Why having an accountability partner for your business is so powerful

Why having an accountability partner for your business is so powerful

I have spoken about it a lot on social media. I love having an accountability partner for my business and for my private life, especially when I want to achieve something specific.

 I actually only started hearing this term a few years ago. I guess I knew the word, but not that it was an official term to say and use. So, just in case you haven’t heard of it either, having an accountability partner means you appoint someone who will hold you accountable on certain things, goals you want to achieve or things you want to work on. 

 So that’s what it means, having someone who holds you accountable and - if agreed - you do the same in return. 

31 Website design tips

31 Website design tips

In March I posted one tip for your website design per day on my Instagram stories. It was a challenge I asked myself to do in order to stay consistent with my IG stories.

In this post I have written all of my 31 tips for website design down for you and you can also watch the video I created in addition with some more explanation for some of the tips.

Some website tips where a little more elaborate and for some I just posted one sentence.

In this post I have written all of my 31 tips for website design down for you and you can also watch the video I created in addition with some more explanation for some of the tips.

4 key advantages Squarespace has over Wordpress

4 key advantages Squarespace has over Wordpress

I know a lot of people, including me, who start designing their websites with Wordpress and then make the switch to Squarespace and wish they had done it sooner.

I am the same… When I switched my own site from Wordpress to Squarespace and then started designing all my clients sites on Squarespace I wished I had done it sooner and not contemplated for such a long time. There were so many things that were suddenly easier for me. And especially the handover process of a finished website with my clients was so much easier as they actually understood how to update their website much quicker. Consequently I got a lot less maintenance questions afterwards :-) Although I still sometimes design on Wordpress or work with Wordpress I am reminded every time I do it, why I prefer Squarespace.

So I decided to write down the main reasons why I prefer Squarespace over Wordpress. And why I recommend Squarespace over Wordpress to most of my clients.

Why you should have a blog for your website

Why you should have a blog for your website

We hear it all the time: we should start a blog for our website, blogging is great for SEO, having a blog for our website is essential. In this blog post I want to examine why blogging is so good for a website and not only for SEO.

In what ways you can blog, what to blog about, how often and most importantly how to make it enjoyable.

The complete guide to blogging on Squarespace

The complete guide to blogging on Squarespace

One of the pre-assumptions of Squarespace is that Squarespace is not ideal for blogging. I’ve heard that a lot. And everyone thinks Wordpress is the go to solution for blogging.

I have blogged on Wordpress and I have designed a few wordpress blogs and now I am personally blogging for two blogs on Squarespace and have designed many blogs on Squarespace. And I love blogging on Squarespace. I don’t find it restricting and can highly recommend it. Especially when you are looking for an easy solution where everything is taken care for you. With Squarespace you don’t have to worry about updates and backups and if you have a problem you can contact their great customer service team.

So in this post I want to show you how you can write your blog with Squarespace.

30 great Squarespace website examples

30 great Squarespace website examples

Over time I have been collecting websites that have been built using Squarespace as an inspiration for me and also to see what is possible. And in this blog post I want to share 30 of them with you. If you are thinking of designing your websites on Squarespace you can have a look and see what can be done using this all in one platform. If you are using another platform you can use these as an inspiration as they are truly great websites.

10 Screensaver images with inspirational quotes to download

10 Screensaver images with inspirational quotes to download

If you are like me and are looking at your computer screen a lot you will love these screensavers that I’ve created for you!

I always have a quote on all my screensavers and desktop images so I remind myself to reach higher, to do better, to be a better person, to be positive, to be grateful and of so many more things. It is like my mini vision board. I look at these quotes all the time and just like a vision board they keep reminding me of who I want to be and what I want to do.

How to write a compelling about page for your website

How to write a compelling about page for your website

I get this question asked all the time: can you help me with the copy for my website?

And the answer is, yes and no. I am not a copywriter, I am sorry. Copywriting is a skill and it’s actually a job, you can hire a copywriter. Which is something I would definitely do if you can. I have also hired one for my own website initially! So, no I can’t write it for you. But what I can do is point you in the right direction and of course support you with headlines and also give my input on how I would do it.

