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As a small business owner I’m constantly searching for the best and most cost effective way to do business. I’m kind of stingy and don’t like paying for things if I can find it for free. In an eBook that I have written (releasing in Spring 2013) I have several recommendations for how to send proposals, quotes and track your projects.

For my web design business, I am creating proposals online daily. I tried them all. However, there was one that stood out from the rest of the proposal/quote platforms…Quote Roller was the winner.

Why Creating Proposals Online should be done using Quote Roller

Quote Roller Online Proposals

1. Free for all your Clients

Classy branded online proposals. Viewable online and by PDF. Downloadable & able to send a personalized email with their updated proposal from the program. Personal link to the proposal for your client!

All my clients can interact, ask questions, request changes on their proposal and it gets sent to me instantly. My clients LOVE this and my proposal acceptance rate has increased by 40%. True stats!

2. No Client Limits! Have as many clients as you’d like.

3. INTEGRATION – You can merge with Freshbooks Invoicing (if you want) and many other applications. I use PODIO for project management and it imports all my proposals so I can make tasks directly from the proposals.

4. Template Customization – I can create a template for web design, graphic design, project management, whatever you do, you can create a template for it. Also, you get access to other’s generic templates they use, so if you’re in the same industry and need some guidance on how someone else’s proposal looks for a similar project, it’s all here!

5. SAVED ME 80% – This is a TIME SAVER! Everyone knows time is precious, especially being a small business owner. Time is money and family time! It’s very cost efficient. On average, my small business proposal creation was taking 12+ hours a month. Now, I spend about 2-3 depending on the amount of requests.

6. ONLINE ACCESS 24/7 – Organized and in one place. I don’t have to sift through folders on my computer anymore for a proposal. It’s all online and if you’re away from your computer, but need to access it, you can. Simple!

7. PRICING –  I started using the plans when they were in beta, so they’ve evolved a bit and give you more options. For small business, I recommend trying it out for a month (no long term commitment!) and seeing what suits your best. The pricing plans can be seen here.

8. APP! I have to have an app today. I’m constantly on the go as a mom and so if a client accepts a proposal, I get notified right away. It’s Free to download here.

Now that I’ve basically sales pitched this to you, you’re probably thinking what’s in this for her? Well, I’ll be honest and say, I paid for a year upfront for Quote Roller services and wrote blog so I could test out their Professional version. There is no harm in promoting something I use daily and I get an incentive out of it. This review happened a long time ago and will be in my eBook that’s been written for months, but now, it’s officially on The Little Mustard Seed Blog. 🙂  Hope you find it as helpful as I do for my business. If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them before you try the program out.

 Try QUOTE ROLLER, by clicking here <— (I get a little coffee $$ if you click this link saying I referred you!)

How to Use Reachli for Pinterest Campaigns

Hey all! I had to do a quick blog on this platform I use for Pinterest called Reachli. I’ve been loving it and actually started using it before it was Reachli (formerly Pinerly). I get a lot of questions from client’s about how Pinterest can be used to drive traffic and make money through blogs and pins. These couple of links will give you a glimpse into what Reachli is (basically it’s like analytics for the things you want to pin on pinterest from your site, or others!)

If you’re interested, here is their blog.

There are 3 things you can do right now on Reachli.

  1. Promote your pins and track how many people “clicked, liked and repined” that particular pin.
  2. Become a Publisher and gain smaller affiliate earnings through promoting different advertisers that work with you markets. Since my business is in web design and social media, I’m sharing this info and my take on it as a user for my business in hopes that it will help you with yours. Clicking a link might make me $.10-$.15, so basically if a lot of you do….I get a coffee! 🙂 
  3. Become an advertiser! If you want to promote your content, blog or products, you can do it here. It’s super easy to setup!

 

A few links I like and recommend to those looking into using Pinterest as part of their social media marketing strategy.

Who & What Is Reachli?


Going Beyond Pinterest: 500 Startups And Others Back Visual Advertising Platform Reachli

24 ways to monetize your website &  blog.

Happy Pinning & Tracking!

A quick how-to tutorial on How to Upload and Activate a WordPress Plugin

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One of my favorite resources to use is Amazon Associates affiliate program. It’s a great tool for moms who are thinking about product reviews for baby items, a life coach recommending specific books and other work at home things you might use. In my Social Media Audit, I normally recommend some form of affiliate marketing and Amazon is an easy go-to. It’s simple to set up, easy to use and easy to track.

How Do I Set Up Amazon Affiliates?

Amazon Affiliates Sign UpStep 1: Sign Up by Clicking Here. It’s free!

Step 2: Sign In with your credentials (login and password)

Step 3: If you’re completely new to Amazon, you’ll need to fill out some more information. If you have an account and are just new to Amazon Affiliates it will walk you through the steps to signing up (Who to send payment to, your website that you’ll use the links on, etc.) It’s a quick process. Maybe 5-7 minutes.

 

What Is An Affiliate?

An affiliate is someone who promotes a product or service to potential customers, in exchange for a commission on the sale when one occurs.

How Do I add an amazon affiliate link to my site?

 

Let’s say for example you wanted to link to a cool baby item that you just reviewed on your blog and also on your YouTube Channel. The first step is to search for that item. I searched for “diaper bag.” A list of bags came up (you can be more specific in your search). Then you see the “Get Link” button on the right hand side of the page? Click on that and a box will open up with the affiliate link. COPY this link and by clicking on the HTML tab (in WordPress)  PASTE this code into the specific area on your blog that you want it to be. There you will have your amazon affiliate link.

This link is specific to you and your account. Anyone clicking this & then purchasing this item will be credited to you. Pretty cool, huh?

 

What Are Tracking IDs?

Amazon AssociatesThe tracking ID is used to track who YOU are to amazon associates. It can be specific to campaigns you want to track. To add more IDs, on the Left hand side of your Amazon Associates dashboard you should see your ID listed and under that it should say, “Manage.” Click manage and you will be brought to a screen that looks like this.

 

Banners, Links & Widgets

AABe sure to explore and see all the features available to you. Did you know you can even set up an amazon store with all your favorites listed in one place? It’s under the “aStore” tab. Check it out and play around with the features.

 

What percentage do I make on purchases?

Here is the link to help answer all the “money” earning questions.

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