The best ways to invest your money to grow your freelance business
Lisa Tanner

Lisa Tanner

Lisa Tanner is a freelance writer and virtual assistant. As a homeschooling mom to seven, she loves helping other parents balance diapers and deadlines. She enjoys life on the farm, and starts each morning milking her cows. You can connect with her on Twitter @lisatannerwrite.

  • The best ways to invest your money to grow your freelance business

    November 14, 2017 by Lisa Tanner

    Remember the old idiom, it takes money to make money? Well, to a certain extent it’s true! If you want to grow your design business, you’re going to have to invest in it. But, how much should you be spending? And what should you be spending money on? While there’s no magic number or a…

  • 7 tips for staying inspired and learning new design trends

    May 31, 2017 by Lisa Tanner

    Is your design knowledge up to date? Changes occur frequently in the wonderful world of web design, and it’s essential that you remain knowledgeable about current trends to stay inspired and relevant. When you’re buried in client projects and trying to have a life besides work, finding time to ensure you’re both up to date…

  • 5 free invoice generators for designers on a budget

    March 15, 2017 by Lisa Tanner

    Getting paid is an essential part of freelancing or running a small design business. You don’t want to work for free, so you’ll need a plan for invoicing your clients and following up to ensure you actually get the money you’ve earned. While you could just whip up an invoice template on your computer, there…

  • 4 apps to help distracted designers increase productivity and focus

    February 6, 2017 by Lisa Tanner

    Have you ever sat down to knock some client work off your plate only to find yourself still sucked into your Facebook feed an hour later? Or have you ever ended up on a wild goose chase by clicking links and then can’t remember what it was you were looking for in the first place?…

  • 9 popular productivity podcasts you shouldn’t miss

    December 20, 2016 by Lisa Tanner

    Do you wish there were more hours in your day to tackle your growing to-do list? Since you only have 24 hours, it’s important to make the most of your time. If you’re in need of some productivity inspiration as you build your design business or try to balance work and life, here are nine…

  • 6 tips for setting professional boundaries with clients

    December 13, 2016 by Lisa Tanner

    Do you feel obligated to check your email at all hours of the day and night? Are you worried that you’ll miss an important update on social media if you put your phone down for too long? Are you working all the time? If you answered yes to at least one of those questions, it’s…

  • 8 free courses that will help grow your design business

    November 18, 2016 by Lisa Tanner

    Learning new skills can help you diversify your business and gain new clients, and courses are a great way to pick up tricks from talented instructors. They’ll also help shorten your learning curve, since you won’t have to spend hours surfing the web for the information you need. If you’re ready to brush up on…

  • 19 free fonts that are perfect for fall

    November 10, 2016 by Lisa Tanner

    The low overnight temperatures, the abundance of pumpkin and apple recipes on blogs across the web, and dropping turkey prices are definite signs that it’s still fall. This chilly season is perfect for cozy fires, warm drinks, and lots of fun with family and friends. If you want to inject some seasonal flair to any…

  • 8 business tasks designers can outsource to a virtual assistant

    October 24, 2016 by Lisa Tanner

    Growing a design business on your own takes a lot of time and energy because you have to do everything yourself. Your business hours won’t just include doing the actual design work you love. In order to keep your business running smoothly, you’ll also be in charge of all those other tasks like staying up…

  • Why you should create a content calendar for your WordPress blog

    October 13, 2016 by Lisa Tanner

    If you manage a blog for your business, a content calendar can help you keep it running smoothly. As Benjamin Franklin said many years ago, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Even though this quote came decades before the internet and blogs, it definitely applies, which is why you need a…

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