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10.9.17

Don't Dream It, Do it! | Succesvol een Webshop beginnen

how to start a successful webshop

Hallo allemaal!

Ik kan bijna niet geloven dat het alweer september is! De tijd vliegt echt! Het is kouder en regenachtig weer, en dat betekent dat de herfst aangebroken is. Ik ben alweer bijna twee weken begonnen met mijn studie rechten. Naast heel veel lezen en leren vind ik het super leuk om te doen. Vandaag wil ik heel graag met jullie iets delen over webshops. Ik heb eigenlijk altijd al een webshop willen starten, maar het altijd voor mij uitgeschoven. Er zijn zoveel mogelijkheden, ideeën en platforms. Lees gauw verder hoe jij makkelijk en succesvol een eigen webshop opent! 

Waarom webshop beginnen
Je kunt natuurlijk bij jezelf denken, waarom zou ik een webshop openen? Daar zijn superveel redenen voor! Alles gaat tegenwoordig online. Steeds minder mensen kopen in fysieke winkels. Ik shop eigenlijk ook liever online vanuit huis, of relaxed vanuit mijn bed met een kopje thee. Daar kun jij dus van profiteren en je eigen winkel te openen. Bovendien heb je helemaal geen technische kennis nodig. Op Shoppagina kun je makkelijk en snel een webshop beginnen, al vanaf 9,50 per maand en maandelijks opzegbaar. Het is super handig dat je over alle benodigde functies en koppelingen beschikt. Zo kun je goedkoop je pakketjes versturen en kun je zelfs je producten adverteren op Marktplaats. Verder zijn er leuke templates en kun je snel nieuwsbrieven versturen via de koppeling naar Mailchimp. Shoppagina heeft eigenlijk alles wat je nodig hebt voor jou webshop!

how to start a successful webshop



Leuke Ideeën 
Misschien heb je al iets in je hoofd wat je wil gaan verkopen. Als je nog niet helemaal weet wat je wil verkopen in je webshop, dan zijn hier een paar ideeën die je misschien verder op weg kunnen helpen. Ik haal vooral mijn inspiratie van Etsy vandaan. Hier kun je zoveel verschillende soorten producten vinden. Kies vooral een product waar jij achter staat en enthousiast over bent. Het is dan veel makkelijker om te verkopen als je ergens achter staat. 

-Sieraden ontwerpen. Dit vindt ik super leuk om te doen. Ik ben er pas mee begonnen en als je doorzet en veel oefent dan wordt je er steeds beter in! 
-Blogger themes. Als je een blog hebt kun je daarnaast iets extra's bijverdienen door zelf blogger themes of templates te ontwerpen. Dit is iets wat ik nog graag wil leren. Maar als je hier echt goed in bent dan kun je er aardig wat voor vragen.
-Tweedehands kleding. Hier hoef je gelukkig niet zo creatief voor te zijn. Ik moet toegeven dat ik best vaak momenten heb dat ik kleding koop en het dan een paar weken later niet begrijp hoe ik ooit zoiets gekocht kon hebben. Het is natuurlijk zonde om je kleding op zolder te laten liggen of weg te gooien. Je kunt je kleding ook gewoon online aanbieden. 
-Huidverzorging en spa producten. Een ander leuk idee is om je eigen huidverzorgingsproducten te verkopen. Zo kun je bijvoorbeeld een scrub maken van 100% natuurlijke ingrediënten, of een zeep creëren of zelfs je eigen parfum ontwerpen. 
Probeer vooral origineel te zijn en iets te ontwerpen wat bij jou past en wat uniek is. Zo is er onlangs iemand op het idee gekomen om puppies en potentiele baasjes in contact te laten komen. Dit in plaats van potentiele koppels. Als je iets origineels wil verzinnen, kun je ook een draai geven aan een al succesvol idee. 


