CoSchedule Review

CoSchedule Review

  It's safe to say that social media, when used correctly, is an effective tool for both personal and business. Even though many are aware of this fact it is often still a struggle to remain consistent and effective on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever you decide to use. And I admit even though I am able to help others strategize and plan content I struggled with it myself. (GASP) There are a multitude of platforms that offer the ability to schedule post. I think I've tried most of them but the one that has captivated me is CoSchedule. 583read more >

FORWARD Designs & Kio’s Photography Partnership

There are some great things going on here at FORWARD Designs. Every since the relaunch in August the opportunity to connect to stellar people and businesses have been amazing. But there is one in particular that must be mentioned because...well because she's awesome. So meet FORWARD Designs newest partner in crime business, Kio's Photography. You already know who FORWARD Designs is so let's introduce you to Kio and her company. 528read more >

Just Say NO!

"Saying "no" has more creative power than ideas, insights and talent combined." -Kevin Ashton Creative People Say No More and more I find myself saying no. According to the article above that is a good thing. Time is such a precious currency and no one knows how much we truly get. Since no one can tell you how much you have shouldn't you manage it wisely? No is not a bad word. Having priorities and sticking with them is not wrong. Not going out every day or every night does not make you anti-social. Practicing discipline and restraint is a…read more >
Do Business Like Beyoncè

Do Business Like Beyoncè

#BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat hashtag had me thinking. Well I was laughing too but I was thinking. Beyoncé. Whether you like her music, her artistry, her looks or not you know who she is and what she does. And isn't that how we should be. Introduced to most of the world as one third of the all girl group, Destiny's Child, Mrs. Carter has been in the music industry for well over a decade and somehow finds a way to remain relevant. So here are two ways we can do business like her? 1. Do it really well! Some say she is a great…read more >
Be SMART, seriously!

Be SMART, seriously!

Everyone wants to excel at what they do. Well, most people and so often that's what is communicated but that's not enough. To say I want to make money or I want to be number one isn't S.M.A.R.T and by S.M.A.R.T I mean Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time Specific Dream big, set goals, and do all you can to reach them but make sure it is done the S.M.A.R.T way. Specific What do you want? Why do you want it? You're an entrepreneur starting a business? Why? What do you expect to come from it? Do you need passive income?…read more >
5 Lessons Learned From Frozen

5 Lessons Learned From Frozen

If you have children or if you let your inner child live then I am certain you have seen Frozen. A animated film that takes you on a journey that ends with love conquering fear through its main characters Elsa and Anna, the sisters who are royalty. While watching this movie with my daughter and nieces (for the billionth time) I realized the mini lesson so tastefully planted. 1. Manage Your Gift Everyone has something that they are good at or born with. Whether you can write, dance, draw, organize, motivate, etc it is all a gift or talent. Some…read more >

Home Office Inspiration

Oh the bliss of having a home office! Mines is like a personal sanctuary where I can design, blog, read, lay down and ponder all the things that need to be done. If you are like me, your home office is a space that has to serve multiple purposes. And with all the things that need to be done finding that balance of functionality, organization, and aesthetically stimulating is not always easy. (I know I am still working on it.) So here is some inspiration to help you and me build the home office that will assist in making work pleasing and efficient.…read more >
The Importance of Vision

The Importance of Vision

If you have been blessed with the gift of sight you know how vital vision is to being able to function freely in a world full of so much. Could you imagine a day with no sight? No vision? Just roaming? That's a huge challenge and that's why having vision helps so much. It simplifies and allows us to see where we are going, where we have come from, our surroundings, and so much more. The same physical principle applies to business. A vision should be clear and defined so that the future of your business is not left to chance. So what…read more >
How To Create An Effective Mission Statement

How To Create An Effective Mission Statement

Do you know what it is that you do? Does your client know? An effective mission statement would assist in summarizing who you are, what you do, and the values that are upheld. It can serve as a simple reminder that is descriptive yet concise. So how do you create a mission statement that will present who you are? 1. Brainstorm Write all the things that come to mind when you think of your business. Just keep writing! And if you have a partner or team get them involved too. This is a great step because it forces you to…read more >

Our Mission Statement (and a few other awesome ones)

FORWARD Design's Mission Statement is To create opportunities for ourselves & others; to challenge ourselves through creativity and art; to help our clients move FORWARD through the work and advice we provide; to remain human beings always willing to serve. Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord. Romans 12:11. Always move FORWARD. This statement is longer than most but it describes the purpose of our business, what we do, and our values. The scripture is something I live by and it indicates the Christian values that we strive to uphold. Here are a few other great mission statements that may help…read more >
Get Paid To Be Grateful

Get Paid To Be Grateful

In your personal life, how often do you say thank you? Think about it. when you get a gift receive an encouraging word someone opens a door for you And there are probably countless other instance. We are taught to express gratitude when something is given or offered. This is a part of many of our daily lives. But what if we could translate that into our professions or careers and get paid for it. Once you gain a client or customer you should show your appreciation. With web presences, social media, and the increase in simplicity to start a…read more >
CMYK Cards: I Wanna Play!!

CMYK Cards: I Wanna Play!!

Hundred Million, a London based business that enjoys creating things, made these awesome CMYK cards. When I saw the images of these cards I gasped, wondered why I didn't think of it, and then immediately wanted a deck for myself. You can get your deck for preorder via Kickstarter. Image Credits to Hundred Millionread more >