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6 Strategies for effective time management

October 29th, 2013

One of the biggest challenges I had when I first opened my firm in 2007 was effective time management. As a sole proprietor/ solopreneur I had a lot of hats to where, drafter, designer, project manager, marketer, book keeper, accounts payable, accounts receivable and janitor among others.  It was a struggle to be able to do all of these jobs and not lose my mind in the process took discipline and good time managementRead More...

The #1 tip to becoming a design superstar

September 5th, 2013

I sat there looking through Landscape Architecture Magazine thinking to myself “How do these firms get all the great jobs?” And, “how the hell are they always getting published”. I am sure you may have wondered the same thing and thought why the same firms are consistently getting all the great projects and getting published on a regular basis. Then one day sitting in my office a set design plans came across my deRead More...

3 Secrets to getting over the negative mindset around selling.

August 26th, 2013

When I realized that I needed to learn marketing to save my ailing business one of the first things that entered my mind was “oh crap I’m gunna have to sell.” This conjured up all sorts of negative images of used car and snake oil salesmen hocking their wares to unsuspecting consumers. My stomach turned with the unease and conflicted emotions every time I went out on a sales call.  I had a mindset issue around sellinRead More...

#1 Tip for Getting More Design Projects

August 22nd, 2013

Tip for getting more design projects! Success in life and in business may look simple and easy on the outside; however, you usually only see just a glimpse, a snapshot if you will, of a point in time after the struggle to become successful. Usually this is at the tail end of long, tough journey to get to the point where it looks easy on the outside.  The fact of the matter is that success is usually takes years ofRead More...

Crab Hunting in Grand Cayman

August 22nd, 2013

This summer my family and I went to Grand Cayman for a family vacation. It was a great time and I learned a lot about marketing while I was there. Marketing you say! Yes, marketing. The island has several varieties of land crabs, some quite large. My children and I love to go out, hunt and capture these crabs for fun. Every day they would go out, armed with all sorts of crab getting paraphernalia, hunting for crabRead More...