how to start a successful webshop

Handige tips
-Voor een succesvolle webshop is het belangrijk dat je goede afbeeldingen van je producten maakt. Een spiegelreflex camera maakt mooie en scherpe foto's en vergroot de kans dat iemand doorklikt naar de productpagina. 
-Ook is het slim om een korte beschrijving te geven van je product. 
-Uiteindelijk is jouw doel van je webshop natuurlijk om te verkopen. In het begin kan het daarom handig zijn om leuke aanbiedingen te verzinnen of een extra gratis item bij aankoop. 
-Denk aan een fysieke winkel. Alles is altijd perfect uitgedacht en bepaalde items zijn zo neergelegd dat je verleidt wordt om te kopen. Doe hetzelfde online en zorg dat  je webshop een groot publiek aantrekt. Ook moet er een goede samenhang zijn en je producten aanbieden in verschillende prijsklassen. 

Heel erg bedankt voor het lezen van mijn blog post! Ik hoop dat ik je enthousiast gemaakt heb om ook een webshop te starten. Als je net begonnen bent, alvast heel veel succes!
Ben jij al een webshop gestart?

Liefs,
Isabella

30.8.17

How To Find Your Dream Car

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Hey everyone,

Since the moment I got my driver's licence, I've always wanted to have my own car. I can still remember how happy I was to have passed the test. Just a few months later, I purchased my first car ever. A black Fiat 500 and I'm still in love with it! Having your own car gives you so much more freedom and you feel more independent. Not to forget going on a road trip with friends is just very fun to do as well! Maybe you're a student like me and want to find the perfect car. Sometimes it can get quite overwhelming to choose from endless possibilities of types of cars. To make it a little bit easier, here are some tips to find your dream car!

How To Find Your Dream Car

EDUCATE YOURSELF
This is the most important step towards finding your dream car. I'm really not a car expert, so before I pick a car I want to know everything about it first. Inform yourself about how much repairing the car will costs you, if there are enough garages in your neighbourhood, how many cars from this model are there and more. Cars.com can give you a lot of helpful information when buying a car. It's one of the largest digital automotive platforms, connecting consumers with local dealers. On their website you can find the latest car news, updates and trends and the website even has a videos and reviews feature. On their site you can read honest reviews about the performance of a car you want to buy. If a car isn't rated very well, it immediately narrows down your list and helps you find the perfect car. 

CHOOSE A CAR THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU
After informing yourself, the next step is to ask yourself the question what type of car suits your needs. Everybody is in a different stage in their life. If you are still in college than a very big car is probably not very convenient. But if you are already working and have to drive far away, than a bigger car might be safer and a better option. For me, the Fiat 500 is perfect because it's small and it doesn't need a lot of maintenance. Although I wouldn't mind having this cute pink Fiat! 

How To Find Your Dream Car










NEW OR USED CARS
When I got my driver's license I immediately wanted to buy a car. But before that, you need to decide whether or not you want to buy second hand car or a completely new car. Sometimes buying a cheap used car, will only costs you more later on. If you have a tight budget, than a used car is perfect. There are plenty of used cars that have not many miles and look as new. 

How To Find Your Dream Car


Thank you very much for reading today's post! I hope these tips will make it a little bit easier for you if you are looking to buy a car. They will narrow down some cars from the endless possibilities. Remember to not rush into it. Sometimes it can be better to wait when it feels right. Good luck!!
QUESTION TIME - What is your dream car?

Have a lovely day,
Isabella

25.8.17

La Dolce Vita In Sardinia


La Dolce Vita In Sardinia























Hey everyone,

Traveling has always been one of my biggest passions in life. If I had the time I would travel to a different city every day. Just exploring new cultures and meeting new people from all over the world makes you grow as a person. Besides that, traveling is just very fun to do! There are still so many cities I want to go to, New York, Cape Town, Paris, Barcelona, Milan.. This summer I went on a family holiday to the beautiful island called Sardinia. 

