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Listen To What Your Clients Need (Especially in a Recession)

Listen to What your Clients Need

Especially with the current pandemic shutdown, businesses are having trouble making ends meet  and you may be among them! As a web design firm owner, I’ve been looking at ways to keep our work queue full, so that we can make it through this recession without too much trouble. The answer is simple: offer what our clients need. While we always try to do exactly that, it’s especially...

What are the top 20 search engines?

Top Search Engines

Search engines are the gateway to the Internet and a very important part of our privacy and security on the Internet. Search engines are constantly being updated every day with new websites and data, and we rely on them to find the information that we need on a daily basis. Even though Google is the most used search engine with about 3 times as much monthly traffic as Bing, new search engines are...

A Survival Guide to Working from Home

Working From Home

Recently due to the coronavirus pandemic, many workers are transitioning to working from home. Many web designers have already been working remotely for years, so it’s nothing new for them. Although I prefer to work out of my office, I’ve done my fair share of telecommuting. We also have several members of our team work remotely on a regular basis. I’d like to share a few of my tools and tricks...

How to prepare your business for a recession

Prepare for a recession

As a recession looms near, this guide will help you weather the storm and build a better business. Focus on building a cash reserve, decreasing your expenses, strengthening your relationships, refining your business offering, and continued marketing. While these are always good rules for a thriving company, they are even more important now.  How did we get here? Our economy has had tremendous...

How to Help Nonprofits

Giving Back Stars

As a small business owner, there are many ways that you can help nonprofit organizations including offering your services, hosting a volunteer day, encouraging your employees to donate or attend events, donating equipment, increasing awareness, and direct donations.  As a web designer, you have additional ways to give back that are unique to your industry. Some ideas include offering your design...

Most Recommended Business Books for Small Businesses in 2020

Business Woman Reading Tablet

From compiling the top business books from 35 different sources, the top recommended books for small businesses for 2020 are: “The E-Myth Revisited” by Michael Gerber, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion” by Dr. Robert Cialdini...

Press Releases: What they are and why they’re still relevant

Press Releases: why they are still relevant

I recently got a request from one of our clients to send out press releases for their new website launch. Usually, I handle the business or programming side of things in our company but in the past, I’ve submitted quite a few releases on various projects. So I accepted this request and found the press release landscape rich with new techniques and opportunities. So I’d like to share my findings...

Increase Your Sales with Google Reviews

Google Reviews

One of the most effective strategies to boost your sales is through Google Reviews. A free service from Google, it’s easy to set up but improves local search ranking, promotes trust, and ultimately increases sales. How Google Reviews Help Your Business Increase credibility and trust: With shopping on an online store, buyers gain trust through the ratings and reviews from other shoppers...

How to set up a SIMPLE IRA for your small business

Stacks of Coins

First off, congratulations! It’s a huge step to offer a retirement plan for your employees and it’s a great addition to your compensation package. This tells your workers that you care about their future and that you want them to succeed. You know that if you take care of your team, they’ll take care of you! What is a SIMPLE IRA? The SIMPLE IRA, short for Savings Incentive Match Plan for...

9 Best CRM solutions for 2020

Man drawing out CRM with illustrations.

This is a repost of the article I wrote on our Thrive Web Designs blog earlier this week. What is CRM software? CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management and it’s software, usually an online service, that allows you to manage your customer contacts so you can easily categorize them, email them, and market to them. It’s a great way to mass-communicate with your customers, promote your...

Web Design, Programming, and Business

Meet Aaron Day

Professionally building websites since 2002, I've worked at Microsoft, multiple agencies, and a few web design businesses of my own. I've been an owner of Thrive Web Designs since 2015. I've taught classes, run design groups and even ran a benefit auction for 4 years in my free time. I love sharing and giving back to the web/creative community.

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