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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 [...]

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 [...]
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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 [...]
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Business Spotlight: Q&A with Built

This month for our business spotlight we're featuring a design and products company, Built. Built has two offices located in Oregon and Louisville, KY. Some of their products include websites for Nike, baseball caps, and iPad app design. We got in touch with Brian Brooks, one of Built's cofounders, and asked him some questions about running a small freelance business. Here's what he had to say: What Read more [...]

Business Spotlight: Pebbles of Hope. Giving the World’s Smallest Babies a Fighting Chance

"Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely around the world, affecting more than 1 in 10 births. More than 1 million of these infants die each year due to complications from prematurity, and many survivors face a lifetime of disability. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death worldwide (estimated at 29%). In the majority of Read more [...]