Posts by Patricia Talavera

Maintaining a Relationship with Your Partner While Being an Entrepreneur

In 2016 I’ll be celebrating my 6th year as an entrepreneur, and my 10th wedding anniversary. Recently, I’ve been interviewed multiple times about my experience as a business owner and I usually end up talking about my husband, partly because he recently joined the team, and partly because he’s the biggest reason I can do what I do. He’s really supportive of long nights and the other adjustments that come with being in a relationship with an entrepreneur. People have asked me how we make it work and I tell them, “I make our relationship a priority. We were a couple before I started this company, and we’ll be one long after.” The thing is, I understand that it’s easier said than done. When you’re starting a business, and even when you’re finally hitting your stride, it feels like there’s never enough time, money, or energy to make it work.

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How to Secure Clients Through Facebook Groups

One of the big questions of being a small biz owner is, “how do I get clients?” Because as someone once pointed out to me, if you’re not making money all you really have is an expensive hobby. “If you’re not making money all you really have is an expensive hobby.” – @SYTBizSolutions Click To Tweet I’ve learned a lot about marketing in 5+ years that I’ve been in business. Some of it from the tons of reading I do, but a lot of it comes from just learning as I go. One of the things I’ve learned is that Facebook is a great place to connect with people but there are right and wrong ways to go about getting clients. RELATED: The Best Facebook Groups to Hangout in for Entrepreneurs The Wrong Way: 1. Spamming people. Facebook is appealing because of the potential to connect with so many people at once. So when

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How and Why to Create Graphics for Social Media (without Spending Money)

Have you seen all those awesome graphics that people have been sharing on social media and thought to yourself, “I should totally have those too!”. But you don’t currently have the budget or the staff to make it happen on a daily basis. The good news is, you don’t need one! Of course branded images are great but if you’re just starting out there’s no need to wait until you have a designer on standby to start creating those images to share on social media and your blog. So where can you go to make those images? Two of my go to websites are Canva and PicMonkey. Although between the two I prefer Canva because of they have a lot of different templates to work with. RELATED: How to Improve Your Brand’s Visual Appearance To get started with Canva, you have to create an account. If you want to keep things simple and have less to remember

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How to Protect Your Website Even if You Aren’t a Tech Genius

As a website designer, I actually enjoy thinking about WordPress for the better part of my day. I know that’s not the case for everyone though. And for the average person trying to manage their own website, all of the details can easily become overwhelming, especially when it comes to keeping their website secure. RELATED: The Most Important Things to Consider When Designing a Website As a disclaimer, our focus is usually on building beautiful websites that actually work (so that beautiful buy now button doesn’t lead to a 404 page instead of your awesome sales page). However there are a few things that we tell our clients when it comes to the basics of keeping your site secure: 1. Don’t use admin as your login name. It’s the most commonly used name, so hackers will always try that first. Some of our logins are pretty silly, we use references from current Netflix binge watch and add random

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