A few months ago, I went on a little Instagram rant about using stock art in your invitation designs. Turns out, a lot of you had questions or thoughts on the topic, so I wanted to delve into this a little further. There’s a whole section on this in our Invitation Design Guide, of course, but here are the basics of why I absolutely LOVE stock art, and am not ashamed to admit it!Read More
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Peace out Girl Scout
Thank u, next
Okay okay, all joking aside, “you’re too expensive” is the WORST thing to hear.
It sucks for a few reasons:Read More
There are so many upsides to there being more creatives out there, because in general, the creative world is still a little backwards. As artists, we’re often not taken seriously, and our value is only apparent if we’re famous or dead, it seems, so the more successful creative businesses there are, the better we do as a whole. However, there is a downside to welcoming new businesses - and that’s competition.
Competition sounds scary to a lot of people - and I hear this often in my Coaching Sessions. “There’s so much competition,” “They always go with someone cheaper,” “This other photographer keeps stealing my clients”, but the truth is that competition can be so much more than that!Read More
Creating your first website is one of the most daunting tasks for new business owners, and I was no exception. I had it on my to-do list for months before I even started to work on it. Once I decided to leave my “day job” and take Design by Laney full time, I knew that the website was the first big task to conquer, so I finally got to work! No matter how annoying and difficult the website process can be, the only part I regret is not starting it sooner - so if you’re hesitating for any reason whatsoever, let me be the one to tell you to stop hesitating, and just do it!Read More
Biting our nails, chewing loudly, talking too much - we’ve all got bad habits. We hope they don’t negatively affect our lives, and for the most part, habits are forgivable, but when it comes to your business, there are plenty of bad habits that might be keeping you down! With over 50% of businesses not making it to their 5th year, we want to avoid any of those negative tendencies we can. So check yourself before you wreck yourself…okay, maybe we’re too old to say that, but you get the picture - here are our 10 Worst Habits for a Small Business Owner!Read More
Today’s my 28th Birthday, and It’s been almost 7 years since I graduated from college, a bubbly, outgoing 21-year-old with dreams of a husband and babies and not really a whole lot else. Like most of us do, I’ve changed, and in some surprising ways. 6 1/2 of those 7 years have been spent working from home. I started at AT&T, where I worked out of my home office and telecommuted in for meetings. At max, there were a few months where I was going into the office 2-3 times per week.
Then I quit to start my own company and moved across the country. Here, I purposely chose not to root Design by Laney in the local wedding industry, anticipating our second move, which is now happening in a few months. In Denver…who knows how things will shake out?Read More
“It’s just a piece of paper.”
“It’ll just get thrown in the trash.”
“Why would I pay that much for a few pieces of paper?”
How many times have we all heard these things? Heck, I used to find myself thinking these things when I first started out - “Wow, that quote is high...do I really think they’ll pay that for invitations?” Well, as my business and countless others have proved, the answer is yes. Very, very yes! But only if you truly understand the value you’re bringing to the table.Read More
I get pitch emails from new companies ALL. THE. TIME. Typically it’s a new wedding marketplace, blog, or resource of some sort that someone is starting, to help “change the wedding industry for good”. Or something like that. I see it all over the place from other wedding vendors too, though, and it’s capital-T The. Worst. Here’s an example I received today, word for word:Read More
I’ll just give you the answer upfront here - no beating around the bush. I’m not planning to answer that client email today, because it’s bad for business.
What, now?Read More
It’s time! We were a little late this year on the goal-setting front, so they’re up for a little revision…but, hey, what isn’t? This year has been incredible - you can see what goals we set for 2018 here. We met about 60% of them, which is right where we typically aim, and we can’t wait to see how many 2019 goals we accomplish! I’m sure the year will bring about some unexpected goals, challenges, and accomplishments, as they always do, so I can’t wait to revisit this list throughout the year and see where the journey takes us.Read More
Happy Anniversary Design by Laney! Yep, that’s right, I’m wishing myself a happy anniversary cause I’m the boss of me and I can do that. I can even buy myself a cookie cake to celebrate if I want (if you want to be the boss of me, all you have to do is buy me cookie cake!).
There are so many little things that you pick up along the way as a business owner, but don’t really have time to sit down and think about, nonetheless time to actually put them into action. This year, as a gift to my future self, I decided to take 2 months to casually (and not-so-casually) work on all those little projects that I kept adding the list and never crossing off.Read More