Saturday, March 26, 2011

Money advice you know, we just need reminding...

Live BELOW your means,
But WITHIN your needs.

If you don't have enough money to buy it, don't. Do NOT put it on a credit card.

Build up an emergency fund.

This advice applies to your business sometimes as well...
Only you know if you really NEED something...

May you have a prosperous year!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spend money to make more money

They say money is just energy and the more we exchange and the more we use, the more we create. Are there areas in your business, or life, where hiring someone else to do something for you actually saves YOU time, and therefore, money?
I use freelancers to help with my work load: I am a source of income for them and that leaves me free to use my time on other things, either more work, or maintenance of the business. I bill them out at a higher rate and everyone is happy: they generate income, I am able to take care of other things to keep my business growing while making money, and my clients get what they need, when they want it.
It creates positive energy flow all around.
Where can you put your energy today?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Keep Positive and Continue To Push Forward

One of the things I find hardest about being self-employed is having to sell myself to strangers. It's always nice to get referrals, so I continually ask my current clients to tell everyone about me, but there are times I just need to go out and find new business on my own.
I also try to meet other people within the design industry thinking that we can possibly collaborate.
Sometimes I get a warm response, or friendly rejection, but there are those times when some people are downright rude or insulting. The only explanation I have for that is that they are paranoid (if we are looking for similar clients - like I often look to printers for work) or they are not very confident in themselves and what they do.
Confident people tend to be friendlier in my experience. They know they don't need my services, maybe because they have another graphic designer, so they may nicely say "Thank you for inquiring, and good luck in your search."
I never understand people who come across as condescending or offended and practically insult me. The sad thing is THEY could have been MY vendor, or a referral source for my clients. I don't want to do business with someone like that, and certainly not be the one who refers them if they treat everyone that way.
My opinion is that there is enough work to go around, and there are varying personalities - some who may not want to work with me, may love one of my colleagues, and vice versa.
So, I go forward, with a positive attitude and a smile on my face (you can HEAR that on the phone, you know!)...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Bear Valley needs a networking group...

So, I'm starting one!
Name to be determined, but for now I'm calling it the Bear Valley Business Bunch.
If you, or anyone you know, would like to get together with other business professionals to network, share ideas and resources, and support one another in the Big Bear Valley, please check us out. Our inaugural meeting is March 14th, at 5:30pm at The Old Country Inn in Big Bear.
Please RSVP on
I hope to see you there.
Thank you!