Love & Honest Advice from a Professional Photographer

Collaborating with like-minded professionals is one of entrepreneurship’s greatest perks. And building a magnetic business centered on your core values attracts amazing partnerships, as well as dream clients. One such collaboration for me has been with Asheville-based professional photographer Ashley Ruzich of Ashley Ruzich Photography. Engaging photography is vital for product presentation and can drastically impact […]

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4 Keys to Healthy Client Boundaries

Boundaries are the backbone to any healthy relationship whether we’re talking about business, friendship, parenting, or romance. Over the 8 years I’ve been an entrepreneur, boundaries have often been the bane of my existence. Most of us, if not 100%, start off charging too little and being abused by crappy clients. Sometimes the clients aren’t actually […]

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Is it time to pause?

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This message is for the producer. The ones who calibrate success, happiness, and value by the checks on a to do list. The first ones to help a friend, assist with a fundraiser, read just one more bedtime story. If this sounds like you, then it’s time to chat about “the pause”, my friend. Let […]

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Does Bounce Rate Matter on New Websites?

We recently launched a website for Milima Ranch, a private getaway in Western North Carolina. The new website is clean and engaging, evoking the peaceful experience staying on the property provides. A week or so after launch, we received an email from our client with an analytics question. As part of the project scope for Milima […]

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Action Trumps Fear

Fear is a topic I talk, think and write about a lot. It’s my kryptonite (though disappointment is a challenge for me, as well). I’m battle worn when it comes to facing fear. Watching my 6-year-old little man trump his own fears during a recent snowstorm armed me with a new weapon in this fight. Cole […]

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Fear is Part of the Journey

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We’re all walking different paths in life. Some experiences are universal, as are some storylines. Very few people grow up saying, “I aspire to mediocrity. I want to spend my life doing trivial things.” So how is it that many of us end up on the bland path of playing it safe without meaning to […]

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The Point of Business

This seems super obvious to me, but maybe it isn’t to everyone so I’ll put it out there. The point of business is to provide a service or product your particular community needs and is seeking. It’s a simple balanced equation. People need something. You make it. Serving a need that exists is the surefire […]

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Vision is Vital

A few weeks ago, I sat down with a business owner. He was sharply dressed and his business reputation proceeded him. According to public opinion, he was a success. But after a few minutes, his polished professionalism started to fade. What I saw was exhaustion . . . and hopelessness. I began to casually ask […]

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Run your Biz Like a Boss

If you’re still under the delusion that running your own business is all about freedom and working from coffee shops, let me warn you of a spoiler alert: entrepreneurship is a marathon with extreme highs and disappointing lows. If you want to survive this wild ride, you need to run your business like a boss. Here’s […]

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