Business Practices

Building Your Biz Budget

Building Your Biz Budget

I am going to confess something that accountants and numbers people will cringe at when they read this blog… I haven’t adjusted my business budget or even looked at it in nearly 5 years until now. I know, that is an awful thing to say as an entrepreneur and business owner. There is no excuse other than life happened.

 

Almost five years ago this month I turned in my notice. I gave my company 1 month after working for them for 8 years. I had built a small freelance business on the side and felt ready to take the leap into business ownership. I had NO idea what I was doing and what would come of this little dream called The Savvy Peach. All I knew was what I needed to make to keep my lights on and food on the table. During this season of prep, I made a quick budget on a piece of paper. I tucked it into my filing cabinet and never looked at it again.

 

After seeing steady growth and getting myself back into the swing of things after a 67 day long January (anyone else?), I knew it was time to reevaluate my business finances and budget. Honestly, the time spent on actually developing the budget was short compared to the days of dreading that took place before. I didn’t even want to know how carelessly I had been spending the income of the Peach… and I REALLY didn’t want to know how much I had spent on more fonts that I didn’t need (it’s a designer problem y’all.)

Sprucing Up Your Website

Sprucing Up Your Website

Do y’all check out websites prior to hiring a business? I sure do! I make sure their information is updated and that they have a professional site. We’ve all been to sites that look dated and unprofessional. My thoughts… if this business can’t invest a few hours to spruce up their website, how are they going to take care of me as a customer?

 

As small business owners it is crucial to pour into our own businesses. We invest too much time and energy to lose customers simply because our website isn’t up to the 2019 standard. Part of my quarter 1 business plan is to revamp my website to include my yearly marketing vibe. I’ve made a list of the questions I ask myself as I reviewed www.thesavvypeach.com.

5 Steps to Creating Your Marketing Plan

5 Steps to Creating Your Marketing Plan

The first quarter of the year is my favorite time to rethink my goals and plan out how I want to reach audiences for the coming months. Yes, I know most businesses spend the last quarter of the year focused on these items, but I’ve found by that point I’m exhausted and dreaming up great ideas is hard. Perhaps I have a different view because I am a super small business owner, or maybe it is just how my brain is wired, but the start of a new year comes as a clean slate to me. It’s perfect for planning.

This year, I spent January planning out the entire year. During my planning sessions, I put into practice a 5 step plan to help me plan how the Peach would be seen.

New Practices for 2019

New Practices for 2019

I had illusions of grandeur… you know, have all of the things ready for the business when the clock hit midnight on December 31st. I took some time off around the holidays and had every intention to spend some of that down time to pour into my business, plan out my marketing, design ads for the Peach and beautiful graphics to accompany all of the eloquently written blogs I was going to write.

During the hustle of January I learned a few things that I’m going to put into practice in 2019 that will help me SIMPLIFY. (Yeah, that is going to be my word for the year.)

12 Ways We Can Work Together

12 Ways We Can Work Together

Our mission statement starts out saying, "The Savvy Peach is a full service graphic design agency providing effective and beautiful designs that will captivate your target market - without the high costs and long project turnaround." It's true, but what does that mean? And how can that translate into projects that are important to you and your own business? Although we would love to partner with every business to get a little peachy flare into their marketing, sometimes it just isn't a good fit.