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Have you heard about the GDPR?  It stands for The General Data Protection Regulation, which is designed to enable individuals to better control their personal data. It is hoped that these modernised and unified rules will allow businesses to make the most of the opportunities of the Digital Single Market by reducing regulation and benefiting from reinforced consumer trust.  Right now, it only affects the rights of EU residents.  Whew, to all of our US companies, right? That's a big nope.  Sure, you...

We are all about making websites quick and easy for people to use! Sometimes the back-end of building websites is not so streamlined, though. Between coding, content blocks, e-commerce and making the most beautiful, functional website possible, you don’t have time for extra steps. That is why shortcuts are so useful! The best keyboard shortcuts in Wordpress can save so much time. In Wordpress visual editor you can use key combinations to make changes without a mouse or trackpad, saving you...

Blogging is an amazing way to connect with clients and become a go-to resource about your area of expertise. But blogs are most useful if they're easy to find and read! This is where categories come in. You can organize all the blogs on your site into categories, making them manageable for you and your readers. Think of it like putting everything into folders for quick reference. As an added benefit, readers can click a category to see more similar blogs,...

If you know our website-building and design company, you know we like Wordpress—a lot. It’s a powerful website builder and we use it to showcase clients, keep them connected and offer online services. Some of the best functionality from Wordpress comes from plugins. If you aren’t using plugins on your Wordpress site, you are missing a lot of resources for your business, not to mention less stress for you and your website team. Here are some of the optional plugins that...

Downloading printables is an awesome, easy way to freshen up your graphic designs and increase your social engagement. You do not have to reinvent the wheel here! Pinterest, graphic design sites, Etsy and independent artists are all fabulous resources for content you can customize and use for your own business. With summer coming up fast, we’re loving these fresh and fun printables. And the coffee download? Coffee is relevant all year long! Check out these free downloads and then show us...

If you thought Instagram was a tween trend of 2010, that ship has sailed. It’s 2018, Instagram and Facebook are in bed and the rest of the world is eager to get in. New Instagram updates are rolling out hot, like the announcement that you can pre-schedule and automatically post content (Read Hootsuite’s guide >> How To Share Post Directly to Instagram). Instagram for business gives you ad capabilities and analytics. And even more recently the platform switched back to...

Have you mocked up a vision board for your business?  We've tried scrapbooking, jotting lists, creating a vision board, you name it!  This year, we decided to mock up our vision on Pinterest boards: Check them out here! This year we're hyperfocused on two things for our business: loving our clients and saving our Benjamins.  We've pinned a ton of resources about showing our amazing clients that we love them with all of our hearts, and some savings guides to crunch...

Business tools can be absolute lifesavers for your company. As the saying goes: “Work smarter, not harder.” There’s an entire universe of supposedly “helpful” business tools out there. Which business tools are actually helpful and necessary for your small company, though? We’ll go ahead and say the annoying thing that you don’t want to hear: it depends. But don’t worry—we have good news too! We’re sharing some of our favorite apps and programs, which rock our business world. AND the even better news is...

When you’re running a small business, you know every penny counts.  This is especially imperative around tax time.  If you’re not paying your taxes in quarterly (or even if you are), your tax bill can be sometimes overwhelming.   I spoke with our CPA, Robert Majernik, about what a small business can and cannot write off.  Here were his tips:     Mileage We use an app called MileIQ to track all of our mileage to and from our clients offices.  You can...

It always amazes me how we go from goblins and gore to holiday cheer overnight. I went into Target on November 1st for some discount candy (don't judge), and was met with a dreaded "Only 54 Days until Christmas!" sign in bright red and green. While green is my favorite color, I definitely did not want to see this wake-up call while still in a candy coma. Are you struggling with holiday business ideas to keep you active during the holidays?...