Posts Tagged ‘biz’
This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about business cards. Most likely because I have a conference coming up soon (I’m speaking at Blog Fete this September…Will you be there?) and I may want to do a little update to my cards. So I thought I might as well put together a roundup of my favorite designs from around the web, as of late…
(above) Brittany Watson Jepsen’s business cards are kind of perfect. Each carnival ticket, stamped with Brittany’s contact info, is fun, playful, and original. Just like her.
Of course, I also have some (slightly) more traditional biz card favorites (in the sense that they are the traditional shape, but anything but when it comes to design). Check ‘em out…
I kind of can’t get enough of the floral pattern on black background from these beauties (Jessica Comingore).
Love the color and lettering on Molly Jacques’ business cards. Don’t you?
And look at these gilded edges! They are so shiny, I feel like I could almost see my reflection in them if I was holding them in my hand. So neat.
It’s official. Kraft paper plus letterpress business cards never fail. Period.
And I like these graphic black and white cards from Frou Studio.
This branded set of stamped business cards and tags is pretty great.
And another cool stamped biz card, this time on wood. Can’t hate on that!
And finally, this combo of black and gold from Bib & Tucker is pretty awesome. Agree?
Curious to know… Do you have a favorite from this list of nine? I’d love to hear your pick in the comments. Feel free to share your own biz card links too. I would love to check out any suggestions you might have. And, if you’re looking for more business card inspiration, there’s plenty more, right here.
Hi! I’m finally back from holiday vacation and into the swing of things. It was really nice to take some time off and be away from the computer – something I really haven’t done for WAY too long.
I am definitely excited to jump back into work, but the time I spent away made me realize how important it is to step back and veg out every once in a while. Which brings me to today’s post…
Running a profitable business and blog is hard work. A lot of hard work. Like everyday, ten plus hours a day ‘hard’. At least that has been my experience. I can’t speak for anyone else. BUT what I can do is tell you that I have spoken to a lot of other creative entrepreneurs about this very thing – ladies that you know and admire; and based on the conversations I have had with these women, I know that I am not the only one that works long hours and gets overwhelmed from time to time. It happens.
In fact, it happens to pretty much everyone at one point or another.
So as you are creating your new year’s resolutions and goals this year, please don’t forget to include downtime – time for rest, time for family, time for yourself. Even when you think you couldn’t possibly fit it into your busy schedule. DO IT!
You may not realize it now, but ensuring that you schedule time away from work, even when you are in full-speed-ahead mode, will save you from burn out later on down the line. Burn out can be the kiss of death if you let it, so avoiding this at any cost, when possible, is the way to go.
So here’s to making this year the best one yet, while (most importantly) maintaining your sanity along the way. Happy new year!
image c/o Confetti System + design by Brittni Mehlhoff
This contributor post was written by Tiffany Moore.
There are a million resources out there written about how to grow your mailing list — contests, giveaways, promotions. All of these are great, and having an effective newsletter campaign can do wonders for your business.
The flip side that you don’t often hear about is how NOT to grow your newsletter list, but this is just as important in terms of fostering good relationships as what you do to grow it.
The #1 rule of how NOT to grow your list:
adding people who haven’t expressed direct interest in being added.
Meeting someone at a conference who says they like your jewelry or are curious about what you’re working on is not reason to take the liberty of adding them to your list. Neither is sitting next to someone at a dinner party or wanting to get the attention of an influential blogger.
In fact, there is no quicker way to sour a relationship than to effectively spam someone who already has more than enough email to handle.
It is bad form, it is rude, and it’s likely illegal. Don’t be that person. Your efforts are better spent reaching out to the people who actively want to hear from you, who have already given you money, and who have expressed major interest in the work you do.
Subscriber numbers are meaningless without the engagement of your audience.
An alternative is to send an email to the people you would normally add, saying something along the lines of:
Dear (lovely person I met/blogger/friend of a friend),
It was great meeting you recently at (conference/friend’s home/grocery store) and I wanted to follow up with you since you had expressed interest in my (shop/art/product).
I have a newsletter that I send out on a (weekly/monthly/regular) basis to announce new products and keep folks updated on what’s going on. You can sign up here if you’re interested: provide link.
Again, it was great meeting you!
Your Name Here
(link to shop)
A succinct, lovely email always goes farther. Always.
After the last business card roundup, I realized that I should make this a regular thing here on the blog. Well as regular as I can make it – based on the business cards that I collect at local meet ups and conferences.
I still have quite a few from Alt that I never shared and I kept some of my favorite cards from a few other conferences I have attended as well. So here’s this week’s inspiration…
Good use of color. Red Boots Design – I’ve been holding on to this card for close to a year now (we met at CCE last year at one of the break out sessions). Her card is beautiful. Letterpress again, of course. But I really love her color choices because the items in her shop are very colorful as well. So it works well with brand.
The Stationery Place – Lindsey is a Seattle blog buddy! We met at Alt this year and thanks to her, I found a Seattle blog group that meets up once a month. I love it. Lindsey is in charge of the group of over 100 members now.
Try vertical. Twig Creative – I met the folks at Twig through the 15 Friends project I participated in earlier this year. And I really like their business cards. Great, simple design in a vertical format (as opposed to the traditional horizontal). And of course, I love the letterpress.
No info overload. House of Brinson – William and Susan taught a class about prop photography at Alt that I attended. It was awesome! What I love about their business card is that there isn’t a whole lot of information on it, just their names and email address. This is a smart way to do it. Anyone who wants to contact them has their email address and web address from just that one line. Here’s an article about the cards they had made (shows the process + everything) that I found on their blog.
Add personality. Alexandra Hedin – I met Alexandra briefly in the prop photography class at Alt. I love the illustration of her playing hostess in a party dress. All her contact info is on the back of the card.
Use a unique format. Barral Creations – And probably my favorite card from this bunch is this one from Fabien. He graciously sent me an amazing letterpress calendar earlier in the year and this coaster-sized business card was in the package. I love it! The gradient colors are awesome and the design is one that pops up with his brand often.
Looking for biz card inspiration? Check this out.
This contributor post was written by Tiffany Moore.
In my last post, I offered 3 quick ways to set yourself up for success in 2012. Warning: in this post, I’m going to completely contradict myself.
Here’s my question to you as we step into the new year: how can figure out a way to do less, to take things off your to-do list to actually create some space for new things and blessings in 2012?
We are all so task-oriented. I often work with clients on building their businesses and they all start off wanting the same thing: a checklist. A list of all of the magical elements of business-building, a tried and true, “do this and you will succeed” index of tasks.
I can’t offer them that. Sure, there are certain things that are really helpful in business building. There are definitely people who have proven their own success that can be our role models as we grow our own businesses. However so much of growth has to do with the “being” and not the “doing” and that is the easiest thing to forget.
There’s a feng-shui principle of the empty drawer. It’s said that you need an empty drawer or empty shelf or empty something in your home to make space for new things to come in. I think that we all need that in our lives too, but that’s counter-intuitive to our tendencies to fill up our time/lives/heads with everything else.
So here’s my challenge to you as you kick off your 2012: what can you do to create some space in your life? What can you let go of to create some emptiness for the sake of flow and new things?
PS. This isn’t easy stuff. If the idea of downtime makes you feel panicked, know that you aren’t alone, but starting small is the first step to finding success with this. Trust me, I won’t let you down!
*image via Georgianna Lane Photography: Paris Dawn