Running your business at home sounds great. I started my business in 1981 out of my parents home. From there I moved my office several times. From store fronts to industrial parks, then to an office building and now my own home.
I love working at home. The commute is very easy. I work off my living room in what once was a one car garage. Two glass French Doors lead off the driveway into the office. A blanket of rose bushes guide the way. In Spring and Summer it’s quite beautiful.
It also means lots of distractions. It’s easy to take a few minutes to prune the roses and pull a few weeds. My Chihuahua loves to sleep on my lap, preventing me from moving.
Occasionally my two foster boys, ages 5 and 7, are home from school with lots of needs.
Then there’s laundry, cleaning, mail, dog walks etc. It’s not easy to keep your mind focused on actual work.
So here’s my suggestions for working at home and staying on track.
Easy peasy. Feel free to share your tips too.
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Running a small business is an art. You have to trust your instincts and use your talents to achieve success.
It takes a lot of hard work, research and study. Never give up on your dreams.
I’ve been running Creative Juices for over 32 years. It never gets easier. In fact, with today’s economy and the changing field of graphic design, it is a daily challenge to stay up to date and relevant.
That is why I am constantly reading and studying the news for anything related to social media marketing and changes in technology for website design and function.
Here are five simple ways you can increase your chances for business success:
Check out the following articles. They will help you reach your goals of business success.
One way to do that is by checking out what other people are saying about your business. Whether good or bad, it’s important to know where you stand. Then you can act upon that information.
Check out the following link for online reputation management tips.
Also catch up on the latest articles from Mashable.
Here are some helpful business marketing articles I’ve found interesting:
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I regularly check out RSS feeds from Entrepreneur Magazine and other business related sites. Topics will range from running your business to marketing, social media, website design and blogging.
Check back often to my blog. You never know what you will find.
Enjoy reading these articles this Thanksgiving week.
I believe blogging is an excellent way to increase traffic to your business website. The following books can help.
Why not buy yourself or someone you love a Kindle Touch for the holidays.
Most importantly, what are your plans for promoting your products and services for the all important holiday season?
Be sure to read the following for more information:
What are you planning to do to promote your business?
Promoting your business should be your main focus on a daily basis. It’s not easy, especially if you are like me, a small entrepreneur with many hats to wear. (I wear my hats to keep warm, and pay the bills.)
I am constantly reading all the latest news feeds on marketing and sales, content creation and social media. Everything changes daily and it’s often difficult to catch up. I take my iPhone with me to the gym and read my Google RSS news feed while climbing the StairMaster at Ballys. Most evenings I scan the news feeds on my iPad while relaxing to mindless TV shows and playing toss with Lucy, my Chihuahua.
As part of my desire to provide helpful content to small businesses who are reading my exciting and very useful blog, I will be adding links to what I feel are helpful marketing and business advice on a regular basis.
Check these out.
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Once upon a time, in the late 1970′s, I used to run a typesetting machine. It was an old Compugraphic Imagewriter, a blue electronic box with a typewriting keyboard and a display screen consisting of a single line of type. The type was all caps. A simple arrow let you know if the type was in lower or upper case.
To typeset a job you had to visualize the entire layout in your head. Or you could sketch it out, if you were so inclined. And here’s the fun part, every time you wanted to change the font, you had to open the machine and change a film strip. Each font was on a different film strip, which had to be carefully attached to a roller of sorts. And they were expensive.
Even more fun, there was no memory beyond what you were currently working on. As soon as you set the machine to process the text to film or photo paper, it was gone. Yes, GONE.
Once a job was printed out it could be pasted up on a job board, using hot wax. Corrections and changes had to be entirely re-typed and pasted up.
For graphic design companies this was great news. It meant few people would be able to design, typeset and create their own ads, flyers, forms, brochures, business cards, etc. When you wanted these products you would visit the printer or graphic arts studio.
Times have changed. Now all you have to do is turn on your iMac or similar PC type machine, select any one of hundreds or thousands of free templates and “create” your own, unique artwork. Changes are easily made and printing is at a touch of a button. Just remember, though. Free is not always better. If you truly want a professional, unique website, logo or design project, call Chuck at 310-791-5803. Just saying.
The dictionary describes a font as “a set of type of one particular face and size”.
Fonts are a breeze. Hundreds are included free with almost any program and thousands are available online, also for free. Just search and download.
Here are just some of my favorite places for finding free type fonts. Most have Windows and Mac versions.
Everybody loves Doris Day. The 1950s was a great time. Business was booming, as were babies. I was born in that era. Relive the nostalgia of the 1950s with a perky script font that says Doris Day.
Daily Free Fonts The free font archive (TTF fonts for free and cool fonts)!
Famous Fonts Lot of famous fonts from TV, Movies, Music, Publications, Games, Companies, Automobiles, Sports and more.
Fontspace Free fonts from designers around the world.
MadTuts Fonts and inspiration for designers.
SearchFreeFonts The name says it all.
Urban Fonts Lots of free fonts for your use.
dafonts A great collection of free fonts covering many themes.
1001 Free Fonts You’ll never run out of fonts at this site.
Let me know if you have a favorite free font website.
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I have been a graphic designer and writer for over 30 years. Creative Juices was born in 1981. And in spite of the changing design field with the introduction of e-lectronics and computers, starting a business of any kind takes lots of hard work and perseverance. But with that said…
See how easy that was? Again, you will not make millions doing this. But some people have been know to make six figures a year with their online businesses.
If you have any ideas on making money online the easy way, let me know.
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The Easy AdSense Plugin for WordPresss is a great way to add your AdSense code to your self-hosted WordPress site. It’s easy to use and is often updated. You just need to generate the code first with your Google AdSense account and copy and paste it into the plugin.
If you use the Easy AdSense Plugin and change or update your WordPress theme, the Easy AdSense Plugin returns to default settings and erases all your codes.
It’s important that you check on this. Failure to do so could result in lost income.
At least that has been my experience when using Artisteer 3.0 for the Mac to create my themes. I have not attempted to test this with other themes and would welcome other people’s experiences.
The only thing to do if this happens is to go back into your AdSense account and copy and paste all the original codes again. This would be a great time to update your AdSense ads if they’re not performing well.