Balancing The Boring And The Bracing In Business

When a lot of people first start looking into running their own business, the hard side of the work will often go completely ignored. Focusing on the idea of being able to make money from something you love will consume all of your thoughts, and spending time on mundane areas will often feel like a waste of time. Of course, though, looking further down the line, your company could suffer a lot if you don’t have the right things in place to support it. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of these areas, along with the ways that you can get them handled in your early days.

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There isn’t any doubt that you love the business you’re going to be running, and you’ll want to make sure that it is protected from those who could do it harm. But doing this will be more than simply standing up for yourself, and a lot of new companies find it hard to know where to turn at this stage. Below, you can find some examples of the areas you’re most likely to need support with then you’re protecting your business…

Protection

One of the most valuable things a business has is the ideas which it has collected over the years. There could be marketing campaigns, written content, and even products which belong to your business but aren’t in the public eye. If someone gets their hands on them, they could make money out of it, and this isn’t very fair. To solve this issue, paying close attention to copyright and patent law will give you the chance to protect your intellectual property without having to do much work. Of course, you could also think about paying someone to do this for you.

Along with protecting your own sensitive data, it is also a good idea to think about the customer information your company looks after. In a lot of cases, the sort of things you will keep about these people will be very valuable to criminals, as it will range from addresses and passwords to bank details. Data protection law is very similar in most countries, and you can find details about it around the internet, making it incredibly easy to start protecting this area in the right way. As a big part of this, you will need to know how to store data securely.

Of course, there are loads of different ways to protect your business, and most of them involve insurance of some sort. If you have the time to spend, though, learning these skills could provide some huge benefits in the future. Likewise, you also have to think about a couple of other areas before you are done, and you can find some examples of early business financial management below.

Finances

Tax is one of the very first areas to consider when you’re starting a business. It can be very easy to ignore this part of your operation, especially seeing as you will only have to pay it once a year, but this can lead to some issues. Tax investigation specialists have the skills and resources to fight your corner for you when you’re handling your taxes. Software like Wave can often do the rest, helping you to collect exactly what you will owe that the end of each tax year. Along with this, though, it’s always good to have a human touch, especially if things go wrong throughout the process.

Along with dealing with the tax side of your company’s finances, a lot of small business owners will find it hard to get their income balanced, too. Having a solid idea of how much money you’re making comes with obvious benefits, and this can make it hard to understand why so many will ignore it. This sort of job, like the one above, can be well handled by a single professional. Accountants have the experience to help businesses in even the tightest spots. While it could feel embarrassing to give someone access to your money, it can also have some huge benefits which shouldn’t be ignored.

This final financial area is one which everyone should be aware of. When you’re running a company, being personally liable for the money moving in and out of it will come with loads of risk. To avoid the issues which this can bring, most people will make their business into its own body, using a business registration to take the stress out of your hands. This process can be handled by anyone, and you will only need to pay for a small fee if when you’d like to put it through.

As the last area to consider, it’s time to start thinking about the law, and the relationship you’d like your company to have with it. A lot of people find it hard to learn about this field when they’re first getting started, with research tools and resources being hard to understand. It doesn’t have to be this way, though, and most people have everything they need to get it covered.

The Law

Losing data, failing to pay taxes, and causing someone else to experience financial loss could all come with a cost. Even the process of going to court will cost you a small fortune, leaving your company to foot huge bills for something which could have been avoided. As the first stage to this, it will be worth having someone come to audit your business, ensuring that you’re following all of the right rules. From here, insurance can be bought, providing coverage for the most important areas. With all of this in place to protect you, it should be a simple matter of trying to follow the rules to avoid ever having to use it.

Hopefully, with all of this in mind, it will start to become a lot easier to shake off the boring work which comes with your business. It can be easy to put off the jobs you don’t want to do, assuming that you’ll have time for them in the future. In reality, though, you’re set to keep getting busier, and this will leave you with far too much to do if you leave things too late.

*Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.

Designing A Logo With Logojoy 

Just over a year ago I decided to go ‘pro’ with blogging, so I moved my blog to self- hosted and started to think about branding, including designing myself a logo and banner to use on my blog and across social media. Alot of bloggers and businesses hire an expert to help them do this, but I was keen to save some money so I chose to do it myself. I spent far more hours on Canva (using a free trial) than I care to admit! However, I am very happy with the result.

Living Life Our Way logo designed by Canva

Introducing Logojoy

Logojoy is an AI logo designer that makes it quicker and easier for bloggers and brands to create their own logo themselves. It is simple to use; begin by selecting up to five sample logos that you like then the site generates your logos to choose from based on your preferences. There are then plenty of options to then tweak it as much as you want to personalise it further.

