Mondays in PJs https://mondaysinpjs.com Killer Digital Marketing Services for Businesses Sun, 06 Sep 2020 13:29:01 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://mondaysinpjs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/cropped-pinkM-32x32.png Mondays in PJs https://mondaysinpjs.com 32 32 10 Social Media Post Ideas to Boost Engagement on Your Business Pages https://mondaysinpjs.com/10-social-media-post-ideas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10-social-media-post-ideas Tue, 01 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=6381 Social media is one of the fastest and easiest ways to promote your brand and connect with your target market.[...]

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Social media is one of the fastest and easiest ways to promote your brand and connect with your target market. There are a number of platforms available to use, so you’ll have to determine which one(s) will work best for your business. But at the very least, you should be utilizing one of the top four, which include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

These 10 Social Media Post Ideas Will Help Boost Your Engagement on Your Brand’s Pages

These social media post ideas will help you boost your business’s online presence and engage with more of your ideal customers. All of the tips are relevant across multiple platforms, so they can be applied on nearly anything from Instagram to Pinterest and everything between. And, if you aren’t using Pinterest as a part of your company’s digital marketing strategy yet, you definitely should be!

1. Time it Right

On most platforms, if not all, timing has a big effect on your post’s engagement rate. You want to make sure you’re posting at the times when your target audience is most active on the platform (or platforms) they frequent most. Keep an eye on your analytics over the course of a month or so, and it will give you a good idea of which times work best for your business. If you aren’t available to post at said times, you can always employ a scheduling tool like Tailwind.

2. Include User-Generated Content

If you’re selling something like a product that tends to wind up in a lot of images: use them! One of the best forms of advertising is a happy customer! Potential customers love to see your products in use, and it makes them feel more secure in their purchase. You can tie this in with a freebie or giveaway when you’re trying to build up your pages. For instance, giving something out as long as users snap a photo of themselves in it/using it and tag X many friends, etc.

3. Give Something Away

It’s just a fact that people love free stuff. Hosting a giveaway is an excellent way to build up interest and engagement across your business’s social media pages. Create a freebie that ties into the products and/or services you offer and promote it to your followers/potential followers. Some ideas of different things you can give away are short e-books, checklists, mini-courses, or a free consulting/coaching session.

4. Stay Consistent

One of the biggest aspects of engaging with your target market on social media is maintaining a consistent presence. Try and post something at least once per day on platforms like Instagram and Facebook. On some platforms, like Twitter, and Pinterest, you’ll need to post more frequently. If you don’t have the time to operate your company’s social media pages, you can always enlist the help of a social media manager.

5. Ask Their Opinion

Another one of the social media post ideas you’ll see from a lot of experts would be to simply ask for it. Give them a reason to engage with the post by asking for their opinion, in the form of either an open-ended question or a survey.

6. Use Visuals

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Multiple recent reports show that modern consumers both prefer, and are more responsive to, visual marketing. Images and videos can make a huge difference when it comes to how effective your campaign turns out to be. Make sure you’re using compelling visuals to engage your followers, especially on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, where posts revolve around images. You can use your phone to take photos or use a subscription photo service like Shutterstock. You can also use a program like Canva, which provides everything you need to create photos and videos for all of your brand’s pages.

7. Avoid Posting Anything Political

Unless you are specifically involved in some type of political niche, or another relevant niche that ties in and actually makes sense as to why you’d be posting about politics – just don’t. Every post you make should engage your target market and make them think about your brand. There are enough places to go online to post about politics, and unless you want to turn off your current and potential customers, that shouldn’t include your company’s social media pages.

8. Add Value

Motivational quotes are great every once in a while, but posting a quote every single day isn’t exactly putting your best foot forward when it comes to digital marketing for your business. Adding value to your reader’s lives by posting things like infographics and/or short instructional videos is a great way to build up your following and engagement on social media. Using infographics like the one below combines visuals and value and makes for sharable, powerful content.

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9. Acknowledge Milestones

Posting about things like your brand’s birthday, or reaching a certain number of followers, views, etc., is an excellent way to engage your market. If your followers had a hand in a milestone (i.e, we just crossed 5,000) make sure to thank them for their involvement!

10. Inspire Action

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Using a call to action at the end of your posts is an excellent way to boost engagement on social media. Sometimes, it’s really as simple as reminding someone of something that gets you that signup, or that sale. Your CTA can be something like, “Don’t forget to follow us @mondaysinpjs for more great tips!” Or, it can be something like: Doesn’t this _______ look amazing? Grab yours now from (yourwebsitegoeshere). Here’s a great post from Hootsuite about how to write powerful CTAs.

Social Media Marketing in the New World

Since 2020, things have been a bit different than they were before. By 2040, over 95% of retail sales are expected to occur on the web, and the digital world is moving along at a faster pace than ever. Are you confident in your business’s current marketing strategy? Talk to a creative consultant today, and discover the tools you need to take your company’s online presence to the next level.

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Affordable Home Office Essentials to Help You Slay Your Workdays Without Breaking the Bank https://mondaysinpjs.com/affordable-home-office-essentials/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=affordable-home-office-essentials Sun, 09 Aug 2020 00:37:00 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=6185 These days, more and more people find themselves working from home, many of which who didn’t expect to be doing[...]

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These days, more and more people find themselves working from home, many of which who didn’t expect to be doing so, and aren’t really prepared for what it entails. Remote work can be awesome, depending on your situation, and studies have actually shown that we’re more productive that way. Still, check out the Mondays in PJs list of affordable home office essentials that will help you crush your workdays.

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Home Office Essentials to Slay Your Workdays

You don’t need to spend a fortune to get some good (and necessary) pieces for your home office that can make your life a hell of a lot easier. Once you’ve tried these affordable home office essentials, you’ll wonder how you got along without them in the first place.

Home Office Furniture

If you have space available where you can set up an actual office area in your home, that’s ideal. One that’s tucked away, or at least one that’s somewhere where you can sit in a desk without having doors bang into you, etc. So, for the first section of this post, let’s say that you have that space (hopefully you do, and if not, skip down to the next section: gear and accessories.)

