Business and Freelancing Tips
GDPR Basics + Resources
By now, you’ve most likely heard about the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR, similar to the CCPA (California’s Privacy Protection Act), is a law on data protection and privacy. Your first thought may be, “This doesn’t apply to me, I’m not in the EU.” No so fast. That’s the reason for…Read More
Is it better to redesign (“remodel”) your website or start with a fresh, clean slate?
When it comes to your online home (a.k.a. your website), the majority of the time it’s better to start with a clean slate rather than trying to work with older – usually very outdated – technology. For your brick-and-mortar home or business, however, remodeling is much more common and do-able (usually) than needing to start…Read More
Go Pro or DIY? A Real Life Story About Important Business Decisions
When I first started my own business (pre-The Essential Website), I wanted to make sure everything was set up properly so that when tax time and any other important, business-related deadlines came around, I was properly and professionally prepared. Being that I had very little money to spend, I thought the DIY method was clearly…Read More
Squarespace or WordPress?
Which is right for you?
Do you prefer Squarespace or WordPress? This is a question we hear all the time, and it’s a topic we can go on and on about. In the end, it’s all a matter of preference, goals, and functionality needs. We can tell you right away – our preference is WordPress, and our preferred WordPress theme…Read More
Let go so you can succeed at doing what you love
Maybe you’re aware that you have to start making changes in order to succeed at what you love. Some of these changes include letting go of stuff. Not because someone is telling you to, but because you’re ready to let go of limiting beliefs, expectations and bad habits in order to achieve real happiness and…Read More
What exactly is an "affordable website"?
I see posts on Facebook all the time asking for someone who can build an “affordable website” or one that “won’t break the bank.” Or, “I need a low-cost, basic, simple website, but it needs to be engaging and professional.” Those who want the low-cost, affordable, basic website also plan to bring in revenue from…Read More
How and Why to add an SSL Certificate to your Website
You may have heard the terms SSL Certificate or HTTPS. If you haven’t, you’ve probably seen a closed/locked padlock (green in Chrome and Firefox, gray in Safari) or an open/unlocked padlock (gray in all browsers). If you haven’t noticed these padlocks, look up above in your browser, in the address bar. If you see a…Read More
The Case of the nice people who got hacked in an unsuspecting way
Hackers work 24/7 non-stop trying to hack your website We’re not exaggerating here. They are covertly working to get into your website right this very second! Most of the time website owners have no idea what’s happening until one day their website quits working, or they notice odd things on their website, or they start…Read More
Getting paid for what you know, not what you do
Being a business owner is hard. It’s fun, too. And challenging. And exciting. And frustrating. And a bit of a roller coaster. Whether you’re the business owner or the consumer, you know that price is one of the most talked about aspects of every product or service. Business owners have to price everything they sell,…Read More
How To End Day-To-Day Chaos With Effective Systems
Jane believes her business is thriving because she is super busy. Too busy in fact to go on vacation. Her business runs because of her ability to do a multitude of tasks and hold a lot of information in her head. Only she knows, for example, where to locate important documents like contracts, product lists,…Read More