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We all see hundreds of memes and instagram posts daily, and many of them contain some sort of business advice (some good, some bad). Before the days of memes I learned a lot of what I now know about business from books or just word of mouth advice passed down from important people in my […]

3 Pieces of Advice That Have Made Me a Better Entrepreneur

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I’ve been designing Showit website templates for eight long years. My first few didn’t sell….at all. I think I went three years with just one sale….and I made the mistake of telling the customer she could pay half upfront and then paypal me the remaining balance a month later. Do you think she ever paid […]

5 Tips For Designers Creating Their First Website Templates

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Over the past ten years I’ve sold HUNDREDS of website templates, and believe me I’ve seen my fair share of poorly executed customizations out there. Over time I realized that all of the “bad” ones I’ve been seeing share many things in common…here’s the 5 most common mistakes I see! Not telling people where you’re […]

5 Common Mistakes When Customizing a Showit Website Template

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I will always be an advocate for working with a designer for a custom website build. Our job is to help organize your thoughts and get you from point a to point b (making money). We know the best way to organize your content for maximum impact and functionality – we’re up to date on […]

How and When To DIY Your Own Website (just because you can, doesn’t mean you should).

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Unpopular opinion – a lot of wedding photographers have very stale blog posts. It’s wonderful to blog about recent weddings and engagement sessions, but if all you’re showing is past client work, you’re missing out on a major way to connect with your potential clients. Remember, couples aren’t *just* hiring you for your talent/service. They’re […]

For Wedding Photographers: 10 Blog Post Ideas To Use When You’re Feeling Stuck

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Michelle K. Martin is an experienced wedding photographer who made the switch from a day job where she worked in event planning and operations into a full-time creative business owner. After running her business on the side for 5+ years, Michelle knew she was ready to go full time photographing intimate weddings, engagements, and couples […]

From the Portfolio: Brand & Custom Showit Website for Michelle K. Martin Photography

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As a creative, I know firsthand how crippling it can be. I felt it this morning, showing my work to friends (it’s weird that I feel it less when showing work to strangers than people close to me – but I’m sure that’s an entirely different set of issues!) Everyone you’re comparing yourself to on […]

3 Mindset Shifts To Tackle Imposter Syndrome

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I did a big thing last fall. I bought a house. It’s still to this day one of the most rewarding (and also the most stressful) things I’ve ever done. I knew I was fully DONE AND OVER apartment living, and knew that buying a house was the right step forward. I’ll admit, I watch […]

Tips for Small Business Owners Looking To Buy Their First Home

For Designers

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I know it sounds crazy as a website designer to say that my outdated, “just ok” website was keeping me from making money, but it’s true. I was leaving money on the table. A few weeks ago I wrote a bit about my trip to Cabo San Lucas for Showit‘s first official Design Summit. The […]

How Having a Mediocre Website was Costing Me Money

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Make sure the product(s) are 100% finished before you start planning the launch I know this sounds like no-brainer, but in the past I’ve chosen a launch date before the templates were actually finished and it didn’t go that well. I thought that giving myself a deadline would help keep me accountable, but in reality […]

3 Things I Learned From My Most Recent Template Launch

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