Posts tagged May 2017
4 unique ways to make a big freaking deal of your new website launch

You got a new website - YAYYYY!

Virtual high five gal! Job very well done making the leap and going live with a fab new online home.

So, you spent all this time and money on your new website to make your business look legit, now you want to shout it from the rooftops? I hear yeh.

Here’s a few ideas on how to throw a virtual launch partay to let everyone know that your new website is live! 

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How to become a Squarespace web designer interview

I just wrapped up such a fun interview with the one half of the Bucketlist Bombshells, Shay Orlena Brown.

(Is doing interviews like this one my real job? Apparently yes it is. I know, sometimes I'm surprised by it too.)

Together Shay & Cassie make up the Bucketlist Bombshells. The Bucketlist Bombshells is the online destination empowering and teaching millennial women how to build a successful online service-based business that gives them the freedom to travel the world and live creatively.

When I came across the Bucketlist Bombshells on Facebook my first thought was 'no way, is that a real thing?'

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Why I don’t offer monthly retainers and what I do instead

Many website designers will polish up your project, get you launched and then offer the option to stick with them on what’s called a monthly retainer.

Monthly retainers have their pros and cons. 

Pro, you have the peace of mind that if your website decides to throw and temper tantrum one day and bring your online business crashing down, you’ve got someone on hand who’s job it is to fix it.

Con, designers and developers don’t come cheap, so paying $100 or more a month for a monthly retainer with a designer/developer can become a pricey business expense.

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6 things you must have before you can charge premium prices

Charging premium prices is every business owners dream.

To charge crème de la crème prices however, there’s a few hurdles we need to get past first.

A few of these I can easily point you in the direction of resources and systems you can set up to prep for charging premium pricing (and I will!). A couple however will be bits you have to look internally for, and truly understand your industry to successfully complete.

I'll also share with you one commonly accepted thing people believe is necessary to charge premium prices, that really isn't required as most of us believe.

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My complete Squarespace website design client process checklist

When starting out in your own entrepreneur venture there is a LOT to figure out. 

Website, payment processing system, email marketing platform, project management system, design processes, payment terms, policies, contracts and more! 

It’s a bit of an under taking to launch a business (but oh so worth it I’ll have you know!)

I remember back to when I got started I loved seeing the processes and systems of others in a similar line of work. It greatly helped me learn how others ran the backend of things, and that influenced how I designed my own processes and systems.

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How a website that works will save you time in your business

All entrepreneurs lust after a stunning new website, a site oh-so modern and clean that their visitors will love.

Of course, it is a dream for many entrepreneurs to team up with a web pro to bring their site vision to life. But, a custom-made website is big investment, and sometimes seen more as a ‘would be nice’ investment, rather than a must-have investment.

But what if I told you, a new website would save you time?

Ah yes, now your interested, aren’t you? 

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Enlightening Souls Website Design

A fellow B-Schooler, Peyton, got in touch because she needed some fancy new functionality on her Squarespace site. Peyton had already built out a number of the site pages herself, and did a truly wonderful DIY job!

She was getting caught up on how exactly to sell her debut product, Soul Power Nutrient Boost For Women, both through her Squarespace e-commerce online store, and also sell it subscription-style monthly. Peyton also asked for a little site spruce up; for me to use my design eye to tweak the work she had started.

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What to expect when you hire a website designer

So you’re about to enter unchartered territory in the field of hiring a web pro?

First, congrats! 

This is a major investment in your business, and a real turning point for a lot of businesses and entrepreneurs. You will no longer be the newbie, DIY entrepreneur. Getting your business set up to look legit online is an exciting move forward for every business.

Figuring out how the heck to set up your online presence is no easy task, thankfully a web designer can make the whole process a lot easier and more enjoyable for you. So you can get back to other important things … like you know, running your business, which Imma bet is, you know, a full-time job in itself. 

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How my Squarespace website design business started, in a Mississippi swamp

My web design business started in a rather odd place. It all began in a swamp in Mississippi. 

Unusual place for a tech business to start? Indeed.

While completing my Masters at Ole Miss (in something that was completely unrelated to web design and online business) I went on a class trip. 

We visited a local non-profit camp that educated the youth of Mississippi on environmental education. Having spent plenty of time in class speaking about the challenges organizations face, it was our goal to learn about their organization, and their real-world challenges of running a non-profit.

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