Pinterest-Friendly Collage Templates for Canva

Canva Templates Pinterest-Friendly Collages

Pinterest-Friendly Collage Templates for Canva

Templates, in general, save so much time for any workflow. If you’ve already watched some of our video tutorials, you know how efficient design templates can be. I wanted to share a few Canva templates that I think you’ll love.

Note: The images featured in these samples do not come with the template. They are used only for the samples so you can see what the collage will look like when you add your own images.

Learn more about these templates with this video tutorial

Canva Template Instructions

IMPORTANT: Before you edit any of the templates in Canva, create a copy for yourself and edit only your copy. Editing the original template will change the master copy for everyone attempting to use it. Once you’ve made your copy, please delete the original template from your Canva account, thank you!

Canva Pinterest-Friendly Collage Template #1

This template features 4 image grids and a mid-canvas text area for you to customize text and colors. (Access Canva Template)

Free Canva Templates- Pinterest-Friendly Collage #2

Canva Pinterest-Friendly Collage Template #2

This template would be ideal for step-by-step posts like DIY projects, recipes, and more. Use the main image on top to feature your end product, while adding a few helpful images to show the process. (Access Canva Template)

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Creating Pinterest-Friendly Collages in Canva for Work | Video Tutorial

I’m so excited to start rolling out some video tutorials! Up first is template creation series for Canva. Creating images for your site and social media platforms can be time consuming, but it doesn’t have to. In this video tutorial you will learn how to create a Pinterest-Friendly collage template in Canva.

If you prefer to use PicMonkey, don’t worry. There will be a separate series for that program as well.

Check out our FREE pre-made Pinterest-Friendly Collage templates!

How to Pre-Screen Potential Virtual Assistants

If you are in the process of hiring a new virtual assistant, you might be wondering how to properly evaluate them to avoid potential issues later. Here are some things to consider when you are taking the plunge and hiring a virtual assistant! You want to ensure that your new assistant is a good fit, meets the needs you are looking for, and works independently so you can focus on what matters to you.

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How to Pre-Screen Potential Virtual Assistants

Hiring a virtual assistant is a great opportunity to free up some valuable time and focus on the areas you are passionate about! So, what steps do you need to do before you can find the perfect virtual assistant?

What Type Of Virtual Assistant Are You Looking For?

First and foremost, you will need to evaluate your needs. Here are some questions you may want to address before you begin your search, so you are can review potential candidates with purpose.

  • What specific tasks are you willing to outsource?
  • How quickly do you need each task or project completed?
  • Is there any additional training that you will need to provide to have them ease into your workflow?
  • What is the most efficient way to communicate with them?
  • What is my budget?

Dedicated

A dedicated virtual assistant company, allows you to work with the same assistant consistently even if they have multiple assistants on staff. This can be a great option if you want to keep a consistent workflow throughout your online business. As you scale up, remember having a dedicated support staff manager will help you focus on areas you are most passionate about.

Learn how to build a productive relationship with your virtual support staff.

Use a dedicated virtual assistant for these types of tasks/projects:

  • Social Media Management
  • Long-Term Content Contributor
  • Support Staff Management
  • Videography/Photography
  • Marketing
  • Customer Service

Task-Based

Do you need help with projects for a specific amount of time? For instance, I have a number of clients who request filler content while they prepare to take a vacation. They only need a set amount of articles to help them fill their editorial calendar. Keeping a list of your preferred task-based virtual assistants can give you much needed time off to stay balanced.

Use a task-based virtual assistant for these types of tasks/projects:

  • Design: e-books, printable resources, etc.
  • Product Launch Support
  • SEO Keyword Research
  • Business & Branding Coaching
  • Short-term Content Creator

Finding the right VA reduces the risk of overwhelm

Ask for Portfolio and Testimonials

This is a big one. A portfolio is a great way to see exactly the style of work your potential VA is capable of. Also reading any testimonials from past clients will give you a good feel on their work ethic.

  • Did they meet deadlines efficiently?
  • Did they listen and meet the needs of the client?
  • How well did they communicate with their former client?

Make sure to carefully look over their portfolio, and look at past work samples, to see if that is the quality of work you are searching for. When looking for a VA to hire, you want to ensure that you are taking your time, so you can hopefully find the perfect fit for your business the first time.

Free Printable Virtual Assistant Pre-Screening Worksheet

You Can Find the Perfect Virtual Assistant – Don’t Settle

There are so many qualified virtual assistants available that you should never feel like you are settling. You work hard and you are investing in someone else to help you become more productive and profitable. So, make sure you are happy with the work they provide. Below are a few more pointers to keep in mind when you are searching out a new assistant.

Budget

Make sure to look at the virtual assistant’s rates, whether it’s per hour or per job. You want to be confident that they fall well within your budget. If you have a limited budget, think about outsourcing tasks you absolutely dread to do. They may not require an excessive amount of time but they are just energy suckers.

