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After doing what we do for a couple decades now, we've amassed quite a bit of knowledge when it comes to design, marketing, and doing better business. The purpose of the JVM blog is to share this knowledge with small business owners and entrepreneurs. If you have a request for a particular topic or would like to be a guest author, please get in contact.

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Why Your Restaurant Actually Needs a Website

While on a trip recently, I was using my phone to try to find menus of some of the restaurants we saw in town. This happened to be a small coastal town but known for tourism, so there were a number of restaurants to choose from. Several of the ones I looked up did not have an actual website of their own. While I was able to find reviews on Urban Spoon, there was no menu listed. Needing to make a decision, I ended up choosing a different place that did have a site and a menu available online (that was mobile friendly).

Why the Cheapest Website Might Not Be Best for Your Business

"And that's the last time that I use someone "cheaper" to upgrade a few odds-and-ends around the site for me. My lesson has officially been learned". I received that quote from a client who needed a contact form on her site fixed. After paying "someone cheap", the form didn't function right. As it turned out, it took me about 30 minutes to trouble shoot and fix the errors. Needless to say, the client was happy, and the lesson was learned that tying to find a cheap solution isn't always the best.

The high cost of “free” when it comes to web design.

Having actually lived through the first wave of “free” websites (think Geocities, etc.) I figured another wave would come around. It’s not like all these types of services ever fully went away, it’s just that a new surge in popularity is happening. I’ve even seen tv commercials for 2 or 3 different services now.

First rule of free: you get what you pay for.

Companies throughout the years have offered free website builders and free [...]

Your website is not a daffodil.

It may seem a bit non sequitur but today while walking around outside and admiring the bright yellow daffodils that started blooming last week it made me think about how incredibly easy and maintenance free those particular flowers are. Since I design websites my next thought was how so many people kind of treat their business website like a daffodil.

When it comes to your business, don’t stretch the truth.

I receive a lot of marketing email daily. Most of it is complete spam (and oftentimes its only usefulness is a few laughs). The other day I received a message from a mailing list I joined quite some time ago and happened to click through to the interview just to see what it was all about.

You are responsible for saving your files.

In the last month I had several clients from the past (and I don't mean just the past year, I mean 5+ years ago) contact me and ask for design or logo files. For one, I actually happened to have files on an old storage drive, but that was just pure luck.

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