Adjustable Desk

Ergonomic office furniture can make a huge difference in your productivity and your overall well being. A good adjustable desk can be your best friend at work, and can help prevent lower back pain, and that afternoon bout of lethargy that typically hits like a ton of bricks as you sit in front of the computer at 3 PM. This desk can be easily height adjusted according to your preferences, and even comes along with a footrest.

Ergonomic Computer Chair

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Even if you don’t have an adjustable desk for your home office, an ergonomic computer chair can save your butt (okay, your back, no wait, both.) You want to invest in a solid chair with good lumbar support to avoid the kind of slouching and pressure that causes back pain. This ergonomic chair is a #1 bestseller on Amazon and costs less than $55.

Kneeling Chair

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If you don’t plan on investing in an adjustable desk, you still shouldn’t sit for too long in your chair, even if it is ergonomic. Since we now know how bad sitting for long periods of time can be for one’s health, it’s important to take plenty of breaks from sitting in a regular position. But, if you don’t feel like standing either, you can always use a kneeling chair like this one, which takes the pressure off of your back.

Adjustable Desk for Small Spaces

If you’re not in the position to build a new home office area, but you need something reliable to get your work done on, you can opt for a smaller, more affordable adjustable desk like this one. It can be raised or lowered, so you can use it sitting down or standing up. It’s also very lightweight and easy to move around, and it fits nicely in small areas.

High-Quality Ergonomic Office Furniture

Read my post about the best ergonomic home office furniture to see some of my favorite chairs and desks.

Gear and Accessories

Once you’ve got your home office space all set up, it’s time to morph it into your ideal area, where you’ll be able to maintain productivity and stay focused. Even if you’re using your couch as your workspace for the time being, a lot of these things can be extremely beneficial to you.

Computer

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While you can do almost anything from your phone these days, chances are pretty good that you’re going to need a good computer to get the job done. You may have cringed just now, thinking about how much a computer can cost but really, you can find a good machine like this HP on Amazon at affordable prices.

Filing System

While it may seem like everything is done digitally these days, you still want to keep at least an accordion folder with dividers, or some type of system to store and separate important paperwork. The last thing you need is to lose something important! This adorable set of accordion filing folders is rated five stars, and you can get it for less than $20!

Good Pair of Headphones

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If you don’t live alone, or in a place where you have a lot of peace and quiet, a good pair of headphones can make several worlds of differences. I prefer this kind of comfortable, over-the-ear headphones to earbuds, but anything that cancels out the noise will work.

Wireless Mouse

Using the trackpad on your laptop can be a pain in the ass sometimes, okay, most of the time. It’s much faster and easier to get a wireless mouse. If you have the desk space, I recommend going with a mousepad, too, since they make everything run more smoothly.

Balance Board

If you have a standing or an adjustable desk, a balance board is an excellent way to stay focused and energized while you’re working. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a little rocking board that you stand on that you need to keep balanced beneath you. They’ve been shown not only to reduce lower back pain, but to improve memory and concentration, improve your posture, and more. Plus, they’re just kind of fun to rock on when you’re at the computer! Grab one on Amazon for around $30.

Mini Fridge

Keep your snacks close, and your favorite snacks closer. Sure, you could run out to the kitchen every time you wanted to grab a bottle of water or soda, or you could just use a desktop fridge like this one in your workspace, to save yourself some time and trouble (also, snacks.)

Ergonomic Keyboard/Mousepad

Letting your wrists rest for too long on the hard edges of your desk while typing and clicking away on your mouse may not feel like it’s doing any damage, but it’s definitely possible. A keyboard pad slides right in front of your computer and acts as a little pillow for your wrists. The same goes for the mouse (wrist) pad. You can get them both in a set on Amazon for around $10, and your body will thank you for it.

Ergonomic Backpad

If you don’t naturally have incredible posture, you could really be hurting your back by slumping down in your computer chair all day. A lumbar support pillow slides right between you and the back of your chair, and helps keep the pressure off of your lower back.

Cardigan

If we’re talking affordable home office essentials, I am definitely adding cardigan to the list. When you’re working from home, it can be easy to just roll out of bed, grab some coffee and jump on the computer. So, if you tend to sleep and/or run around in camis and your job requires you to be seen on cam, a cardigan on the back of your chair is a big timesaver! Toss it on and switch it out as needed. I absolutely love viscose, viscose everything, but cardigans are amazing, since it is a natural, breathable, soft fabric and works well in both warmer and cooler months. You can find tons of great viscose cardis like this one on Amazon.

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How to Increase Your Website Traffic Organically https://mondaysinpjs.com/increase-your-website-traffic-organically/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=increase-your-website-traffic-organically Sun, 02 Aug 2020 13:14:16 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=6093 There are around 877 million live websites in the United States alone. That’s some serious competition for anyone doing business[...]

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There are around 877 million live websites in the United States alone. That’s some serious competition for anyone doing business online. So, how do you increase your website traffic organically and drive more potential buyers to your digital doorfront, without dropping a ton of money on ads?

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How to Increase Your Website Traffic Organically

Content and consistency are key when it comes to engaging new customers. If it were quick and easy, everyone would be living the good life right about now. But the truth is, organic web traffic isn’t an overnight type of deal. It takes some real effort, though if you’re willing to put in the work (or hire a specialist to do it for you,) you’ll see the results.

Use a Professional Domain

When someone goes to visit your website and they see something like yourstorename.weebly.com, they’re not going to take you as seriously as if you’d purchased a yourstore.com, etc., extension. Plus, hosting your own site means that you know you can keep it safe, whereas if something were to happen to your middle man, you may lose it.

Include Plenty of Photos and/or Videos

You don’t need special tools to create your imagery. You can just use your phone when you’re starting out. Although, it also isn’t a bad idea to invest in some basic blogging tools if you’re going to create content regularly. Make sure that you’re making ALT image tags for each photo that you use on your website, which also helps with your overall SEO. If taking your own photos isn’t an option, you can always use a stock photography service like Shutterstock instead.

