When is the Best Time to Invest in Your Branding?

When is the best time to invest in your branding?

Branding your business can sometimes feel like a Catch-22. In order to afford to invest in creating an authentic, polished brand, you have to have an authentic, polished brand that clients will trust and buy from in the first place. So what to do first? Do you invest in design up-front or do you wait until you’re more established to invest in design?

The cool thing about starting your entrepreneurial venture is that your business constantly evolves. The scary thing about starting a business is that it constantly evolves.

When you’re first starting out, your business is constantly changing. You can re-strategize, tweak and evolve from day to day. You get to revisit your target audience if it’s not quite who you thought you’d love working with, you can fine-tune your services & packages and for all intents and purposes “shoot from the hip” and see what you capture. Read More →

Why It’s Important To Plan Content Before Designing Your Website

Why It’s Important To Plan Content Before Designing Your Website

The first thing everyone wants to talk about is what their branding and website are going to look like. What colors they like, what sites they want to emulate and where the images will go. But planning your site content is a must before you start design work on your website. And not just gathering your content, but strategically planning what feeling you want to convey to your audience and what message you want to get across.

I recently started being stricter about requiring site content before I start any design project. The main reason being that waiting for content from my clients was the biggest cause of launch delays. Often times clients come to me sooo excited to begin design and they “have an idea” of what their text will be, they “just have to write it down”. So no problem, I can see they’re working on it, let’s start, right? Read More →

What Website Platform Is Best For You?

best website platform

There are plenty of articles out there telling you why Squarespace is better than WordPress or vice versa. In my opinion, there is no “better”, it’s more about what you’re most comfortable using and what allows for your business to grow in the way that you want.

I find that Becky Kinkhead explained it best by saying:

Squarespace is like renting an apartment. You can make it aesthetically appealing with your brand identity and nice graphics, but there are certain limitations. You are clearly limited in what you’re doing.

WordPress is like buying a home. It’s yours to do whatever you want. Try every idea that comes to mind – but you’re going to have problems that come up that’s your responsibility to fix. Whether that’s adding security or fixing leaks.

~ Becky Kinkhead

In order to determine whether WP or SS is best for you I’ve put together some questions to consider in helping you make a decision. Read More →

16 Inspirational Quotes on Personal Branding

Brand Yourself Before Others Brand You

Brand Yourself Before Others Brand You

We don’t always think of ourselves as being a brand, perhaps we only assign that to people who own businesses with several employees. But consider this quote:

Even individuals need to develop a brand for themselves… Whatever your area of expertise, you can take steps to make people think of YOU when they think of your field. – Accelepoint Webzine

Now if you’re here, you probably have some interest in branding yourself as a business owner. Whether the business is you, as a speaker, coach, author, or whether you have a business under a standalone name, the same basic branding principles apply.

Here are some amazing quotes about personal branding that will hopefully help you see the importance of having an authentic and unique brand and will give you some food for thought, to see if your brand is aligned with what you’re hoping to portray. Read More →

7 Useful Tools to Streamline Your Online Business

7 Useful Tools to Streamline Your Online Business

Today I’d love to share some tools that have been instrumental in streamlining my online business and process. I’m all about making my life simple and eliminating redundancies. So below are my go-to tools and systems to help you do just that!

Notes & Organization

Evernote »

I love Evernote because I’m constantly making notes (and then losing them). Using Evernote, keeps all my notes online so that I can reference them from anywhere at any time. I use it to archive my web copy, blog posts and any event notes from a webinar or seminar I’ve attended. It also allows me to share my notes with others if I’d like. Evernote offers an online version, a desktop version and a mobile version, really how you use it is entirely up to you! Cost: Free / $25/yr+ for premium version

Dropbox »

I use Dropbox to store my work files. Read More →

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