Fail More!

Fail More!

Mistakes are inevitable. Every expert started off as a beginner. Even if one is born with natural ability and skills that those skills still must be cultivated and refined. The best speakers in the world still rehearse and refine their presentation, artist create and learn how to improve their artistic expressions, musicians constantly practice scales and rehearse songs. No matter what your current or desire field is it takes a lot of time, effort, and inevitably failure. Every single time you fail it is okay. The fail helps you to learn what to do better next time. Learning from your…read more >
2 Things Every Entrepreneur Must Budget

2 Things Every Entrepreneur Must Budget

Being an entrepreneur is no easy feat but it can bring a sense of freedom. A sense of fulfillment. With that liberty, comes days of bliss and days filled with tears (crossed out) hope. Through all of the success, failures, and endless transitions if you budget these two things well, you will survive. 1.Money Hopefully you already are aware of the fact that you need money to run a business. If you do not make money to pay the business expenses and yourself then it will not last very long. So remember -Cash is king Cash flow is vital to…read more >
Why We Offer Solution Based Design

Why We Offer Solution Based Design

Solution Based Design FORWARD Designs is a design studio. We offer many services to assist our clients in creating and establishing a brand. But it's more than just looks. Picture a gorgeous person. Nice smile. Great build. They capture your attention. When you walk over to greet them they still look amazing. But as you begin to invest more time you get nothing. They possess no substance. After you get past the surface you are utterly disappointed because they do not provide anything that gives you a reason to continue to give them your valuable time. This is exactly what…read more >
Poetically Designed Case Study

Poetically Designed Case Study

Val Partee, the owner of Poetically Designed expressed an interest in having getting a logo makeover. The original logo had a black, gold, and brown background. It consist of a sphere that is surrounded and by words and layered with the entity's name. The globe is also outlined by a circular cage that has a two tone gradient. The overall concept was an idea that Val still wanted to embrace but he desired a cleaner more modern outcome that could set the tone for his brand and poetry work. The common ways the logo would be used was established early-as…read more >
3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Work For Free

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Work For Free

1. You Are Worth It . As entrepreneurs or small business owners it can become tempting to under value yourself and what you have to offer. Do not, I REPEAT, do not do that to yourself. Not charging what you are worth will only lead to frustration and struggle in so many areas. Take inventory and examine what your products, services, and your time are truly worth. Are you a professional in your industry? Do you have ample experience? Are customer or client testimonials available? What value do others gain from working with you? After taking a self assessment, determine what…read more >
What Are You Worth

What Are You Worth

There are a few questions every entrepreneur should ask themselves to determine worth. How do you value yourself? How do others value you? Do you find value in the products or services you offer? Can others see the value in what you offer? Demonstrate your worth Too often others are allowed to determine your value and treat you accordingly. But your worth, in most cases, depends on one thing. You! Now please understand this does not mean walk up to associates, potential clients, friends, or family and say, "Hey. I am valuable." or "I am worth X amount of dollars."…read more >
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 >

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 >
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 >