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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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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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Why Communication Is More Important Now than Ever

Communication is ALWAYS important in our business - we have to stay in touch with our clients, contractors and builders, vendors, and more! But during this time of uncertainty, communication is more important than it EVER was! Why? Read on....

Your Clients Are Worried, Too

All of that worry,...

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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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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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