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    Hand-painted Signs & Wall Art Prints for the Home

    Starting Your Own Business

    Starting Your Own Business

    Starting your own business, blog or website is simultaneously thrilling and frightening. Where do you start? How do you ensure your success? Taking on a new career project or personal initiative is something you do because you have a passion you want to share. Success is not promised, but with a few helpful tips, you can get closer to achieving your goals every day.

    Research and Network

    When I launched my website, I didn’t have a community of business owners and entrepreneurs whispering in my ear. I didn’t even know where to start, and I didn’t have anyone to ask all of my questions.

    The importance of both researching and networking is vital to entrepreneurs. You want to continuously research your craft and read up on strategies for communications, marketing, finances, and branding. But without networking, you’re missing a vital component of the business. Nothing can replace true networking – meeting likeminded individuals face-to-face.

    Professional mixers are a great opportunity to meet a few fresh faces. Working from home sometimes gets lonely, so it’s great to meet acquaintances whom you can meet and discuss business goals. You may even get a few referrals for your service or products. You can find networking mixers on professional sites like LinkedIn.

    In most areas of the world, this is a great way to solve the networking issue. However, for me, there are few networking options where I live. I resort to online forums and discussion boards, phone calls, and video chats. Just remember, you don’t have to do this alone!

    Establish a Brand


    There’s a reason you see so many commercials on TV or hear them on the radio. Businesses are fighting to stand out in the sea of advertisements, and entire creative departments labor over everything from graphic design to commercial messaging and print campaigns.

    You don’t need anything that elaborate to kick-start your own business or website, but you do need a clear brand and a user-friendly interface. I would strongly recommend hiring someone to build and optimize your website for SEO. Unless you have these skills already, you may hinder your search result rankings by not checking every nook and cranny for opportunity.

    When it comes to marketing, start simple by tapping into social media channels and generating blog content. Set a schedule and brainstorm ideas ahead of time, so you’re not just staring at a blank screen.

    Make Sure Working from Home is Working


    If you tell people you work from home, they may crack jokes about sleeping till noon and “working” in your pajamas. So many people misunderstand that working from home is still work. Just like you would go into the office for hours at a time, you have to treat your home office as a dedicated workspace to stay focused. Whether you’re operating your website full-time, or just signing on for a few hours a day, make sure to set clear goals and break them down to measure progress.

    If you find it hard to focus at home, work in smaller time increments, or sprints, and take quick breaks in between each focused session. I found that I was constantly distracted with other websites and lacked productivity. After some research, I discovered software that blocks out the Internet or background apps. Another solution is to just go full-screen on what you’re writing and refuse to minimize the window until your task is completed.

    When I told my friends I was launching an online business, they thought I was crazy. But every good idea started with someone thinking outside the box, so don’t be afraid to get creative to achieve your professional goals!

    GOLD WALL ART

    GOLD WALL ART

    When it comes to home decor, one of the most important aspects is deciding on a color palette. Whether you go with neutrals, nautical, bold colors or prints, having a theme can help nail down your vision. Luckily, one of the few things that can transfer across nearly every color palette is the addition of metal accent pieces! Just like gold necklaces are totally on trend in fashion, gold accent pieces are all the rage in home decor. It may seem daunting to incorporate gold accent pieces into your home in a chic yet subtle way, so today I’ll be breaking down three easy ways to add gold accent pieces into your home!

    1. Gold Foil Artwork

    One of the easiest ways to add some gold accents to your home is by adding gold foil artwork around your space. There are so many incredible prints featuring gold foil, and they are a subtle way to incorporate this trend into your home. You can find prints with just tiny gold foil in the detail, or complete prints made entirely out of gold foil! Once you find the perfect gold foil print, place it in a frame around your home to display it. You can use a frame of almost any color, or even place it in a gold picture frame! The gold frame will bring out the gold foil artwork, and will serve as a stunning accent piece in your home!

    2. Gold Small Decor Pieces

    If you’re looking to add some pizazz to your bookshelves or coffee tables, picking up small gold decor pieces is the way to go! There are so many easy options, and it will make your gold accents pop. One easy way is to pick up small gold bookends to add to your bookshelf, or gold “sea urchin” pieces to place on a coffee table. You can use them to add some functionality to your home, while also following the gold decor trend! An even easier option? Pick up a beautiful gold candle! It can easily add some gold to your space, while also making your home smell amazing.

    3. Gold Metal Furniture

    This option will take the most commitment to the gold trend, but will also provide the biggest impact! If you are trying to make gold a key accent in your home decor, investing in a few gold furniture items is the best way to go. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to choose this idea. Some easy pieces to try would be a gold framed coffee table, or a gold bar cart. You can pick up these items at your local home decorating store, or you can DIY it yourself for an inexpensive option! Simply pick up a metal framed piece, and use a quality gold spray paint to transform the piece of furniture. This will serve as an amazing centerpiece for your home, and will give your space plenty of style.

    What’s your favourite way to add gold to your space? If you’re interested in picking up some gold foil prints, be sure to check out my store!