Buntilicious – New Logo

New logo design for new business Buntilicious. When your client asks for “something cute”, I think this pretty much fits the bill.

I thoroughly enjoyed designing this logo. A lot of my work recently has been very bold, with lots of strong colour and geometric shapes. It was so lovely to be able to be a little more flamboyant and, dare I say, ‘girlie’.

Buntilicious is a brand new business ran by Donna; specialising in homemade bunting and cushion covers, and they are just adorable. All of the fabrics are chosen personally by Donna and she only chooses items that she loves. Buntilicious is a real labour of love and I urge you to pop on over to their Facebook Page and have a look. Remember, Christmas is just around the corner and these would make a fantastic gift!

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Juggling Work and School

IMG_20180907_105513So, this happened this week. First week at school (wow!). And whilst I’m over the moon for my little one, and so proud to see her wandering in on her own all confident and excited, my goodness is it a shocker to the system!!

Suddenly my life has been shaken about and everything has changed. I now have to fit my working day into 5 hours, and it’s short, so short! I get back from the school run, kettle on and then sit at my desk. Before I know it, boom, it’s time to head back to school.

I have always been a fan of routine, and now, suddenly, I have it. But after over 4 years of chaos and a (slight) lack of organisation, it’s a real shock to the system. With a five hour work day, I actually have less time to fit everything in than I used to, but now I have 5 days a week. 5 days a week when I know I’ll get to work. No more having to postpone jobs for days (or more often than not working in the evenings to get them done in time).

It’s a lifestyle change, it’s a new chapter and fingers and toes crossed it will mean more stability and less panic (plus the added bonus of topping my 10,000 steps every day with the walk there and back – bonus!).

Change can be tiring, change can be hard work, but we must embrace it and enjoy it. Without change I suppose life would be pretty boring. I need to get ready now for the homework, the school meetings, the endless parties and everything else that comes with this fantastic new adventure. A huge well done to all those working parents out there!!

When Business is Quiet

Do you have a business that goes through peaks and troughs? I do! One month you are so busy you’re not even sure how you manage to function, working until the early hours of the morning every day and weekend. And then you have a month when… nothing. There is the odd job here and there, but all of a sudden you find yourself with time to spare. This sounds like a luxury right? Time to replenish that lost sleep, sit and relax in front of a boxset. True, this is what should happen. But panic hits!!

I go through this stage every few months, and every time I go into a crazy panic that my business is failing and it’s time to pack it in.

The reality is that shortly it will be chaos again and I’ll be mega busy and I’ll wonder why I didn’t stop and take a break whilst I had the chance.

So, what to do when your business has a quiet moment?

Buff up your marketing – you are your own marketing tool. Update your website, social media accounts, blog.

Get noticed – improve your online presence. Are there any free advertising sites that you can enlist on?

Network – visit local or online groups of like-minded people. Take out your contact book and reach out to potential clients.

Work on new products – Have you had an idea for a new item but just not had the time to work on it? Do it now!

Pricing – look at your pricing structure – is it still relevant. Do you need to increase your prices?

Organise – organise your office. Get all that admin sorted that you have been putting off for months and months.

Relax – embrace this time and look after your mental health. Chances are you’re going to be super busy again soon. Take the time to relax in preparation, and remember DON’T FEEL GUILTY! You’ve earned this. Catch up with friends you may have neglected, enjoy family life, go for a massage. You may feel like you’re being lazy when all those around you are working, but chances are that when you’re busy you work twice as hard as everyone else, you deserve this!

Etsy Fees and Pricing Palava

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Wow, what a morning I have had. Sorting out pricing is by far one of the most difficult, tedious aspects of running your own business. Throw in Etsy and it’s change in pricing system and my brain is on the verge of exploding!

I’ve spent my last week increasing my prices to adapt to the raise of fees to 5%. But then, due to my own stupidity (and probably because I’ve only just starting selling lots on Etsy and before was left unaware), realised that not only is there a transaction fee that is taken off before you receive the money in your bank, but there is also a payment processing fee. I did not know this (I know, an error on my part, but seriously, it’s not black and white and this processing fee doesn’t appear until your monthly bill shows up in your inbox – there must be others out there who did the same? No? Just me?!).

