How to Pick a Designer to Work With

I talk to a lot of different types of business owners who are looking to take their business to the “next level.”

But, what does “next level” really mean? It’s subjective and the solutions are different from one client to the next.


So, with respect to brand design and development, where and what should you spend your money on? And, how do you find out who the best person or company is to help you get there?


I get these questions all the time and the options are seriously endless. Although my company is not the right decision for everyone (far from it), I have developed a sense for what people need, and at what time they need it.


Take for instance a recent discussion I had with a prospective client. This individual was ready to build out a brand spanking new business and jump into the excitement of entrepreneurship! However, the individual had little experience in the exact field of business.  This individual had an idea of who to serve yet was not sure about the specific offering. Yes, a lot of uncertainty!


Oh, but this is where the excitement begins — bringing clarity and focus to key business decisions which will guide brand design and development!


That said, I also understand what an investment this undertaking can be for a prospective client, so when I hear uncertainty (especially a lot of it), I always let them know all of their options.  


You see, this specific person had spoken to several marketers and all had been eager to jump into a branding project without suggesting options.


For example, there is nothing wrong with launching your business on your own, then circling back when you have spent some time “in your business” and gained new insights (e.g., a bit of experience to gain some initial clarity of your offering or audience).


The important point to make here is all about truly understanding the client’s circumstance and meeting them where they are. In this instance, I suggested they take some time out in the market to gain some real in-the-field experience first. Due to timing, resources or circumstances, employing my company may not be in their best interest now. And that’s ok. Sure, I might lose a client in that moment, but I believe a win-win situation is where we all win in the long run.


Having this recent experience in mind, I wanted to offer some considerations to help guide you.


A. You are curious about starting a new business venture, but not really sure about a lot of things regarding it? Your budget is small but you’re eager to dive in.

B. You have a startup business idea and you have a pretty good idea of your vision, who to serve and what to offer? When you take the leap, you are ready to do it up right. Watch out world, here I come!

C. You have you been running your business for a while, yet you still feel a bit uncomfortable about bigger expenses, so you take it a bit more slowly and chip away at your growth.

D. You have been in business for a while and have outgrown your setup. Perhaps your audience or direction has changed or become much clearer and it’s time to do something about it.



There are so many great online tools or classes that can help you set up a business, logo and website.  For example, you can get a logo at a fairly low cost from places like Fiver or 99Design.  This could be a great place to start, and honestly might be the perfect option for you at this time.  

Budget: > $1,500


You are ready to have it done for you and because you are a startup it could be helpful to have somebody give you extra guidance as there are typically a lot of unknowns, even those things you don’t know to ask about just yet.  With that in mind, it’s important you get the right guidance and understand what their capabilities are. Look for a company that puts emphasis on creating clarity and focus prior to executing design.

Budget: $5,000-$10,000


It’s okay to build your business slowly, as long as you are still taking action and making moves. In this situation I would consider getting a consultant to give you guidance on what you are building/creating.  Perhaps you might consider working with a freelancer or small design company that offers al a carte services. Or, you might benefit from a Brand Review that provides insight on a specific area of your business, such as messaging, design, SEO, content marketing, etc.

Budget: > $3,000


It is time to make sure you find an agency or designer that jives with you. Their design style and values should match yours. They have experience working with businesses in the same field as yours, or who share a similar avatar. They use design for problem solving. They can bounce around ideas with you and challenge your thoughts with their expertise.

It’s a critical time and even if the budget is there, it’s essential that it’s being utilized properly, as there are a plethora of ways you can spend your money, including strategy, design, development, SEO, lead generation, marketing, social media, PR, etc. It’s important you have somebody on your side who has your best interests in mind and who really can guide you on a lot of decisions.

Budget: > $15,000




here are some things to consider:

  1. How do you like to work? Is it important to collaborate and work closely with your designer or would you prefer handing the reigns over completely, so you can focus on what you do best?


  1. What is the size of your project? Is your project large with many requirements and complexities and you’d prefer a bigger team to tackle all components or is it a smaller, more straight-forward project requiring less resources?


  1. What values are important to you? Are there certain viewpoints or sensitivities around topics or causes that you’d like your design agency to support and/or have experience with? Perhaps you’d like an agency that gives back to their community, has experience with a variety of cultures, is LGTBQ friendly, etc?


