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Considerations to Make When Hiring a Systems Administrator for a Graphic Design Firm

22 April 2014 by Popeye

You need to make certain considerations when hiring a systems administrator for a graphic design firm.

The first consideration to make when hiring a systems administrator for a graphic design firm is regarding his or her level of competency. The systems used in graphic design firms (for instance, Mac-based systems) are different from the systems used in other types of firms, and you need someone who is competent in handling them.

The second consideration to make when hiring a systems administrator for a graphic design firm is regarding his or her level of experience and exposure. A person who has previously worked successfully as a systems administrator in a graphic design firm would be ideal.

The third consideration to make when hiring a systems administrator for a graphic design firm is regarding his or her ability to sync with the organizational culture. The last thing you want is to hire a person who is, indeed, competent and experience, yet can’ t work well with the creative folks in the graphic design firm. This would actually apply even if you weren’t recruiting for a graphic design firm. If, for instance, you were hiring for a firm involved in the provision of inmate calling services through, say, jail phone booths or through prison postal services, the same consideration would have to be made, for the workplace is also a social place.

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Four Ways In Which You Can Run Graphic Design Software in a Company

02 March 2014 by Popeye

The operations of a modern graphic design company depend to a great extent on the graphic design software deployed in it. There are, ultimately, four ways in which you can run graphic design software in such a company.

The first way in which you can run graphic design software in a company is by simply installing the software in the computers of the operatives within the company.

The second way in which you can run graphic design software in a company is by installing the software in the company’s app server, and having the staff members access it from there. This is an easy to implement scheme, so long as you have a local area network.

The third way in which you can run graphic design software in a company would be by putting the software on the cloud and accessing it from there. You may also find the software already running in a cloud, so that you use it under the software as a service (SaaS) model.

The fourth way in which you can run graphic design software in a company would be by putting the software online, and accessing it from there, as a web-based graphic design application. You need a very good Internet connection for this sort of arrangement to work.

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How to Ensure That the Workers in a Graphic Design Firm are Fully Engaged at Work

25 February 2014 by Popeye

You can do several things, to ensure that the workers in a graphic design firm are fully engaged at work.

Firstly, to ensure that the workers in a graphic design firm are fully engaged at work, you need to deploy them where they are likely to be most effective.

Secondly, to ensure that the workers in a graphic design firm are fully engaged at work, you need to set for them good targets. You also need to give them incentives for actually meeting the targets.

Thirdly, to ensure that the workers in a graphic design firm are fully engaged at work, you need to ensure that they are well taken care of, in terms of welfare. It becomes impossible to attain optimal levels of motivation in staff if the staff members are continually worrying about where their next meals are to come from. Of course, it is possible to take proper care of staff welfare and still end up with some of the workers struggling: hence the need to go a step further, and consider offering them good personal finance education. Staff welfare is not just financial: you also need to ensure that the workers are trained in a humane way, and that the workplace is generally conducive to productivity for them.

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Getting Updates for the Graphic Design Software You Use in Your Graphic Design Company

12 February 2014 by Popeye

The manner in which you get updates for the graphic design software you use in your graphic design company depends on the manner in which you acquired the software in the first place. It could be that you brought a software developer to your company to create (code) the software for you. It could also be that you downloaded the software online. At yet another level, it could be that you commissioned a software developer to create the software for you remotely, and then had him send the software executable files to you via email.

Accordingly, you may be able to get updates for the software online: by going to the graphic design software vendor’s website, and downloading the updates from there.

You may also be able to get updates for the software by calling in the software developer to code them right in your office.

At yet another level, you may be able to get updates for the software through email: where, for instance, the update files are send to you and you then download and install them. This is possible if, for instance, you use Gmail.com files attachment capabilities, which are basic part of the Gmail service, meaning that you don’t have to use a Gmail plugin to be able to attach these files. Huge executable files can, however, be hard to upload and send as attachments.

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How to Ensure That Proper Standards are Maintained in a Graphic Design Company

03 February 2014 by Popeye

You need to put in place certain measures, as the person in charge of a graphic design company, to ensure that proper standards are maintained in the company.

Firstly, to ensure that proper standards are maintained in a graphic design company, you need to ensure that the people working there are properly motivated. This starts with seeing to it that they are reasonably well paid. Then it goes onto seeing to it that they are well treated: given the fact that poorly treated employees soon turn around and start treating the clients badly to revenge.

Secondly, to ensure that proper standards are maintained in a graphic design company, you need to ensure that there are well defined systems and processes. Where everybody is doing things the way they deem right, with no systems or processes to guide them, standards are bound to be lowered.

Thirdly, to ensure that proper standards are maintained in a graphic design company, you need to ensure that there is proper investment in the infrastructure that runs the company. You can’t, for instance, expect the designers to maintain proper standards in terms of output, if there are no proper computers, no proper printers and so on. This applies even if the graphic designers are extremely well motivated.

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Things That Make the Management of a Graphic Design Company Tricky

15 January 2014 by Popeye

The management of a graphic design company is not a simple affair. There are certain things that make the management of such a company tricky.

The first thing that makes the management of a graphic design company tricky is the fact that one can’t make prediction on demand for the services offered. This industry is unlike, say, the IT industry where one can pore over statistics, and then start making extrapolations. That is where, for instance, the folks who manage the www.gmail.com server can pore over Gmail.com statistics and from those numbers, proceed to make bold Gmail predictions. Things are a little bit more complex in the graphic design industry.

