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Will a Schedule Hurt Your Creativity?

Being the owner of a creative business can be a strange balancing act. On the one hand, you have to be strategic, logical, and analytical as a CEO. Then you ALSO have to be creative, intuitive, and empathetic to do your best work as a designer. WHOA! Even the best designer can have a hard time...

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4 Ways to Increase Profits in 2021

Have you set your business goals for 2021? I've made my list of intentions and set my strategies! And I'll bet we've set a similar goal - to be more profitable in the new year. That should be a goal for all small businesses! Now all you need are the tactics to achieve that intention. I have 4...

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Pivoting for More Business in the New Year

Do you know what I love about a new year?! It's the idea that anything is possible, that you can rethink everything with fresh ideas and exciting new ventures! My favorite thing to do at the beginning of a new year is to explore ideas for new business. It isn't about completely changing...

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3 Critical Business Goals for 2021

We're at the very end of an old (and not-so-great) year and the beginning of a new year that we hope will bring us better days. This is a pivotal time for you and your business - a great time to set important goals for what could be another rollercoaster ride of a year. There are 3...

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5 Time Management Tips to Keep Productivity High

At this time of year, most of us are sliding into the holidays at a full run, trying to take care of our clients' needs and our own holiday shopping/decorating/cooking! It's a mad dash to some time off, and if you aren't managing your time well, this is when you're going to really feel it....

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Setting Goals for a New Year

This is the perfect time of year to look back at what you've accomplished and to look forward to where you want your business to go in 2021. Things slow down around the holidays since our clients want to focus on their families, so we actually have more time to review and reflect. I have great...

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4 Ways to Keep Your Clients Organized

At the end of one year and the beginning of another, organization projects become very popular. This year, I want you to consider organizing your clients! YEP - your clients. Here's why - if you can keep your clients organized, they're going to be happier and YOU are going to be happier. They'll...

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3 Ways to Avoid Bad Subcontractors

There are so many horror stories in our industry about bad subcontractors. Like the tile installer who took off with your client's payment, AND without finishing the job. Or the movers who showed up in dirty shirts and showing way too much of the "plumber butt" than anyone should ever see....

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Why Systems Make You More Confident in Your Business

I've often said that the number one reason we have trouble selling our services is a lack of confidence. If you aren't confident in your business, you will not get the clients that you want, you won't get the fees that you want, and you REALLY won't hit those goals that you've been dying to...

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One of the Best Gifts for Your Clients

We're moving quickly into the holiday season, and that always makes me think of gifts for my clients. One of the best gifts that any designer can give their clients may seem too mundane but is SOOO important, and that's the maintenance binder! WHAT?! A binder full of paper?? Yes! You will make...

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Installation Day Tips (in the time of COVID!)

Everything has been upended this year – absolutely everything, including design installations! And given that our business is about the home, it’s been even crazier. How we work with clients is definitely something that can change week to week. It’s hard to stay on top of...

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How to Make More Money in Design

If you're reading this and expecting a magic bullet to bring you tons of cash...you're in the wrong place! BUT, I do have tips that I know work and that I know will help you make more money. Sadly, they aren't going to involve a wand or any kind of good luck charms. HA! This is more about tough...

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