Solopreneur Game Changers Part One: How to Take Control of Your Graphics

By BMAYS Design, Branding, Freelance, Graphic Design, Resources and ToolsOne Comment

There are so many things that go into a business. You have to be a customer service representative, a CEO, a CFO, an accountant, a marketing specialist, a content creator, and a designer. Wow! That’s quite a list. What’s more, you still have a personal life aka being a parent, sister, brother, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, best friend, and any other…

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20 Things You Can Do and Create in Adobe Photoshop for Your Brand

By BMAYS Design, Branding, Freelance, Graphic Design, Resources and Tools2 Comments

This post is for you if you have ever felt like Photoshop was too intimidating. It is also for you if you have been considering learning Photoshop and using it as a tool for your visual brand and business. Or, if you already know Photoshop, but for some reason feel limited or ned some inspiration. People have asked me on…

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Going Independent: Real Life Has No Formula

By BMAYS Design, Entrepreneurial Encouragement, Freelance3 Comments

I could write this post and claim to be an expert on going independent. I’m talking about the art of breaking away from the 9 to 5, pursuing your creative urges and making it happen in spite of all the challenges that go along with freelancing, starting your own business or just chasing those entrepreneurial dreams. I admit it. I’m not…

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Getting Real About the Hustle: 5 Areas of Focus When You Transition from Your 9 to 5

By BMAYS Design, Branding, Branding Balance, Freelance, Resources and Tools2 Comments

Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure we could talk about at least 10 other things that need your attention when you are turning your side-gig into your main-gig, but as someone who made that leap (and sometimes feels as if she is still on a ledge looking down), I noticed 5 areas that really affected me. I’m sharing them with you…

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Freelancing While in Free Fall: Tips, resources, and worksheets for keeping it together in the midst of chaos

By BMAYS Design, Branding Balance, Entrepreneurial Encouragement, Freelance, Resources and Tools3 Comments

All of our chaos looks different and enters/exits our lives at different times. You may be in free fall because of a change in relationship status, a drop in your income, or your overwhelming and unexpected success that you now have to figure out and manage. There is also the distinct possibility you feel like you’re in free fall because…

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What a Visually Appealing Brand Can Do For You: A quick reminder of what you already knew with a few things you haven’t thought of.

By BMAYS Design, Branding, Branding Balance, Freelance, Resources and Tools2 Comments

Let’s face it. People like pretty. Admittedly, pretty doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone (and I’m grateful for that), but regardless, people like what they think is pretty. When it comes to your brand, the best thing you can do is make it as universally “pretty” as you can. Need help thinking through your “pretty”? I created a little sumthin’…

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7 Clichés that have Proven True While Changing my Brand

By BMAYS Design, Branding, Entrepreneurial Encouragement, FreelanceNo Comments

[su_pullquote]“It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés, that cliché is untrue.” -Stephen Fry[/su_pullquote] All the cool people use clichés or maybe all the people we deem “cool” in our society are clichés themselves, but that’s another post entirely! I mean think about it… Kelly Clarkson reminded you that “what doesn’t kill you makes you…

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8 Ways Your Friends and Family Can Support You in your Brand to Help Grow Your Business (Post + Infographic)

By BMAYS Design, Branding, Branding Balance, FreelanceNo Comments

When I first started in graphic design, I didn’t tell a lot of people. Maybe it was my confidence level. I didn’t hide it, of course (I was running a business, after all), but I wasn’t sure what people would say. As a result, years into my business, friends would talk to me about needing materials for their event or…

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