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Tip Tuesday: Gmail filters for an organized inbox

Gmail filters are a powerful way to manage an overflowing inbox. Many advocates recommend that we implement what is called “Inbox Zero” – meaning there are ZERO messages in your inbox. But with emails coming in all the time and from so many different avenues, that can be difficult. When you open your inbox and …

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Tip Tuesday: Free Software tools

Today’s article is the “some things in life are free” Software tools version 🙂 I’m going to share with you some free software tools that I use that help me greatly while working from home. There are some programs I use on a regular basis to help run my business that I find invaluable. Disclaimer: …

Tip Tuesday: 8 work from home hardware tools

Today I would like to share with you some of my favorite work from home hardware items that I personally use in my VA business. Disclaimer: The links below may be affiliate links. If you purchase any products after clicking on these links, at no additional cost to you, Called to Design will receive a …

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How to conduct a Year End review

January 1.  A new year.  A time to start fresh.  A time to set goals for the new year. But, wait!! Don’t start thinking about those goals quite yet!  Instead, begin by reviewing the past! You might be asking “what in the world?!” but trust me on this… Remember A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens?  …

Tech editor and testers – do I need both?

Are both a tech editor and testers required? Do you need both a tech editor and testers for your pattern design – or is it one sufficient? In this article, I discuss how what role plays in producing a quality pattern, including the differences and why each is important. Note: this post originally appeared on …

Finding Courage in Your Business

Word of the Year – Courage Each year I pick a word as my theme, goal or mission for the year. This year, the word “Courage” kept pushing to the top of the list. Finding the courage to move beyond the fears that have been holding me back in building the business I want. Back …