Create a YouTube Channel

Like imagery, video is a crucial tool when it comes to digital marketing in the 2020s. In fact, according to recent reports, more than 80% of marketers are satisfied with their ROI when it comes to the video marketing efforts of their organization. Plus, a lot of people these days prefer watching video to reading, so having that option available for them opens your website up to more consumers. Creating a YT channel and adding video to your site is a great way to increase your website traffic. Plus, it gives you an additional method of monetizing your website – or several, depending how you choose to use it.

Optimize Your Site for Search Engines

Google is hands down the most-popular search engine, and website, in the world. More than 60% of search traffic in the United States this year originated on the king of search engines, who dominates the majority of their market. In order to not miss out on that traffic, and be found before your competitors, you need to make sure that you have a solid presence on Google, and that comes through deploying proper SEO tactics.

Use Pinterest

If your target market includes women, you absolutely want to be using the visual search engine to drive (large waves of) traffic back to your website! Though the percentage of male users is steadily growing, too. Plus, using great SEO places the visual Pins that you create on the platform in Google’s “images,” section, boosting your brand presence on there as well. But, in order to see that traffic from Pinterest, you need to post several times per day (between 5-10.) We know that can be a ton of work, which is why we offer our awesome SEO Pinterest marketing and management packages for busy business owners!

Blog

Blogging is by far one of the best ways to increase your website traffic organically. Unlike a paid ad, a blog post serves multiple purposes, and drives visitors back to your site time, and time again. If you choose to start a blog on your site, try and post as consistently as possible, and make sure you’re using SEO to boost your posts!

Use Hashtags

Using hashtags on your social media posts helps those who may not otherwise see your content to find it on each platform. For instance, if you’re in home decor, all it could take to mean the difference between 10 views and 1,000 views is using a nice set of relevant hashtags on your snapshot of your new living room. That way, even people who don’t follow you can stumble onto your posts by searching for the keywords you’ve tagged (#interiordesignideas, #interiordesigners, #homedesignexpert, etc.).

Start an Email List

Building an email list is an excellent way to keep track of those that have already expressed an interest in your products or services. Depending on your niche, It may be enough to use a pop-up plug-in and simply ask visitors to sign up for your email list. If you try that and it doesn’t work, you can try offering some type of freebie for sign-ups instead.

Use Google my Business

Reviews are especially important to those targeting Millennials and Gen Z, as those groups tend to have more questions pre-purchase when it comes to new companies, but they can also be helpful in driving waves of traffic. Signing up for Google My Business is free, and gives your existing customers a chance to help you engage new ones by leaving reviews on the #1 website in the world.

Secure Your Site

Using https://, rather than http:// at the beginning of your website address can make a world of difference, both to you and visitors. A large percentage of traffic drops off if they see that is a site is unsecured. In order to retain those numbers, you’ll want to pay the extra amount for that security when purchasing your hosting and domain, etc.

Make it Mobile Friendly

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Making your website mobile friendly is a must in the 2020s. More than two thirds of internet users in the United States access the web from their phones, and if your site is hard for them to use, or doesn’t load at all, they’ll move along to one that does. Make sure you’re not missing out on a large chunk of traffic, and optimize your site for use on mobiles.

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12 Reasons why you Should be Using Pinterest for Your Business in 2020 https://mondaysinpjs.com/why-you-should-be-using-pinterest-for-your-business/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-you-should-be-using-pinterest-for-your-business Sat, 25 Jul 2020 15:24:48 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5985 So many people I’ve spoken to lately seem to think that Pinterest is only a place to share recipes and[...]

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So many people I’ve spoken to lately seem to think that Pinterest is only a place to share recipes and fashion advice, which it absolutely can be, but it is also SO much more, which inspired me to write this post about why you should be using Pinterest for your business.

Why you Should be Using Pinterest for Your Business

Contrary to what you may believe, Pinterest isn’t just a land of cats in hats and vegan casseroles (although, you can definitely find those things there, too.) It’s a powerful search engine that uses photos or videos to drive viewers to the site of your choosing, which is why it’s such a great tool for business owners.

It Operates as a Search Engine

Pinterest works just like Google in the sense it drives traffic to your site via backlinks. People on Pinterest search for terms they’re interested in, find a descriptive image, click it, and follow it back to your site (or wherever else you choose to link them to.)

It Boosts Your Brand’s Presence on Google

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Google is the most popular website in the world. More than 90% of online sales originate on the king of search engines. Optimizing your website to rank high on Google’s search pages is one way to improve your brand’s presence online, but all of those Pins you create will show up on Google too (if you use proper SEO.)

Pins Lead Long Lives

Pins will last pretty much forever, unless you violate Pinterest’s TOS or something. Unlike with a paid ad, or a Tweet that gets buried, Pins will continue to live and circulate for many, many years down the road.

It’s a Wonderful Way to Reach Women

Around 42% of adult women in the U.S. use Pinterest and, at the time, over 70% of users are women. If your target market includes females, you definitely want to be utilizing this platform to connect with them.

Pinterest Users Have More Buying Power

According to Ahalogy, active Pinners have about 9% higher income than non-users. Households that report having higher income (over $75,000/year,) are twice as likely to utilize the platform than those who report low incomes.

Pins are Visually Inspiring

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A powerful Pin can change lives, including your own. More than 65% of users say they’ve tried a new product or service after seeing it on Pinterest. Just think about what that can mean for your brand. Visually driving traffic to your site is one of the main reasons why you should be using Pinterest for your business.

It’s a Positive Place

Nine out of ten pinners say Pinterest is full of positivity – and this one agrees! While other platforms are overrun with negativity and drama, Pinterest is a nice change of pace. People are drawn to the site to seek out things that inspire them and make them happy, and you have the opportunity to give them exactly what they’re looking for.

Your Web Content is More Shareable

When you create original pins to accompany your blog posts and other web content, you’re giving people another way to share your products and/or services with their own network. Pinterest calls for vertical images, so the graphics you’ve created to be shareable on FB or IG won’t cut it.

Engagement Trumps Followers

When you create a business account on Pinterest, you gain access to an analytics section that you don’t get if you choose to operate under a personal profile. The analytics will show you which Pins are getting the most clicks, etc., which, as a business owner, is one of the most important aspects of using the platform for engaging potential customers. While you can follow people, and people can follow you, it isn’t what counts most, because they don’t have to be following you to come across your content.

