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The Ember & Co Blog

practical design Advice + encouragement for small businesses

May 24, 2021
Ditch Hustle Culture and Have a Thriving Business: A Podcast Interview with Linsi Brownson

I was recently beyond honored to be interviewed by Linsi Brownson for her Be Brilliant in Your Business Podcast, a creative cocktail of pep talks and practical tools to help small business owners be energized, organized, and inspired. Linsi is a certified life and business coach who specializes in overcoming burnout and building a business lifestyle […]

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January 28, 2021
Your Website: The Hub of Your Online Communication

This post was written by Holly of Holly E Design. We are both local to the Denver area and got connected through a designer-centric Facebook group a few years ago. It's been so fun to have business friends that I can hang out with in real life. We've enjoyed leaning on each other and I […]

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January 11, 2021
The 8 Secrets to a Magnetic Homepage (FB Live Replay)

Feeling lost trying to put together your homepage? You're not alone! In this video, we're going to discuss eight principles I use every time I design a client's homepage, with lots of visual examples and practical tips along the way. (Feel free to skip to 3:15​ to get straight to the content; since this was […]

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October 29, 2020
4 Tips to Find Your Brand Voice (so You Can Write Your Own Content)

This is a guest post by Allison Barnett, a wonderful copywriter who I met when I was presented with the Premier WordPress Web Designer Award a couple of months ago. I absolutely love hiring copywriters to provide valuable content on brand messaging, brand voice, and how to write more effectively as a small business owner. […]

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August 19, 2020
Lessons Learned: Social Media for Small Businesses

This guest post comes from the wonderful Casey Watson. I've known her husband since high school and actually had the opportunity to help him with his branding/website for Fiscal Fluency a while back. So fun! When I found out Casey was a talented copywriter (who is familiar with the Storybrand marketing framework), I knew I […]

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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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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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Caitlin Shannon, Founder of Ember & Co Website Design Studio

Hey, friend.

I’M CAITLIN, YOUR DESIGNER & BRAND ADVOCATE.

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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