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Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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Monday, March 9, 2009 - 01:28

The title of this post says enough, and it's a war that no graphic designer, publisher, newspaper or magazine has been able to steer clear from. Some people prefer QuarkXPress, others prefer InDesign: It's that simple, and with that the argument should be settled. Unfortunately, that's not a possibility. The need for multiple software licenses, cross-program incompatibilities and budget constraints force businesses to choose one over the other.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 19:27

The best magazines for graphic design inspiration often have nothing to do with design.

YouTheDesigner.com has posted a list of what they consider to be the mo

Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 15:27

SCORE offers free small business counseling from retired executives.

I've seen it before. Someone makes a career change, or a young hotshot graduates, and they start a graphic design business.

Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 21:04

Ethics and innovation spur business.

Do you want to boost your business, starting today?  It's not hard to do, given all the free information available to help you identify the things customers really want.  Customer service and innovation are perhaps the two most important pieces of the puzzle, and you can find inspiration for s

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 23:25

Ari Galper has discovered a breakthrough in online sales pitches.  He has learned that people do not like pushy sales personnel. OK, that's not exactly a breakthrough, but the concept of a helpful and friendly sales rep has made the leap to instant messaging.  Businesses that implement conversational techniques on IM have increased sales by as much as 10 percent -- amounting to a revenue increase of $50,000 in the example given in the linked article. Instead of asking pote

Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 17:56

Freelancers: Focused niche or jack of all trades - which is better?

Freelancers: Focused niche or jack of all trades - which is better?

Despite the niche-driven business environment, more and more people are becoming jacks of all trades. At home with their computers, people have become writers, graphic designers, publishers, filmmakers, editors, the media — so many things.

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 23:16

When it comes to market research, sometimes all you have to do is ask. That's smart business.

When it comes to market research, sometimes all you have to do is ask. That's smart business.

Why spend tons of money on a market research firm when you can do it yourself?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 01:20

The big election might be several months behind us, but that doesn't mean there aren't still candidates up for vote in 2009.  One of the big ones is white space web, or internet broadcast over TV airwaves, which is vying for FCC approval this year. White space web could bring fast and reliable internet access to rural areas and open up cross-platform possibilities that are currently unavailable or uneconomical. Proponents of white space web include Microsoft, Google, Dell, Hewle

Monday, February 16, 2009 - 01:36

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Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 21:32

Sometimes the best ideas already exist. You just have to put them together.

Sometimes the best ideas already exist. You just have to put them together.

We've all heard that technology will fuel the innovation of the future, but that doesn't mean you can't make a buck if you're not a programming guru.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 21:44

Generate ideas for how you can create simplicity and ease. Spark away!

Generate ideas for how you can create simplicity and ease. Spark away!

Adobe Flash is well-known for its powerful ability to compose stunning web animations. The program is flexible and one of the staple tools of mainstream web development firms nationwide.

Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 17:20

AdWeek recently released the “Top Media and Marketing Innovations of 2008,” which summarizes some of the most successful campaigns of last year. Highlights include President Barack Obama's use of the Internet in his campaign, Twitter's amazing ability to generate short, user-generated blurbs that lend insight into what the masses are up to, and the evolution of hand-held media with the iPhone. Your homework is to study how these campaigns were successf

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