 In this blog post however I want to write about the about page specifically as many people find it so hard to write about themselves and might want to leave it out completely. And others love writing about themselves and describing on long paragraphs who they are and what they want, do and desire. Both is not ideal.

Why I changed my business name to my personal name

Why I changed my business name to my personal name

Two weeks ago I made the decision to change my business name MNFL Design to my personal Name Emilia Ohrtmann. I had been toying with this idea for a long time but I could not decide and commit. I was kind of clinging onto the name MNFL Design because it has such meaning for me and also because I have gained some sort of recognition with it and I also think I was a bit scared of the reasons why I wanted to change it. So two weeks ago I met a business coach and during that meeting I made the final decision and continue what I had already started on my instagram. This business is actually about me and it just makes more sense to just use my name.

How to add a purchase button to your Squarespace website

How to add a purchase button to your Squarespace website

Squarespace also offers us the options to sell through our website. We can sell physical products, digital products or services through Squarespace.

In this blog post I want to show you how you can sell a service through your Squarespace website and just have a button on your sales page that says ADD TO CART or BUY NOW or anything else you want.

I have done this on my Squarespace Start Up Sales page and you can have a look here to see what I mean and what it can look like.

How to add a background color to a section of your Squarespace website

How to add a background color to a section of your Squarespace website

Long scrolling websites have been very popular for some time now. However having just a white background and lots of text, mixed up with some images can be a bit boring. It is often nice to split it up with different colors or images in the background.

In this blog post I want to show you how you can create this effect on your Squarespace website. How you can have sections of a page with a different colored background.

How to add a link to an email address in Squarespace

How to add a link to an email address in Squarespace

The other day I got a great question which I want to answer in today's blog post.

“How can I make my email address a link so that my website visitors can click on it and directly send me an email?” Basically how to add a link to an email address.

My three top reasons why I love Squarespace

My three top reasons why I love Squarespace

I always rave about Squarespace and tell the world that it is my favorite website design platform.

However I now got the feedback that I don’t make it clear enough why Squarespace is the best website design platform I have used so far.

That is why I decided to make it really simple and write down my top three and the main reasons why I only use Squarespace.

The difference between a dream and a goal

The difference between a dream and a goal

I believe in huge dreams. I think we should all dream big. Dreams are endless and nobody can tell us what we are allowed to dream about and what not.

I also believe very strongly in goal setting. If you actually want to achieve your dreams or anything, one of the best tools is to set just one specific but attainable goal at a time and work towards it consistently.

However what is actually the difference between a dream and a goal?

How to add a slideshow to your Squarespace website

How to add a slideshow to your Squarespace website

Having a big slider on your homepage can often make a great first impression for people landing on your website. Especially if you have great high quality images. And for many photographers this is a great entrance to their website as they can show a few of their best images.

You can also use a slider to bring across different information on each image or link to different blog posts with each image.

In this blog post I am explaining two different ways to insert a slider on your homepage of your Squarespace website. A video tutorial is also included.

As the third option I am also showing you how to insert a slider on any regular page.

How to confidently brand yourself

How to confidently brand yourself

The other day I was asked to speak at an event all about confidence and my topic was, how can we confidently brand ourselves. In this blog post I wrote down some parts of my speech – as an inspiration and to learn about confidence and personal branding.

We can all be confident! We have all been born confident! When I look at my youngest daughter I see this confidence in her, she owns the world. And we have all had it. There just came a time, earlier or later when this was taken away from us – more or less. But we all have it in us to learn to be confident again!

How to use Summary Blocks for your Squarespace Website

How to use Summary Blocks for your Squarespace Website

One of the myths about Squarespace is that Squarespace is not good for blogging. That is definitely not true. You can use Squarespace perfectly fine for blogging. I think this misconception is partly because many people don’t know about summary blocks and don’t know how to automatically display recent blog posts or specific categories of blog posts on different pages so they shy away from blogging on their Squarespace website.

To sum it up, Squarespace summary blocks can be used for blog pages and also for product pages to display a predefined selection of blog posts or products in a specific page and place on your website.

 In this blog post I wrote about how to use the summary blocks and what I use them for.

It also includes a video tutorial on how to use them.