  1. Are they forthcoming with information? Do they take the time to understand your unique situation or needs? Are your questions being thoroughly answered? Do they ask smart questions to gain greater insight? Is it clear how they think, how the project would be executed and what’s included in your project? Just because they can create a logo or build a website does not mean they are able to assist you at the level you need.  Make sure to get on a discovery call to find that out before you dive in.


  1. Would they be fun to work with? You will most likely spend quite a bit of time with your designer or agency, so make sure it’s a pleasant ride!



I hope this information helps you. Or forward it to somebody who could benefit from this kind of guidance right now. That would be lovely!


If you have any questions, I’m happy to help!

Extreme Makeover: Brand + Site Edition (Before & After)

Is it really worth spending ...

the money on picking colors, creating visuals, crafting your messaging and designing the best layout for all this content – all to simply prettify your website?

Hey, it just “looks,” right? Does any of that really matter that much?

An overwhelming: YES

I’m sure you already know first impressions do matter.  There have been plenty of studies showing how it take seconds and even milliseconds to form a judgment. Yes, it might sound harsh, but we all do it.  For example, you have already made a judgement about me, just now, by reading these first few lines.

And the same goes for your brand and website.

As soon as a potential client lands on your website, they have an impression about you! It can mean a sale or a not a sale, a call or not a call, a sign up or not a sign up…you get the idea.

So we can agree that impressions are made by what we see and read (or hear). And, maybe you’ve asked yourself whether words or visuals matter more. What grabs someone’s attention first? 

Again, an overwhelming: YES 😉

Both make up that fantastic content that is needed to grab their attention…to create an experience that will keep them on your site.

But, it’s not enough to get that potential client in the door. As soon as a user lands on your site, you need to make sure you take them where they need to go and give them the information they need, and as you also know in today’s world, you need to do it pretty stinking fast before you lose their attention.

No time to waste

This is where knowing your audience comes in and why I always talk about finding your niche. It’s so important to know specifically who you are serving, which problems they have, what outcome they are looking for and how to solve that for them – and very quickly and efficiently getting that across with the right look, feel and messaging.  And, I can almost bet you that you will also have a conversion, because you’ve given them good reason (a great experience) to buy what you sell. Well, isn’t it really all about the experience, at any point of contact?

So, today I like to follow the tip I give my clients; “show don’t tell”. In other words, I thought I would show you how we solved a client’s problem of figuring out who they want to work with and how they want to communicate with them, and of course, presenting all of this in a manner that levels up their actual work quality.  The outcome is not only more clients but also a stronger team because they are collectively working towards a clear cohesive vision.

Without further ado...

We recently worked with the Collier team, a financial advisor firm from Denver, Colorado.
When we started out, they had a general idea about who they were serving, although the reason why was also sort of vague. And, it wasn’t really fueling them or their business efforts. They understood how important messaging is but they also knew how difficult it can be to express themselves and get the right words down on a piece of paper, so to speak. 
This is where we were able to really help out!
This team is seriously a fun group and this, among other things, needed to come across on their site. You see, having the idea that you need to show up a certain way in order to get business and make people like you is no longer valid. Being you instead of being what you think your audience wants to see, read or experience is what’s right in today’s world of society desiring authenticity and truth.

So, after going through strategy sessions and pivoting a couple of times, we created an experience that is precisely what it would be like to engage and work with Collier in real life.  It’s now very clear for the team members and, well, likely for you too as a visitor to their site. 

Just have a look at Collier’s new brand and site HERE!

Do your brand + message speak for you?

How to Play the Long Game

5 Key Qualities of Playing the Long Game: and Why it Really Matters.

Lately, on the interweb it’s been a lot of “just follow these steps and you will become an overnight success.” First of all, I don’t believe that is such a thing. But, if someone found themselves with such fortune, well then, lucky them…or is it really?


Plain and simple: the good stuff takes effort. Think of anything you have done that really gave you joy deep down. It took some work to make that happen, didn’t it?

Well, I know for me it certainly did.


Things that are not done with a deeper intention and purpose just don’t give you the same feeling of reward.


Don’t get me wrong. I am not opposed to having good fortune. Nor am I opposed to having guidance that shortens the learning curve. But, building something from the ground up and committing for the long run is where the yumminess happens — and it’s where you have the opportunity to find your bigger why.