THE JOURNEY
Being half Italian, I always love to visit my family in Rome. I've been to quite a few places in Italy but I'd never been to Sardinia before. After doing some research online I came across a small town San Teodoro, just 20 minutes away from Olbia Airport. If you want to start your trip, Traveloka Malaysia could help you a lot. You can easily compare cheap flight tickets and hotels. Maybe you're a student, than Traveloka will help you to find the cheapest flights online.  Olbia is like the main city of Sardinia, it's a nice city but with a lot of tourists. It really is worth the drive to go further and beaches are even more beautiful. We booked a flight from Amsterdam to Olbia airport and took a taxi to our hotel. It was cool to see the crystal blue sea and the different beaches from the window in the plane. When you land in Olbia you immediately feel very calm and relaxed. We were the only flight that landed and the airport was really calm too. We stayed for 10 nights at the Terra di Mare Resort & Spa. I couldn't recommend any other hotel if you want to go to San Teodoro. The staff is super friendly and everything is well organized and clean. 

La Dolce Vita In Sardinia


BEACH TIME
The first two days we didn't plan any trips outside San Teodoro yet. In San Teodoro there a few beaches that you need to go to if you are there. The most popular one is La Cinta. We went here the most time because the water is so beautiful and you can windsurf or do any watersport you like. I went windsurfing a lot there, almost every day. I recommend if you go to this beach to walk further, because at the end you almost have the whole sea for yourself. We also went to Spiaggia Isuledda. To reach this beach we rented a bike. It's a lot less crowded than La Cinta but very nice to go to if you want to relax or want to rent a boat. Cala Luna and Budoni have great beaches too if you are up to visit more. Also if you want to escape from the heat just take a plunge in the water there, it's a lot colder than the other beach but super refreshing! 

La Dolce Vita In Sardinia


CITY OF SAN TEODORO
The city of San Teodoro is very nice. It has lots of cute shops and every evening from 8 o'clock the city becomes car free and they have a big market where they sell local products. We went for an evening walk and you can experience the nightlife there, pubs, winebars and ice cream bars. You don't have to worry about finding something to eat! I really liked going to the restaurants there, most of them you can enjoy your dinner while listening to live music. There are also lots of small shops that are family businesses. I walked into a jewelry shop that was run by an old lady. They sold a brand called Stroili, maybe you've heard of it. It's Italian and it's very and they have cute things. I bought a necklace and a matching ring. 

EXCURSIONS
After the first few days we decided it was time to see more of the island. I really wanted to do a day trip to Palau and to the La Maddalena Islands. We drove from San Teodoro to Palau and took a 40-minute ferry to La Maddalena. You really need to go here, it's so beautiful. It's the largest island of the archipelago and there is always something to do. Some buildings are very colorful, in pink and orange. We went sailing for the entire day and it's an experience you'll never forget. We also went to Porto Cervo, in the north of Sardinia. It's the place to be if you are up for some shopping at Prada, Louis Vuitton or Bulgari. And maybe during your shopping trip you'll stand behind your favorite movie star, who knows!? The beaches there are also very nice and it's just a place you need to see when you're in Sardinia. 


sardinia family holiday

TIPS FOR NEXT TIME
- It's best to visit Sardinia in June or september. In July and August it's it's very crowded and the prices are very high. 
-Almost everybody that visits Sardinia rents a car. That's really a must have if you want to see more of the island and a road trip is always good of course!
-To save money, just collect food at the local supermarket instead of going out to eat every day.


sardinia family holiday


This holiday was really fun! Because it was so hot I didn't go on as many excursions as planned. Next summer I'm definitely going back and I'll make new memories to never forget.
QUESTION TIME - Have you ever been to Sardinia? 
Have a lovely day,
Isabella