Risk

Make sure to look at their service policies so you clearly understand refunds, payments, and turn around time. What happens if they are out of the office sick, or on vacation and so on. Look to see what the satisfaction guarantee is so if an issue arises you are prepared to know how they will handle the situation. If something is vague or unclear make sure to ask questions through e-mail so everything is documented.

Response Time

When you are messaging or e-mailing a potential virtual assistant, look at their response time. Do they reply in a timely manner? The reality is you don’t want to know how busy they are with other clients, you want to know if they will provide you exceptional service.

Small Sample Task

If you are feeling like you are getting close to wanting to team up, consider asking for a small task job. This allows you to see their work first hand. This is a perfect way to invest a small amount to review the quality of their work, without diving in head first.

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I hope that these tips will help you find the right virtual assistant! Once you find the perfect VA, you will be amazed by the weight that gets lifted off your shoulders, and the time it frees up. Don’t forget to grab your free printable pre-screening worksheet to help you through the process.

 

Getting Out of My Comfort Zone BlogPaws 2017

Surprisingly enough, many online marketers and bloggers are introverts. We find it easier to be behind our computers communicating to an audience we cannot see. However, in order to grow our businesses, we have to venture out of our comfort zones.

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Getting Out of My Comfort Zone BlogPaws 2017

I knew at some point, if I wanted to network, I’d have to step out from behind the computer. BlogPaws 2017 was the perfect opportunity for that. I had been invited to speak, so I could share my love of creating branded visual assets. The fear & anxiety was real!

The community of bloggers, marketers, and brands were incredibly inviting. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Harper Lee & Tolula from the K9 Harper Lee, along with their incredible parents.

What a pleasure to meet @thek9harperlee and Tolula, and of course their parents! What an amazing family!

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Walking into the dining area, quietly looking for a place to sit, meant reverting back to my high school self. My inner thoughts battling between finding an empty table and breaking out my shell. The team from Helping Hands made me feel welcome every single time. Their business mission simply inspiring.

PREVENTING ECONOMIC EUTHANASIASM By Offering Affordable Care To Your Pet. – Helping Hands

BlogPaws 2017 Red Carpet Dinner

The exhibit area was another mountain to overcome. Learning to introduce myself to different brands was important. Of course, it’s a great way to develop new business relationships, but mustering up the confidence was huge. They say the only way to overcome your fears is to face it. Well, BlogPaws 2017 challenged me to do just that. IT WAS WONDERFUL! Sure, it took me 2 days to finally connect in the exhibit hall, but I did it.

BlogPaws 2017 and Bayer

Plus, why not stop for a picture at the Bayer booth.

Overall, I did some “shell-busting” at the BlogPaws conference and it helped me grow in so many ways. There’s something about people and businesses who are absolutely passionate about animals.

Share your own BlogPaws experiences! I’d love to hear them.

 

Is it Time to Start Outsourcing?

Have you hit the point in your online business where you find yourself overwhelmed by managing everything on your own? We’ve all been there and it’s not easy to determine when it’s time to start outsourcing some of those necessary tasks or projects on your plate.

When and Why Should I Outsource

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When & Why Should I Outsource?

First, always remember that you can’t outsource your passion, so it’s important to review what areas you can pass on to a virtual assistant or support staff. Also, keep in mind that assessing your business budget is essential to keeping your sanity as well. You don’t want to replace one stress for another stress unless the benefit exceeds the cost.

So, how do you know it’s time to start outsourcing?

Like many of us, did you start your business to have more control over your finances & time? We all try to maximize the profitability of our labor, but once you start growing it’s not always realistic to balance it all. Our business hours are blurred, and it’s not easy to pinpoint where work ends and family time begins.

This may be a sign that it’s time to start outsourcing some of the work. This process can be overwhelming especially if you are a “control freak”… don’t be embarrassed many of us are. In fact, most online marketers and bloggers are introverts by nature and prefer to fly solo. This isn’t necessarily ideal when your business is outgrowing your safe place behind the computer.

Is it time to outsource?

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So review your business finances to evaluate how much room you have to outsource some of those headaches. Giving your readers or customers the best version of you and your passion is important. However, take a look at the bigger picture, can you unplug after business is done so you can be present for your family? How much is that all worth to you? You might find the time for a virtual assistant is now.

Why should I outsource?

Investing in virtual assistants to help you allows you to focus on areas you are truly passionate about. Imagine reducing those time-sucking tasks that you dread. Finally, you can regain some balance between work and family!

I’ve been helping clients with a variety of projects from big to small, but the most amazing thing to experience is the ability to provide them peace of mind. Some have put their heart and soul into writing content for a new e-book, but they just don’t know how to put it all together for readers to download. Outsourcing allows them to move onto other areas, while I take care of formatting and designing their e-book. They get to move forward on marketing their new project, instead of being stuck. This is HUGE!

Maximize Productivity with a Virtual Team

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Overall, outsourcing tasks and projects allow you to regain your time & peace of mind. Take a moment to go through your daily to do list. What tasks and projects do you think you could or should outsource?

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