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I’ve been working as a designer for over ten years, and trust me when I say I’ve had my share of BAD clients. Don’t underestimate the power of a bad client experience….not just on them, but on the toll it can take on you as a designer. Over the past year I have had a […]

Red Flags To Look For In Clients : Designer Edition

For Designers

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Let’s take a minute to talk about depression and overwhelm as a business owner. It’s something always looming in the distance, especially when the projects pile up and the cash flow stops. Sometimes I don’t get paid until a project is finished (yes I collect a deposit), and when all the projects on your plate […]

Tackling Depression, Burnout, and Overwhelm as a Creative Entrepreneur

For Designers

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A good copy writer will be able to listen to your story, observe how you do business, listen to your goals and motivations, and write absolutely magical copy for your website. In my 10+ years in business, I never thought hiring a copy writer was *necessary* for my business. This past year I’ve experienced a […]

Why I Recommend Working With A Copy Writer For Your Website

Website Tips

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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

Business

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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

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

Website Tips

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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).

Business

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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

Business

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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

Website Tips