23.8.17

Alternative Ways To Earn Money Online

Alternative Ways To Earn Money Online
Bingo
Playing Bingo online is just one way you can make some extra cash on the side. Usually aimed at mummies around the country, bingo can be for everyone! And with sites like Bingo Kings offering reviews of some big name bingo sites out there, it’s easy to find the best sites and offers for you.
Bingo is also a great way to meet new people and create lasting friendships. If you work from home or have your own business, it can be hard finding the time to make friends. Playing online opens up the chance to meet new people thanks to chat rooms, which can usually be found in-game.
Blogging
Although frowned upon by many, you can actually blog in order to earn money. Joining Facebook groups such as UK Blogger Opportunities allows you to apply for collaborations with brands. Usually, you will be paid for your time or given free gifts to review. Setting up a blog can be easy on sites such as Blogger and Wordpress, and perusing YouTube videos on how to start a blog will take an afternoon, but you’ll be set up in no time!
Matched Betting
Matched Betting is a way you can earn money from home really easily. This is great if you’re currently in-between jobs or you’re looking for work, as it can take up your time. Blogs such as the Matched Betting Blog can help you find out more information on this type of earning system more than I can, however!
Reviewing
This works more if you have a blog, and can also help you find new and amazing products to try that aren’t even on the market yet. Many websites out there will match your blog with a brand in order for you to review their items. Some brands will also pay you alongside gifting in order to garner a link from your site to theirs.
Surveys
Are you a fan of taking surveys? How about those Buzzfeed quizzes you’re obsessed with? This could be perfect for you. There are many websites out there at the moment that offer money in return for a completed survey online. Sites such as Valued Opinions also give registered members gift vouchers every hour that they are active on the site.
How do you earn extra cash online? Lets us know below!
Guest Article written by Gina Kay Daniel

11.8.17

7 Dorm Room Essentials Every Student Needs

Hey everyone,

In less than a month the summer holiday is over and the study days begin. Summer is my favorite season of the year for so many reasons. The days are longer, the sun shines, going to the beach with friends and the list goes on. Although, I have to admit that I kind of like it when it's getting darker earlier in the evenings. Maybe many of you have graduated high school and are of to starting as a freshman in college this year. It's an exciting and new chapter and I'm excited to start mine in September. You'll learn so much more new things, get to meet so many new people, and you'll grow as a person. It's also a step towards becoming more independent. Maybe you have decided to move out and get your own dorm room. I'm still not sure if I'm going to move out, but it's sure fun to have more freedom. It's also a great excuse to start shopping for some cute decor for your new place. There are so many things you already need to think of when going to college. To make it easy, here are 7 dorm room essentials every student needs. Let's get right to it! 

7 Dorm Room Essentials Every Student Needs
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Besides wanting your room to look nice, it's also important that it's comfortable. You're probably going to study there or inviting your other roommates over from next door. Pillows are just inevitable for a movie night in and make your room look cozier. 

I use the blender almost every day. You can make so many different smoothies with it and it's also very healthy. My favorite smoothie would have to be with yoghurt, blueberries and ice cream. Besides the ice cream it's healthy.. When you're in college this can be a quick and easy way to eat lots of fruits or vegetables. 

My favorite headphones are the Bose Silent Noise cancelling. They really cancel or the noise from outside and you feel like it's only you and the movie or music that's playing. It's very handy if you want to study and block out the noises as well or just want some me-time. 

What is even a dorm room without any mirrors?! Every dorm needs at least one mirror, just to check once in a while if your makeup is still ok, to fix your hair or in the morning to take a look at your outfit. And besides, mirrors do make a room look bigger.

This gives your room that extra personal touch. You're probably going to have a lot of new experiences, and the best will become memories you'll always want to remember. I have to confess that I don't that much pictures, but from now on I'll take a picture of an experience I want to remember years later. 

I got to know this brand trough a Youtuber and I really want one too now! Lovesac is a brand that sells beanbags. I used to have a beanbag many years ago in my room and it's really comfortable. I think if I would go to a campus I would definitely want to have one in my room! 

Starting your year well organized will save you from getting stressed quickly. You can write all the important tasks that need to be completed on the to do list chalkboard. It's best to not use this as a planner only, you still need to write the homework assignments in your normal planner. Just keep this for the big events or birthdays coming up. 

