I haven’t wrote a blog post in a good month now. I’ve not really been in the right frame of mind to do so and despite putting “write blog post” on my to-do list every day for the past 2 weeks, it hasn’t happened, I haven’t been able to bring myself to do it because you know what happens to blog posts when your heart’s not in it? They’re shit, that’s what. But this is something I’ve been thinking quite a lot about recently; my vision and goals for my blog and my book touring business for next year.
I’ve been self-employed and working from home for a good 3 years now. I started my own online book touring business up from scratch, gained a client base and continue to grow and grow and get evermore busy. I also make a small income from my blog, which also requires more working from home, on my laptop. I’m not complaining though. I absolutely love what I do and hope to grow even more over the coming years to make a solid monthly income which I’ve created all by myself. But it hasn’t always been easy and it still isn’t sometimes. Working from home takes a lot of discipline and there are an awful lot of distractions to interrupt with your work too. Today I wanted to chat about how to stay productive when you’re working from home something that I’ve certainly had to learn, work on and continue to work on over the past 3 years.
I’m an online business owner and naturally because of that, I’m self-employed as well. And I’m always open to talk about that area of my life; because it is such a huge and important part of it. Today, I’m teaming up with FSB to do a little Q&A to answer your questions about self-employment and owning a business. Although please do note that these answers are from my own personal experience and I cannot speak for anyone else and their own experiences. All business work in different ways but I think it’s a brilliant thing to do and would always recommend it; if you ‘re able to. FSB offer a ton of advice and tips for people looking to start their own business so if you need any extra guidance, their website is a great place to head to! On with the Q&A shall we? These are questions from Twitter and a link to the person who asked them.
Working from home, having my own business and running a blog you can imagine that without certain items, I’d be pretty lost. Try blogging without a phone or a laptop or taking blog photos without a camera. You get my gist. I rely on my “stuff” to do what I have to do every day and get my work done. If my laptop broke – which it has done before – I would be completely and utterly lost and distraught. As I literally wouldn’t be able to get anything done. There’s so many perks of working from home and owning your own business but there’s also a lot of stresses too! Today I want to talk about my blogging and business essentials!
The other week, it was my blogs 4th blogoversary! I don’t know where those 4 years have gone; it’s been an almighty blur and I can’t distinguish one year from the next any more. It feels like only mere months ago that I had my first ever blog design, I had a handful of followers and all I was doing is reviewing books. Before the time where I knew what a sponsored post was or what a product review would entail because things like that seemed so far fetched for a little blogger like me.
You probably all know Jemma, from Dorkface. Blogger, creator of #TheGirlGang and if you didn’t know, a very talented designer and artist. A good while ago now, Jemma asked around on Twitter for anyone who might want to review some of her stickers that she designs herself and sells and I registered my interest because they’re hella cute. The other day, I woke up to bright pink envelope with a cat and a shooting star on the front and if you follow Jemma on Twitter, you’ll recognise her designs and drawings from anywhere.
For those that know me, know that I run a small book touring business called Neverland Blog Tours. For those that didn’t know that, let me explain. In 2014, after a lot of research, I set up my own online business which would organise and run book tours for authors. I’ll get into more detail about what a book tour is exactly later on but since 2014, my little teeny weeny business has grew and grew and I’m honoured with how many authors put their trust in me now to organise these promotional services for them.
This month, I introduced a new sponsorship package to my blog. The ‘premium package’ which in it’s perks, includes an interview with the sponsor so you can find out more about them and what they do. I am delighted to bring you the very first of my sponsor interviews with a company I’ve had the privilege of working with before and reviewing their gorgeous stationary. Give a big, warm, squishy hello to #PaperHaul!
I wanted to talk about this very specific little part of my life. Well, I say little but to me, it’s not. To me, it’s a big thing that I’m extremely proud of but to most people, they don’t see the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff. As you may, or may not, know – I run an online book touring business for authors. I won’t go into masses of detail but for those that don’t know, a book tour is a virtual tour that goes around different blogs every day for 1 or 2 weeks and provides reviews, guest posts, excerpts and giveaways about the specific book. Doesn’t sound much, right?
Over the past year, I’ve ventured more and more into the kitchen to try new recipes and dishes and although I’m no Nigella, I would say that cooking is a big love of mine. I was contacted by the lovely Ashton and the guys at Lobster Homeware about potentially reviewing one of their gorgeous, newly launched aprons – all designed by a lady called Nathalie with inspiration that comes from her Dominican background and her closest loved ones. I absolutely loved that idea as I find cooking is quite a sentimental hobby and a great way to connect and feel close to your own loved ones.