• Design Speak!

    Let’s take a few minutes to talk about Design Language! When I was younger I worked for a printing company. I worked the front desk and mostly handled answering phones and creating new orders for the designers in the back. As I started learning I realized that I had NO IDEA what anyone was talking about. Most fo the questions meant nothing and most of the words were confusing… Most were basically gibberish to me… crop marks, gradient, jpeg…. yeah sure… huh? So, let me help you out, and save you some TIME and ENERGY (and maybe keep you from feeling dumb, HA!) The Text Typography – Typography is the…

  • The Dirty Deets on Instagram!

    Hey friends… I consider myself “expert” level when it comes to social media but I certainly feel like these two things are very important: Social Media is a growing living thing and it changes as much as a newborn baby SO… NEVER stop learning! The past few weeks I spent some time brushing up with my favorite pod-casters on some recent changes and the THINGS happening inside the world of Instagram. Here is what I learned about Instagram:   Engagement is KING Engagement on Instagram is a bit different then what you typically see on Facebook. You have to capture attention with a photo and then you have to find…

  • Accounting Tips for Small Business!

    Tax season is officially upon us so I thought it might be a good idea to review my tips for managing your business accounting! We are getting close to APRIL 15th  and that means TAXES and ACCOUNTING and all the scary things… SO, this week we are going to talk a little (teeny-tiny) bit about Accounting!! Look y’all, I am definitely not shy about my history with accounting. I basically bought a restaurant and skipped the fancy money parts for MONTHS. Then one day… (I thought I was so clever) I bought Quickbooks, for Mac and I just started entering things. I created accounts and entered invoices and receipts and…

  • 4 Tips for Employee Training

    Welcome back friends! Thank you for joining me another fun topic! Now on to the topic of the day – Training is something that effects your entire business. ALL BUSINESSES. And it isn’t just for your employees. It is super important to find ways to keep yourself learning and training in all things related to your business, regularly. This is really something that can go multiple directions but this week I am going to focus our points on employee training!   When I was younger and began to climb the ladder in the restaurant business I turned my main focus to the front of the house and to training. It…

  • SMM Scheduling Tools

    Hey Hey friends! Todays focus is all about Scheduling apps and software for your Social Media Marketing! Down to business!   Okay so you have your business paperwork squared away and you are good to go on Accounting and now you are focusing on Marketing and visibility. Okay cool… Maybe some of you already have all the Social Media basics down and you are ready to get it organized well here we go… Top social media management tools for 2019 With so many social media management and marketing tools out there how do you know which one to use? How do you know which features to choose from? Check out…

  • 5 Important Checklists for your Business

    As a restaurant manager I used checklists multiple times a day. I already knew the importance and ease of use when I walked into my own restaurant BUT creating and utilizing them for myself was a while new task It can be daunting to go through the process of creating a list and adjusting it often until it is fully functional for your business. In a restaurant you’ll have to be sure to separate your checklists for the front of house and back of house but the same process will ring true for each section.   Here we go friends, my top FIVE checklists for consistency and organization: 1. Cleaning…

  • Top 7 “Boring Paperwork” for your Business!

    Welcome back y’all!! Let’s dive right in! As a business owner by now you know that the business is more than just the fun stuff. About a week into the remodel of our restaurant I remember thinking… “Oh wait, I’m going to have to hire people, and actually print menus and stock up our inventory…” It was about that time that I realized maybe I have bitten off a bit more than I could chew, BUT I had a dedicated family and an excellent training along the way so I just dug in my heels and got to work! Here are my top 7 pieces of “boring paperwork” that are…

  • SEO Basics

    Well hey there friends, Welcome back! I hope you are all geared up for an amazing 1st quarter and and the best year you’ve had so far!! Let’s get down to the post… When I first started working in the inter-webs I had no idea what i was doing and I definitely had no idea what SEO even meant. I promise if you are saying the same thing you are totally not alone, and lucky for you there are lots of geeks like me that love the work AND helping Local Businesses meet their MARK!!   So… here are some SEO (Search Engine Optimization – Ah-ha!) basic tips Add LINKS!…

  • Happy New Year

    Happy January friends!! I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all Happy New Year. You made it to 2019! This only tip and trick I have for this particular post is to take a few minutes to do the following: Be Grateful – for the ever growing and challenging opportunity to grow and learn Be Mindful – of all the things happening around you… pay attention and listen with more than your ears Be Kind – but seriously… just take a breath (even when it is a struggle) and just be nice Be Gentle – with YOURSELF and all those around you (it is not easy doing…

  • Work and Life BALANCE

    Welcome back friends!! Thanks for taking a few moments to check out this post. I know by now we are all elbows deep in holiday CHAOS so I wanted to take a few minutes to chat about balance…   I remember when I was running the restaurant  (or really any of my management positions) I had a very hard time finding the balance. When we shut down to remodel I was actually pregnant and when she was born I worked with her camping out under the bar. It was pretty cool, and lucky for me I had a very patient very understanding husband. BUT… after a while my children needed…