Your why will help get you excited and give you the motivation you need to get up in the morning. It will also give you the drive to turn challenges into opportunities. Ultimately, you will more fully experience the joys of your work and set yourself up for greater success.


For me, important aspects of the long game means taking care of my clients and my team like they are friends and family. It means doing what’s right even when it’s difficult. It means planning ahead to make the right decisions in the short and long-term. Then, because of the planning, you are better positioned to respond to unprecedented situations.  Doing all of these things creates a foundation for a solid future. It builds community. It establishes trust. It defines your character and your brand.


So, when all this effort is made in playing the long game, something magical can happen like it did for me. A few years ago, somebody suggested I surround myself with other entrepreneurs, so I took a class to further my knowledge in marketing and gain more inspiration. While I did attain what I expected from this class, the more important reward was what I had not expected to receive.


In this experience, I learned that even I can “give back” to my community through my work. I know this might sounds pretty straight forward, but I never considered it possible, as I was a younger company with fewer resources. I thought only bigger, more established companies could do those things. I was wrong.


With a flip of a switch, I found my bigger purpose (my why), and figured out how I could make it happen! I no longer work “only” to help our clients knock it out of the park, or “only” to provide for myself and my team. I also get to impact someone else’s life who might not have been as fortunate as I have.

Today, we proudly support, an organization who educates girls through learning business and fashion design, which gives them important skill sets to ensure a brighter future. To give, with no expectations, small or big, is one of the most beautiful things I think one can do.


Before, it was only a distant dream that I didn’t know how I would accomplish. Now, with every client project, we are able to sponsor one child’s education. Even a small investment can go a long way when done consistently over a long period of time (my financial clients would be proud).


So how did I do that and how do I play the long game? Watch this video and check out the 5 cornerstones outlined below.

Here are 5 essential qualities that I consider important in playing the long game (yes, I’m still working on all of them too):

Number 01. have grit

As Angela Lee Duckworth speaks about in her Ted Talk, it’s having passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit means having stamina. Grit means sticking with your future plans and aspirations. Grit means living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Number 02. enjoy the process

When I was playing golf at a high level, I could stand and hit the same shot over and over and over again until I got it. And I loved every minute of it.

Number 03. create habits

Create those beneficial habits that fuel you…that keep your body fit and your mind strong. Or, entrepreneurship will get you very quickly.

Number 04. CURIOSITY

Try new things and have a deep desire to learn more.


Do things you say you are going to do. This is not an easy one and I constantly struggle with things that are a bit outside my comfort zone.  And this is precisely where it’s good to remind yourself why you are doing it. And when it’s something that really resonates with you, it’s much easier to do the things that might not always be the most fun.

Are you in for the long game?

How Design Affects You

Good design, in everyday life, when it’s done really well shouldn't even be noticed.

It might sound like an odd concept, but in my opinion the intention of design is to be seamlessly beautiful. It should make life flow.

Today, I will perhaps give you a different perspective on the world. One that you actually already experienced but just didn’t notice, or just didn’t think about in that way.

Let’s have a little fun and look at how design plays out (the good and the bad) in product design, home decor design, human design and website/brand design.


Flow: Smart phone.

Holy moly! Really, think back 10-15 years ago, who would have thought you can have all of that in a little box that you could put in your pocket or purse…really?!  This delightful device makes life flow beautifully — well, I know there are hiccups with it, but overall, it helps life flow efficiently and consistently throughout the day. You can find your way with it; talk to people anywhere in the world; level a shelf; find out what the temperature is; ask it to look up without even having to type it in ;-), and a gazillion more things!

Oops!: Electrical windows of my Sicon XB, in my otherwise lovely vehicle.

It’s designed with a bit of attitude, plenty of space for my sporting equipment, great fuel efficiency and a great price point.  All good stuff. However, the placement of the window controls do not optimize flow (not the end of the world or anything but…). Ergonomically speaking, the controls are too far forward on the arm rest which makes the reach awkward. A small adjustment in its placement would make all the difference in the flow of operating. See, we notice when design is not done well.


Flow: Friheten couch from IKEA.

Check it out…a nice comfortable couch with simple lines, modern fabric and functional storage space. And, with a quick adjustment, this couch turns into a bed for two… hello design flow! (A shoutout to my fellow Swedes for this sensible design!)