You can Build up Your Brand’s Other Social Media Pages

If you’re utilizing multiple social media platforms, you can use Pinterest to drive traffic to your other pages. Each time you create a Pin, you can choose where you want to link it to. For instance, you can send those who click on the image to your general website, a certain page on your website, or one of your other social platforms, just to name a few.

Promoted Pins

Just like with any other social media site, Pinterest has an option to pay for Promoted Pins. Current reports say that for every $1 spent on paid Pins, you get $2 back. You don’t need to pay to promote content, but if you see a Pin that’s performing particularly well, it’s not a bad idea. Stats also show that for every 100 views you get on a Promoted Pin, you receive around 30 more for free.

It’s Growing Very Quickly

Over the last year alone, Pinterest gained more than 70 million new users, rising by 26%. The world is becoming more and more visual, and people want to see brands using more video. Pinterest is a perfect place to do just that and drive massive amounts of traffic.

Pinterest Management

Pinterest is an amazing tool for business owners. Unfortunately, in order to see the boost traffic, you need to post several times per day – and I mean several. Unlike Facebook or Instagram, where posting once or twice per day is sufficient, this platform calls for a steady flow of imagery throughout the day, especially during peak hours. At Mondays in PJs, we offer a complete SEO Pinterest marketing and management package to handle everything from Pin creation to posting.

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How to Maintain Productivity While Working From Home https://mondaysinpjs.com/how-to-maintain-productivity-while-working-from-home/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-maintain-productivity-while-working-from-home Sat, 11 Jul 2020 13:22:58 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5847 It can be tough to stay on track while working from home, especially during the Coronapocalypse. Although research actually shows[...]

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It can be tough to stay on track while working from home, especially during the Coronapocalypse. Although research actually shows that we get more work done when we’re working remotely, it doesn’t feel that way at times. But, at Mondays in PJs, we’ve been working online for over half a decade now, so we’ve developed a pretty solid routine. Here’s how to maintain productivity while working from home.

How to Maintain Productivity While Working From Home

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Get Into a Set Schedule

Perhaps one of the most important aspects to staying productive while working remotely is to get into a schedule that works for you – and stick to it. Maintaining a regular schedule like this one can be super beneficial, not only to your work, but to your general sense of well-being. Going to sleep and waking up around the same time every day to start work can keep your circadian rhythm in check, and help you keep a healthy brain/body balance.

Don’t Skimp on Breakfast

It can be tempting to guzzle some coffee and jump right into the things, but that may lead to a serious energy slump before lunch. Eating breakfast will not only give you the energy you need to get through your morning, but it also boosts your brain power. Make sure to grab something to eat before getting started, even if it’s just a piece of toast with some peanut butter or a protein-packed breakfast bar. Even better? Toss a bunch of nutritious and delicious stuff into your blender and make an awesome, energizing breakfast smoothie.

Wake Up and Get Ready

Do whatever it is you need to do that makes you feel energized and ready to face the day. If that means getting in a workout and/or taking a shower, or maybe it means journaling while drinking coffee, whatever it is – do it! Whether or not video conferencing is a part of your workload, jumping in the shower and getting dressed like it is can boost your energy and prepare you to get it done. But relax, that doesn’t mean you need to reach for the pants with buttons. No one would see your bottom-half even if you were on cam, so hello, yoga pants and flip flops.

Love Your Space

While you may just want to pop open your laptop and get your work done from the couch with your TV on in the background, it’s definitely not one of the best ways to maintain productivity while working from home. Setting up a dedicated workspace, or even a full home office, can make a world of difference when it comes to your motivation and energy during the day.

Ergonomic Office Equipment

Once you know where you want your workspace to be, filling it with ergonomic furniture and accessories is one of the best ways to keep your energy levels high and prevent lower back pain while working from home. Ergonomic computer chairs with lumbar support make sitting down for long periods of time easier on your back. Adjustable or standing desks along with balance boards, or even under-the-desk treadmills help you stay awake (and fit!) during the day.

Use Binaural Beats

Sometimes, all of the background noises around us can be extremely distracting to the point we have trouble concentrating on the task at hand. Other times, our minds will exaggerate those noises simply because we’re having trouble concentrating on said tasks. Either way, it can be beneficial to use some type of white noise, or even music. You can find these binaural beat soundwave therapy tracks for everything from stress and pain relief to energy boosts and, for the purpose of working, focus and concentration. Binaural beats work best if you wear a good set of headphones while you listen.

Stay off of Social Media

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It’s just so tempting and convenient to keep switching back and forth and checking up on everything going on in internet land, and it’s kind of hard to resist the temptation of social media. To make it easier, use an app like Stay Focused, which tracks productivity while blocking all of the sites that distract you from getting your work done.

Keep Your Work Area Off-Limits

If you were working at the office, your family members wouldn’t be popping in to ask you questions throughout the day. While working online throughout the COVID era can be a bit difficult, it’s still important to maintain boundaries if you want to remain productive while working from home. Let family members (or whoever it is you live with) know that you don’t want to be disturbed during work hours.

Get/Stay Organized

While working to home has plenty of benefits, that doesn’t mean there isn’t an adjustment period in getting into the flow of the things. You already have your workspace setup, but is everything that you need for work organized within it?

Take Plenty of Breaks

Sitting and staring at the screen for hours on end can be bad for your health in a number of ways. But, it can also lead to a brain scramble, which usually ends up resulting in more work than necessary, because something gets screwed up and you have to go back in and fix it later. Make sure you’re taking plenty of breaks to get up and move around. Go for a walk around the house (or neighborhood,) grab a glass of water, get lunch, get up and stretch, etc. If your living situation doesn’t allow you to walk around outside, and/or if you don’t have very much space, you can always consult YouTube. There are plenty of short exercises, like these 10-15 minute one mile walk fit videos, that you can do in your living room.

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Mondays in PJs is Turning One! Let’s Take a Look Back at our Most Popular Posts of our First Year in Existence. https://mondaysinpjs.com/10-most-popular-posts-year-one/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10-most-popular-posts-year-one Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:48:00 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5751 While our posts in the archives may be dated back to March of 2019, we didn’t actually go live until[...]

