Why Buying Your Domain + Hosting From Different Companies Is Important

Wednesday, April 12th 2017 Business

In life, in general, it’s seen as productive to … condense. When we go grocery shopping most of us get the bulk of our items from one place, it’s generally cheaper and less stressful than going to 3-4 different stores for different things. Likewise, a lot of online business owners flock to things like Co-Schedule* and Buffer to send out our social media posts to all platforms instead of having to go to each site and send them out manually. It saves us time and makes life easier, therefore making a lot more sense than the alternatives.

So, in turn, it seems like it would make a whole lot of sense, when it comes to your website, to purchase your domain and hosting from the same place. One less company to deal with, one less login to remember, etc. However, when it comes to your domain and hosting, especially when you have a business, the exact opposite of the ‘condensing’ idea is true.

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Biggest + Best Business Lesson I’ve Learned So Far

Monday, November 28th 2016 Business

Out of all the things I see floating around about business, competition is the one thing I never get asked about – or see anyone talk about, but it’s a very important subject. Competition and the feelings it brings up can either push you harder in your business or dig your business into a hole. I get asked questions a lot and see a lot of questions in the Facebook groups I’m in. Things like what to have in your contracts, how to talk to clients, what to do if a client doesn’t like something, and many, many more.

When it comes down to the best business lesson I’ve learned, though, and can possibly teach, it’s about competition.

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Why I Choose + Recommend WordPress

Monday, November 21st 2016 Business

I wrote a post quite awhile ago about why I don’t and will never recommend Squarespace and the whole thing came down to the fact that Squarespace prevents businesses from growing past a certain point and that their Terms of Service seems to protect them, and not so much (at all) their users.

I’ve been asked a lot since then that if I don’t recommend Squarespace, why do I recommend WordPress? What makes one better than the other? And in my honest opinion? A whole damn lot.

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Tools + Plugins I Use To Run My Business

Monday, November 7th 2016 Business

There is a lot of information out there on the web about how to run a business, and not a day goes by where I don’t see another article on another site telling you about the top 50 plugins you need for your WordPress site, or all of the investments you should make in subscriptions that will help your business run smoother. Every time I see one of these articles though I wonder two things:

Am I doing something wrong? Are these people insane?

I use 14 things to efficiently and effectively run my business, and that includes plugins. Realistically I could probably utilize one or two more things to make things a little easier on myself but overall my setup is pretty simple, and I like the fact that I don’t have to worry about $400+ in monthly bills just to keep everything afloat. I know it can be daunting seeing all of these freelancers, and ‘preneurs’ telling you how much money they have to spend a month in order to just run their business – so I wanted to show the smaller side of things, and how I run my business for under $100/mo.

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