Oops!: Carpet (enough said).

This is mostly an American or British practice. I know you might like it, but from my perspective, carpet just doesn’t make sense. Take for instance the common practice in the US of keeping your shoes on while in the house. One word: Yikes!! I can see how carpet could be soft on your feet or reduce noise, but how about some fluffy slippers instead of tracking all that street grime indoors?!  Hmm…I would have to say this one is just not designed well.


Flow: Dance 😉

I know what you might be thinking: “I’m a terrible dancer!” Nonetheless, I invite you to give it another free-form try, or perhaps even a salsa lesson or two. It is (seriously) perfectly designed to enhance your life. Regardless of how you think you look on the dance floor, every move can be beautiful and have its own unique flow! More than that, you’ll get exercise, connect with your dance partner, meet new people, get out of your comfort zone and appreciate the art form that it is! And if you are a dancer like me, you know all of this already and are just waiting for the COVID times to be over so you can get your groove back on the dance floor.

Oops!: Human Emotions

Whoever designed human beings (based on your beliefs)…might have gotten this one wrong. Consider this: you know how easy it is to get mad at a family member or partner? They forget to take out the trash, don’t listen to you, call right in the middle of something or didn’t remember your big presentation. It can tick us off or make us frustrated or sad. Then, take that exact same experience, but this time from a stranger. I’d venture to say that you just notice it and go on with your day. I’m certainly not a proponent of getting angry with strangers (or anyone), but shouldn’t it be easier to get upset with somebody who doesn’t mean the world to us?!  Not well designed.



I work with a lot of financial advisors, and I’m actually not sure what their opinion is about Robinhood. (If you have one, please share!) But from my perspective as a brand designer and non-finance person, they have done a fabulous job.  I didn’t used to be interested in investing, but now it’s one of my favorite things to do.  Their interface is incredibly sleek and easy to navigate. Great design, great flow.

They have honed in on the not-so-educated investor WITHOUT making them feel bad about it. By saying “investing for everyone” (which is a business model I’m typically not a proponent of), it basically means for those of you who are not so well-versed in the industry we have made it so easy that you will get it. I say, “Thank you!” Now I’m really enjoying finance and investing. Literally everything is done well on their site/app. (I’m assuming my finance folks will say fees are unnecessary, but for me it’s worth it).One final thought. If you know me personally, I don’t get excited about following the news. It’s too dang depressing. However, I still believe it’s very important to be aware. I have come to realize that reading the financials keeps me up-to-date on what’s happening in the world without having to deal with the media craze.

Synopsis: design well done many times around.

Oops!:  Bank of America HSA website

First of all, when you sign into your account, the first thing you see is a slider with advertising for the account you are already sign up for. What!?  The fact that it’s a slider blows me away too. There are a plethora of studies proving that sliders are a thing of the past. Too many calls to action and too much noise.

Then, the list of oops! goes on…

Under the Make A Transaction tab, they default to the assumption that you would like to make a singular manual transaction and finding the buttons to set up or change an automatic payment is nearly impossible! Businesswise, that doesn’t make sense. I could explain in more detail, but suffice it to say, it should never be hard for a user to set up an automatic payment.

Under the Manage your Investments tab, it gives you a 14-step process that you can read on how-to do so, rather than actually taking you through the process step-by-step to set it up. Hmmm.

Lastly, on every page, you have to scroll down half of the page to get to any kind of substance that might or might not be what you are looking for.

Synopsis: I’m sorry BofA, but there are so many no-no’s on this site. I have a hard time understanding how a big corporation like this totally oopsed! on their website design and functionality, making it very cumbersome for the customer to actually use their service.

Engage Me!

If you’re humored by my examples (even mildly), please engage me! I always enjoy when I get invited to view things from a different perspective whether it’s design ideas, cultural backgrounds, unique experiences, etc. We live in a world where we are constantly pushed to learn or get better at something. So, today I hope I delivered some fun and perhaps unique examples on good design flow.

If you have any experiences that have made you think “wow that just works for me!” or “whoa did somebody actually think that through?” — I would love to hear about it.

When and How to Say “NO” in Your Business

Saying 'no' is the hardest part.

