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Free printable: Project Planner for small business owners

Sometimes big projects seem more daunting than they really are simply because we haven't stopped and taken a moment to plan a bit: establish the main steps, break down those steps into smaller tasks and set a deadline for each one. You just need a blank piece of paper for that purpose, but hey, this new printable will help you do it in style :) Head over to the Resource Library to download it for free and don’t forget to share this post with your business community. What other printables would be useful for your business? Let me know in the comments!   [Tweet "Free printable: Project Planner for small business owners"]  ...

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Welcome to my office! Stuff I can’t work without

Today, I want to invite you to have a look around my office and see what I use for my work on a regular basis. Some of these things are very design and illustration specific but there are others from which I'm sure any business owners and freelance worker could benefit. This is the result of a lot of trial and error that, of course, is far from over yet. Come on in!   My main work tools   My tablet monitor: Huion KAMVAS GT-221 Pro 21.5 inch HD Pen Display   This is my most recent purchase and also my most valued work tool. I got it last December and haven't been away from it ever since. Designing with a regular graphics tablet versus a mouse...

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Why you need an inexpensive product or service in your shop

Pricing your products and services is one of the trickiest tasks on your to-do list when you are starting a business or rethinking your existing one. The idea of setting a price that is affordable enough but doesn't undervalue what you are offering looks simple enough in writing but, in reality, it can cause more than one headache. This post is definitely not about how to price your products. That would be a titanic project I wouldn't know how to tackle. However, there's something I've learned with time (call it an idea or a tip) that can really help you attract new clients/buyers once you have all your pricing structure in place.   My personal experience When I started offering the email signature...

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Free printable: Yearly Income Tracker

The new year is almost here so it is time to start thinking about new strategies, possibilities and projects. This printable freebie will be super useful to help you with your goal planning and tracking during the next 12 months (or whenever you want). You can use it to keep track of multiple sources of income each month of the year, including fields for your money goals, the actual amount you earned and totals for each month and each income stream. Alternatively, you can also use it for number of sales, number of new clients, etc. Head over to the Resource Library to download it for free and don't forget to share this post with your business owner community. What other printables would be useful for...

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3 easy tips for a better customer service

A good amount of positive reviews for any product or service you see on the internet, usually mention a great customer service in one way or another. This aspect of a business, especially if it is an online business, is crucial when it comes to brand reputation and client trust. It can really be a decisive factor when someone approaches you as a potential client. It is clear a lot of work involved goes a good customer service, but still, there are some simple actions you can take to start improving fairly easily and right away.   Use canned email responses No matter how extensive and detailed your website’s FAQs section is. You will always have to repeat the same info over and...

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How to create a Coming Soon page on WordPress

If you are planning to create a new website, redesign your existing one or simply make some changes that will probably mess up things for a while, chances are you don’t want your visitors to see the behind the scenes process. That’s when a coming soon page comes in handy. They are also called maintenance pages or splash pages. It will allow you to show a static page on your main URL instead of your actual website. You can customize it with text, images, social media links and even a newsletter sign up form. This way, visitors will immediately understand what’s going on and will also have the opportunity to get some info and contact you if they need. If you...

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