First up today we have a post from Marshall Atkinson regarding creating art for t-shirts. This is a very extensive post and offers some great guidance for those who are new to creating art for garments. My favorite piece of advice from this article is, I think, this: “Someone has to print this and someone has to wear this. Think about both of these when crafting your image”. We would have much smoother embellishment jobs and much nicer looking garments to wear if everyone kept that in mind. This piece is a goldmine of good tips, so make sure to take a moment to read it. (Also, hat tip to Erich Campbell who first mentioned this post on the Black Duck Blog.)
Second on the docket are two posts I wrote for the DecQuorum blog. I don’t usually spotlight my own work in this round-up, but I feel strongly about the subject of these two posts. In my opinion, Pinterest can be a great marketing tool for decorators, and I’d like to see more decorators using Pinterest to market their businesses. Here’s why I think Pinterest is a great place to spread the word about your decoration business. If you’re new to Pinterest, I’ve also written a post with tips on how to publicize your business on Pinterest.
Third on the list is a post from Erich Campbell’s Stitches blog in which he explains how to learn embroidery digitizing. Erich is a well known and well respected digitizer and his work is gorgeous, so you know he knows his subject. I think my favorite piece of advice is to observe and try to figure out how thread interacts with fabric. This post is definitely worth a read.
Fourth in the line-up and largely because I’ve seen a few Facebook posts on this subject lately, is a post from Retail Minded about time management and saying no. When you own your own business, it’s tough to take a vacation or even keep standard hours that allow you some downtime. Sometimes you just need to say “no” and this post gives you some suggestions on how you can do that. I especially like the idea of envisioning a big bag full of cards with yes and no on them.
Fifth at bat is a post from John Morgan about how to conquer business anxiety. Running a business, heck, living a life can bring a lot of worries to the table. John offers some simple tips for dealing with those worries and making sure you get the most out of the day that’s before you. As a reformed worrier myself, I like these tips and think they’re very helpful.
Finally, we have a post from Peter Shankman with the reminder that it only takes one bad experience, or bad employee to ruin a customer’s attitude toward your company for life. Everyone has bad days and moments when they’re out of sorts, but when you’re dealing with customers, those things can’t show through. Customer service is a tough job and an important one. This post is a good reminder of that fact.