If you are a people pleaser, saying ‘no’ can be especially difficult. Additionally, if you are in the beginning stages of your business, ‘no’ might not and probably should not be your answer. In that respect, saying ‘no’ is almost a luxury to look forward to, but it should be used sooner than later.

Down below I have included three different stages that you might be in, in your business, and the appropriate response at that time. i.e. how to say ‘no’. Find your statement (or read them all for reference) to see where on the ‘no’ scale you are.

As always, there are also some extra goodies in the accompanying video.  (The wind in particularly, is meant to be there 😉 )

Being self aware in your business will help you know when to say 'no'.

Knowing yourself and where you are at in your business is critical to be able to make educated decisions in your business. Check out these statements below. Whichever one is you, that is how and when you will say ‘no’.

Number 01. "Hey there, just starting out"

When you first start your business, you say ‘yes’ to everything left and right… and I think you should as long as it’s not obvious you shouldn’t. i.e. if saying ‘yes’ goes directly against your values or isn’t in the ballpark of the service that you provide.

By saying yes, you figure out who you want to work with, what you like to do and how you like to do it.  It’s the perfect time to hone-in on a process or system and build a foundation for the future.


The most important thing, during this time (and any time really), is to work with the intention of figuring out who you want to work with, how you want to work them and what you want to work on.


I know it can be hard when people like me say that you need to know why you are doing things, and proceed to ask you who you want to work with and how you are serving them… and frankly, in the beginning, you most likely don’t know and that’s OK.

It’s actually more than ok, it’s really where you should be.

Just like when you are learning anything, you just have to start, mess up a bit, adjust, and keep going.

Number 02. "oh yes, I have been around for a bit"


If you are passed the beginning stages of running your business, you might be asking yourself when it’s time to say ‘no’ or how you know when to say ‘no’ to new work or “opportunities” that might not be aligned with what you want, what you like to do, and/or where you are going.

When you have worked with clients who do not value time like you do, who are cheap, who micromanage you, who are late, who are on time, who don’t question your pricing, who laugh at your jokes … (AKA the good and the bad), then, you will start to be able to see who and how you serve your clients best, and at the same time, you will also know the opposite— who you don’t want to work with.

[Sometimes it’s easier to point out who or what you don’t want to work with/on]


So basically, the answer to the question “How do you know when to say ‘no’? is by doing the work.


When you do that, you will also start realizing what you enjoy more and start looking around to see what possibilities are out there that you can create and then, all of a sudden, your vision on how the future should look becomes clearer as well. When you know where you want to take your business and what kind of opportunities you are looking for, you also know which ones you should not take.

Number 03. "I am ready for the next of everything"

Then it’s time to say no more often! 

If a project doesn’t align with you, if it’s not going in the direction you see your company going, if you don’t have bandwidth, if something doesn’t feel right or if you really aren’t the service provider for that project— let it go. 

How do you say no? Simply be honest. You don’t have to over explain anything. Respect yourself, respect others and let them know. You most likely would want that courtesy yourself— so give it to others.

How I see it: It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

Yes, of course business is about providing service and making money, but it’s so much more than that too. For us, it’s a lifestyle, so I believe working in a place of joy and from heart, is just as important.

The sooner you start to say no to work that doesn’t align with your values or direction, the sooner you give space for the work that does.

Round up:

  • Mess up and realign
  • Pay attention
  • Reflect on your intentions
  • It’ not what you say, it’s how you say it.
Let’s get to work!

How to Connect with Your People

be yourself + be really clear on who you serve and how you serve them.

As always, to every deep question there is a short answer and a long answer.

That being said, the short and simple answer to how to connect with your people, has three core parts.

– Be yourself
– What problem are you solving?
– For whom are you solving that problem?

But, I know what you are thinking— ‘that’s easier said than done…’

Well, that is precisely why I include the long answer as well. 😉

In this week’s video I broke down how to find your people and answered these core questions by using one of my lovely clients as a sample. Hopefully, that will make it easier for you to answer the questions for yourself.

Oh, and I also added a little something extra at the end, to help you understand how to take action and actually find your people.

Watch the video to find out how; you + solution + who = your sweet spot

and I’ll see you on the other side.

Part of being me, is being personal and real with my clients.

