Small Business · Toledo, OH

Ten Reasons Why I Love Toledo in the Winter

  1. The snow fills in the pot holes.
  2. The lights at the Zoo.
  3. Getting snowed in. Where I work if there’s a level 3 snow emergency we get a paid day off.
  4. Wearing cute boots.
  5. It’s beautiful and quiet when there’s snow in the trees.
  6. Christmas shopping at Target.
  7. Mall walking because it’s too cold to walk outside.
  8. Being toasty warm inside while it’s freezing cold outside.
  9. Playing in the snow. This is Karly’s first year that she can really have fun in the snow.
  10. Bragging that you survived a polar vortex.
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One Rough Week

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I apologize for not posting last Tuesday. It’s been a rough week. Both Karly and I have been sick, and I have missed a lot of work. We also have a family member struggling with very serious health issues. Thank you to those that have sent positive thoughts and vibes my family’s way. They are very much appreciated and please keep them coming.

On a positive note, sales have been steady. In the past week we’ve had two international orders, one to Australia and one to the UK, which is always very exciting. I am always very honored when international customers choose to spend their money to purchase from us because the shipping costs just as much as the item they bought.

Although I am writing fewer articles at the moment, I am trying to write on a more regular basis. I keep a small journal in my purse and write at least a little everyday. This coming Wednesday I will be posting to healthyplace.com, and I will be writing an article on how stressful life events such as moving, college, and motherhood have affected my mental illness. Stress can play a huge part in mental health issues, and I will share some of the ways I have coped.

Have a great weekend! Here’s to hoping next week runs smoother than this week.

graphic design · graphics for shirts · Heat Press · Onesies · SCORE · Small Business

2018 Goals for Rahm Designs LLC

I started thinking about things I’d like to do in the new year. Every year I hope to move closer to having a successful business – to have an income doing the things I’m passionate about. Here are some of the goals I have for 2018.

  • I will define what I want to do with my business. I know I want to pursue graphic design and writing projects, but I am not certain about what kinds of services I would like to offer. Should I offer many services or specialize in a few?
  • I will buy a larger heat press. I’ve put this off for a while, but if I want to expand my business possibly into adult sizes, I will need one.
  • I will start my own e-commerce site. I am hoping to add a shopping cart to my existing website, www.rahmdesignsllc.com.
  • I will learn more about SEO. I know this is crucial to online sales, but I feel I don’t put enough time into it.
  • I will set aside time each week for new design work, and write (at least a little bit) everday.

I am also looking forward to working with SCORE and the Women’s Business Center to grow my business. Here’s to many sales in 2018!

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Business Update 11-28-17

I finally joined the Women’s Business Center of Northern Ohio! I attended one of their classes back in August and was really impressed. I can’t wait to learn about the trainings and resources available.

I am creating new designs and revising old ones. I am on schedule to have 10 finished designs by the end of the year so I can develop a new portfolio.

Online orders have been slow, however, November has been better than October. Last year I saw an increase in sales before the holidays, and I hope to see that again this year.

I have a new article coming out tomorrow on healthyplace.com. I am sharing tools and resources available to college students with a mental illness.

art · graphic design · graphics for shirts · Small Business

My Creative Process

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All artists have their own creative process – how to work, when to work, and what keeps them motivated.

My personal creative process is not very structured and unfortunately I only create new designs about once a month. Lately it’s been more frequently because I am working on a new portfolio.

I always carry a notebook with me so I can jot down ideas and work anywhere. I don’t need to be inspired to work; I just need to sit down and get started. The ideas will eventually come as long as I commit the time to do the work.

Usually I start with thumbnails and hand drawn sketches, but sometimes I go straight to the computer. Most of the time I think that the designs I work on over a few days look the best, but some of my popular designs I threw together in under an hour.

No matter how I decide to work, the best feeling is the sense of accomplishment you get from a finished design you’re happy with.

What does your creative process look like? Let me know in the comments.

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New Blasting News Articles

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Lately I have also been writing articles for Blasting News. My favorite thing to write about is whatever Bernie Sanders is up to.

If you have a moment, please check out my articles.

 

Details on Senator Sanders’ College for All Act

Bernie Sanders introduces Medicare-for-All bill, visits Canada

Senator Bernie Sanders visits Puerto Rico

Will Bernie Sanders make a presidential bid in 2020?

The number of Rohingya refugees rises to 600,000

President Trump welcomes Malaysian Prime Minister to the White House