While You Were Away Your Website was Working.

I went to Canmore this past weekend for a mini-family vacation, a break with some mountain fresh air. I was thinking about how it’s nice to have a website to share all my business information in my absence. It’s the rock or foundation of your online presence, presenting you as you want to be seen to your customers, whether you are home or away. Maybe you are not able to post to Twitter or Facebook while hiking, soaking in the hot springs or watching your kids play at the playground, but people can still click on a link to your website or google while you are busy. Also keep in mind Twitter,...

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Stuck with your Website – Here’s How it Works

If you feel like your plans to get a website up are going nowhere, I’m here to help.First, send me a message (Messenger or Instagram Messages) and then we’ll book a phone call or meeting. You’ll tell me about your project and I will help you figure out the best way to present you and your business to your audience. You’ll have some homework (photos, maybe some content writing), but I will be there to help guide you through it. I will design a homepage for you, you will have the opportunity for feedback. Once approved I will build out the rest of the pages for you. You’ll...

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What Does Your Website Smell Like?

My Mom had a little cafe in a professional centre for a while. Every morning she would get there early and bake delicious, buttery cinnamon buns. The smells would float through the cafe and into the duct system of the building. She was usually sold out by 9 am. What does your office smell or look like? I have always believed that your website is your office on the Web and it should make the same first impression as walking through your doors. Except instead of walking through the doors, your potential clients have 1-3 seconds to decide to close their browser window. A couple of tips to...

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Web Designer VS Agency

I’ve worked for agencies, I’ve freelanced for them, been hired by them as a full-time employee and more recently I have been hired by a client as a consultant to take them through the web design process with an agency. The agency I worked with did great work for my client. My client needed integration with a custom tool, they were perfect. But, I don’t think that everyone needs a web design agency. When do I need an agency and when do I need a web designer? Size – If you have over 20 pages of content, a strategy team at an agency might be helpful in organizing...

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Web Designer VS DIY

Have you used a travel agent lately? I have. I wanted to go to Mexico with my family. I wanted there to be a “kids club” but I still wanted some of the pleasures of my pre-kid life like nice food and a decent cocktail. I was bringing my Mom, so we need more than one reservation and rooms close together. I couldn’t afford a 5 star, but of course wanted one and I wanted to go to Puerto Vallarta. I looked at Expedia, I looked at Westjet.com. I read a million reviews. My head was dizzy with options, I had zero confidence on which to choose and I had already waisted half my day...

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Website Makeovers – Calling All Ugly or Outdated Websites

Your website should match your storefront and your clients will likely see your website before they see your storefront. Show them the kind of business you are. The kind that looks great on a mobile device, has updated prices and photos, that doesn’t need to “load Adobe Flash Player” to be seen and a way of finding them on social media. I can help. I have a background in Art and Design. I pay attention to design trends. I use premium themes with the latest and greatest designs. If you are stuck with photography, I can help source beautiful and contemporary images. I will...

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You are stuck and I’m here to help.

The Internet or rather Wix, Squarespace and Shopfiy convinced you of how easy it was to make your own website. So you created a login and opened their site, found out how to upload your logo… Then the decisions started…Which template? Which fonts? Which photos? I have too much text or not enough? I don’t know what to write! That’s where I come in. I am familiar with the templates and themes. I know which one is best for you business or which one I can shape into your business type. I know which fonts state “fancy, professional or fun!”As a visual communicator I know what...

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Working with a Real Person

I was so excited to work with my first real life American customer. Lidia from Texas had a clothing shop and needed to get her site up and fast!After some correspondence by email (she was hearing impaired). I sent her a: A Stripe InvoiceMy ContractMy intake form A shared dropbox to upload her photosA Reminder checklist of all the things I needed to begin. And she sent me… an unusual request. Apparently her designer was unable to accept credit card payments and she asked me to invoice her extra money so that I could send her designer the the money via e-transfer. Instinctually,...

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Spring at Sprint Websites

Spring has sprung in Edmonton. I’ve collected some pussy willows from the farm and discovered that my onions have successfully wintered in my garden, they are already growing their green tops. With the new season, it’s time for a little change at Sprint Websites. I have decided I want to specifically work with wellness professionals. What’s a wellness professional? NaturopathMeditation Instructor Holistic NutritionistLife CoachReiki PractitionerMassage TherapistRolfer HerbalistPersonal Trainer Or maybe someone from the spiritual side, like a psychic or someone...

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2018: My Favourite Small Business Books & Podcasts

The entrepreneurial part of me loves to be fed with books and podcasts. Let’s be honest all parts of my life like to be fed with books and podcasts. Ask me about my favourite’s on parenting, songwriting, relationships, cooking, and I can share… But here are a few of my favs from last year that relate to small businesses and/or female entrepreneurs. Freakonomics in conversation with PepsiCo C.E.O. Indra Nooyi  Liz Lampert Interviewed by Tim Ferris, A very ambitious lady who opened a arty, hipster hotel in a dodgy area of Austin. Freakonomics –...

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