Doing Business the UN-Businesslike Way

Blog Title: Doing Business the Un-Businesslike Way

We live in a world of cold calls, automatic email subscriptions with every purchase, and formal networking events fraught with the frenzied collection of business cards.  We’re told that the “new, exciting” way to do business is really just the way we’ve always done business, but with higher confidence, savvier tactics, more pizzazz.

Ramit Sethi is a great resource for this type of business success.  In his blog, books, or workshops, advice can be found for scripting the perfect responses, handling negotiations, providing exactly the right amount of information at the right times.  And his success is proof that this style of business can and does work.


My Top 13 Design Tools – Web and Graphic Design

Blog Title - the 13 websites and graphic design resources I use most often

I tend to be a bit overzealous when it comes to bookmarking anything that might possibly prove useful at some point in the future.  At one point I was scrolling through my “Design Resources” bookmarks and I realized the things I use frequently (every week or so) were buried in the pile.  So I made a new bookmarks folder for “frequent use” and only moved things over as they were used.

Here’s the links that made it into that list, by category:


Turning Down a Client – for Service Based Businesses

Blog Title - when to let a client go

In the world of small business, it can seem almost criminal to send away a potential customer.  And it can be all too tempting to accept work, any work, based on your financial needs rather than the project itself.  But there are times when it’s better for everyone, including the client, when you don’t.

5 Reasons to Turn Clients Away

1. Different Financial Needs

Setting prices is a daunting task in its own right, but how to handle customers that complain or haggle?  It depends.  If your price structure is flexible or you can cut costs in exchange for limiting services, you might be able to make it work.  But in a lot of these cases, attempting to work for an amount that won’t adequately cover your time and expenses will only foster resentment, which isn’t a healthy working environment.


Deanna Zions’ Art – Website Design Process

Blog Title - design process for Deanna Zions' Art website

At the risk of sounding cheesy, I am very excited to share this website with you!  Dianna Zions is a local artist and does some absolutely gorgeous things with antiques, cameos, and shadowboxes.  Being lucky enough to know her personally, I had a head start with the project.  For example: the color scheme was never anything but red, black and cream.