How To Use Logojoy

Time

It is possible to design a professional looking logo using Logojoy in just a few minutes. However, if you are a perfectionist and enjoy playing around with the various settings (as I did!) then you will need to allow more time. You can also amend and re- download your logo too, if you decide your logo needs a few extra final adjustments after downloading it (premium package only).

Cost

Logojoy costs $20 for a simple low resolution logo. A premium package is $65 which includes high resolution files in several formats with full copyright ownership. For an extra $9 you can also purchase the social media kit, which comes with perfectly size logos for each platform – this is definitely worth it in my opinion because it saves alot of time and effort resizing! Lastly you can also get one hour professional design support for $100 too should you require that level of guidance and support. 

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You can design and purchase your logo on the Logojoy website.

(This is an affiliate link, this does not cost the buyer extra, but means I get a small referral fee. Thank you for your support).

My Logo

Here is my logo…

Living Life Our Way logo designed on Logojoy.

The Verdict

I worked really hard on my original logo and have been using it for over a year, so I must admit I am actually rather attached to it! However, I am really pleased with my Logojoy logo too and am actually quite (very?!) tempted to switch it! If I was just starting out, I would definitely think Logojoy is worth the investment and would be satisfied with the results.

Which do you prefer, my original Canva logo or my new Logojoy one? I would love your honest opinions, I promise I won’t be at all offended either way!

Living Life Our Way Canva logo and Logojoy logo side by side for comparison. Which logo do you prefer?

Thank you in advance for any feedback!

*I was given the chance to review the $65 package and was compensated for my time.

OFFICIAL LAUNCH NEWS: Living Life Our Way Clothing Range 

Fantastic range of ethical and sustainable clothing designs. Including custom made t- shirts using child’s own drawing to create a unique peesonalised gift. All clothing is made from 100% organic cotton in a wind powered factory and printed using low waste cutting edge technology. Fully traceable from start to finish. Adult and kids t-shirts, hoodies and bags available. Stylish and sustainable, look great while protecting our planet! Chari-tees collection also supports various causes and charities by donating a set amount per sale. Look good, feel good, do good. Shop for our ethical, sustainable fashion eco clothing.

EXCITING NEWS!!! 

Squiggle and I are thrilled to announce that we have launched our very own sustainable and ethical clothing range!

Our Story

Squiggle loves designing her own clothes and has several tops that she has hand drawn herself using fabric pens. Being the mini entrepreneur she is, toward the end of last year, she asked if she could sell her clothing designs to other people too. However, we both agreed that we would need to ensure that our items would be eco- friendly and so our mission began to turn our ideas into reality…

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And now our goal has finally been realised! We have successfully sourced a manufacturer who almost perfectly aligns with our values – and we are so happy and excited to have found such an ideal match! All of our clothing is made from 100% organic cotton, in a wind powered factory. Designs are printed using low waste, cutting edge technology. Furthermore, everything is ethically made and fully traceable from start to finish. Sustainable, ethical and good quality too, we couldn’t be happier!

But that is just the beginning of the story…

Originally this started out as Squiggle sharing her own designs. However, inspired by my lovely friend Maxine and her fabulous My&Me Jewellery range, we decided to extend this to offer custom tees in your child’s own design. This makes a really unique and thoughtful personalised gift for a child – or even a special adult in their life!

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Chari-Tees

Inspired by Squiggle’s creativity and drive, and my desire to support causes I feel passionate about, I have designed a couple of products with particular charity campaigns in mind. For each of these sold, a set amount will be donated. Details are on the website under the item description. I intend to keep expanding this collection to help raise money for more fab charities!

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Other Collections

I have also created some general designs too. I often find myself getting creative as a way to relieve stress, so either when Squiggle is having a tough time with her complex needs, and/ or if there has been something major happen around the globe.

For example, my ‘Spread Love‘ design was inspired by an instagram post asking people to share photos of love in response to the Las Vegas tragedy. I try to focus on the love and kindness in the world, especially during difficult times, and my design is a reflection of that.

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Another love of mine is music, and I find live music very therapeutic. It is an important part of my life. Hence my ‘Live Music‘ hoodie design. Perfect for wearing to gigs! 

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Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of our clothing range, I have an awesome adult or child t- shirt to giveaway! Enter via rafflecopter below. Open worldwide. Ends 1st November 2017. Winner can choose from any design. Other T&Cs apply. 

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Shop for clothing here. Thanks for your support!