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TE Creative Services Advertising Poster, 11x17.

11x17 Poster.

Next week, after months of preparation and planning, I will have a booth at the 2011 Colorado Nonprofit Associations’ Fall Conference on Oct 10 and 11 . This will mark the first time in my 3-year history that I will be out selling my business. For the past several years I have relied on and received all my business through word-of-mouth advertising.  Quite frankly, this has been very successful for me. Now, I am ready to take it to the next level. What have I done to get ready?

Since I decided to purchase a booth way back in May, I have done a ton of work. I started with creating a new logo then I designed and printed brochures, posters and business cards. Also I had shirts made and have relaunched my website. It has been a great experience. I mean, I normally do all this work for my clients and don’t really produce much for my business. This is the first time I have turned my skills on my business. It has been a very rewarding experience and has validated my work to myself. I can’t wait until I get to the conference to see how all my work comes together.

Anyone who has spent time with me lately knows that this conference is a really, really big deal to me. I have spent hours agonizing over how to present my business, what exactly my business is and how I want potential clients to see my business. In the end, I feel like I have a really solid business plan. I have shared this plan with some close friends and clients. Everyone has been really positive with their comments. The reality, that my clients/friends have told me, is that I deliver a great service at a low price with lots of value for my clients.

Why write a blog about this? I hope potential and new clients see the effort I put into my work and how much effort I put into your materials. Also, I made the decision years ago to be a little more personal with my business. I have always felt that people buy from people and the more you know that person the more comfortable you are working with that person. My business is about trust and teamwork. Without these pieces the best laid plans will fall apart.

To all my past/current clients, thank you again for all the help getting me to this point. To my future clients, I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks and see you at the conference!

 
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New Website

Over the past several years, I have had 3 different website designs that have had various successes and challenges. As a single-person shop, I have always had the challenge of how to grow and maintain my website without spending a lot of time on it. This issue combined with the growth of my blog as well as presenting my portfolio has lead me to relaunching my site powered with WordPress.

If you haven’t heard of WordPress, you will. It is no secret that building websites are getting easier and easier. With WordPress, I can sign in through a browser and make website updates without needing expensive software. I don’t need to hand code anything nor do I need to deal with cross-browser issues.

While I contemplated making this change to WordPress for quite sometime, I do realize that I have lost all my old blog posts as well as lost some of the creative freedom from hand coding. Yes, I can still make color and layout adjustments with WordPress, it just doesn’t seem to be as flexible as say Dreamweaver was.

Thank you to all my past and current clients who have made this dream of TE Creative Services possible. I hope all of you will enjoy this new site, become a fan of me on Facebook and come back often!

 
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