There are of course so much more dorm room essentials that every college students needs. A few more essentials are:


Laptop
Polaroid Instax 
Laundry hamper 
Desk lamp
Slippers
Journal
Hair dryer
Window panels
Travel mug 
Lucite makeup organizer 
Extra pairs of sheets
Microwave
Cozy blanket

Thank you very much for readings today's post! 
If you're going to college than I wish you good luck  but for now enjoy your summer!
QUESTION TIME - What is your dorm room essential you can't live without?

Have a lovely day,
Isabella

4.8.17

Stay Cool & Stylish This Summer

Hey everyone,

Can you believe it's almost August?! Time really flies but there still is one full month of summer left before university starts. I've been on a family vacation to Sardinia already, went on a few city trips and basically a summer holiday is the perfect time to organize your life a little bit. And not to forgot a holiday gives you plenty of time to go on a shopping spree. If you're like me you can just shop all day long and then look in your closet and say you've nothing to wear. I think it's just a thing all girls and women have. If you want to stay cool & stylish this summer than read further! 


I'm very happy that I discovered a new fashion store online, it's called Yoins. Yoins believes that every woman has to have the chance to express herself trough her clothes. Clothes that us so much about a person, it reflects your personality, your mood and your vibe. Yoins aims to produce high quality and affordable fashion for everyone. With Yoins you are not just following the crowd, instead you are choosing the trends and styles you love. The store has a great mix of trends from the catwalk, to  trends from the street. 

ACTIVEWEAR 
Staying fit during summer can't of course be done without the right clothes. When I'm working out, wearing clothes where I feel good and pretty in makes me feel more confident. And that's just a thing in general, not only when working out. Yoins has a great collection of gymwear that you can wear this summer. I absolutely love this White backless self-tie t-shirt for the gym. White is an easy color that you can combine with anything. It looks cute with a sports bra underneath and has a round neck. 


activewear yoins stay cool and stylish this summer

Because I already have a few pink fitness tops, I choose blue floral printed sports top. It's cute in combination with black and is padded and has the support you need to enjoy working out. Don't forget to check out their fashion activewear sale for women online!


activewear yoins stay cool and stylish this summer


SUMMER DRESSES
Dresses are girl's must have for summer. During winter I never really wear dresses, except for a party or special occasion. On Yoins you can find many fashion dresses for women for each occasion. Summer dresses are just a lot easier to wear and combine. They make you look girly and effortlessly stylish. I'm really loving off the shoulder dresses lately. This striped pattern off shoulder dress is perfect for those sunny and hot days. With the right accessories you can even transform your look from casual to chic for a date night. The dress looks cute with heels, a bright colored purse and a necklace. 


yoins fashion summer dresses for women

This is a pink striped off shoulder dress which is also very cute for summer. I love the ruffles on the top and the tie waist makes you look great. This dress is also cute for both casual days at the beach or for a night out. Just style it how you want and in your own unique way.  


yoins fashion summer dresses for women

Thank you very much for reading today's post! Going shopping is fun and remember to always be yourself and dress the way you want. 
QUESTION TIME - WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ITEM?

Have a lovely day,
Isabella

3.8.17

The Guide From Semalt: Nine Steps To Planning Website Content

Nine Steps To Planning Website Content
It gets difficult for website owners to plan and develop content for their users, while collaborating with others. However, it is still always possible to manage website content efficiently Max Bell, the Customer Success Manager of  Semalt, advices following nine steps as a guide for getting and publishing the right content 

1. Evaluate Current Copy 
Before anything else, an evaluation of the current copy is prudent as it identifies errors or things that need to be updated. Classifying the content and assigning specific objectives for these groups makes it easier to ensure that the site delivers valuable material only. 

