Make Your Seasonal Business Work All Year Long

As a seasonal business owner, you already know the highs and lows of seasonality can get stressful. In fact, you face challenges other businesses don’t have to worry about, such as: Saving enough to pay for utilities, employees, and other business expenses during your off-season Managing your inventory through your…

Fund Your Business Through Crowdfunding

Funding your business can come about in different ways. You can go the traditional route – save up money, raise the money through some investors, or work with a bank to secure a loan. You can also be a bit creative with your business’s funding. Crowdfunding is a way to…

How to Use Email to Get More Online Reviews

Online reviews are my go-to for everything.  Whether I’m exploring a new city and searching for a good restaurant, looking for reliable home services, or a new ecommerce store to shop from — I browse online reviews before making a decision.  I trust online reviews as much as I trust…

Organic vs. Paid Search: What’s the Difference?

My colleague Marian used to own a small IT repair and services business in the Northern Colorado area. When people went searching for IT repairs and related services in the area she served, she wanted her business to show up in those search results. She used a combination of paid…

How to Create a Google My Business Profile

Imagine: You have been working all day without a break. You finally get off work and realize that you’re so hungry, you’re angry; it’s called hangry. Those hangry rumblings make you want to find the nearest restaurant, so you can fill yourself up. Where do you turn? Most likely you’ll…

How Long Should a Marketing Email Be?

Here’s a marketing email a colleague received last week. Have you ever gotten an email like this before? How far did you read before you stopped? I didn’t manage to get very far. There was so much text, and I knew that I didn’t have that much time to read,…

Logo Design Tips to Create a Strong Brand Identity

Brands have personalities just like people. The way a brand presents itself across all channels  — website, email, ads, social media, direct mail, physical signage, etc. — influences customer perception of the business. Your logo is an essential part of communicating your brand’s personality as it is the face of…