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Battling Writer’s Block

Recently I decided to have some fun and re-wrote all of my teammates author bios that display when they publish a new blog article.  As I was going through this fun little exercise it struck me….I haven’t blogged in what seems like forever.  And when I say forever, I actually mean five months…. How can […]

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Losing the Standard Beagle

 I have felt a little awkward lately when people ask me why we named our company Standard Beagle. I feel like – how do I say this? Andy and I named Standard Beagle after our Treeing Walker Coonhound. She looked like a giant beagle, and it became kind of an inside joke when people […]

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5 Tips for Working with Your Spouse

When people hear that I work with my husband, I usually hear, “Oh, I could never work with my wife/husband. We would kill each other.” There are definite challenges when working with your spouse. It’s only been six months since Andy began working at Standard Beagle full-time. You think you know someone you live with — […]

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10 Commandments for Creatives

I keep this scrap of paper, pasted to an old piece of poster board, pinned to the bulletin board right next to my desk at home.  It’s not much to look at, but I look at it fairly regularly — The 10 Commandments for Reporters. It’s pretty amazing that I still have it. I think the […]

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How to Lose a Client

How to lose a client

If you want to lose a client, follow these tips. If you don’t — learn from these tips about what not to do. Working with clients can be challenging, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. I’ve been fortunate to work with clients for more than five years, and I’ve learned a thing or two along the […]

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Lessons from my 9 year old – knowing your brand

Over the weekend, I went with my daughter to a “Glamtrapaneur” event put on by Girl Scouts of Central Texas. The event featured various female entrepreneurs who spoke to the girls, as well as having each girl create their distinct bracelet line to be later presented to council leaders. For 4 hours Sunday afternoon, the […]

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Finding a happy compromise between work and life

My advice for managing the tension between your job and your self Before I started working for Standard Beagle full-time, I thought I worked all of the time. Now that I actually am completely self-employed, I KNOW I do. My challenge is to find a happy compromise, so I don’t burn myself out. All work […]

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Integrity

Values I believe in

I was recently asked what qualities are important to me in the people I work with. The question really got me to thinking about what I stand for. At first I was not sure how to answer, but then I realized I have definitely thought long and hard about the personal traits I value. Integrity […]

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What is Standard Beagle?

About a year ago I decided I wanted to expand my business. I had been freelancing for years. Being independent was fun. I was building websites on the side of a full-time job, helping small business owners, artists, a wide variety of people establish a web presence. I always had this dream in the back […]

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