Of course, I am still professional and there are boundaries, but for me building professional relationships in a way that makes people feel like they can come to me with any questions, is very important.

In your situation, you have to define and understand YOUR personality, and what makes you different. The more you understand this, the easier it will be to connect with your audience. Whether that is in person, over a call, on social media, or wherever else you interact with your current and ideal customers or clients.

Number 01. Define your own personality & what makes you different

The first thing I would ask yourself here is: How would I describe myself to a complete stranger? (like an elevator pitch, but for your personality).  I have added a few more of my clients as samples here, so you can see different answers:

  1. Are you that clever and funny person, who, no matter what you say, somehow makes everyone laugh?
  2. Are you the fashion forward professional, who gets a kick out of knowing and studying rules or laws?
  3. Are you the person who loves bringing people together, doing good in the community and loves a culinary experience?

No matter what it is, I can’t think of a single time that it isn’t better to be yourself… [if you can, definitely let me know].
So, the first step is to be yourself. That will help you connect with the people who you are supposed to connect with.

Number 02. What problem are you solving?

Adding on to the samples mentioned above, this next step shows the problems they solve, which helps to further clarify each of their brands and takes us one step closer to their sweet spot of connecting with their people:

  1. How to plan clients financial future and build their wealth so they can live a worry-free sustainable life.
  2. Helping people understand the rules of golf, so they can be more efficient on the course and enjoy the game more too.

  3. Creating an unforgettable culinary experience in an exceptional ambiance and educating folks on Mezcal, Mexico and its culture.

Number 03. get specific on who you solve that problem for.

Now, if you are farther along in your business, this might seem like child’s play to you. But you would be surprised how many business owners I’ve worked with that weren’t NEARLY as clear on the people they serve as they thought. 

Most everyone says that they can help everyone, but although, truthfully they can… when they try to connect with everyone, what they are really doing is connecting with no one. Connecting with your people means saying things that makes your audience get that ‘holy moly she is in my head’ feeling. But the problem is, when you try to talk to everyone, nobody gets that feeling… so what you are left with is a message to a bunch of people that doesn’t resonate with anyone. yikes.

Therefore, when you are trying to narrow down who you solve the problem for (questions 2), you have to narrow it down to a defined group. I know it may feel like you’re cutting off a limb, but I promise that if you talk to a very defined group of people, they will start to get that ‘holy moly she’s in my head’ feeling, and they will be knocking on your door begging to work with you.

So, to keep going with the three samples:

  1. Ladies in the tech industry, who know they thrive by having a community of light hearted support surrounding them.
  2. Ladies who are between 40 and 70 years old, who love the game of golf, the golf lifestyle,  fashion and traveling to magnificent places.
  3. People who love a beautiful culinary experience, don’t just want to eat to cure their hunger, but really want to enjoy it. People who have an interest in spirits, Mexico, Mexican cuisine and like giving back.

Alright, so now it’s time to add it all together, and when you do you will have a big part of your brand or niche clarified (and with that, know how to to connect with your people)!


These questions, tend to look easy to answer from the outside, but when you sit down to really answer them it can be a bit daunting, so I hope these samples help you out.

Also, if you pay extra attention to who you like to work with while you are providing your services, that is also a super helpful way to get clear on who your people are.

The best part is, when you start working with more of your people— it all becomes worth it.

Now, write down your answers to these questions, and be brutally honest and succinct about who you are, what you offer and who you want to serve, and I promise you that if you do this and it shows up in your messaging everywhere… you will attract the people you want to work with, and they will be so excited to work with you too.
Do you have any questions?

How to Write Copy for a Website

I have always had a hard time writing.

Have you ever heard anyone say to focus on the things you are good at, instead of always trying to get better at the things you aren’t good at?


Well, in the entrepreneurial world I’d be surprised if you hadn’t… but if you haven’t, now you’ve heard it from me.

Everyone has weaknesses, but something you probably didn’t expect here is for me to give you advice on your website copy right after I tell you that one of my biggest weaknesses is writing.


Stay with me!


Everything about writing is not grammar or spelling.


A big part of writing is the structure and over arching concepts, and how to use it to connect people with what they are looking for, which is what I have mastered and what I want to share with you today.

So, even if I keep telling myself that one day I’ll work on learning how to write,  the truth is, it’s probably a skill I will never really master. In other words, I will keep improving on the overall concept, and keep surrounding myself with skillful writers for the rest.


