:

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How do you manage finances for your business?