The Ember & Co Blog

practical design Advice + encouragement for small businesses

June 26, 2020
Working from a Home Office: How to Make the Transition Go Smoothly

Whether you’re excited about the opportunity or dread this becoming the new norm, these resources can help make the transition a little easier.

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April 15, 2020
Why Your Ecommerce Store Is Struggling To Get Off The Ground

This is a guest post by ecommerce expert, Rodney Laws, Editor at Ecommerce Platforms. Ecommerce is a fantastic industry to start your entrepreneurial adventure in. There’s so much flexibility in how you can run an online store. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you’re looking at a guaranteed home run every time The majority of new ecommerce stores will […]

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February 24, 2020
An Honest Dubsado Review after 3 Years: 3 Strengths, 3 Tips, 3 Weaknesses (+ 20% off)

For anyone who's been around for a while, it's no secret that I L-O-V-E Dubsado. I sang its praises way back in 2017, and that blog post has turned out to be a huge help to others who are considering a CRM (client relationship management) solution for themselves. I'm so glad! If you haven't read […]

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May 3, 2019
5 Tips for Writing Effective Website Copy

These "rules" for effective website copy will teach you how to market your business in a way that feels GOOD — to you and to your dream customers.

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April 26, 2019
How to Show up More Authentically in your Brand Photos

The more I've explored who I really am and how I show up in my business, the more I realized that my "brand" is actually less about being a "hip creative" and more about being a calm and steadfast source of encouragement. This totally shifted how I approached my last brand photoshoot. Here's why.

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April 11, 2019
Magnetic Sincerity: A Reflection on Two Years of Business & Not Fitting In

How burnout, external success, the enneagram, and the death of a friend changed my perspective on what it means to show up in life and business.

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February 1, 2019
Unlocking A Joy-Filled Business With Brand Consistency

There is so much that goes into building a strong, joy-filled business. You aren’t here on accident. Not a chance. You’ve worked hard to get here.  It’s involved more than a few late nights, early mornings, victories, and tears (yep, I’ve been there, too). It’s been a wild ride, but at the end of the […]

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January 14, 2019
Crying over a glass of warm champagne: embracing burnout and making the most of it

I sat down in my new office in our new house with a hot cup of coffee and some gluten-free cookies and...sighed. A deep, wordless, defeated sigh. Because I wasn't feeling at all how I wanted to feel. I felt...sad. Tired. Overwhelmed before I had even clicked into my inbox. And incredibly ashamed.

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November 21, 2018
Awesome Black Friday Deals for Creative Business Owners (2018 Edition)

It's that time of year again! Can you believe it?! Last time I checked it was February. It's been a busy, busy year for Ember & Co. I've never been a huge fan of the Black Friday frenzy — as a peace-loving introvert, the idea of rushing around a packed store competing for the chance to […]

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September 10, 2018
10 Best Apps for Creative Business Owners

Ever feel like your business is running you, rather than the other way around? I want to share more about my journey from business burnout to business balance — Let's jump into my list of the 10 best apps for creative business owners!

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Caitlin Shannon, Founder of Ember & Co Website Design Studio

Hey, friend.


Let’s take your profits and professionalism to the next level…in a way that is authentic, practical, and sustainable.

The most successful (and sane) brand marketing is authentic and infused with purpose. I’m here to uncover your natural superpowers and showcase them.

It's time to bring calm, clarity, and joy to your marketing efforts.

Meet CAitlin

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