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How to create blog posts

I made a little video that walks you through the basic steps of creating and publishing a blog post to WordPress. I also wanted to give you a couple links to use to find free photos you can insert into your post. You can use these as the Featured Image or insert them directly in the body of your post. Either way, they're free! It's always a good idea to include an image as part of your post. You Read more [...]
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The seven areas of business.

I attended a seminar this morning with the title How to Make 2016 Your Best Year yet: Your Annual Plan. This was a free seminar put on by Krista Bleich (former owner of Krista's Kitchen) on developing a business plan. We're been in the process of thinking through our business plan for our own company and identifying area where we could do better, so I was happy to attend this morning. For me it Read more [...]

One Year In. What I’ve Learned.

This month we celebrate one year of being in business. One year ago we started our own company, Amalgam, LLC. Instead of doing my normal activities I wanted to stop and reflect on things a bit. It's been a good year. Kim and I have learned a whole lot this first year. We've learned how to run a business. How to market ourselves. We've learned what's effective, and what's not. We've gotten some good Read more [...]

Business Spotlight: Q&A with Brittany Schultz, Mary Kay Consultant

As a work at home mom myself, I really appreciate gleaning advice from other mommy businesswomen.  How do they do it?  Can you be both a successful businesswoman and stay at home with the children?  For this month's business spotlight, we have a special interview with Brittany Schultz, an Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant- who strives to do just that while investing in other women. She offers Read more [...]
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Free Wallpaper for your Phone or Desktop: Fall 2015

Hi there! The leaves are starting to turn around here. It is gorgeous, and I just love autumn! As the leaves begin to take on new colors and fall, I am reminded of just how beautiful change can be.  The last year has certainly been a season of change for us around here.  How about you?  Sometimes change can be so hard, but don't forget that many times what comes from these times of transition Read more [...]

Be the Expert

I'm learning so many new things as a freelance work-from-home web developer. I learn new things with every website we complete. But I also am learning so much about people and expectations. One thing I'm learning is that people don't really know what they want. I don't mean that in a negative way. It's just something I'm observing. All too often I go into a meeting expecting my client to have all Read more [...]

Establish Goals. Hit Your Target.

In a previous blog post, The Process of Making a Website, I outlined the steps we go through to make a website. This was more of an overview to give people a feel for what's involved in making a website, and to help people see the process we go through. By way of review, the steps we go through to make a website are: Identify Goals Layout and Functionality Implementation Design Launch I Read more [...]
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The Process of Making a Website

What's it like to make a website? What are the steps we go through to bring it to life. I thought it might be helpful to layout the process we go through to make a website, for those that are curious. Identify Goals The first step is all about our client. We try to get to know our client- who they are, their business, their target audience, and the specific goals they have in mind for their website. Read more [...]
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The Value of a Website

Why do I need a website? We spend a lot of time making websites, but it occurred to me that we don't often explain to people the VALUE of a good website. Most people understand intuitively that a website is good for business. A lot of people go out there and try to do it themselves, or ask a friend or relative. It's relatively easy to cobble something together rather quickly. But a website is an Read more [...]

Photo Fun at the Mercantile

We've been having a lot of fun the last couple weeks doing some photo shoots at the Mercantile in Portage. A couple vendors took us up on our free photo shoot promo and asked us to come in to photograph some of their awesome products. We were happy to oblige! Mila Stahl is the owner of The Artisan Foodie. After our photo shoot we were able to sample some of her homemade salad dressing and, no joke, Read more [...]