I did it again- gifts for bloggers and those of us online.
I jumped on the holiday bandwagon! Well to be honest, the deeper I dive into this self-sufficient and self-employed online lifestyle, the more I realize the value of gifts related to its success.
If you have one of us in your life (or for yourself!), this list will offer up some outstanding support of your online entrepreneur. For anyone planning to quit the 9-5, or who already has, there are great gifts on this list.
1 Reading Essentials to Motivate and Educate
The Essential Habits of 6-Figure Bloggers by Sally Miller is excellent. First off, it isn’t just for bloggers. Miller brings the successes of 17 bloggers to you by asking them all the same questions including how long it took for them to hit their first $8000 month. She structures her book well, breaking down the blogger “interviews” into one of three sections, each section diving into a “habit.” It’s an easy read but a comprehensive one that includes ways to connect with or follow each of her interviewees. Bonus: you get book recommendations from each of them as well.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss. I grabbed this book on my Kindle from my library upon a recommendation by a friend. Within two days, I was on Amazon ordering up the hardcopy so I could mark pages and have it on-hand, always, for reference! One reason is there is a lot of technical information and ideas that I may use in the future but don’t need now. The first 85 pages really grabbed me. Escaping the 9-5 is possible, and this book not only validates it, but offers ideas on how to get there.
How to Make Money Blogging by Bob Lotich. Another easy read, the concepts in this one are well worth taking the time to check out. Lotich walks through his roadmap for success with his blog and touches on everything from getting traffic to your blog to use of AdSense. He even closes out with some words of warning- a reality check actually that blogging is not a get-rich-quick scheme, but one that takes focus and effort. Practical advice for anyone serious about moving forward with a blog.
Want to browse a little? Here are some of Amazon’s bestsellers about creating and succeeding with an online business.
2 Online Education and Training to Invest In
You may have seen the “Going Cold Turkey” guest post from guest author Marinella Yule. She is escaping 9-5 exemplified! Knowing the value and needs of new entrepreneurs to get some of the basics of learning life online as well as to become experts in many ways, she’s set up a whole line of courses (which can be purchased as a package) on her Build a Business page. Use the code DReznik50 for 50% off any purchase!
The Social Salad Society has a unique and sensible (and successful BTW) approach to utilizing Facebook to grow your online business, and I am all-in. I highly recommend getting in with Sydney if this is where you want to grow your audience and potential customer/client base. That said, she is an expert on marketing and branding in general and has several courses on these topics available for you to take advantage of! Use the code SUCCESS. To join her as a member, use this link!
3 Office Supplies to Make Work-from-Home and Self-Employed Life Easier
Writing it down… whatever IT is, is vital. Get free shipping on any purchase over $15 using this link to get to Calendars.com where you can find everything from calendars (shockingly!) to journals and planners. They also have fun gifts like puzzles and “non-work” type things.
Quickbooks Pro is an amazing tool and resource for those wanting to easily track everything, especially those entrepreneurs making online sales.
Blog planners – for anyone that has left corporate, loves to write things down or needs a way of tracking (basically every single blogger out there!), this is vital to have. I love The Blog Well Planner I got over the holidays from my significant other (his support is amazing!). It’s set up quarterly but since I was starting it in January and am learning how to maximize it, I have a plan to use it for the year. I personally love the layout of this one and the options for tracking, note-taking and overall, it’s flexibility to not use it daily but still use every page. If not this one, there are a lot of amazing options, just on Amazon alone.
Martha Stewart’s office line – I love her stuff. Have surrounded myself with it for years. Ok, it’s a little feminine so for the guys on your shopping list that may not appreciate her pastels, (some will though and she has great stuff!), how about a stylish desk set?
Give the gift of Nespresso. Coffee is an office supply in my opinion. At least once a year, (pandemic excluded) we treat ourselves to the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond (another gift idea?). One of my favorite moments every single trip is savoring a Nespresso, a big step up from the coffee-makers in most hotels. It is Valentine’s Day after all, make the gift of coffee a real treat.
Put that coffee into a mug that shows how much you value their work!
4 Tech Bloggers and Online Entrepreneurs will Appreciate
Groove is my #1 recommendation: it is still free at the basic level. And… it has a whole menu of online options from bloghosting to funnel creation to email automation. More detail is on my recent post. Whether a gift to yourself or to someone else, check it out closely and consider that the premium option is $1397 for lifetime use and access. For serious online entrepreneurs, that can be a huge value. Truly a gift!
InPixio Eclipse HDR Pro – if photo quality is important for what your blogger is doing, check this software out! Professional editing made easy.
I love my Lenovo Yoga. I can also vouch for how easy it was to set up and how responsive their customer support team is (because I’m not tech-savvy and had some pretty basic questions!). If you want to compare, here is a list of some laptops with high ratings on Amazon. Just be conscious of the needs of your online entrepreneur of course!
Earbuds! So basic but truly: good ones are important, especially for those of us who coffee-shop hop.
5 Create an Atmosphere to Foster Success
Adding flowers from a top FTD 100 website to the room just brings joy. And it is CLASSIC Valentine’s Day gift after all, right?
In my option, one of my favorite items sitting on my desk: my lamp. The right lighting can affect my productivity! Whether the space calls for sleek and modern options or unique looks, a lamp can really define the atmosphere in a space.
Diffusers! Orange, peppermint, lavender… depending on my mood and what I’m trying to accomplish, diffusing oil is part of my routine. Whether I’m inspired and writing at the crack of dawn or need a pick-me-up in the middle of the afternoon, this is a must to have in my space.
6 Support is the Most Valued Gift
Without a doubt, I saved the best gift for last. I’ve talked to so many online entrepreneurs working hard to make a go of it and struggling with support from spouses, family members and even friends.
It’s a tough thing to give up the corporate paycheck to go after a life of professional freedom.
The ultimate goal is to have the chance to spend every moment possible with those you love. Please support your blogger/online business owner!