Investment that empowers a community (why I am sponsoring WordCamp)

If you had told me nine years ago that I would not only be a part of a tech community but that I would thrive in it, I would have laughed at you. I can barely program a VCR (yes, I just dated myself), let alone do something technical like build a website. Well, with […]

The idea of #GiveThemJamie and what it means for YOUR business

By Jamie Smith, owner When I talk to people about their website and their blogs, I often ask what makes them the preferred provider or what makes them different from the competition. I often get answers that force me to push further because they are too vague. “Great customer service” (does that mean your competition […]

Learning to lead helps teach how to follow

By Claudia Young, Writing Intern You know the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”? The same can be applied to humans. The older we get, the more we get stuck in our ways if we aren’t careful. It’s much easier to build habits and learn new skills when we are young. One thing […]

How to work from home and stay sane

by Claudia, Writing Intern Close your eyes and imagine this. (Okay maybe don’t close your eyes, since you need to read.) You wake up at 9 a.m., make some breakfast, turn on the TV, open your laptop and get to work, all without putting on pants. Seems great, right? Everyone dreams of having their own […]

How learning a foreign language improves your writing

  By Wayne C. Hahne, Writing Intern Writers are always looking to sharpen their craft in order to both write more proficiently and enhance their style of doing so. One lesser known, but successful method of enhancing your style and gaining more avenues professionally is learning a second language.

Thoughts from Ireland: Wisdom comes from experience

Most people posit that wisdom comes with age, and I’d agree with that. But what about the younger generations? As a 21-year-old, I am left to wonder, how do we become wiser? Do we simply have to wait for the years to pass? Through my relatively short time alive, I have come to form the […]

How I manage a small business while living with chronic illness

By Jamie Smith, owner of Jamie’s Notebook As small business owners, we overcome challenges to make our businesses successful. When you also live the life of a “spoonie” (someone with a chronic illness), the number of challenges often seem insurmountable. Today I’m sharing a few tips I’ve learned the hard way about running a small […]

Tips for Running a Business with Your Spouse

By Claudia Young, Writing Intern My husband and I run a photography business together. I love him dearly, but it creates some dissonance in our relationship sometimes. Working with your spouse is so much different than with regular coworkers because you have to find the line between work life and personal life. Here are a […]

Pride and becoming a better writer don’t mix

Pride can be a finicky thing, you can have and be proud of your work, but too much pride can make it hard to learn from mistakes as well. While in my senior year, I look back on the many mistakes I have made and realize that speaking on one specific mistake can help incoming […]

Tips for getting the best photos for your website and social media

By Claudia Young, Writing Intern (and professional photographer) In the midst of business startup costs, it’s hard to justify hiring a photographer to take your social media and website photos for you. While the outcome would be professional and beautiful, sometimes it’s just not in the budget in the beginning. If you’re needing some new […]