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Balancing Business and Creativity

Balancing Business and Creativity
  Last week I had the honor of speaking at 406 Creatives, a morning lecture series here in Bozeman. I spoke about balancing business and creativit...

Do you look at the hard parts of business as "fake news?"

Do you look at the hard parts of business as "fake news?"

Altitude Gallery: Overcoming the Overwhelm

Altitude Gallery: Overcoming the Overwhelm
  In Spring of 2017, Amy Kirkland, owner of Altitude Gallery in downtown Bozeman, asked me about my Point of Sale system at Hattie Rex. Hattie wa...

Beating that entrepreneurial loneliness

Beating that entrepreneurial loneliness

Being an entrepreneur is a lonely place to be.  It’s so lonely that you don’t realize it’s even lonely.  That’s just the way it is. You’re just alone. And you’re not sad to be alone.  That’s just your business structure. And you did that on purpose. And maybe one day you’ll have a team, but for now, it’s just you.  And that’s great! You’re living the dream. But you’re very much alone.


I left that networking event feeling more hopeful and more connected than I’ve felt in a long time.  I didn’t snag a new client, but I made some connections, shared favorite business podcasts, and found out about more networking opportunities.  And most importantly, I realized that even though I spend my days alone (also, yes, often in my pajamas and very often in my house), I’m not the only one doing this.

Are you up for a challenge?

Are you up for a challenge?
  I'm good at challenges.  I like the structured time frame and the daily actions to reach the goal.  And usually, the organization putting on...

How to Organize your Products when you have Unlimited Options

How to Organize your Products when you have Unlimited Options

The beauty of handmade products is that you can create literally anything. 

But how do you decide what to make when your options are unlimited?  And more importantly, how do you organize your offerings so they are easy for your customers to select and purchase?  

Website Giveaway

Website Giveaway
I'm excited to announce my first ever (and possibly only-ever) giveaway! As I work with more and more creative entrepreneurs and small businesses ...

A Frog Eating Competition

A Frog Eating Competition
I just finished reading "Eat That Frog!:  21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time" by Brian Tracy.  It's a book about produc...

Must-have Hardware for Shopify POS

Must-have Hardware for Shopify POS
  When setting up or switching over a Point of Sale system for your retail store or trade show booth, the hardware can be just as confusing as t...

4 E-Commerce Myths That Are No Longer True

4 E-Commerce Myths That Are No Longer True
  I went home to Missouri recently and spent some time with my best friend Lindsey.  We've been friends since 2004.  These days, Lindsey is a bu...

Changing Course

Changing Course

I'm a big believer in saying yes to opportunities and seeing what shows up.  And what has shown up involves small businesses that know they need a better sales system but don't have time to do it, or just don't want to do it.

These are businesses that are successful but have owners who know they need an upgrade.  They also know that it takes time to research the different technologies, compare prices and features, pick the best program, learn how to set it up and implement it, launch it, train employees, and troubleshoot it, all while continuing to run their businesses.  

And this is where Lightbox shines the light on that dark corner of business.  Where we go into your basement, brush away the cobwebs, and say, "Oh shit, you have a dusty 3-ring binder and a moldy excel file back here.  Let's clean that up."

It's not just a shiny new Shopify site (although you will LOVE your new Shopify site).  It's a personal consultation about what your business needs.  About what's holding you back from taking two weeks off, or wintering in Arizona, or opening a second location for your retail store.  And then, a collaborative design process, complete with customization, app integration to suit your needs, and training for you and your employees so you aren't left in the dark once we go live.  

3 Easy ways to improve your writing (that have nothing to do with content)

3 Easy ways to improve your writing (that have nothing to do with content)

Confession time.  I'm a grammar nerd.

My favorite subject in school was English.  Not just literature, but grammar.

The day I learned to diagram a sentence was a total game changer, and I probably judge you for incorrectly using "your" when you really meant "you're."

But when I started learning to write for business, I had to put my grammar elitism behind.  

Sure, I still aim for perfection in spelling and grammar (notice I aim, but I also make mistakes.  oopsie), but I've learned a few tricks for writing in business that do not exist in writing for academia.