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10 Things Your Next Web Designer Wants You to Know

 

10 Things You Should Know Before You Hire a Web Designer | Alexis the Greek blog

I’ve been a full-time web designer for a couple years now, and on the whole, it’s a job I truly enjoy. When you work with creatives, like I do, designing a website from scratch is sort-of like being entrusted with the painted portrait that will hang in a prominent place in someone’s home. When you get it right, the client feels seenand by extension, truly happy.

My love of the work sometimes causes me to forget about the pieces that can be a pain. I don’t mean my clients are a pain; I mean that there are aspects of pulling together and debuting a website (what amounts to hundreds of lines of coded language that needs to talk with about a billion other lines of coded language on the internet). Sometimes it feels like it gets harder and harder every year.

So I pulled together 10 things I think every person (or business) should know when hiring a web designer and when going through the pains of building a website. These things will make the process faster, and easier, and in the end should result in a website you love… without caveats. Read More

Business, Photography, Popular, Style

What to Wear for Your Next Brand Shoot

What to Wear for Your Next Brand Shoot | Alexis the Greek blog

Before I got into the web design game, most of my freelance income came from photography. And one question I got from 90% of my subjects was, “What should I wear?”

While there are some ways to answer this question that would apply to anyone’s situation,  a few tips apply particularly to personality-based brands. In the 8 tips below, I’ve included 3 of my go-to’s for everyone, as well as 5 tips that apply particularly to brand sessions. Read More

Business, Photography

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Put Everything in Your Portfolio

 

3 Reasons Not to Put Everything in Your Portfolio | Alexis the Greek blog

This week, I had the privilege of launching the new REP Branding Co. website.

It was particularly exciting for me because this is a site I actually want to showcase in my portfolio.

I don’t showcase all my work. In fact, I’d say most of the web design work I’ve done I have never highlighted anywhere in my portfolio. Not on my website, not on my Instagram, not even in conversation.

Why? Well, funny you should ask. There are many reasons to be picky, but these 3 ought to convince you that sharing everything you ever create… well, it’s usually not exactly the best idea. Read More

Business, Featured, Reviews, Uncategorized

A Book that Changed the Course of My Life: Outliers

The Book That Changed the Course of My Life: Outliers | Alexis the Greek blog


I’m going to let you in on a dream of mine.

It started when I read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. I had never heard of Malcolm Gladwell; I just saw his book at Barnes & Noble, thought it sounded interesting, and out of all the books in the store, bought that one—not knowing it would change my life.

The introduction was my favorite part. It detailed the (true) account of a physician in the 1950s who was completely befuddled by this little Italian immigrant town in Pennsylvania, known as Roseto. Read More

Business, Reviews

Honest Review: Marie Forleo’s B School

Honest Review: Marie Forleo's B-School

This year, I took the plunge and enrolled in my most expensive online course to date: Marie Forleo’s B-School.

The investment had been a long time coming. My business mentor of 3 years said constantly that she had gotten her start through B-School–and with a million-dollar company in her fifth year, a team of eight, and an Instagram following of nearly 200K, she had to have gotten something truly valuable out of the program. Right?

I set aside my tax return for the cause, cleared the spend with my man friend, and when enrollment opened, I took a deep breath and committed. This was it. I was going to take my business to the next level.

Eight weeks later, after all the modules had been unlocked and all the bonuses rolled out, I felt a little… Read More

Business, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Wellness

What Brings You Joy? My #1 Tip for Entrepreneurs

Self Care with Alexis the Greek

As a designer, stylist, and photographer, I was surprised to find recently that some of my most popular posts (on social media, my blogs, and live streams) are actually about self-care and mental health.

It made me realize that a lot more people than I perceive experience the same anxiety, pressure, and self-doubt that I do. It also made me realize that the way I’ve gone about building my business has been unique.

In my business, I’ve made sanity and making money equal priorities. Not everyone goes about building an empire this way. Some people play it safe and err on the side of protecting their hearts and minds, and then never get their businesses off the ground; others throw themselves entirely into money, without ever recognizing that no amount will ever be “enough.”

What made me choose (because I did choose) to make sanity and money equal priorities?

Well, honestly, at my last job, I had terrible, life-controlling anxiety. Multiple times a day I’d experience dizzy spells from either forgetting to breathe or hyperventilating, and I’d have to find a dark, hidden corner somewhere to close my eyes, tuck my head between my knees, and pray.

People around me liked to joke that one of my “bad days” at work was like anyone else’s best day—that I could get 3X more done in an hour than should have been humanly possible. Part of me was flattered and pleased by these types of remarks; another part of me felt like at any moment, all the spinning plates were going to fall and smash to bits. Read More

Business, Lifestyle, Photography

When You’re the Roadblock in Your Business

Where are you holding yourself back in your business? | Alexis the Greek blog

Where are you holding yourself back in your business?

For the last two years, I’ve limped my business along on—that’s right—just two separate hour-long photo shoots I had a friend do for me when I went full-time.

Oh, I had plenty of photos that I had taken. Photos of people and places that looked very eclectic together in my Instagram feed—everything from yoga poses to donuts to flowers to brain scans.

But I didn’t have any photos of me, my work process, how I help people. What I had available for blog posts and Facebook posts and email blasts and product launches was very limited, even for a person as creative and resourceful as I like to think I am. Read More

Business

3 Reasons Your Website Isn’t Bringing In Money

Build a Website that Makes You Money

Site: Holistically Inspired. An example of a great site!

Anyone can build a website these days—and at one point or another, most people do. How come some websites gain traction and others don’t?

Everything from keywords to market conditions to overall design can impact a website’s effectiveness. Check to see if any of the items below apply to your site. Fix these mistakes, and you could see a world of difference in just a few weeks. Read More