Monday, June 6th, 2011
This week I read a great article at dellcreativestudio.com on the subject of working for free. This question has come up for myself many times in the past, especially when I was just starting out in web design.
Feeling stuck in the middle of the endless circle of “I can’t find work without experience and a portfolio but I can’t build experience and portfolio until I find work”, doing some free work can seem a lot less painful. (more…)
Thursday, November 18th, 2010
Lately, I’ve been reading about different ways other entrepreneurs are preparing for the holiday season this year. Some are taking online sabbaticals; not answering or even saving emails between certain dates in November and December, taking a break from their blog or just taking a large block of time off altogether.
At first, this really surprised me. Not answering or saving email?!?! Neglecting your blog for months? But after more thought, although I don’t think I can apply this to my own life right now, I get it. (more…)
Friday, August 6th, 2010
It’s tricky business, planning and designing a great web site when you’re doing it on your own. You want to stand out in the crowd, generate lots of traffic and most importantly, successfully represent and sell your product or service. I think for most, your web site feels personal as well. You’re taking a big leap, putting your self out there and shouting to world, “Here I am – look, over here, this is awesome!”
With that in mind, it’s important to recognize several common mistakes that may actually distract or worse – drive away visitors from your site. The good news is, these can all be easily prevented or corrected. Here are a few common cringe worthy issues and how to avoid them: (more…)
Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
Let’s face it, any profession where you deal with clients or customers can be challenging. Sometimes it’s enough to make you seriously consider cleaning toilets at McDonalds for a living. Before you go to extremes though, let me pose one simple question to you.
Are you qualifying your clients? (more…)
Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
For many people, thinking about launching your web site is exciting and full of expectations but can also seem daunting, confusing and overwhelming. Finding a designer, concerns about cost as well as the entire process to get your site off the ground can be filled with anxiety creating unknowns.
I do believe this process should be exciting but doesn’t have to be a difficult or negative experience. Here are a few tips and helpful information that can help the process go smoothly and much more worry free. (more…)
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
Recently, I’ve been realizing that some of my bad experiences in the past have actually been good or were at least, needed at the time. They’ve taught hard lessons but I’m better for it today. They don’t feel good when they happen but they also allowed me to recognize my part in the problem, to learn from the situation and to walk away a little wiser. Not always an easy process but one I’m becoming more grateful for.
Here are a few situations that have happened (some more than once) that at the time, made me furious, sad or frustrated but also sent a message, taught something I needed to know and actually ended up saving me later down the road. (more…)
Thursday, February 18th, 2010
This week kicked my butt. Seriously. Maybe it’s partly the state of the world today, our economy and all the changes toward work and business that have come along with it but I also know some of it is part of my own learning process. (more…)