Posts in Entrepreneurship
How to Gracefully Quit a Client before they Quit You

Vulnerability SZN over here at MKW Creative Co. Throwing in the towel, sending the white flag, or squealing “uncle” are all ways to Q U I T a project that is just a poor fit for your biz. In this blog, I am outlining how to identify when a project is going south, how to approach quitting the project with your client, and how to end things gracefully so you, the freelancer, come out unscathed.

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5 New Habits that Helped me hit a 5-figure January

It’s no secret that I have got big ol’ juicy goals for 2019. In order to narrow in on what I wanted, I used the S.M.A.R.T. Goals method to map out my actionable daily tasks that would make the year long goal more possible. Happy to report that not only did I exceed my goals for January 2019, but that the new habits I’ve put in place (explained in detail in this blog) have changed the way I feel about my work, my productivity, and my creative flow.

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7 Books that Changed my Small Biz (for the better)

Being a small biz owner is no joke, and statistically, the majority of Small Businesses will fail within the first 5 years. As I approach my own five year mark (full of failures, lessons, big oopses, by the way) I wanted to take the time to share the business books I have read that really changed not only the way I thought about my small business, but changed the way I thought about myself as a business owner. Here’s a breakdown of my top faves!

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End of the Year #AskmeAnything

Yesterday on my #desIGnLIVE, (my weekly-ish instagram live series where I talk all things branding and entrepreneurship) I did a little #askmeanything and took your questions about starting my biz, adobe creative cloud, Pinterest boards, etc. Since I did not pull together a ‘2018 Year in Review’ Blog this year, I am opting for this as a blog instead!

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ALL ABOARD! Peek my Client Onboarding Process

Approaching my 5th year in the brand design biz, it’s safe to say that I’ve trial-ed and error-ed my way around and through my new client on-boarding process. Based on the polls for what you all wanted covered on #desIGnLIVE (my weekly-ish instagram live series) this week, I’m sharing how a new client goes from total stranger to new client of MKW’s. Here’s the lowdown on how it goes down, step-by-step:

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Shop the ART SHOP is ready just in time for Christmas

NEW PRINTS ADDED to the MKW Graphics Art Shop! Original prints available as a digital download to add a personal touch to your home or office. These make great gifts for the holidays! So what are you waiting for...get shoppin'!

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Graphic Design in the era of Political Woke-ness

Regardless of your Political affiliation, it’s pretty incredible how much art, design and social media have become a part of our culture. Today, I wanted to take a second to recognize how GRAPHIC DESIGN isn’t going anywhere, people! Here’s a giant round up of where I have seen graphic design influence our current culture and the impact it had on the 2018 midterm elections to further the conversation about design and design influence.

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Meet the MKW Fall '18 Interns!

Happy to announce the Fall 2018 Interns with MKW Graphics! These lovely leading ladies will be helping with brand design, creative direction and content marketing for the fall ‘semester’! Get to know them, what they love, and give them a follow!

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IT LIVES: Small Biz Start Up Guide

After many days, nights, drafts, designs, edits and iterations, the Small Biz Start Up Guide is NOW LIVE on www.startupguide.biz

I am sharing a bit more background on this project, why we decided to write it, and what you can except from SBSUG in the near, near future!

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2017 at a Glance (an infographic)

2017 taught me a lot about being an entrepreneur, brand designer, and now, a digital-nomad! Here's a summary (infographic style, because...as a designer I couldn't have it any other way) + what's to come in 2018. 

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ALLL my favorite Facebook Groups for Freelance Advice

Being a self-employed freelancer can be lonely business! There is no guide book for when things go awry. Once I joined these facebook groups, I had an instant online community of like-minded professionals who could help me in sticky situations. Here are my favorite facebook groups that I use as a support system for my business.

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Freelance 101: Setting Goals with Right Hand Business Coach, Lauren Allen

The end of the year is near, which means it's time to start thinking about new goals for 2018! I interviewed Lauren Allen, professional goal setter (and project manager) of Right Hand Business Coach about how freelancers can set achievable goals and see them come to fruition.

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Freelance 101: How to Keep KILLIN' IT with your Blog Content feat. Libby Landry, Simple Wellness Co.

Creating content can be difficult, especially when you are new to blogging and social media. Since day 1, Libby Landry of Simple Wellness Co. has been killin it with cranking out quality content for her blog about Corporate Wellness. Here are her suggestions for blogging like a boss.

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