Sooo, if you are a client of mine, don’t worry, you will most certainly keep getting emails along the lines of: good ass that sounds, I think….or I’ll be happy to hope on a call with you… or I can’t remeber the last time I saw….

The giggles are on the house, you are welcome (and if typos are your pet peeve… sorry, I might not be your gal).

I'm not here to teach you Spelling or grammar.

I’m here to teach you structure and give you overall tips for copywriting that I know work. 

I have 4 rules for copy that have nothing to do with grammar or spelling that are vital for the success of any website.


Number 01.

You must simplify to amplify. I know that people use this phrase a lot for different reasons, but when it comes to your website less really is more, so what I always tell clients is to follow the 3 R’s: Refine, Rinse and Repeat. When you think you’ve simplified enough, think again and simplify some more. The goal is to get your point across as directly as possible without losing your tone of voice.

(Side note: This does not apply in the same sense when you dive deeper into the website. i.e. on your blog.)

Number 02.

Be honest about your company size everywhere on your site. For example, if you are a one man show, don’t use the word “we”. Your website is there to let the viewer know who you are and to build trust so you can, at one point, exchange money for your service/product… and what kind of trust are you building if you are pretending to be something you are not?

On the other hand, if you are the show, but you have a team, you can use the words “my team and I”. Additionally, if you are a team or partners, “we” is appropriate.

Number 03.

What is the purpose of your website? (every website or page should have 1 main one). 

For example: Do you want them to sign up for your email list? Do you want them to call you? Do you want them to buy a specific service?  (HINT: I typically try to guide the viewer to a soft connection first, like a lead magnet or a discovery call – It’s nicer and less pushy)

Number 04.

Finally, structure.  When it comes to writing great copy you need to have the right structure to help the viewer find what they are looking for. Remember, we are not trying to force sell anything here; we are helping the right people find the right stuff for them.

On that note, the analogy I  like to use that helps people better understand how you want to structure  website copy is that of somebody asking for directions to a restaurant or a bathroom. 

Yup, something along the lines of: go down the hall way there, take a left and another left and then on the right you’ll find it.

You want to guide your user to their desired destination in sort of the same way….

Read here, scroll there, click the big button here, add your name and then BOOM they get what they are looking for!

I will use the home page as a sample of my ‘copy order of operations’, since that is one of the most if not the most important page on your site.

Now go look at your website to see if you are following these 4 rules! If you do, I will promise you are set up for success, leads and sales!
Do you have any questions?

How to Up Your Game – Nerd Style

Success is subjective.

Meaning that it looks different for everyone.
I was recently in a bit of a rut…not the normal motivation and drive I typically have (even before coronavirus started putting all of us into a tizzy). So even though I sort of want to just hide, my logical mind knows that the only way to get out of it, is to make some moves.

Not always easy, but necessary.

Sooo, I made a chart and created a 30 day challenge for myself to track a few activities that are important to me, (using big Xs to make sure I do them).

Creating a visual has always helped me, it’s tangible and real aaand I get to check things off and that feeling just makes any rut at least a tiny bit better!

That being said, big goals are fabulous and got to have them, but I believe it’s the small ones that make the big difference, really.

That is why I listed the things I wanted to do on the Y axis and days on the X axis, and I get a big X on completion every day!


Now I can easily keep myself accountable and see when I do well (…and not so well).

My Y axis:

1. Movement— got to move every day even if it’s just a walk in the park (pun…sort of intended)

2. Sugarless days (with one cheat day)— I love to bake, Swedish candy and such and sometimes I might have a tendency to over do it… so it’s time to keep my self in check!

3. Social interactions— If you want interaction you need to interact. (Which is easier said than done, if you ask me.)

4. Daily Journal— Everyone always talks about journaling, everywhere… and I sort of journal… but now I’m testing out the hype!

4 big Xs in a day, and I’m happy(ier)!

How about you, how do you get yourself to make moves?

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Don’t give up on your goals

  #MAKE A MOVE It is probably about 6 weeks out from the time that you set some big goals. I know the last time I emailed you I told you I made some goals that were non-negotiable. But guess what, even though I deemed them non-negotiable, I haven’t been perfect. It is easy to make excuses, and […]

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