Finding Time To Work With A New Baby

You might have noticed that things have gone quiet around here lately. Well, it is not because I am lacking for things to say! Just ask my husband 🙂 No, the real reason that I have been gone for a while is that I was pregnant and now have a new baby at home!

It is definitely an exciting time at our house, especially with the new little one coming just in time for the holidays. My family was truly blessed this holiday season, and I hope that yours was too. Before giving birth, I was expecting there to be a lot of changes once little Annie arrived.

I’d read all the horror stories online about the babies who didn’t want to sleep pretty much at all during the night. About the babies who seemed to stay sick for most of the first year of their life. And pretty much anything else that you can think about like that, I’d read about it and was prepared for it.

What I was not prepared for is how I never want to leave her side. Even when she is sleeping and I can have some time to myself or to get things done, I still cannot tear myself away from that nursery! It is almost like an addiction. I can’t help but think – what if something happens? what if she needs me? what if she wakes up and I’m not here, will she be scared?

I suppose that these are your typical new parent thoughts, but they have been really bad for me since I work out of the home doing graphic design for clients. I just cannot leave her sleeping in the nursery and go to work in my home office.

I was talking to my mother about this irrational set of fears that I’d developed in regards to leaving her alone and she told me that I needed a good video baby monitor like these. I did not know that they made them video video cameras, so I started reading up on them. I opted to get one of the setups with two cameras instead of one so that I get more angles of the room.

After these arrived at our home, I was finally able to leave her alone and get back to getting some work done! I was able to keep an eye on her just like we were in the same room. This is something that I definitely recommend to new parents who have the same feelings that I do or who want to be able to do other things while keeping an eye on the little one.

Creating The Perfect Work Environment At Home

If you are like me, then you are a freelance designer who does all of their work at home. Personally, I love it and would not have it any other way. You get a whole different type of freedom when you are doing your own thing from home versus having to go into an office where you have a cubicle out like everyone else.

Of course, as great as being a freelance designer from home might be, it is not always great. There are some challenges that come with working from home that you do not experience when you are working for a company in an office with lots of other employees.

Staying motivated is one of the things that is really difficult for me on some days. I think it is because there are a lot of things at home that are distracting that you do not have in a regular office. For instance, if you have any video games at home then you might be tempted to play those instead of getting your work done.

That is why it is important to set up a dedicated place for you to do your work. And it is important that you only do work in this space. Otherwise, you will really mess up your productivity since your brain will think that you can play instead of work when you are sitting at the work space.

Another thing that you have to deal with at home versus working out of a regular office building is other family members who might interrupt you. This is especially common with children. If there are young kids in the home, then you really have to try to teach them that when you are in your work space that you are not to be bothered. It can be challenging to get this point across to them when they are young, so it takes a little bit of extra work. Know that if you stop to play with them once, it will create a pattern in their brains and really mess with your work time.

Noise from family members at home can also be a problem. You will have to ask them to keep the television volume down as well as any other noises. You may even discover that you need to replace some loud appliances that are used regularly so that you do not get interrupted by every day activities, this includes things like looking for things like quiet coffee grinders and cleaning equipment.

And most importantly, choose a work space that has a door. This is the single best way to block out all the outside noises and distractions so that you can stay focused and get all of your design work done. Plus, it is an easy way to prevent the kids from coming up to you while you are trying to work on a project.

Success Tips For Designers On Fiverr

fiverrIf you have decided that it is time for you to start making a little bit of extra cash on the side, then you might consider looking to Fiverr for your source of side income. It does not take too much time looking around the site to see that there are a lot of designers out there getting a lot of work from the online marketplace. You can do everything from logos to website design all on the same site. Basically – anything and everything that you can think of using your graphic design skills for, there is a place for it on Fiverr and probably people looking to pay you for it.

That is the great thing about using the site to earn some extra money.

The bad thing is that with a base level account, you can only charge the $5 for your service and they take a 20% cut of what you earn. So that $5 job turns into to just $4 for you.

