Are you still trying to do your graphics yourself?

I totally understand. I am a small business owner myself and it has been my tendency from the start to go for free versus having to pay for anything that might help my business. I make exceptions of course. In areas where I know I’m incompetent I hire help. For instance to do the legal copy for my proposals or to get in depth business-building advice.

If I just press the right buttons…

If you decided, “I can do my own graphics. How hard can it be?” You have a computer, you have programs that let you put type and even pictures on a page. That’s the basis for getting the word out about your new business. Plus, there are plenty of helpful tools online that make you feel like you’re a Graphic Designer, and a lot of them are free!

Then you tried it and it was harder than you thought. It was very time-consuming. The results weren’t at all what you pictured! Oh well, now what?

There must be a cheap solution. “Maybe that friend who’s son-in-law’s nephew is studying web design can do it for me.”, you think. “He won’t charge much. He may even do it for free.”

Still, the results weren’t exactly what you liked and you didn’t get a chance to say anything before he went off the grid and you never heard from him again.

It became a bit embarrassing to show your card, handout your brochure or direct anyone to your website. That’s how it goes for many small businesses. It then becomes an issue of needing to grow to afford a “real designer” but being unable to because you can’t get any traction with the “graphics” you have!

Word doc (before-left), new design (after-right) by Pat Creedon Design, Inc.

If this is you, or if you realize it could be you then we can help. We are able to work with you and take the hard stuff off your plate while leaving enough for you to do to keep costs down. Growing your business is our goal and then as you grow we can take on more for you. We’re not going anywhere. Contact us for a free discovery session today!

Learn to Update Your WordPress Site

Smart business owners have both a blog and a website. Often it’s combined in an easy to update WordPress website. I design these all the time for clients and they love them. They have built in SEO and can easily have a custom URL attached to them so it doesn’t have .wordpress in the address. The great thing about these sites is that it’s something the site owner themselves can update. If it’s a little opaque as to how to actually do that, I can help. I know there’s a learning curve to get used to the interface on the “dashboard” of WordPress. I work with my clients or even those that have not hired me to design their websites, showing them around the dashboard. It’s something that can be done over the phone or at a local Starbucks. I also make office calls and certainly can meet at my office too.

WordPress BlogHourly rates or monthly retainer rates are available depending on what works best for your business. The goal is to get you up and running with a confidence in your own ability to update your website. That will only help your business because search engines are always searching for new content to rank websites higher. In other words, if you have a WordPress website and blog, keep it updated with my help and you will have a definite edge for business growth!