It pays to be persistent in business

I’ve found this to be a truth: that it can really help if you are persistent when you are in business. Whether it’s visiting a coffee shop twice a week (week after week—they know my usual there) to see if the owner is ready to hand off his menu design changes or digging deep into the code of a client’s website to find a way to get an update done, persistence pays off. I can’t charge for the persistent part of my job of course because it’s kind of a given. But when word of mouth gets me more and more clients and referrals I know my persistence is truly worth it!

Las Vegas Design Center signs

Persistence​ is hopeful for good results. These are signs I did for a Las Vegas Design Center once.

Have you been persistent in trying to get a new client or in serving one you have or in just keeping in touch with a prospect? Tell me about it in the comments, I’d love to know!

Three Reasons to Learn Something New (Part 3)

In my last two posts I explained the first two reasons to learn something new:

1. It Opens Up New Opportunities
2. Helping Others Helps Us

So now on to reason number three:

3. We Can Make New Friends

When learning web design on my own, besides creating a website for myself to practice, I saw a chance to design one for a non-profit I was interested in. I offered and they gladly allowed me to do a whole new design and keep it updated for them, both really valuable experiences. While I was working with the group I made friends with one of the other volunteers there. She and I had the group in common but it grew from there when we realized other things we both enjoyed things like foreign films and travel. She became my main movie-going buddy and she also took a trip to San Francisco with me to see a friend I had out there when my husband wanted to stay home. The website was a success while the non-profit lasted and our friendship has outlived both!

Wildlife Rescue Groups' website

Design and development of a local wildlife rescue organizations’ website.

Have you thought of other good reasons to learn something new? If so, please talk about it in the comments. Whether it leads to new opportunities, ways to be more helpful or lasting friendships as it has in my case, or none of the above, you still have learned something new!