Three out of four people who start their own business do so because they’re captivated by a vision. They want to be on their own, they want to be their own boss. Opportunity awaits! It’s exhilarating, being an entrepreneur; the ultimate rush.
But wait. What about that other one in four entrepreneurs, the ones who don’t start with a vision of opportunity? How do they get to be entrepreneurs without that drive?
A surprising number of people leap into entrepreneurship not because they want to, but because they have to. They’re driven not by an inner vision, but by circumstance.
As of mid-2104, after years of economic recovery, there are still two seekers for every job opening. That’s not counting part-timer employees who seek full-time work, overqualified workers (like college grads forced to flip burgers), and other people hankering to move up from low-wage jobs.
There’s a remarkable variety of “accidental entrepreneurs” out there. Their ages span half a century, from teens to retired folks. They all have one thing in common: they need to earn, and can’t find a good job.
Take a look around and you’ll see how ordinary folks respond to adverse circumstances by pulling their own bootstraps — and lifting themselves up to new, more exciting possibilities.
No exceptions: all entrepreneurs need attention.
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.
Let’s get to the point: short videos are becoming as important as your website. They are a powerful way to make friends and influence people and to build a strong brand presence online so people want to do business with you. You need start creating these videos now for the following reasons:
1. It Pays Off
According to the Online Publishers Association, when you go visit a website, you are 64% more likely to buy a product on an online retail site after watching a video. Now, I know that all small businesses aren’t involved in retail, but you get the point. Video works, and it will work for you when you decide to put this tool in your arsenal. And guess what? That time is now.
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.
Trends in logo design, like trends in clothing design and interior design, fluctuate with time. Being stylish and innovative is important if you want to stand out from the crowd, but your logo also needs staying power – after all, it’s the heart of your brand and influences all your other materials. So how do you find the fine line between contemporary and enduring? Below are three logo design trends that are both cutting-edge current and completely classic.
1. Keep it simple.
Minimalization is a major trend in logo design. These days, less is more. Just ask Microsoft, Black & Decker or any of the other scores of large corporations who have recently streamlined their logos to a more simplified version using simpler lines and shapes. This makes good sense from a branding perspective, as less complicated, starker logos are easier for consumers to remember and connect with. What’s more, logo designs with basic symbols and simple color schemes reproduce more cleanly at smaller sizes. When it comes to logos today, complex design elements don’t add beauty, they just add complexity.
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.