Fortunately, that is only for level one sellers and as you gain feedback in the form of reviews, you have the ability to move up in account levels. When you do this, you are then able to add on services that people can pay extra for, which means that the $5 job could turn into a $25 job and losing 20% of $25 gives you more in pocket money than if it were 20% of just $5 for the work. A good example of how you can upcharge once you get your account level raised is something like $5 for delivery in 24 hours – this is a common one that you will see sellers offering.

In order to know what you can offer for sale on the site, it is a good idea to first check out the gigs that are currently being offered to see how you can compete. You can also see how many jobs people have pending and how much feedback they have – this lets you know how many hungry buyers are out there waiting to give you their money.

Over time, you will build up a good profile with lots of reviews, which will allow you to make more and more money from the site. As you will see, this is a great way to make a little extra money doing something that you actually enjoy. Best of luck to you!

Why A Logo Is Important For Your Brand

Logos have been in existence for a very long time. This is because they are an indispensable part of any brand. They anchor a company’s brand, and they are also the most visible manifestation of the company to the target market. Unfortunately, a number of people do not understand this, and they do not pay enough attention to their design and implementation. To help such people realize what they are missing on, below are the benefits of a logo when it comes to branding.

Brand Identity

Today, there is fierce competition for different markets from different companies. As a result, you need to ensure that your brand can easily be identified by potential customers and even the loyal ones. Your company logo is the most effective piece of the company that can do this. If used properly on your website, products, business cards and stationery, a logo can actually differentiate the pros and amateurs which helps in building a perfect brand identity for the company.

Consumer Loyalty

Initially, a logo is meant to identify your brand. Once people can use it to associate with your products, its work does not end there. It also goes on to solidify customer loyalty. Most logos are based on repetition and in the business community, this creates familiarity and hence loyalty.

Increased Sales

As customers identify and like a particular brand, they are likely to respond very well when they come across a logo. This response can lead to increased sales and hence high returns for the company. Furthermore, a professionally designed logo creates an impression of professionalism and competence which are key when it comes to attracting new customers.

Ownership

A business logo or just any other logo is like a signature. It proves ownership of whatever products that it is used on, guarding you against substandard imitations and forgeries which are rapidly flooding the market today. This means that if you get your logo used on products that are not yours, you have all the rights to initiate legal litigation against forgers. Other than just showing that you own the brand, customers also have a great sense of ownership when they are linked with your brand, and your logo is unmatched when it comes to this.

The sales team may be doing their job in creating leads and potential customers, but you can also make this easy for them by creating a logo that stands out from your competitors. This way, you will gain these and many other benefits.

Tips on Using Fiverr For Logos and Web Graphics

The site Fiverr allows freelancers to offer their services to customers for five dollars. Fiverr can be used to have a freelancer design logos and web graphics for a business, fundraiser, or other causes. There are some tips on how to use Fiverr to get the best logos and graphic designed.

When ordering this work be prompt when sending the details of your project. When looking for a freelancer you are allowed to post a general description of what you are looking for. If you need specific details get it to the freelancer as soon as possible. The sooner they are the project requirements the sooner they will be able to complete the project.

Be specific about what you are looking for. If you have ideas for your logo send all the details to the freelancer. This is the same for graphic design. This includes any colors that you have in mind for your logo, any pictures that you want included, and anything else that you feel must be included within you project. The more specific you are the better chances you will be satisfied with the project.

When hiring someone to complete your project it is fine to ask them questions. Read their qualifications first to see if they have the skills needed to complete the job. Ask to see some of their previous works and see how they came out. Read their feedback from other people that have used their services. Information listed on their feedback section will give information about the quality of their work, if they were able to complete it in the given timeframe, and if they were able to follow any directions that were given to them regarding the project. If a person has several negative comments they may not be the best choice of freelancers to work with.

If you like the design be sure to leave feedback for the person who completed it. Many of the freelancers rely on this feedback in order to attract more customers. If the work was not satisfactory give them a chance to rectify the siutaiton.

Fiverr allows a business or a person to get graphics, logos, and web design completed for as little as $5. While this price is cheap a person needs to make sure they still get the quality work they are looking for. Be sure to find out as much information as possible and provide a great deal of information when hiring people on Fiverr.