It’s time for a roundup of some great content we found over the last few weeks online for entrepreneurs. Need a holiday read? Here is a list to power through and help motivate and inspire during your holidays.

How to use gift guides to boost your holiday sales – Shopify
Retailers often find the holiday season to be one of their busiest and critical times of year for sales, and in this day-in-age, shoppers are doing a lot of research online before they make any decisions. Gift guides can be a great way to give shopper’s inspiration and information all in one place, and can in turn help boost your holiday sales. Here are some tips on how your business can use gift guides from Shopify.

Last year, Reading Rainbow raised $5.4 million on Kickstarter. Then, the real work began. – Entrepreneur
When entrepreneur, LeVar Burton launched a Kickstart campaign in 2014, the focus was simple: to raise enough money to so that Reading Rainbow, an educational TV show from the 80s and 90s could be reborn for the next generation. The campaign collected $5.4 million, a much higher number from their $1 million goal, and that’s when the hard work began to make all investors happy in their investment. Read Catherine Clifford’s piece in Entrepreneur on Reading Rainbow’s full Kickstarter story.

How blogger outreach can help you grow your ecommerce business – Shopify
You probably have learned how hard it is to do everything on your own, and when it comes to selling online, the more friends you have the better. Connections who can talk up your product can be essential to drive traffic and increase sales on your ecommerce site, and utilizing bloggers can come in handy. Shopify provides tips in this article on how to utilize bloggers to help grow your ecommerce business.

Too busy to slow down during the holidays? Three Reasons to slow down anyways – Forbes
As a business owner, it’s always go, go, go, with little time to kickback and take a break, but with the holiday season among us, it’s time to realize the benefits of slowing down during the holiday season. Tori Utley of Forbes, shares three reasons why you should slow down this season, despite feeling like you’re too busy.

From Oprah to Richard Branson, the biggest names in business share how they made it – LinkedIn Pulse
With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s time to reflect on 2015 and evaluate what’s next in line for 2016. Florencia Iriondo, shares some end of the year inspiration from people like Oprah, Richard Branson and Daymond John.

Happy holidays!

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