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Start up business

Starting your own business can be very daunting. As entrepreneurs ourselves at the Budget Socialite, we’ve compiled a list of some of the start up business services we use or have come across in our research that are either free or have a small fee. If you know of any, please add them to the comments so others can learn about them as well.

Dropbox
www.dropbox.com/
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

SohoOs.com
Our vision is to establish a new global micro-economy by empowering micro-businesses and freelancers worldwide with the management tools they need to flourish. First, to help stimulate and increase growth, and second, to provide a supportive environment in which to interact and collaborate with others- free of charge.

Mint.com

http://www.mint.com

Mint is fresh, intelligent online money management. Not only is Mint free, it saves you money. While existing personal finance software packages require hours to set up, a passion for accounting (is that possible?) and hours of weekly maintenance, Mint is virtually effortless.

Get Clicky
http://getclicky.com/. It gives you code to put on your site to track your traffic. It tells you how many people are visiting your site, where they are coming from (facebook, twitter, searches), how long they spent on your site, what the clicked on, where they are from (country, state, town), what provider they use, etc… It’s awesome because you can tell what is working in generating traffic and what isnt. Also if you send a link to someone important, you can tell if they visited your site. My friend sent a link to someone at MTV, and it listed that someone from MTV new york had visited.

Quickbooks Simple Startup – Free trial

http://quickbooks.intuit.com/

QuickBooks from Intuit is the #1 rated and best-selling small business financial software1. Find out why small businesses choose QuickBooks accounting software. Get a 30-day free trial and then, if you need more time, you have another 60 days to decide if you want to keep it.

MailChimp

http://www.mailchimp.com/

The Forever Free Plan
Store up to 500 subscribers
Send up to 3,000 emails per month
No contracts or credit cards required. You can link to your Zoho account to update your contacts as well as other popular CRM solutions through their API exchange.

ZohoCRM Free Edition

http://www.zoho.com/crm/index.html

Great CRM to keep track of your customers & vendors they give you alot for free
Number of Users Three Users Free
CRM Modules:
Leads and Sales Opportunities
Accounts and Contacts
Cases and Solutions
Marketing Campaigns and Email Opt-out
Activities and Calendar
Reports & Dashboards

Survey Monkey

http://www.surveymonkey.com/

Free version gives you up to 10 questions and 100 responses. You can view the responses, but can’t download which means you’d have to do your own copy and pasting.
 
Square Up

https://squareup.com/

Accept payment cards on any device with an audio input jack, including your mobile phone. After signing up for Square, provide your address on the web and we’ll send your free card reader and Square sticker. It’s not quite ready yet, so sign up and once they’re ready, it will be all systems GO!

The Small Business Web

http://thesmallbusinessweb.com/

These guys have gotten together to help make small business better. They have an online directory of different service providers and you can join to add your own business to their listing.

Do you use any of these services for your start up business or have some not on this list? Let us know about it in the comments.

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Co-founder | Scarlett Rocourt
Scarlett creator of Wonder Curl is a Marketing Maven, DIY Diva & Glamour Girl! Her affinity for style, organization & discount designer shopping makes her a true Budget Socialite. Her flare for creativity allowed her to translate that into a career in marketing.

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Ooh La La…Look at Those Brows

TheBudgetSocialite.comSometimes the difference between a polished look and a not so polished look is as simple as the shape of the brows. Brows are the frame for the face. Overgrown eyebrows can cast a shadow on the brow bone or between the eyes.  Overly tweezed eyebrows can make a face look puffy or protruding, and eyes can look surprised.