2. Identify The Target Audience 
A business should know who it is speaking to before creating content. Understanding or identifying the target audience help to provide clarity during the planning. It gauges whether the information one intends to include is necessary or clear enough. It also identifies the primary, secondary, and tertiary audiences to ensure that the site caters for all its visitors.
Nine Steps To Planning Website Content
3. Use Sitemaps
Sitemaps act as blueprints. Without it, a site may not accomplish all its objectives or assign content to its relevant page. Many different programs and software suites exist to help design and organize information on a website. Such examples are such as the Organization Chart in Microsoft Word and the free cross-platform XMind tools. Begin with bulk content to see if a single page can contain it all or may need subpages. By doing all this, it becomes possible to prioritize and rearrange items on the website.

4. Collaborating with Others
Involving other people in reviewing and editing guarantees that content contains no grammatical errors and makes sense to others. Collaboration allows other parties to contribute. Single files for all content limit the possibility of these interactions and content developers need to avoid it. Google Docs and JumpChart are website content collaboration tools that allow multiple users to provide feedback. 

5. Telling Versus Selling the Story
Some people feel that their websites present a chance to talk about the business's story. Contrary to this, it should tell the stories of other people who may have benefited from engaging with the products or services offered on the site. All that matters is evidence and said in an understanding manner. The product or service needs to fill a need gap, with easy-to-read points as to the benefits that accrue to the user.

6. Write for Humans and Search Engins
The business should not insert many keywords in content, to the point that it loses its meaning or becomes unreadable. Including these terms throughout the text naturally ensures that readers will see the content. Also, using semantic keywords to replace core keywords does not change the original meaning of the material.

7. Make an Action Oriented Copy
Nine Steps To Planning Website ContentAt the end of the content, there should be a text telling visitors what step they should take next. An email address or contact page link allows an easy action for consumers while the business is still at the top of their minds.

8. Visual Appeal
Including supporting images, charts, and illustrations ensures that the copy looks as good as it is useful. Breaking text with larger pull quotes or testimonials, or using bullet lists comes in handy for users that opt to look through texts. The typeface of the copy has a significant role to play in ensuring the legibility of the copy.

9. Deadlines
Setting concrete deadlines for individuals and teams makes sure that projects remain on track. One way to do this is to group content creation into relevant chunks and work on one at a time. The about section should be among the first since it sets the tone and identifying what to focus on as the project progresses. Deadlines help establish when to submit the work for review with stakeholders, and when to compile all content into the site.

Conclusion
Website planning requires time to plan and implement the strategy. Through this way, it gets easier to present quality and error-free content on a site.

27.6.17

10 X Cute Festival Dresses To Wear This Summer

Hey everyone,

It's summer and that means we're in the middle of the festivalseason. Dancing every weekend on your favorite songs all night long, spending time with friends and basically just having a good time. I've never been to a festival before but that's going to change this summer! I already saw many festivals and now it's time to choose the best ones with the best programs. But you can't go to a festival in your daily casual outfit of course. The fun part is going shopping and choosing what outfit you'll wear that day. When you're going to a festival wearing a dress is perfect. You can easily dance and move in it. It's important that your dress is cute and looks nice. But it's just as important that you feel good and comfortable in what you wear. Here are 10 cute festival dresses to wear this summer! 

I tried to choose dresses from brands that are not too popular. Every item is unique in it's own way and there are endless possibilities to style the dresses. Accessories change your outfit from casual, to glam and to chic. The dress are not really typical festival dresses but they are a little bit more unique and different. 

10 X Cute Festival Dresses To Wear This Summer

10 X Cute Festival Dresses To Wear This Summer


10 X Cute Festival Dresses To Wear This Summer

10 X Cute Festival Dresses To Wear This Summer


10 X Cute Festival Dresses To Wear This Summer


10 X Cute Festival Dresses To Wear This Summer


10 X Cute Festival Dresses To Wear This Summer


10 X Cute Festival Dresses To Wear This Summer

Dress 1  // Dress 2


10 X Cute Festival Dresses To Wear This Summer


10 X Cute Festival Dresses To Wear This Summer

Dress 1  // Dress 2

Thank you very much for reading today's post! I hope you enjoyed it! 
Question time - WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DRESS?

Have a lovely day,
Isabella