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The Ember & Co Blog

practical design Advice + encouragement for small businesses

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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June 6, 2018
Planning for Success: Simplify Your Client Intake Process with Acuity

Have you ever found yourself spending what feels like 2,000 hours emailing clients back and forth to discuss schedules for meetings or consultations? Yep, I feel you. It wasn't long after I took my design business full time that I began experiencing inbox overwhelm. I felt like I was constantly getting bombarded with emails, and […]

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March 7, 2018
Which Website Platform is Best for Me? WordPress vs. Squarespace vs. ShowIt

So, you're thinking about building out a new website...exciting! And now it's time for you to consider a host, a domain, a website platform...Wordpress vs. Squarespace vs. ShowIt -- it can be a little overwhelming! Especially if you're new to a lot of this. But it's worth it! Having a strong website presence can do […]

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March 2, 2018
Your Comprehensive Guide to Logo File Types

Y'all, I have a really exciting resource to share with you today. Seriously, this is gold. A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Morgan Stapp. She is an ABSOLUTE gem and a super talented fellow designer. I am so thankful to have met her, and cannot emphasize enough how valuable it is to […]

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February 16, 2018
The Stress-Free Method To Identifying Your Ideal Client

Raise your hand if you're a small business owner who feels like you've been trying to do it all lately ✋ Yep, I've been there, too. You and I wear a lot of different hats on a daily basis and it can be overwhelming trying to keep your biz afloat while building a foundation that […]

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January 9, 2018
#TipTuesday: What is the Pantone Color Matching System and why should I care?

Hey! Can I get real nerdy on your for a sec? #itsbecauseiloveyou #ipromise Are you a small business owner who gets your logo/branding regularly printed, embroidered, or otherwise reproduced? Are you ever frustrated by the lack of color accuracy or confused as to how you can assure that the colors match next time? Pantone Color […]

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September 15, 2017
Logo Design for the Non-Designer [FREE Logo Design Checklist]

How do you successfully hire someone to do something that isn't within your zone of genius? Especially when you have no idea what to look for? My boyfriend and I recently experienced this when we hired contractors for a home renovation project. We knew enough to know that we needed help. However, once we started […]

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July 5, 2017
What's your SUPERPOWER? The life-giving power of authenticity in business.

Do you know your superpower(s)? Anyone who knows me knows that I am borderline obsessed with personality profiling, quizzes, and knowing your Myers Briggs. In fact, my runner-up career choice to graphic design was counseling/psychology because I am such a huge believer in the power of authenticity, knowing yourself, and learning to stand in (and […]

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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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