Starting a business as a single mom.

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There is so much to consider before starting a business and so much to do in order to launch a service.

I am hesitant to set a deadline for launching. Mostly because my time to work on this is so limited right now.

As I’ve said before I have a full time job designing at a marketing agency. Aside from that I am a single mother to a 3 year old girl. And although her daddy is a rock start and helps out a ton, there’s so much that eats up any time I have left in each day.

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My short business plan.

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A few years back a friend and I started a non profit organization that had zero success and died over the course of its first year. The reason for its failure was very simple.

We didn’t know where the money was going to come from.

Our idea was sweet and altruistic, but we did’t have the know-how to raise money when there is nothing to sell.

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How to find a good name for your business.

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When I started with this idea it never occur to me that naming a business could be so complicated. In hind sight I came to this with unrealistic expectations. I picked the first name I found a .com domain available for and called it quits for a while.

Until I found my name was infringing on someone else’s trademark. They weren’t exactly the same. But the lawyer I spoke to felt it was close enough that they could mind.

That and the fact that it was soooooo boring. Snooze inducing in fact.

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Brand guidelines.

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Now that the logo is ready I’ve created some simple brand guidelines. These help me have a better idea of how I want things to look like when designing for Picsea. As well as being a step towards getting to know this brand’s personality and how it will interact with it’s customers and employees.

I’m a visual person. If you are too then this might make some sense

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Domain. Check.

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It is 2016. In the US people have been coming up with business names for over 2 centuries and buying domains to match those names for more than 20 years.

It isn’t surprising, that after doing your research and narrowing down a name for your business that isn’t already taken, the chances of being able to match it with a .com are slim. Unless you come up with a fully made up name. You know, like Kodak or Xerox … words that seem to have come straight from outer space.

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I’m not alone any more.

I’m not alone any more.

I am so happy to be writing this today. As the title says, I am not alone any more. My dear friend, and also single mother, Anne, has agreed to join me in making Picsea a reality.

Anne is coming as Marketing Director. To start she will be running our social media accounts, plus joining me here at Starting Picsea to share her part in this experience.

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We have a logo.

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We do! It’s pretty simple. But after trying a few options this one really spoke to me and what I want to communicate.

Being a graphic designer comes handy when starting up. There are graphic designers with more talent than me for sure. And it isn’t easy to slow down and design when there are so many other things to think about in terms of starting a business. But I love the idea of creating this baby on my own, and it is certainly saving me a lot of money! Continue reading “We have a logo.”