Getting Jobs Archived

If you do work for various clients like I do then you feel the need to archive the work once in a while. I have to set aside time to do it weekly, otherwise, it gets to be pretty cluttered, whether on the hard drive or in my storage areas. Plus it’s a good practice to return the archived work to the client for their records as well. Some take it on a CD or thumb drive, some like it in a zipped file provided via FTP or similar in my case.

It’s an Easily Forgotten Task

I have had clients who wanted something a previous designer worked on updated by me but that were never provided with the final files. It’s not a good reflection on that designer and it makes my job harder. But I can understand how it happens. Clients rarely know what files will potentially be needed by future vendors. Therefore they leave it up to us to know and make sure they get what they paid for. After a project is complete though, it’s hard to remember who needs what and to keep track of getting it to them in a timely manner. In other words, it could easily fall through the cracks! Do you have a system for archiving jobs? Does it work well for you and your clients? Let me know in your comments below.

Beware the Shiny Object

It’s the time of year when I realize that if I want the silver to look shiny again I’d better polish it. We have accumulated a lot as most of the rest of the family on both sides have left or given it all to us, not wanting the hassle of cleaning it themselves. But I love shiny objects and it’s worth it to me to take the time to get that shine.

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My parents got this for their 25th Anniversary. It could use a lot of shining up!

In business, though shiny objects refer to those ideas that get our attention to the detriment of the goals we’re striving for. If you have lots of great ideas it can happen a lot! I know in my case that it’s a real challenge. So I am working on narrowing down my focus to be the go-to graphic designer for Wealth Managers that need to publish white papers and books to demonstrate their thought leadership. I can still work with all kinds of other clients if they fit my schedule and skill set of course. However, the website, emails and other marketing I end up doing should be centered on that goal. If you fit that description please get in touch! If you aren’t in that category get in touch too and I’ll see if I can help or know someone who can.

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