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While our posts in the archives may be dated back to March of 2019, we didn’t actually go live until July of last year. So you know what that means, right? Mondays in PJs is turning a year old in just a few weeks! In honor of the business birthday, I’ve sifted through the analytics and pulled up our 10 most popular posts of the year.

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The votes are in, and these 10 posts had the most views and shares between July 2019 to (almost) July 2020. The posts have been divided into the two categories that our archives are split into, which are: business, and working from home.

Most Popular Business Posts of the Year

Mondays in PJs exists to help you earn more money from your business, and connect more meaningfully with your customers (and potential customers.) Here are some of our best business posts from our very first year being live.

Post 1: How to Choose the Best Social Media Platform for Marketing Your Business

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Trying to juggle social media pages for your business on every major platform can be exhausting, believe me, I know. Luckily, you don’t need to maintain a presence everywhere, so long as you’re in the same place as your target market. For instance, if you’re selling products that would mainly be of interest to women, you’ll definitely want to be on Pinterest, since more than 85% of users are female – and because it’s an awesome search engine. This post breaks down more of the pros (and cons) of using each major social media platform for marketing your brand.

Post 2: 20 Ways to Improve Your Blog and Drive More Traffic to Your Site

I don’t want to come off as salesy when I say this, but it’s true; blogging is such an excellent way to drive organic traffic to your site time and time again. But, there are some steps that you’ll need to take to see the kind of traffic you’re hoping for. In this post, I dive into different ways that you can improve your blog to connect with more of your target market.

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Post 3: The Best Digital Marketing Tools for Business Owners

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This year has been pretty chaotic thus far, and it’s definitely called for some pivoting as far as digital marketing campaigns are concerned. But just because the world as you know it has come to an end doesn’t mean your business can’t still thrive. I’ve laid out some pretty awesome marketing tools in this post that will help you boost your brand’s presence online. The best part? They’re pretty much all free.

Post 4: 10 Digital Marketing Tips to Help you Boost Your Brand’s Presence Online

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Now’s a great time to revamp your brand’s digital marketing campaign, and really dig into your current strategy to figure out what’s working and what could use some improvement. Head to this page to check out some techniques that will help you boost your online business.

Post 5: How to Rank Higher on Google and Boost Your Site’s SEO

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SEO is crucial when it comes to being found online. When a potential customer heads to Google in search of the types of products and/or services you have to offer, you want them to find your website before they find your competitor’s. Here’s how you can improve your site’s SEO and rank closer to the first page of Google’s search results.

Most Popular Work From Home Posts

Aside from our online business section, Mondays in PJs offers plenty of remote work resources and ways to help you earn steady money from home. Here are some of the best work-from-home posts from our first year in existence.

Post 6: Online Jobs That Don’t Require a Degree or a Deposit

Looking for ways to earn a steady online income, but not sure where to start? Mondays in PJs has you covered!

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Post 7: Survey Says: The Best Paid Survey Sites That Actually Pay

Not all paid-survey sites are worth spending the time to sign up for them. However, there are some legit sites in existence that allow you to earn a few extra bucks here and there. Survey junkie is one of the best, for sure, and these other companies are worth checking out as well.

Post 8: Make Money Teaching English Online From Your Phone With PalFish

Teaching English online is a fun and easy way to earn money from home. PalFish makes it easy to earn up to $22/hour teaching from your phone. If you want to learn more about working as an online English teacher with PalFish and/or sign up, head here now. And hey, if you have no interest in building up your own online business and you enjoy talking to people, you can always move to Costa Rica and live solely off of your ESL income. There are quite a few tutors who choose that path, though many of them work for multiple companies, like PF and Cambly, to create multiple streams of income.

Post 9: 10 Ways to Earn Money From Home Without Spending Any of Your Own

If you’re still getting your online business up and running, you may need to supplement your income by taking on some additional remote jobs. Check out the post to see a few of the opportunities you’ll find at the moment.

Post 10: Interesting Online Side Hustles to Help Pass the Time and Earn Money From Home

The Coronapocalypse has flipped the world upside down and shaken everything up. Now’s the perfect time to start a new digital side hustle and earn some extra money from home. But these aren’t just any old side hustles. You can actually have fun doing most of these, and if you wanted to, you could turn most of them into full online businesses.

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Online Businesses You Can Start Today Without Spending a Ton of (or Any) Money https://mondaysinpjs.com/online-businesses-you-can-start-today/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=online-businesses-you-can-start-today Sat, 13 Jun 2020 14:35:03 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5667 Sure, the world may be in complete and utter chaos, but that’s a good thing. Why? Because everything that’s going[...]

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Sure, the world may be in complete and utter chaos, but that’s a good thing. Why? Because everything that’s going on right now is sure to cause some much-needed changes to our system, which has been very obviously broken for a long time. But, just because things may be a little different at the moment doesn’t mean you can’t still be successful in your work, it just means you need to create a situation that allows you to earn money from home. Why not start that business you’ve been thinking about for a while now? Here are just a few of the online businesses you can start today without spending a ton of money.

Online Businesses You Can Start Today Without Making Any Major Investments

Let’s face it; most of us aren’t in a position right now where we can drop a ton of money on our online businesses. But that just means that we need to get a little more creative and really put in the work where it’s needed. So, let’s take a look at some inexpensive online businesses that you can start today!

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Blogger

Blogging is an awesome way to earn money from home while at the same time, having a creative outlet and platform that’s entirely your own. There are several ways that you can monetize your blog, including selling ad space, using affiliate links, selling digital products and/or services and more. While you probably won’t start making a ton of money just after starting, if you stick with it, you can turn it into an ultra-profitable online business.

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Online Teacher

If you’ve got marketable skills that would be of interest to children or adults, you can always create some online courses, and teach on a platform like Udemy. There are a lot of people who are looking for some fun and educational new activities to keep them occupied in their free time these days. You can teach everything from English to music and so much more. Anything that you can turn into a useful lesson for others can earn you some online money with Udemy.

