In my recent infatuation with a startup software company, I discovered their new venture into creating physical products. Across all the products, the design was simple, utilitarian, yet sexy. Obviously, I was in love and quickly placed an order. (more…)
Whether your firm is small and speaks to niche-based needs or you are a large company that is trying to be everything to everyone, you won’t get far if you lose designers along the way! A good UX designer is hard to come by, and if you find them and keep losing them, you may need to consider some of the factors going into play as to why you’re losing quality professionals.
You’re Not Paying Enough
Everyone likes to talk about how a great work environment and perks really matter in the workplace, but at the end of the day, it’s all about money. If you are not paying a competitive wage, you are going to find that great professionals may end up at your company, but aren’t going to stay there. Design is an industry that is notorious about underpaying the people who work in it, and if you are guilty of this, word will get around. Make sure that you know what the industry standard is. Depending on the designer that you hire and what their experiences in the field might be, you can be looking at anywhere from $40,000 to $100,000 a year. Good designers expect to get paid for their efforts, and if you do not step up, they’re going to step out!
There are many things you can do to get attention. But start by asking, attention to what? What will people see and instantly recognize as being your business? It’s all about your logo, the first-and-always visual ambassador of your brand. In that sense, it’s the foundation and future of your entire business. What makes a great logo, a great ambassador? Here are five keys to ensure that your logo will match the “look and feel” of your business.
1. Simplicity is your friend.
Day in and day out, you constantly see incredible amounts of visuals and colors. But just because something sticks out visually, doesn’t mean you’ll remember it or feel good about it. Clean design is key. Graphics professionals spend years in training to consistently translate ideas into clean design: the right shape, size and proportions without distracting bells and whistles. “Civilians” like us can get professional-looking results by using a make-it-yourself website like LogoGarden.com. Often these sites are free, so you can experiment and get a finished, clean-design logo quickly with no risk.
Have you heard? Netflix just redesigned its logo. Just a few months prior, so did Black & Decker, Yahoo, VISA, Absolut Vodka, and a long list of other major companies. That’s because every logo design has a shelf life, one that varies from business to business. So how do you know if your logo is becoming stale? Good question. Here are the answers.
1) Revamp your logo design if it looks unprofessional or too generic. Your logo conveys the quality and professionalism of your company and should reflect your corporate mission and values. A poor quality logo does damage to any company, at any size. Often early-stage businesses choose overly complicated, obscure or cluttered logo designs that screams old fashioned. Aim for a simple, clean design with a stylish flourish. Another common mistake is to choose a logo that looks too similar to a competitor’s. Your logo design should always be unique to your unique brand.
Working from home sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it? You can sleep in late and come to “work” in your PJs. You don’t have to answer to anyone, and you can take as many breaks as you want. While all of these things are true (to some degree, anyway), there’s a price to pay for treating your home office more like home and less like an office. Often, the cost is decreased productivity. Sure, you should be comfortable, but you’re still running a business – be sure to keep the space around you reflecting that!
Keep a Dedicated Room – No Distractions
You should have a dedicated room for your office. Don’t use the living room or breakfast nook in the kitchen. A lot of people do this. It’s a huge mistake. Huge. Why? Because there are so many distractions around you. Spouses, kids, and even normal household items like ticking clocks, pets, the temptation to turn on the TV while you work, and even the UPS delivery man stopping by periodically throughout the morning.
Creating a logo is one of the most important decisions you will make when starting your own business. Before taking steps into this branding endeavor, you probably took for granted the arduous process that logo creation demands. You see these images day in and day out without thinking twice about the thought, time, and investment that went into perfecting these brand mascots. Without doing your research ahead of time, creating a logo that you can live with for the long haul will be challenging at best.
The holidays offer an exceptional time to start looking into what works and what doesn’t. With store shelves stacked from floor to ceiling and branding gimmicks literally exploding everywhere you turn, the holidays offer you the perfect classroom to determine what design elements you prefer and which turn you off. Conducting thorough research in advance doesn’t have to be dull and it will help you avoid changing your logo down the road. Here is how to concur the store aisles to research your logo design.
Moving to a new office space is an exhilarating and important step in any growing business. Whether undertaking a remodel of an existing office space or constructing an office building from the ground up, the process can often prove more expensive than anticipated. Savvy business owners will stack the odds in their favor by selecting an experienced general contractor for the project who can help keep construction costs under control. Here are five unexpected costs you to be on the lookout for when remodeling or building a new office space.
By Pavel Rokhmanko, CEO of LogoBee.com
Getting customers to conduct business with you is just as important as providing quality products and service. But even if your company is the best in its business field, you will not make it far if your website isn’t user friendly. This is why logo design matters – it provides a much-needed visual and interactive feature to your business. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that a new business owner must take great care when choosing a company logo, as there are several pitfalls one must avoid at all costs when it comes to branding.
MyCorporation is now into its fifteenth year of business – 15 wonderful years of helping entrepreneurs to create their own small business and get it started on the right foot!
We were one of the first, online document filing services, and the internet was a very different place fifteen years ago. To celebrate our quindecennial anniversary and our heritage as an early online business, we thought it would be interesting to go through the archives and look at what MyCorp’s site used to look like, and how it has changed over the years. (more…)
As we make our way closer to the end of the alphabet of our ABC’s of small business, we’re tackling trademarks, which can be a name, design, or logo that distinguish a company and emphasize its uniqueness. Trademarks, as defined by businessdictionary.com, are distinctive instead of descriptive, affixed to the item sold, and registered with the appropriate authority to obtain legal ownership and protection rights. By federally registering your business name or company logo, you’ll receive notice to the public of your claim of ownership on that mark with an additional nationwide legal presumption of ownership, and the exclusive right to use that mark on or in connection with goods or services set in registration. And now that we’ve briefly covered the basics on what a trademark is and how federal registration of the mark works to protect your business and brand, we’re going to briefly cover the additional steps involved in trademarking – conducting a trademark search, registering the mark, and filing for a trademark watch.