Etsy Shop: “Treasury-ed”

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Hello friends! I have exciting news! My business card design has been put into a “Treasury” via Etsy’s curators. It sits in the “Textured Treasury.” I think it’s pretty fun that Etsy handpicks certain items and collects them into similar groups. I’m hoping it will get my name out there a little bit.

So far, my experience with opening a store on Etsy has been super interesting and far from what I had expected. I have received a lot of custom orders – people requesting changes or updates or personalization to designs I already have out there. I expected to just see a couple of purchases and downloads once in a while but I have actually communicated with quite a few different people, all with different ideas in mind. Etsy is a great way for any freelancer to get their name out there and although there is a lot of competition to the custom designs game, I have still received quite a few purchases and custom orders.

Clarity: On Demand Business Advice

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could call Mark Cuban up and chit chat about business and get some of his expert advice?

Oh wait, you can.

If you haven’t heard of it, Clarity is a new platform allowing you to connect to some of the world’s best leaders in the business community from business, marketing, start-ups, investing, and more. You simply search an expert, area of interest, topic, or location choose the expert you want to call on the phone, schedule an appointment, and pay the rate after you’ve talked. Seriously, how cool is that?! I can’t get over it.

Top experts, like Mark Cuban, have rates around $166/min. The normal going rate is around $3/min.

I discovered this crazy awesome service through Paul Jarvis (who I highly recommend following via email, blog, and twitter). He may be offering his services soon so if you like what you read from his stuff, give him a call via Clarity.

 

5 Tips to Get Out of an Inspirational Rut

Stuck in an inspiration rut and can’t get out? Here are some handy dandy tips I have used in the past to get out of my creative hole of darkness.

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1. Stalk your favorite designers. I personally love Willoughby Design, Ciera Design, Cuban Council (they designed the Facebook logo!), and David Airey to name a few. See what they’ve created recently. Copy a color palette, observe layouts and font treatments, and read their advice (it’s good stuff).

2. Take a peek at these crazy sites: Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, Jonathan Harris, Cowbird, and Inc.com. Gain some perspective on life, purpose, intention, and expectations.

3. Subscribe to expert’s emails in your specific industry. If you work at a financial institution, The Financial Brand is a fantastic marketing resource. What do these experts have to say? How did they present their information? (Is it designed well?)

4. Get outside of your industry. What are experts doing in retail that you could apply to a financial institution? Compare two unrelated industries and see what is being used in the same way (photography style, marketing approach, Facebook promos, etc) and what is being used differently. Get out of your box for a moment and pull something back into it.

5. Pinterest. Duh.