Mask Dealer

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It’s rare that you’ll encounter a situation these days where a ton of people are out without masks on. They’re everywhere, and very much in-demand all around the world. Disposable masks are flying off of the shelves and people are searching out more stylish and comfortable options on Amazon. So, if you’ve got sewing skills and a sewing machine, why not open up an Etsy shop, or sell masks on Amazon and/or eBay? If you’ve never made a mask, there are plenty of tutorials out there to get you started. Just make sure you create a unique angle to your business and masks that allows you to stand out above your competitors.

Affiliate Marketer

The sky’s truly the limit with affiliate marketing, and it doesn’t require you to spend any money to get started. If you have a solid network, whether it’s your personal network or you have tons of followers on social media (or a blog,) you could earn a substantial income from home as an affiliate marketer! The products and/or services you choose to represent should be based on you and those who you’re trying to sell to.

While most companies have an affiliate program, if you join a network like ShareaSale, they’ll do most of the work for you, and all you need to do is sign up once (for FREE) and start searching for one of the many amazing companies they have listed in their network! They have everything from mattress and furniture stores to paid survey sites that will pay you for every sign-up! This may be one of the quickest online businesses you can start today, and without spending a single cent.

CBD Slinger

If it seems like everyone and their mom’s are selling CBD, it’s because they are. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t run a successful online CBD business. CBD (cannabidiol) is a chemical compound found in cannabinoids, but doesn’t include enough THC to make one feel “high.” Instead, it offers many of the medicinal benefits of the plant, including natural pain and anxiety relief. If you choose to start selling CBD, don’t just jump on the first opportunity you see – and, there will be a lot of them. Make sure you choose a reputable company with good products and reviews, like CBD FX.

Consultant

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Do you have skills in any particular area of life that others may want to learn, too? This could be professional or personal, as consulting businesses can range from being a digital marketing consultant like me, to life-coaching and teaching things like how to be more assertive and get what you want. Plus, consulting could be one of the easiest (and cheapest) methods of launching your home-based business. You can always start by selling to your personal network, or jump right in and create a website and social media pages to promote your services.

Social Media Manager

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Are you super-skilled when it comes to gaining followers and engaging on any of the social media platforms? If so, why not try your hand at running social media management for business owners? While many of them may be trying to handle things on their own these days, it’s just not possible in every situation. You’ll definitely have some competition if you choose to go into this field, so make sure you’re marketing yourself in a way that makes you stand out. Perhaps by offering some type of discount package, and featuring your own killer social pages.

Read next: Ten of the Best Ways to Use Canva to Create Awesome Graphics for Your Business!

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10 Digital Marketing Tips to Help you Boost Your Brand’s Online Presence https://mondaysinpjs.com/digital-marketing-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=digital-marketing-tips Wed, 03 Jun 2020 15:55:04 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5587 There’s no denying that over the course of the past several months, the world that we once knew has come[...]

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There’s no denying that over the course of the past several months, the world that we once knew has come to an end. Perhaps you’ve already been running an online business long before Corona struck, or maybe you’re just building one up now. Regardless, now is the time to be ultra-innovative when it comes to your brand’s online marketing strategy. Here are 10 digital marketing tips to help you expand your presence on the web.

Digital Marketing Tips for the New World

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Use Video

YouTube is the second most popular website in the entire world, trailing just behind it’s older sister, Google. There are more than 2.2 billion logged-in users on YouTube every month, and this year alone, more than five billion dollars will be made in advertising on the platform. Video has shown to drive more than twice the ROI as text and image-based ads, which means you definitely want to get a piece of that pie.

Create a Professional Website

If you don’t already have a website for your customer base to find you, now’s the time to build one, or have one created for you. You can sell successfully from social media, but a website is another crucial point of contact between you and your target market. In order to fully own your site, you’ll want to go the self-hosted route and use WordPress.org (not to be confused with WordPress.com.). WP Engine is a great choice of hosts, and they’ll help you get all set up, so even if you’re not familiar with building sites on WordPress, it should be quick and easy. You can learn more about WP Engine here.

Build an Email List

There are so many reasons to create an email list for your business, the first of which is that you know without a doubt that the people signing up are interested in what you’re offering. So, once you’ve got that list, you have a loyal base of potential customers to pitch your products/services to. You can use a plugin like Hustle to create ways for subscribers to sign up. If you don’t have much luck in the beginning, try adding an incentive, like a free download. Mailerlite has a free option and is a wonderful alternative to other programs, like Mailchimp.

Know Your Audience

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The social media platforms you use to market your online business should be based largely on where it is your target market frequents most. Check out my post about how to discover the best social media platform for your business to help you decide and see more digital marketing tips for social media campaigns.

Use Pinterest

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No matter what age range your target market is comprised of, if it includes women, you want to be on Pinterest. While many people may think it’s just a place where lifestyle bloggers post recipes and fashion tips, it’s so much more. It’s essentially another search engine, and a huge one, which can drive a crazy amount of traffic to your website, if utilized correctly. One thing about Pinterest is, you need to post several times per day to drive that traffic. We know that can take a lot of time and effort, which is why we offer our monthly SEO Pinterest marketing and management plans!

Optimize for Search Engines

And, speaking of search engines, let’s talk about why it’s so important to optimize your content for them, a process that’s otherwise known as SEO. SEO is a crucial step in content marketing, because if that content isn’t optimized, it’s just going to get buried under the pages and pages of sites from your competitors that are. There are several things you can do to get your site SEO-friendly, including keyword research and using a plugin like Yoast on your site. Check out my post on other things you can do to boost your SEO and Google search rankings here.

Make it Mobile Friendly

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A person’s smartphone is basically a part of them these days. One can do everything from their phone, and usually, that’s exactly what they do, including purchasing from online businesses. If your site isn’t mobile-friendly, you’re going to drive these potential sales away and straight to a competitor’s door. However, if you’ve got a design that makes it easy for users to navigate through your sales funnel on their phone, there’s a 74% chance they’ll come back to buy again.

Talk to a Creative Consultant

If you’re feeling stuck when it comes to your brand’s digital marketing strategy, you can always talk to an expert, and learn more about what you can do to connect with more of those potential customers. A creative marketing consultant will help you work through any struggles you’re facing in your current campaign, and design a new one that works best for your business.

