3 More Tools I Use To Run My Business

Last month I wrote a post about the 3 Tools I Use Every Day To Run My Business and I got so many responses letting me know how you were able to start streamlining your processes with these online services. I loved hearing your great feedback so much that today I'm sharing 3 more online tools that I use on a regular basis to help run my business smoothly. And you're in for a treat because these ones are all FREE! Let's dive in.

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Free Wallpaper for July 2018

Hey guys! July's here and it's already been one heck of a summer! I've been super duper busy with work projects, but this last week or so I've had a little break which has been amazing. I even had some time last week to add a few new portfolio entries that I'm over the moon about (check out the new branding for HQI here and the full web + branding for Catch Whodunit here).

But let's get to the real reason you're here. The new FREE wallpaper design for July is all about 'MERICA and is chock full of spangles. Splash this puppy on all your digital devices for a little patriotism (or just because you like stars!) and please SHARE + ENJOY!

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3 Tools I Use Every Day to Run My Business

Running an online business is real hard, you guys. And when you're trying to go it alone and there are one billion + one tasks on your to-do list, it makes running your business even more of a challenge. Luckily there are tons of tools you can use to help you be more efficient, stay organized and hopefully keep a single shred of your sanity. This week I'm sharing 3 online tools that I love and use everyday to help run my business smoothly.

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Free Wallpaper for June 2018

Hello hello! Happy June! I feel like I say this every month -- but man, did last month fly by or what?! I've been crazy busy with work and it's been my best month EVER in business. Plus, I somehow managed to book out until September. (So heads up if you've been thinking about getting into my schedule that you'll want to ask sooner rather than later!) I've been working behind the scenes on some amaze-balls brands that I'm SO excited to share, but they're not quite ready yet. In the meantime, you'll just have to settle for this summery FREE wallpaper design for June.

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How To Make a Testimonial Slider on Squarespace

We all know how important testimonials are for your website (and if you don't, then you totally should check out #3 in this article). Testimonials add social proof that you're as darn good as you're claiming to be, and they reassure your visitors that you're trustworthy. But displaying all those testimonials on your site can take up SO MUCH SPACE. People are probably getting carpal tunnel from scrolling for five years. So a great alternative is to set up your testimonials as a slideshow. That way users can browse through them much easier and it's nicer to look at with your eyeballs. 

Watch the video tutorial to see step by step how I make a testimonial slideshow in Squarespace or take a peek at the instructions below.

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Free Wallpaper for May 2018

April has been one of those months where it felt like everything and nothing happened all at once. Personal highlights of the month include: taking two ski days, attending a very intense Wrestlemania party, joining a Wednesday night trivia team and experiencing my first drag queen bingo (so frickin' fun!). Business highlights include: wrapping up a beautiful gold-foiled invitation suite for the Children's Museum, cranking out 2 logo designs and a website design, and filling up my schedule all the way through June. So overall, I'd say it's been a pretty eventful 30 days. 

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What your colors are saying about your brand

Believe it or not, colors are tied with a psychological and emotional response for us humans. When you put on a bold red lip for the day, you’re telling the world to watch out for your confidence. When you choose the bank with the blue logo, it makes you feel like your money will be well taken care of. When you look at the bright yellow flowers sprouting in your neighbors yard, you feel a sense of warmth and happiness because spring has arrived. Those are all examples of how color can say something without actually saying anything. So you can see how important it is to know exactly what the colors your choose for your business are saying about your brand.

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Free Wallpaper For April 2018

Happy April, ya fools! Spring is in the air and things are starting to green up around here...including the new FREE digital wallpaper design for the month of April. This design started as a logo with a cactus illustration, but when we didn't end up using it for the client's brand I drew him some friends and turned them into a wallpaper. And I'm in LOVE with how it turned out! I'm hoping to incorporate more of this illustration style into my designs, so hit me up if that's something you're interested in. In the meantime you can freshen up your screens for spring and enjoy these lil' dudes for the next month or so.

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2018 Digital Marketing Trends

It’s 2018 and the times are a changing. Even more rapidly for the marketing world. A couple weeks ago I went to a panel focused on digital marketing trends for 2018. And while the topic of many of the presentations were focused on much larger companies than I normally work with, there’s no reason that we as small business owners can’t apply some of these same tactics and to great results. Here are my top three takeaways translated for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

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Free Wallpaper for March 2018

And then in the blink of an eye, the month was over and I was creating a splashy patterned background for the free digital wallpaper for March 2018. I'm starting to feel the stirrings of Spring and basking in every moment of sun that I can to get over the winter blues, and hopefully this beaut' will brighten up day, too. Grab this guy and plaster it all over the screens that you mindlessly look at every waking hour! Please share and enjoy!

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