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. Thank you to Jordan Jones for hosting me for this Facebook Live! Back in Spring of 2020, She put together a wonderful Facebook group for small business owners who were trying to figure out how to navigate the craziness of …

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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. As much as I adore a beautiful website design, it won’t get you very far without strategic copy. Read on to learn how to find …

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Social Media for Small Businesses

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 had to hire her write a couple of posts for the Ember & Co community. You’re going to love her! You can check out her …

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Why Your Ecommerce Store Is Struggling To Get Off The Ground

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 struggle to get started and amass an audience, with 90% of them failing within the first few months. Here’s why you may be heading to …

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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 it yet, you can find it here. However, after three years in the Dubsado Facebook Community – and chatting with business friends who have considered …

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Creative Burn-out, Designer Burn-out, Learning to rest and not quit, Dealing with business overwhelm

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.

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

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 snatch up a good deal sounds downright exhausting. I’d much rather spend my day off sipping tea by the fireplace. But I also love a …

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