Monitor Your Analytics

Using Google Analytics to monitor the success (or lack thereof) of all of your content. You’ll be able to see which of your pages or posts are attracting the most visitors, which referral sources they’re coming from, and more. This will enable you to continue to shape your content marketing strategy in a way that brings you more traffic and potential customers.

Engage Your Market

Engagement is a big part of running a successful digital marketing campaign, and requires that you spend a substantial amount of time connecting meaningfully with your followers, influencers, and other major players when it comes to the success of your brand. Make sure you’re not only posting your own content on a regular basis, but share things that others have posted, and like/comment on posts that are relevant to your industry.

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Read next: the top Digital Marketing Mistakes and how to Avoid Making Them.

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Make Money Teaching English Online With PalFish https://mondaysinpjs.com/make-money-teaching-english-online-with-palfish/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=make-money-teaching-english-online-with-palfish Sat, 23 May 2020 14:52:58 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5475 If you’re looking for some great new ways to earn money from home without a bachelor’s degree, online teaching is[...]

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If you’re looking for some great new ways to earn money from home without a bachelor’s degree, online teaching is a fantastic option! As long as you’re a native English speaker with a solid internet connection and mobile device, you can make money teaching English online with PalFish.

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How to Make Money Teaching English Online

PalFish is a China-based ESL platform that connects young learners (ages 3-12) with native-speaking English teachers from the US, UK, Australia, or NZ. With this company, you’ll earn between $14-$22/hour, with payments being sent out once per month (between the 1st and the 7th) and going through Payoneer. So, if you don’t already have a free Payoneer account, you’ll need to set one up to get paid.

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Getting Started on the Platform

Once you’ve gotten your app installed, it’s time to start booking classes! PalFish has two types of lessons that they offer; the freetalk course, where you basically just have a conversation with your student, and the official kid’s course (OKC,) which has set slides that you teach throughout the span of your session. Since they’re based in Beijing, peak hours are usually early AM EST time, and then more of the days/nights on the weekends. They ask that you open up at least seven slots during their peak hours to continue teaching the official course, but you can open as many as you’d like.

Job Requirements

If you’re a native English speaker with experience in working with children, you’ll be able to teach the freetalk lessons without any issues. However, in order to teach the OKC, you do need to possess some form of teaching certificate, such as either a TESOL or TEFL. If you don’t have one, don’t panic! You can find them online at (seriously) affordable prices. The International Open Academy often runs 90% off sales on their certs, which means you can earn your TESOL for less than $20! Now, that certificate may not fly if you try and teach at a brick-and-mortar school, but it’s perfect acceptable for most online learning platforms, including PalFish.

What You’ll Need

Unlike most of the online ESL platforms, PalFish is operated on a mobile-only basis. So, you’ll need to use your phone, or an iPod or iPad, etc. Obviously this also means that the app works fine with wiFi, but you’ll still want to make sure you’ve got solid enough internet that your calls won’t be dropping left and right. The company also requires that you wear a blue shirt for teaching. It doesn’t matter what shade of blue, as long as it’s blue and appears professional (t-shirts are fine, just nothing too revealing, etc.). And finally, you’ll need to print out a copy of the PalFish logo and hang it up in the background of your teaching space. Considering you’re going to be teaching off of your mobile, keep in mind that you’ll also want some way of propping your phone up in place, and being able to control its balance as you navigate from slide to slide. This can be accomplished with a small tripod or stand like this one for your phone.

What They Pay

The pay rate works out a bit differently between your official kid’s course lessons and those that are freetalk. OKC lessons are 25-minutes long, and start out paying $7 per class. You’ll also be able to rack up some bonuses, but that’s your base pay. After you’ve taught so many and get positive ratings, you’ll move up a level and your pay will increase. For free talk lessons, you can set your own rate between 1-5 yuan/minute, which works out to be $0.14-$0.70/minute, and PalFish will take a cut of 20%. The money you make from OKC is all yours to keep, and you’ll be able to track your earnings in real-time by keeping an eye on your wallet in your account dashboard. Keep in mind that the lower you set your rates, the more bookings you’ll get. Especially when you’re first starting out.

Preparing for Your First Lesson

Once you’ve opened up your schedule, make sure to keep an eye on the platform, as it’s pretty easy to miss notifications about bookings. Try to check your app at least a few times per day, and more if you’re looking for last-minute schedulings. Once you see that a student’s booked a lesson with you, you’ll be able to enter the classroom way ahead of time to take a look around and familiarize yourself with the slides and functions. You can also find a ton of helpful YouTube videos, many of which are specific to each level of trial. For instance, if you see that you’re teaching a level 2 trial (Hello Monkey!) you can search for something along the lines of, “teaching PalFish level 2 trial” and you’ll find videos of other teachers going through the entire class, so you can model yourself off of them if you’re feeling nervous.

Teaching Trials

Each OKC trial lesson is scheduled for a 30-minute block of time, although you only need to teach 25 minutes of each. This gives you enough time to easily make it to back-to-back sessions. There are five levels, with beginners of course starting out on level one. Students are supposed to take an assessment to place them in the correct level for trials, though sometimes parents will take them, so you’ll wind up with a student who should be on level one attempting a level two class. You’ll want to go through every slide within your 25-minute time span. This means you’ll be spending between 1-2 minutes on each. Bring your best TPR (total physical response,) props, and high energy to keep your students engaged. PalFish also offers some great filters and other features you can use to make classes more fun.

Bonuses

In addition to your starting pay rate of $7/25-minute class, there are several ways to earn bonuses to ramp up your income each month. The first is to be on time to every lesson. If you show up at least a minute early to class, you’ll automatically earn a $1 bonus. For not missing any of your classes, you can earn an additional $30, and for each new teacher you refer to the OKC, you’ll score $45.

Deductions

It’s true that there are plenty of ways to earn bonuses with PalFish, but be careful, because there are also ways for them to subtract earnings from your account. If you show up late to class, you’ll get dinged $1.50. Miss the session all together? Say goodbye to two classes worth of earnings ($15). And, if you cancel a class on short notice, they’ll remove $7. So, make sure to keep an eye on your schedule, and if you absolutely need to cancel, do so with at least 24 hours of notice.

