Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Jewelry for sale

Things are slow, business-wise, so we entrepreneurs look to other ways to make money. I make jewelry. Usually I make it for fun, for myself and for gifts, but it's all on sale now!
Here are a few samples. Contact me if you are interested in seeing more.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cross Platform font problems?

Calling all designers - I'm on a mac and sometimes my clients are on PCs and want the files to make their own changes. But if I'm using Adobe Postscript fonts, then they have problems. How do you deal with this? I'd love your input. Thanks!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Networking in a recession

I attended a wonderful seminar this morning about selling yourself in recessionary times. It was put on by the East County and Santee chambers. Great bunch of people, as usual, but more importantly, a valuable way to spend my time. Rose Avila of RMA Consulting spoke to us and gave us some tips. She also reminded us that Marketing is not the same as Selling, and what we need to be doing now is Sales. I haven't had to sell myself in 13 years. I have always gotten work by word of mouth, and a lot of repeat business. Things are a'changin'. Rose gave us the Stages of a sale, which begins with establishing a trusting relationship with someone. The new business may come from that person, or through X degrees of separation by way of a referral or other introduction. Everyone who attended shared ideas about how they are looking for new business, whether it be from social networking, to advertising, to cold calling, to offering incentives to those who refer us for new business. That will be my next email blast - some type of valuable offer to bring me a new customer. I'll let you know how it goes.

Lins Graphics is THIRTEEN!

Yesterday was the official 13 year anniversary of Lins Graphics. Established in 1997, I started providing graphic design and production services to entertainment companies. Now I support small businesses, credit unions, restaurants and anyone else who wants to work with me.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I couldn't have done it without my clients, friends and colleagues who were encouraging and motivational!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Help Haiti - it's easy

Text "Haiti" to 90999 on your cell. It donates $10 to the Red Cross for relief efforts.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

East County Chamber & La Mesa Chamber event last night

It was Hooley's one year anniversary at their location in Grossmont Center. The owner was honored, there was great food and music, and a LOT of people attended. I met some other members of the chambers and made some good connections. I miss the LAX chamber, but this one seems to have the same quality of people. I'm happy to be a part of the East County Chamber now.
Join your local chamber, it's great for getting involved.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Bowl

Which commercial was your favorite?

Friday, February 5, 2010

East County Chamber of Commerce

I attended a first Friday breakfast this morning and met some other business owners and heard some great speakers. The East County Chamber looks like it will be a good fit for me. Join me some time at an event.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Email blast scheduled for the morning!

I just sent my first official email blast. It's not working exactly as I'd like, but I'll work out the kinks as I go. I just want the links in the email to work like they do in a web browser. Any suggestions? The email CAN be opened in a web browser where all the links work beautifully. All comments are welcome - positive OR negative. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Thank you, Universe! And Gordon at Discount Printing!

I got 3 new projects and three new clients this week. I also joined a networking group and met some wonderful people. One of them was Joan Whalen (Wedding planner/coordinator/consultant) whose wise words are holding true. She's been through 6 recessions in her career/lifetime and assures us that things will bounce back and if you stand strong and keep plugging away, you'll come out on top. Thank you, Joan! That's what I'm trying to do!