So, here, to try and help anyone else struggling, I’m going to do my best to show you how it works (please note these are based on UK fees):

Price you charge for Item you are selling + Postage and Package: £180

Original listing fee ($0.20): £0.16 (based on today’s conversion rate)

Transaction fee (5% of total sale price): £9

Payment Processing fee (4% of total sale price) + £0.20: £7.40

Total fees: £0.16 + £9 + £7.40 = £16.56

Well, at least I think that’s right. It’s near enough right, maybe a few pence here and there. Please feel free to correct me, but I am NOT changing my prices again!

Now, I don’t have a problem with businesses charging to use their services, obviously; if it wasn’t for Etsy I wouldn’t have got the orders in the first place. But it’s my customers that I feel for. This adds a lot of money on to the total price. And I’d like to be able to just suck up the cost myself, but I’m already charging the very minimum in order to gain the business in the first place. It’s a catch 22!

But, in good news, items are cheaper on my website www.mrskdesigns.co.uk, because I don’t have fees! So head on over there people!

Happy Etsying and good luck!

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Logo Design for Raphael Bond Ltd

Today I’m sharing a logo from another new business set up.

Logos - Raphael Bond

Raphael Bond Ltd provides business development, property and project management for the education and care sector. The Director Mark is the husband of a very good friend of mine. I always find it more difficult doing design work for people you know – what if they hate it? What if they judge me? What if they regret coming to someone they know rather than going to a super big corporation? I have to see these people on a regular basis!… I know, I know, have more confidence in yourself Helen!

So, this was a tricky one design wise. The business is one of a kind offering a whole range of services, that and Mark is more than likely going to develop the business to reach further sectors; after discussions we decided that imagery and a tagline were’t an option here. The logo just needed to be simple, just words. I find simple hard. I like a logo to say exactly what it is the business offers. But I’m happy with the outcome, and more importantly so is the client. Hurrah. Another job done.

Your Mental Health Matters

I have been working closely with The Healthy Work Company over the last year; producing their business advertising. They specialise in Mental Health for businesses. I have learnt A LOT. Putting this into action though is a whole different story.

So many of us work too hard, stress too hard, play too little and sleep too little. We focus on work, because that’s what we think we need to do to survive (and let’s be honest, we need to pay the bills!). But we can’t survive if we don’t look after and focus on ourselves first. We need to learn to moderate, prioritise and take perspective. We are no use to anyone if we run ourselves down.

This recent design was for a Safety and Health Expo. Imagine your wellbeing and all the pieces that make up your wellbeing… could you keep the tower intact whilst withdrawing key aspects?

Jenga

The Mama Journal Logo

Another day, another logo! I told you I had been busy working with new businesses.

Logos - The Mama Journal

This one is for a new blog called The Mama Journal – promoting and championing mamas and the amazing things they do! Obviously something that is very close to my own heart, being a work from home Mum.

Pop over and take a look at the blog themamajournal.com Rupa’s writing is superb!

Indian Logo Design

Wow, it appears to be a busy time of the year for new businesses. This last month I have produced four logos, that’s a lot for my little business.

Today I’d like to share with you this little beauty. I have to admit that I’m a little bit in love with this logo… those colours are amazing!

Logos - Jhumka Jewellery

Aarti is starting her new business Jhumka Jewellery, selling, well yes, Jhumka jewellery. (Who wouldn’t want a pair of those earrings right?) I have worked with Aarti before; producing her wedding stationery, so it was an absolute honour that she came back for a logo design. I wish her every success in her new venture x

Helping A New Business Begin It’s Adventure

 

One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping a new business to get off the ground – whether that be through creating an identity with branding and logo design, or producing marketing materials to promote to their future customers.

This project was a special one for me as Nicola Hawtrey Jewellery, is owned by my dear friend Nicky. Her stunning handcrafted jewellery is just beautiful. She needed a logo to reflect the elegant, rustic, earth elements of her designs. We chose to keep it simple with font only, in a beautiful gold tone.

Her work is a real labour of love, pop over to her Instagram page and take a look Nicola Hawtrey Jewellery Instagram Page