Business Tips & Tricks

Self Care Is Critical to Getting You Back on Track

The pandemic and our self isolations are playing havoc with our mental and emotional health. We're all anxious, scared, stressed, frustrated, and more - and that is what we go through in just 1 minute! Many health officials are calling this a collective trauma, and we all need to recognize that....

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There's No Better Time to Get Your Design Systems in Place

I've talked to so many designers lately who are finding this sudden stop in all their activity hard to take. After all, our business is usually go-go-go, right?! Some people want to fill that time with lots of to-do lists and others are feeling like they can't get off the sofa. Neither one of...

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4 Ways to Make Tough Decisions Easier

If you're like most small business owners right now, you're having to make some tough decisions. You may be deciding whether you should break a showroom lease. You're probably navigating all of the loans, grants, and programs available to small businesses right now. And... you may even have to...

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How to Pick Yourself Up When You Get Knocked Down

Wow - we didn't see that coming. Just when you think you've planned for everything, a pandemic hits and packs a major punch to the economy. Everyone is feeling it - like we have been run over by a train we didn't see coming. So now what? What do you do when your business dries up overnight and...

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4 Ways to Perfect a High-Function Kitchen Design

The kitchen really is the heart of the home - and in today's world, that heart is even more important. So how do you take a kitchen design from good to oh-my-gosh?! I have 4 sure-fire ways to give your clients a kitchen that really will function for them - and they are all about communication!

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Where to Spend Your Marketing Dollars Now

It's one of the most uncertain times we can remember for business. The economic picture is uncertain, lives are disrupted, and your clients are nervous. So you should just stop everything, too, right? WRONG!

Marketing is something you can't stop. Because when the world gets back to a new normal,...

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Sending You Love ❤️

The "C" Word

I just wanted to send you all my love and encouragement. I know that coronavirus has caused (or will cause!) a ton of changes for you, your family and your businesses! So before, you become overwhelmed...or after and during...here is a little reminder to take one thing at a time!

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3 Ways to Boost Your Energy at Work

It is so common to have an energy slump in the middle of the day that snack food and beverage companies use the idea to sell their products. And I can tell you that I definitely have low-energy times - ok, sometimes I even have low-energy DAYS! But in our biz, we need to keep cranking for as many...

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5 Things You're Doing to Sabotage Your Business

Running your own business is TOUGH! I know, I've been doing it for over 20 years and it can still be challenging. When you're trying your best to hit your goals, you can feel like you're running on a hamster wheel - like you may never get to that success you want. And the scariest part??...

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Why Competition Is a Good Thing

If you notice a serious competitor in your market, you might find yourself frustrated or even a little freaked out. After all, this is your turf! That can lead to frantic changes to your billing or rethinking EVERYTHING you're doing because you think they're going to take your business! Right?!...

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How to Keep Your Team on Track

It's one thing to get yourself motivated and super-productive, but when you're working with a team, you want them operating at their very best, too! Part of being a boss is helping keep your team on track, without micro-managing them. (I know! I am always a bit guilty of this!!) And I have some...

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Communication Is the Key to Success - and Failure!

I've talked many times about how important great communication is with your clients. But... it's too easy to forget that it's EXTREMELY important with your team members, too! That includes contractors, subs, assistants, architects and anyone else working on the project with you. One...

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