Check out the tools I use to maintain the backend work of my business to help it grow. Save this reference as you continue to build. Enjoy! Items are linked to be redirected to respective websites.
When you are preparing for your next client or project, your first thought is to make sure you send a compelling (and appealing) message to your audience. Aside from your content, there is another (simple) way to sell yourself - make it look good and make it look like quality! Chaotic and messy presentations can easily turn your audience away and not hear a word you are saying. How many times have you sat in front of a presentation that just looked awful?
I think we can all say that we would love to make six-figures in one year. Even better, what about six-figures in one year as an entrepreneur? Well, Melyssa went ahead and killed both dreams. She made six-figures in one month. Are you kidding me?? Rewind. What am I doing with my life when there is THAT much opportunity to make money while doing something I love?
Outside of your home, your office is really your predominant living space. Whether its in a corporate office or an at home office, there are ways to tweak up the indoor scenery with some simple, clean and minimal free resources. Here are some of my favorites. The creators of these creative freebies are linked directly. Check them out!
Minimizing doesn't mean go through every single item you own and start throwing things away like a crazy person. It's a journey and it does take time. But the point is to clean away the areas in your life where you feel weighed down or unhappy. Minimizing has made me feel lighter in many ways. It can be in your relationships, your clothes, your food, or your time.
Our generation is full of young people tapping into their creative passions and I am here to help make that happen for you. It is never too late to start something you believe in. What do you like to do? What hobbies would you like to see flourish? Join this FREE 5-day email course training to learn the basic resources and simple integrations you need to help build your passion online.
If anyone were to ask me what my absolute favorite tool is to run my creative business, hands down Adobe Illustrator. I don't think I could work without. It's a nice medium across all design platforms. I can easily edit and create products that I could also create in Photoshop and Indesign.What makes it better? It's all personal preference but I believe Illustrator is a little more user-friendly. With this tool, you can boost your visual appeal online in a matter of hours!
I wouldn’t say a minimalist has to be a free spirit with a non-corporate job. The two guys who started The Minimalist blog were both in corporate America with 6-figure paying jobs. They started their journey after experiencing loss. It was about figuring out what makes them happy. And they realized it wasn’t something they could buy that would make them happy. So they did the opposite.
So simple and chic, looking at her I see an artist, travel guru, business owner, MBA degree holder, fabulous and foreign (being born in Germany; with her first language–Turkish). This chick is maximizing her 20’s with a minimalism-mindset. I needed to write myself a referral for a consult—her remedy for killing her 20’s was a need to know.
If you are an aspiring web designer with no design background or a recent graduate with no client experience, don't worry... There is still a way to build your portfolio and make it look "experienced". All it takes is practice (and this is coming from someone who comes from an accounting background). So yes there is hope in building an awesome portfolio with little to no work experience. Here are some tips and techniques to use to create more content for your portfolio.
I had done everything by the book but was completely torn inside.
Have you ever felt that you have so much to offer the world; to inspire, motivate, and live your life free and in purpose, yet you are stifled? Trust me.
I have been there.
For over a year and a half, I suffered in silence from Anxiety Disorder and Depression.
After living "comfortably" in a box of societal norms, I realized how crazy I was becoming. Post college, I began falling into this deep dark hole of career-depression (a term I made up right now in this post). For many of us, we realize how unfulfilled we are 3-5 years into our professional years. Some sooner. Some later. But we figure it out. (If you are that person who's found passion in your work right out of college - lucky you. It's grim out here for the most of us).
If you are like me, I can be a stickler with how things look and feel for my users when it comes to designing (even me for that case). I have been through 3 business card designs and still have copies of each because I would change it up before I can finish the last stack. Most of the time it was because I just wasn't 100% sold on the design. I like simple, clean and modern designs that can be used in any setting or networking even.
I get so disappointed when visiting a website or instagram account that has GREAT content but POOR imagery. Bad photography for your business makes consumers run the other way. Let's relate this to tangible products: anytime you see something that looks "cheap", you either: 1) know it won't provide real value or 2) don't expect to pay much for it.
Brand and color are linked in many ways and you will realize that picking your brand's color will be the most important (and challenging) design concept you will have. Think about popular brands you enjoy. What color is the Nike logo? What color is the Starbucks logo? You see how this worked? Your mind was able to connect a color to these strong brands. According to the Institute for Color Research (CCICOLOR), the average person makes a subconscious judgment about a product, person or environment within 90 seconds. About 2/3 of that judgment is based on color!
Running your own show can be stressful, even more stressful when you first start out. As owners of creatives businesses, it’s extremely important that you use tools to help organize and streamline your business to reduce that stress. I've created a guide of tools for you that I find helpful to maintain the backend work of my business. Save this reference in your back pocket as you continue to build. Enjoy!
I recently came across a case study done by King’s College in London on how “Overthinking Worriers are Probably Creative Geniuses“. As comical and true this might be, over thinking opportunities make it hard for us to just say “no”. We think any opportunity that allows us to create should have us screaming yes! But in many cases this isn’t true. What we don’t realize is that taking on too much will lack the quality of products we produce for the world.
I made a fairly hefty monetary investment. Not in a new home or a new car. In a design course at a career school. Doesn't sound extraordinary, does it? We all went through school and paid our way for an education. But see - I'm 26 with two degrees (undergraduate and graduate), over three years of work experience... and I'm an accountant/financial consultant. Sooo here I am trying to start over in a field that has no correlation to a financial statement.