Creating the perfect logo for your business start up

 

If you’ve just started your own business, then finding the perfect logo is a must. Logo design is a crucial part of any business strategy and is one of the first things you should consider when laying out your plan for web domination! A good logo can help a company to truly thrive and when you’re busy at home after a busy day at the office, it’s reassuring to know that your business logo is doing a great job in promoting itself why you’re away!

But what goes into creating that perfect business logo? A company like smartsign can assist you, but here, we’ll look at a few tips about how you can build one, that works for you.

Ideas for your logo

A good place to start with your business logo design is with a brainstorming session. Begin with a collage of images that you collect as inspiration for a project. In the case of a logo, this might consist of logos that you like from other brands, images of your own products and images of things that relate to the name of your brand.

While you’re doing this you should try to avoid ‘clichéd’ ideas when choosing your design. That means avoiding things that are used too frequently in other logos and thus won’t be unique or appear creative and thoughtful. Globes, ticks and speech bubbles are all over done and should thus be avoided.

Creating your logo

Once you have an idea for a logo design, the next thing to do is to actually start creating it. Of course this requires a more measured approach than other aspects of design. Remember: this is going to be used on your websites, packaging, advertising and more and will become an ambassador for your business. In other words, the quality needs to reflect the quality of your business and thus should be flawless.

You can purchase software that you can use at home to create your desired look, or you can even work with a graphic designer who speicialsies in company logos. If you choose to outsource this work then it’s crucial that the designer knows about the inner workings of your business, they are familiar with how you work, what you do, what you sell and your companies mission statement. This way, they’ll be able to create you something that will become the voice of your business.

Remember!

Remember, before you even start working up a logo design concept, ensure you research your target market thoroughly!

Be enticing and make sure it appeals to your target audience. Be unique, and avoid obvious clichés – make your logo memorable! Be timeless and make your logo eternally relevant – so avoid trendy fonts.

Use colour to reinforce your message and make good use of any white space.

Don’t follow trends – create them with a bold design but always keep things simple. Don’t make your logo too “busy” and if you have a message – express it.

 

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Planning for Natural Disaster Safety

 

 

Although they are rarely something that you want to think about, natural disasters seem to happen constantly across our country. From small lightning storms that destroy trees to major hurricanes that wipe out entire neighborhoods, natural disasters are common occurrences every year. These four suggestions will improve your safety and give you guidance for how to react to catastrophes in your home or business.

Know Your Area

First, be aware of which natural disasters are most common in your area of the country. If you live in the southeast, hurricanes may be common. Throughout the Midwest, tornadoes are often common during the summer months. Blizzards and ice storms hit throughout the mountains and in the northern Midwest. Wildfires can pop up during the dry summer and fall months in the southwest. Severe thunderstorms can occur most anywhere. Once you know what type of event is most likely to affect you, you can create a plan that will keep you safe and that will help you evacuate quickly from an affected area.

Make a Plan

Your plan should involve all the members of your family or all of your employees if you head a business. A plan should include evacuation information or plans for safe hiding places to ride out a storm. Consider what the quickest route would be to evacuate from your city. Plan for how you will communicate with family members who are not at home. For example, if cell phone service is down, you might still be able to use social networking platforms to communicate. Additionally, designate safe meeting spots.

Have Supply Stocks

The supplies you need depend on the natural disaster most likely to occur in your area. However, food and water are necessary for survival. Always have a stock of bottled water and food with a good shelf life. You will also want to have a permanent stock of flashlights, batteries, basic toiletries and first aid supplies on hand. Consider keeping an extra AM/FM radio and cell phone charger in a safe place in your home, and keep important paperwork in a fireproof file.

Be Aware of Cleanup Issues

After a natural disaster, you will need to take precautions before reentering damaged buildings. If you own a business, consider hiring a disaster recovery team, such as DKI, to help with cleanup. Never reenter a building until you have been assured that it is structurally sound. In addition, get out of a building immediately if you smell gas or feel the floors shifting. Wear safety glasses and a helmet when in damaged buildings, and never use lighters or matches until you know that there are no gas leaks.

Even the strongest buildings cannot withstand some of the natural disasters that sweep across the country. Therefore, it is wise to have a plan for protection during bad weather and to ensure that family members are aware of this plan. As your children age, you can continually give them increasing responsibilities during bad weather, such as gathering supplies and staying in touch with you when they are away from home. While you may not want to think of a natural disaster destroying your home or business, it is best to be prepared for these events to mitigate loss and damage should they occur.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How To Hire Someone To Build A Garage

 

Whether you are having a new garage built or are looking for a contractor to remodel the one you have, finding the perfect builder to meet your needs can be difficult if you don’t know where to begin looking. In most cases, it makes the most sense to start looking at the profiles of local garage builders to see who might be the best fit. A reputable garage remodeling contractor like the ones found at remodelingcontractor.com will make you feel confident about your decision. To help you find the perfect garage builder for your project, below are some tips for hiring a contractor.

Create A Budget

Even though you may have a dream garage in your mind that you would love to have built, it is best to create a budget for the project and stick to it. Having a budget laid out will help you to avoid spending too much money here and there without realizing it. It can be easy to overspend on a project such as building or remodeling a garage.

Know Purpose Of Garage

The best way to get a garage built is to know what you intend to use it for. Are you wanting a carport? Do you want a full garage with room for working? You will also have to decide on things like whether it will be attached to the home or detached. Create a list of essential components of your new garage before you talk to a contractor.