When brows are shaped to compliment your face shape, they can make a vast difference in your appearance. To minimize confusion about which brow shape to choose, here are some tips:

Brow shapes to compliment any face shape:

Round face:  arch the brows high to make the face appear narrower; start on a line directly above the inside corner of the eye and extend toward the cheekbone.

round face shape

round face shape

Long face: make the eyebrows almost straight which will create the illusion of a shorter face; don’t extend the eyebrow lines further than the outside corner of the eyes; create a slight arch.

long face shape

long face shape

Square face: arch the brows high on the ends; begin the lines directly above the corners of the eyes and extend them outward; can create the appearance of an oval face (ideal face shape).

square face shape

square face shape

Oval face:  create soft angled shaped brows.

oval face shape

oval face shape

Heart face: Create rounded brows. The curve of the brow is soft, feminine and attractive and also creates the heart like look of the face.

heart face shape

heart face shape

Diamond face:  Soften the angles; this makes the widest portion of the face appear less wide. Curves will soften your look and make the widest portion of your face look less wide.

diamond face shape

diamond face shape

To Create an Ideal Eyebrow Shape (Tip: draw 3 lines with a white eyeliner pencil):

  • 1st line: vertical from the inner corner of the eye upward; this is where the eyebrow should begin.
  • 2nd line: drawn at an angle, from the outer corner of the nose to the outer corner of the eye; this is where the eyebrow should end.
  • 3rd line: draw a vertical line from the outer circle of the iris upward; this is where the arch should ideally be located.
  • After the lines are drawn, tweeze, trim or use a razor to shape the brows.

Conversely, if you have sparse eyebrows (spaces in your eyebrow hairs):

  • Fill in with hairline strokes using an eyebrow pencil or shadow and apply with angled brush. Note: choose two shades of eyebrow pencil (one close to the color of your hair and another a shade or two lighter, than the darker pencil).
  • Use the darker pencil to make short hair-like strokes from the beginning of the eyebrow to the arch. After the arch, switch to your lighter pencil.
  • With soft strokes, finish the ends of the brow; use eyebrow brush to soften the pencil or shadow (to soften any noticeable pencil lines).

Eyebrow Products:

  • Brow pencils- fill in sparse areas: brown and black hair – 1-2 shades lighter; blonde and red heads – 1-2 shades darker; gray hair – 1-2 shades darker.
  • Brow shadow/powder – create soft-looking eyebrows.
  • Brow cream- filling in sparse eyebrows (heavier coverage).
  • Brow stencils – shape the brows.
  • Brow gel – holds eyebrows in position.

 Suggested brands and products:

Anastasia

Ardell

Dior

There you have it…full-proof tips for brows that wow!

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Casual Piece

BoomHey Socialites! My newest obsession is dressing up casual pieces, like tees and sneakers. There’s something about a Fashionista that screams FABULOUS when she can work a graphic shirt and a bodycon skirt. Here’s some of our fave new pieces that can help you accomplish that look and speak volumes!

Ok, so let’s start off with *takes deep breath* this AMAZINGLY, SENSATIONAL, casual piece, courtesy of Designer, Phillip Lim’s collaboration with Target (purchase here or at your local Target). It says so much… while saying so much! Of course, a great way to make a “Pop” piece stand on its own, is to pair it with an understated garment. Hence, why we chose to go with a simple bodycon skirt, like this one by Dorothy Perkins (purchase here). We also love the idea of dressing up a casual piece with a little blingery, so we opted for a statement necklace, like this one from Oasis Stores (purchase here), and added a little bit of simplicity with these Givenchy pearl earrings (purchase here). Who doesn’t love a good clutch? This Michael Kors, studded number (purchase here), brings that edge and makes an impact, especially when paired with these hot shades from Amazon.com (purchase here). And we can’t forget about the shoes. Sure it’s easy to pair this outfit with a pair of pumps or a bootie, but why not swap it out for a sneaker wedge. Sneaker wedges are not slowing down in fashion, so you might as well jump in with both feet, whatever your size is. These are from Urban Outfitters (and they’re only $22.49 annnnnnnnnnnnd they come in all different colors) (purchase here).

So loves, play up those casual pieces and make a statement that speaks for itself! Happy Findings!

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Contributor | Cadian Carter
As a lover of fashion, Blogger Cadian Carter got her first job working at indie fashion publication, V Magazine. Now she is a freelance writer helping women embrace their own personal style, one fashion find at a time.

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