Ready to Start Earning Money With PalFish?

If you don’t yet have an account on the platform, you can head here to sign up and get started now! And remember, even if you don’t have your teaching certificate at this point, you can still open up your schedule for free-talk sessions!

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13 Must-Have Items for Your Home to Stay Comfy and Entertained on Lockdown https://mondaysinpjs.com/13-must-have-items-for-your-home/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=13-must-have-items-for-your-home Thu, 14 May 2020 01:28:01 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5387 Some of us actually prefer spending most of our time at home – it’s introverts, we’re us. Extroverts must be[...]

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Some of us actually prefer spending most of our time at home – it’s introverts, we’re us. Extroverts must be losing their minds without being able to surround themselves with others, but everyone has got to be getting at least a little bored being stuck inside all this time. Luckily, there are things you can do to keep things as comfy and fun as possible. Here are 13 must-have items for your home in this new world of ours.

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Must-Have Items for Your Home to Keep You Comfy and Entertained While You’re Stuck Inside

While you’re stuck at home anyway, or, if you just prefer to stay at home, why not turn your place into your ultimate hideaway? Your space should make you happy and should play into pleasing all of your senses and keeping you ultra-comfortable. These must-have items will keep you comfy and entertained while you’re hanging out at home, whether it’s by choice or necessity.

Cooling Gel Mattress

Must-have items for your home: cooling gel mattress

Gel foam mattresses can cost a fortune, especially when they come equipped with cooling technology. But this queen-sized memory foam mattress from Classic Brands can be delivered straight to your door for less than $290 and will come just in time to keep you cool all summer long. And, if you have Amazon Prime, you don’t even need to pay for shipping. Score!

Mini Trampoline

Even if you’re not someone who’s used to working out on a regular basis, an indoor trampoline can be an excellent (and fun) way to release some energy. This quiet model from DARCHEN can safely hold up to 450 pounds and is small and sleek enough to fit nicely in any room you choose.

Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Body Pillow

Must-have items for your home: cooling bamboo body pillow

This 54-inch long pillow from Snuggle-Pedic is crafted with hypoallergenic and cooling bamboo, so it naturally breathes and keeps you nice and cool throughout the night. It’s been named the best body pillow in several publications. And, the creators are so confident that once you try it, you’ll never want to go without it, that they offer a 120-day love it or return it (for free) policy.

Wii Console and Sports Games Package

Considering the fact that everyone’s been stuck at home and unable to participate in the sports they’re used to playing, this can be an awesome way to release some energy while having fun, whether you’re by yourself or others in your home. This renewed package on Amazon comes with the console, a remote, nunchuck, and the Wii Sports Resort and Motion Plus bundles.

Kindle

Amazon is full of amazing e-books that can keep your mind occupied for as long as you need the distraction. Have a Kindle sent to your house and start reading within the next few days. It comes along with three months of free Kindle Unlimited.

Nikon COOLPIX B500 Camera

Must-have items for your home: Nikon COOLPIX

Now’s the perfect time to start that new blog or YouTube channel you’ve been thinking about. Whether or not you plan to monetize it, it can be a great way to stay busy and showcase your creativity. But, to do either of those things, you’ll want some solid visuals. Even if you don’t plan on sharing, taking photos, whether you’re at home or out in nature, can be both relaxing and fun. This Nikon bundle on Amazon comes with the B500 with Super Zoom capabilities, along with a memory card, carrying case, tripod, and plenty of other bells and whistles to help you get started.

Standalone Virtual Reality Headset

Must-have items for your home: Oculus Go Standalone VR

This 32GB Oculus Go Standalone VR headset allows you to meet up with friends in virtual reality for all types of adventures, without the hassle of carrying anything or dealing with any wires.

Weighted Blanket

Must-have items for your home: weighted blanket

The ZonLi weighted blanket is made with 100% cotton and glass beads to provide a cooling and comfortable alternative to your ordinary comforter. Weighted blankets have been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and provide a deeper sleep.

Adjustable Height Desk

If you’re working from home these days, you’re likely spending a ton of time at your desk in front of the computer. And, since sitting for long periods of time can wreak havoc upon your lower back, a desk that can be raised and lowered so that you can either sit or stand at it is definitely one of the must-have items for your home and a wonderful addition to your home office. You can check out some more of my ergonomic office furniture suggestions here.

Back Relief Deep Tissue Massage Pad

Has your back been feeling tight lately? Or maybe you’re sore from all the time you’re spending hunched over in your chair these days. Well, this portable massage pad goes on top of any chair to provide a relaxing and therapeutic experience. Aside from being fully adjustable with different types of deep tissue massage options, there’s a heat option for the cooler months as well.

Inflatable Coleman Hot Tub With Jets

Must-have items for your home: personal spa

Looking for the ultimate way to relax at home? This portable hot tub by Coleman is available on Amazon and comfortably seats up to four adults. It’s easy to set up and operate, as well as take down when you decide you’d like to put it up for the year. Or, you can just leave it up and chill in it all year long.

Sewing Machine

This simple, lightweight sewing machine from Singer may not look like much, but this little thing is capable of producing some amazing things, time and time again. If you’ve got the time to sew and you either already know how or are planning on teaching yourself online, sewing is a great way to pass the time and make unique pieces for you, and your friends or family, or even for sale as a part of your new online business venture. You can both make and repair all types of things, from masks to clothes, and so much more.

Noise-Canceling Headphones

Must-have items for your home during lockdown: noise cancelling headphones

A good pair of noise-canceling headphones can mean the difference between a great mood and a terrible mood when it comes to being trapped around noises and other external stimuli that are out of your control. This pair by Avantree is Bluetooth enabled and comes with a mic so you can use them for work calls, gaming, or just talking to friends and family. If you’ve never heard of binaural beat therapy, next time you have a migraine hit YouTube with your new headphones and give one of the videos a shot. You’d be amazed at how quickly sound waves can make you feel better. Interested in learning more? Check out my post on lockdown wellness tips next!

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