Get Multiple Estimates

It is not wise to go with the first contractor you hire. It is a rule of thumb to get at least three estimates from different companies. Doing this can give you the opportunity to compare costs, completion estimates and more. A project as big as a garage being built or remodeled is an important one and choosing a contractor you are comfortable working with is essential to being happy with the finished product.

Check Credentials

Never hire a contractor who cannot or will not offer proof of insurance and licenses. All contractors should carry workers compensation, property damage and personal liability insurance. Additionally, reputable contractors will offer you references to call and talk to. When you speak with their references, do not just ask about their overall satisfaction. Find out specifics such as if the job was completed on time and close in cost to the original estimate. Also, ask if there were any issues during the process and how they were handled.

Customer Service

You should feel comfortable and confident working with your contractor. They are going to be around for days or weeks building or remodeling your garage. When you initially meet potential contractors, pay close attention to your first impressions of them and gauge if the interactions were positive or negative ones.

It can be exciting having a project completed by a contractor. The key to you being happy with the finished project will be based on finding a quality garage remolding contractor who is competent and offers competitive estimates over the rest. Hiring a garage contractor is essentially about entering into a temporary partnership with someone and it is essential to hire someone you enjoy working with. Doing this will ensure you get the garage that you hoped for and within your budget.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Caring For Your Child: 3 Special Occasions

 

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If you are a parent, you will already be well aware of just how much care it takes to effectively look after a child. But even so, there are certain occasions in life when it is likely that you will need to provide some additional support to your child. These are, more often than not, times of upheaval, periods during which there are significant changes to your family’s life, and it is up to you to ensure that you can provide the necessary support at those times, when it is most needed. In this post, we are going to have a look at some of those situations in a little more detail, so you can know what to prepare for.

The First Day Of School

It is something of a sad time for everyone involved when your child needs to start going to school. In all likelihood, you have not been looking forward to not having your child at home with you all day. Similarly, it is very likely that they will be quite upset when you drop them off, and you might be surprised at the level of emotion between the two of you. When this happens, you should try your hardest not to make too much of it. If it seems that they are particularly upset, obviously you want to comfort them, and you should. But try not to draw out the goodbyes for too long. Most people find that this actually only makes it worse, and confirms that it is something to be hugely upset about. The first day is difficult, but remind yourself (and your child) that it will get much easier. See http://www.thejournal.ie/tips-for-parents-on-first-day-of-school-574162-Aug2012/ for more on this.

Moving House

From time to time, it is necessary to move home. This is particularly true if you have something of a growing family! When it is time to move home, you might actually be surprised by how much emotion there is in the family. It can always be stressful carrying out the actual move itself, for a start. What’s more, there are many other factors which might make your child upset. They might be worried about having to make new friends, for example. The first thing is to make sure that you make the move as stress-free as possible by getting help – take a look at www.mybekins.com for more on this – but you should also be sure to comfort your family as well throughout the move. Once you are all settled in, it will be much easier for everyone.

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Leaving Home

When they are older, there will come a time when they need to leave home. When this happens, it will be something of a marker for when you can offload some of your parental duties somewhat. However, every parent knows that this is never fully the case, and during this time you will find yourself wanting to comfort and help them anyway. By all means do so, but also give them the opportunity to grow as an individual.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How to Run a Green Household on a Budget

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More and more people nowadays are getting into the green movement. They are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and save the environment. But even in these times, some people think going green entails spending a lot of money. But that’s far from the case. If you are one of those homeowners who want to run an environmentally friendly home without spending more than you can afford, the following are some budget-friendly tips you can follow:

  • Switch to a programmable thermostat. You don’t need to heat your home during the hours that you and your family are not there. Upgrade to a thermostat that you can easily program so you can choose when to heat your house and when not to.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances when they’re not in use. These appliances and devices still use up energy even when they’re not powered up, so make sure you remind all your family members to unplug them when they’re not using them.
  • Learn how to compost. Not all your household waste needs to be collected by the local garbage collection company. You can use your biodegradable waste and to create a compost, which is useful for conditioning and fertilizing your garden or backyard. Some examples are leftover food and even your fireplace ashes.
  • Go paperless. If you subscribe to a local newspaper, cancel your subscription and go online instead to update yourself with the news. Do the same for your magazine subscriptions. You can use your old newspapers and magazines for your compost or donate them to organizations that collect used goods.
  • Buy and display house plants. Plants are useful for enhancing the air quality in your house as they absorb dust and pollutants emitted by electrical devices, furniture, and the like.
  • Repair any leaky faucets you have around the house and install low-flow faucets for your bathroom and kitchen sinks. You don’t need to have water flow that has the strength of a fire hydrant just to wash your dishes or clean your face.
  • Store your own water. Make use of the resources that nature gives us and store rainwater in containers that you can buy from Rain Water Tanks. You can use your stored water for chores such as watering your garden and even as a backup supply.
  • If you and your family have hoarded a lot of unnecessary stuff or things that you no longer need, this is your opportunity to get rid of them by organizing a yard sale. Not only have you earned a bit of money out of the endeavor but you’ve also made your home more spacious.
  • Make the switch to non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaners instead of traditional cleaners that have a variety of harmful chemicals that wreak havoc not only on your family’s well-being but also on the environment.

With the costs of food and utilities increasing, as someone who runs a household, you have to find creative but effective ways on how to make your home more environmentally friendly without going beyond your budget. You just need to educate yourself and practice the value of resourcefulness.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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