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The sales are on here in London and the shops are slowly introducing their Autumn/Fall ranges…

I know, I know – the sun is still shining (intermittently) but it is time to look ahead and think about what you’ll be doing once those lazy days are over.

One thing you might consider is a revamp of your sites/social media presence/brand so I’ve looked around and found a few ways you can do that without spending a dime.

If you’re involved in ecommerce, you really need to have made sure your site is responsive in the light of the last Google update. There are any number of themes out there you can use and some good choices here although note that some of these themes are premium and not all are responsive:

https://www.freshdesignweb.com/free-ecommerce-wordpress-themes/

Colorlib also has a nice selection and all of their themes are responsive and won’t cost you a penny:

https://colorlib.com/wp/free-ecommerce-wordpress-themes/

Thinking about changing up your inventory? Or just thinking about starting some kind of online store but have no idea what to sell? This excellent piece from Shopify will help:

http://www.shopify.co.uk/blog/7286268-how-to-find-the-perfect-product-to-sell

Global Sources provides data on the most popular products people are searching for and here’s their update for April 2015 which is invaluable for those of you searching for inspiration or new products to sell:

http://www.globalsources.com/ST/20-Most-Popular-Products.html

Not got a blog yet? It’s something you really need to add in to the mix so you can send people there from your Pinterest/Facebook/Twitter pins and posts or as an adjunct to your store or site.

What stops most people is thinking that they simply don’t have the time to keep it up to date or have no idea what to post but this superb tutorial from Social Media Examiner will solve almost every blogging issue you ever had.

Plus it offers tons of resources to get you blogging fast and streamline the process:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/blogging-resource/#more-85862

While you’re at it, freshen up those social media accounts by taking a good look at your competitors and then tweaking yours accordingly.

Follow these step by step processes for each social media platform and you’ll have a whole new look and/or approach come September. Of course, if you run social media accounts for clients you can offer this as an additional service or include it in your packages:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/analyze-your-competitors-social-media-activities/#more-85764

Need some fresh pics for those sites and platforms? Here are some new resources you can use for both commercial and personal projects:

http://www.webascender.com/Blog/ID/618/5-Free-Stock-Photography-Sites-for-Commercial-Personal-Use#.VatmePlViko

To complement all those positive changes, or to drive them, your TED talk this week is on how we are all works in progress:

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