4 Things I Learned To Include In Branding Proposals

Over the course the last four years, I have learned a lot about running a company, hiring a qualified team, interfacing with clients, and creating solid proposals that instill confidence on both sides. Below are the top four items that I learned to include in a branding proposal. I hope they save you from many headaches.

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Rita Olds-Robinson
How to Use Quizzes in Your Design Business

So you are dedicated to creating content consistently to generating interest in our services or products. You’re ready to create an amazing opt-in that visitors love to share and give you their email addresses so you can build your list. Do it with a QUIZ! You love taking them and your audience does too.


I can’t tell you how many design creative messaged me saying I love your quiz, I want to create one,I just don’t know what to say. And I give them three ideas in a matter of minutes. For me thinking of opt-ins, blog topics and quiz ideas are EASY and it can be for you if you follow these simple steps.

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Rita Olds-Robinson
The Designer's Guide to Blogging

You don’t get the people who hate writing because you are a wordsmith. You’d much rather send a text or email than pick up the phone or *gasp* Facetime. The great thing is written content is the best content for SEO!  So let’s use this to your advantage in your Design Biz.


You can start creating written content to drive more traffic to your website and get in front of your leads. Grab your pen and paper and let’s dive in. Here are three ways you can show the value of your products or services, educate your leads and brag on yourself (just a little) through blogging.

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How to Use Audio Content in Your Design Business

You don’t mind chatting, but don’t want to get dressed or put on a face to do! I get it. You will shine with Audio Content. You’d much rather share your thoughts and expertise without video editing or typing paragraphs.  Use this to you advantage in your Design Business.

 

You can start creating audio content to drive more traffic to your website and get in front of your leads. Here are some ideas to show the value of your products or services, educate your leads and brag on yourself (just a little).

 

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How to Use Video Content in Your Design Business

So video is your thing! You shine on video. You aren’t afraid of the camera, speaking comes naturally to you, and you love to connect with people. But you don’t know how to use this your advantage in your Design Business.
 
Don’t worry, I’ll show you exactly how you can start creating video content to drive more traffic to your website and get in front of your leads. Grab your pen and paper and let’s dive in. Here are three ways you can show the value of your products or services, educate your leads and brag on yourself (just a little) through video.

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6 Things To Stop Doing in FB groups

Happy New Year Entrepreneurs! I love the New Year. It’s like everyone is ready to LEVEL UP and I am here for it. Set some goals and crush them. I love seeing entrepreneurs making moves in their businesses and tapping into their community for ideas. But there’s a time and a place to ask Facebook. Admit it, you’ve seen questions in Facebook groups that make you turn your head sideways and say “Really?” As we prepare to own 2018, there are some things you just have to leave in 2017.

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Where to Find Design Clients During Slow Season

There’s an unspoken cycle that every designer goes thru: the feast & famine. There are weeks you get so many inquiries you are exhausted And then there are the months that no one wants to talk about. The months where we have no idea where our next client will come from; and because of that we have no idea how the hell our bills will be paid. Those are the moments when we are ready to look for that part-time job just to have a consistent paycheck, but before you give up on your creative hustle. Consider one of these tips  to find your next paying client. 

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6 Things To Do When Design Business is Slow

It’s holiday season and business can get slow. People are spending time with their families, regrouping, and for once, taking time away from their businesses.

Or your business is slow and the clients aren’t coming in as quickly as you want them too. Don’t fret. A slow season doesn’t have be a “bad” thing. You can finally read that book you’ve been meaning to read, or finish that course you bought a year ago.

Designers, I know we can get antsy when business is slow, so check out the six things you can do when business slows down.

 

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Must Have Tools For Web Designers

If you are looking for the perfect web design tools, applications or systems to run your design business, look no further. No matter if you are a web designer, web developer or illustrator, keep reading to learn the professional applications, tools, and resources you need to run your design business with ease so you can do more of what you love: CREATE!

I've tried and tested these myself and instead downloading a ton of free trials or spending your hard earned money trying countless solutions, here are the resources I use and recommend.

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Rita Olds-Robinson
5 Types of Questions Designers Must Ask on a Sales Call

As designer’s we’ve ALL been there: our calls with potential clients start so well. Then the client disappears into the Upside Down (yes, I’m currently binging on Stranger Things) and we never hear from them again with no idea where we went wrong.

Perhaps it’s not you or your skills. It’s likely you never got them on the phone and if you did, you didn’t conduct your sales call the right way. If  you spent the call convincing your client you are the right fit or begging for them to pick you, honey, you’ve got it all wrong. Let’s dive into what a sales call is and the right questions to ask to get your leads to say “Yes” to you.

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Rita Olds-Robinson
I Don't Regret Launching a Web Design Business. Here's What I Wish I Knew.

The first year of entrepreneurship is nothing short of overwhelming, exhausting and scary as hell.  But for web designers the first year can be straight up frustrating. I wish I could tell things will be different for you, but honestly there are lessons you will likely have to learn the hard way.

Before you take your site down, throw your laptop across the room and give up on your dreams of becoming a profitable full time web designer, let me say it gets better! Listen to my online friends’ journeys as web designers and their advice to new web designers (or designer who’s on the verge of giving up).

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A Day in the Life with Shay Duriel

This week I sat down with Shay Duriel of The Bronze Hustle on Heyday’s YouTube series, A Day in the Life. The series is designed to look into the life of our favorite designers and entrepreneurs, learn how they navigate entrepreneurship and get insight into their zone of genius.

Read more to find out the importance of content marketing and blogging in your business. 

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Home Pages

When someone lands on your homepage you have ONE CHANCE to make a first impression. When someone finds your site they want to get to know you and your brand, so your homepage has a big job to do. People are either gonna come into your home and stay awhile or X out and forget all about you.

Read more to find out how to design a homepage that welcomes your ideal visitors and easily get them to get cozy and stay a while.

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How to Become the Beyonce of Your Niche

We can all agree with & love the Beyonce Marketing Genius. She has us flocking to her like bees to honey--practically throwing our wallets at her every time she launches. You, too, can have clients more loyal than the BeyHive. Read more to find out how you can steal Beyonce's marketing strategies & dominate your online niche. 

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4 Questions to Ask Yourself During a Website Audit

It’s almost FALL which means we’re practically staring at the end of 2017 and we're in planning mode to own 2018. In order to dominate, take a hard look at your website now and ask yourself these questions when doing a website audit to easily convert visitors into customers. Read more for website audit questions and a free website audit checklist! 

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Rita Olds-Robinson
7 Little Known Niches for Web Designers

We've all heard it before:  You need to find your “niche.” So today, I’m gonna keep the post short & sweet and dive right in to talk about what that means, why you should niche down and share 7 niches for web designers to consider.

Don't worry if you're not a web designer this still can apply to our friends in complementary fields such as copywriters, photographers, graphic designers, illustrators and coaches.

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