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Woman working on her online boutique and adding new members

How to Manage Staff in Shopify

Adding staff members (or users) to your Shopify account is helpful when you have multiple people needing access to your Shopify account. When you add a new user you can select the level of permission ...
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Woman on her laptop reading an article to understand WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: Which one should you use?

It's 2021 and I STILL don’t understand why anyone thought it was a good idea to name both WordPress platforms (WordPress.org and WordPress.com) the same exact name. Part of me thinks it was just a ...
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Organized desk at home with laptop and notebook. Why you should use WordPress for your website.

Why You Should Use WordPress for your Website

One of the first questions I get during an initial call with a client is what platform they should use for their website. About 95% of the time I feel that WordPress is the way ...
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Woman organizing shop inventory. How to create collections in Shopify.

How to Create Collections in Shopify

In your Shopify shop, you want to make sure you keep your products organized so that shoppers can easily find the goodies they want to purchase. One of the easiest ways to organize your products ...
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Melissa sitting in a cute booth with laptop and microphone. Lessons my business taught me.

5 Lessons My Business Taught Me

One of my favorite memories from childhood was watching my Dad run his own business. He was an amazing carpenter that could make just about anything. He would spend his days in the shop building ...
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How to Create a Discount Code in Shopify

Creating coupon codes for your customers is a great way to create incentives and increase your sales. Coupon codes can be shared via promotional emails sent to your email subscribers, via social media, or throughout ...
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4 Tools for Productivity for Small Businesses

4 Tools for Productivity That We Use Everyday

As a small biz owner we have to wear many hats and it sometimes feels like there is never enough time to do all the things that we need to do for our business. I’m ...
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10 Best WordPress Plugins in 2021

Today we are rounding up some of our favorite WordPress plugins (as of 2021). What are plugins? A plugin is basically an “add-on” that can be installed to any WordPress website. It's a way to ...
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How to Create a URL Redirect in Shopify

How to Create a URL Redirect in Shopify

With any online shop — there are a lot of pages, collections, and products that are constantly being updated, changed, or removed. Removing certain items can cause your shop to have a lot of 404 ...
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Setting up Google Analytics on Your Website

Google Analytics is a powerful (and FREE!) tool offered by Google that allows you to understand your website’s traffic and how your content and marketing efforts are performing. This is definitely one of my all ...
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5 Tips for Managing Your Inbox

Real Talk: The email struggle is real. Before I started my business, I never really understood why people would complain about their inbox always being in a state of chaos. During that time I would ...
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5 Tips for a Highly Productive Meeting

5 Tips for a Highly Productive Meeting

Whether you work for yourself or for another company — meetings are a thing that will happen. Back when I worked in a cubicle farm (my first corporate job) — I remember realizing how unproductive ...
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