on a client’s site before they had even provided me all the content! I would spend way too much time putting everything together, and then I’d go back and fiddle with font sizes or photo placement, and then my client would come back with more content they wanted on the page and I’d have to rearrange everything. This of course lead to a lot of all nighters trying to go back and rework what had already been done. This was a giant waste of time, and not to mention stressful! Finally, I sat down and wrote a workflow.
Working for myself from home comes with some awesome perks (hello working in my pajamas), but one of the toughest parts in the beginning was sticking to a strict schedule to achieve goals. It was very easy to sleep until 11am, cuddle with my dog for 30 minutes, get up, watch tv, and not start working until early afternoon. That would mean I was meeting deadlines at the last minute which would cause some serious stress. I decided I had to make a change!
One of the most daunting things about working for myself is finding new clients. I do what I can with ads, SEO, my blog, Facebooking, etc, but sometimes the best way to find a client is just good ole fashioned cold emails. Of course, depending on what your business is and what services you offer, cold emails can be different for everyone. Luckily for me I design websites, and pretty much every business in the year 2018 needs a website.
As you might have figured out by now. I absolutely love building websites in Squarespace. There are so many little tricks to manipulate your website to look the way you want. The one I am about to tell you about is one of my favorites. It involves no code injection and thus is super simple! I am going to tell you how to use a summary block to change the layout of your blog.
Being my own boss is awesome, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. That being said remaining organized and consistent is *vital* to my success. Here are four tools I use to keep on track!
So here you are three months into working for yourself. You’ve curated what you believe to be a great services page. You’ve meticulously gone through every word and painstakingly named your price for each package. You are competent in everything you offer. You start networking. You talk about how you’re a jack of all trades. Social media manager, brand manager, virtual assistant, website designer, copywriter. You figure that the more services you offer, the wider your net is cast, the more potential clients you have. You do it all.
One of the most common questions I see goes something like “I have taken X course and I am ready to get rockin’ and rollin’ on my business, but I have no idea what to name it”.
I completely understand why you fret over this! Your name is your first impression on any potential client or customer. It is important that it represents you and your business.
Hello everyone and welcome to my very first blog post :)