The second thing that makes the management of a graphic design company tricky is the fact that one can’t make predictions on what competitors are likely to do.

The third thing that makes the management of a graphic design company tricky is the fact that one is never too sure of what the employees happen to be thinking.

The fourth thing that makes the management of a graphic design company tricky is the fact that one can’t make predictions on how the costs of the necessary inputs are likely to behave.

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Getting Graphic Designers to Telecommute

28 December 2013 by Popeye

As the person running a graphic design firm, you can decide to have your graphic designers telecommute. That would lead to a situation where they work from their homes. The nature of certain aspects of graphic design work is such that they can be executed through this (telecommuting) model.

Before allowing the graphic designers to telecommute, you need to ensure that they have the necessary levels of self-discipline. You need to remember that working from home means being confronted by many distractions, and a person with limited self-discipline may be unable to resist the temptations.

Having decided to allow your graphic designers to telecommute, you need you arm them with the necessary tools. These include things like a reliable phone line, a computer (which could be a laptop or a desktop) and an Internet connection. Then you need telecommuting software. This would be for coordination purposes. The whole thing here can boil down to something as simple as using www.ymail.com connections (especially where people use Ymail.com chat) to coordinate things with the telecommuting employees.

You can also have a hybrid system, where the folks in question can be at times working from home (when executing certain functions), and then working from the office when executing other functions , especially those that require lots of direct teamwork.

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Undertaking Graphic Design for the Government

14 December 2013 by Popeye

It is possible to get contracts through which you get to undertake graphic design work for the government.

You can, for instance, be contracted to design posters for the government. These may be posters that the government plans to use in creating awareness. If, for instance, the Georgia government has created a new program aimed at helping people who can’t cope with Georgia housing costs with the whole issue of re-housing it can decide to come up with posters to create awareness  about the same. And you may be the lucky person who gets the contract to design the same. These contracts can be extremely lucrative, because they often entail designing and printing very many posters at a reasonably high cost per piece.

You can also be contracted to design signage products for the government. These can be things like directional signs, back-lit signs, billboards and so on.

At yet another level, you can be contracted to design illustrations for use in government publications.

The manner in which government procurement works in most countries is such that these contracts are normally won by members of a certain well-knit group. You just have to find ways of getting into that fraternity, and you are ‘set for life’, so to speak.

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Getting a Loan to Expand a Graphic Design Firm

06 December 2013 by Popeye

In order to be in a position to expand your graphic design firm, you may need to get a loan. This can be better than allowing people to buy equity in the firm. After all, your obligation to the lender ends the moment you repay the loan. But if you allow people to buy equity in the firm, they become lifelong stakeholders in it: forever getting shares of the profits that the firm makes henceforth.

The first step in getting a loan to expand a graphic design firm is that of identifying the financial institution where you intend to take the loan.

The second step in getting a loan to expand a graphic design firm is that of approaching the credit officer in the financial institution you identified, with a request for the credit facility. Before doing this, you may need to get information about the documents that the financial institution requires, before advancing credit facilities. Then you may need to prepare those documents in advance, so that when you go to make a presentation to the credit officer, you get to actually make the right impression.

Ultimately, you are likely to be successfully in getting the loan if you are creditworthy, and if you are a client who consistently does banking with the financial institution in question.

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The Two Fundamental Things You Need to Do In Order to Make a Graphic Design Firm Profitable

01 December 2013 by Popeye

If you are keen on making a graphic design firm profitable, there are two key things that you need to do.

The first thing you need to do, in order to make a graphic design firm profitable is figure out ways of maximizing the firm’s revenues. This may entail undertaking promotional work, so that you get more orders, and so that you earn more revenues. If you already have many orders, this may entail figuring out ways of being more efficient, so that you can generate more revenues.

The second thing you need to do, in order to make a graphic design firm profitable is figure out ways of minimizing the firm’s expenses. This, at its core, entails identifying wastages, and doing away with them (without compromising the business fundamentals).

Note that you need to do these two things simultaneously. If, in a bid to maximize revenues, you don’t check the expenses, you are likely to end up in a situation where the extra revenues you earn are absorbed by extra expenses incurred in a bid to earn them. Conversely, you need to avoid ending up in a situation where, in a bid to minimize costs, you end up shrinking the business, thus messing up with revenue generation. So it is a tight balancing act.

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Important Things You Can Deduce From the Financial Accounts of a Graphic Design Firm

17 November 2013 by Popeye

Going through the financial accounts of a graphic design firm, you are likely to find yourself being in a position to deduce certain things.

Firstly, it is easy to deduce, from the financial accounts of a graphic design firm, how much money the firm is bringing in, in terms of revenues.

Secondly, it is easy to deduce, from the financial accounts of a graphic design firm, how much money the firm is spending.

Thirdly, it is easy to deduce, from the financial accounts of a graphic design firm, how much money the firm is making in terms of profits.

Finally, it is easy to deduce, from the financial accounts of a graphic design firm, what portion of its profits the firm is paying out, in terms of taxes. Those are taxes that the government then (presumably) proceeds to expend on the njuifile claims paid to folks after they go to the www.njuifile.net login page, sign in and make new claims (assuming that the firm is in New Jersey). Those taxes are also the funds that the government presumably uses to fund security operations, infrastructure development and so on. This means that the expenditure of funds by the graphic design firm on the taxes is justified like any other expenditure.

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Cadres of Support Staff That are Necessary in a Graphic Design Company

11 November 2013 by Popeye

Certain cadres of support staff are viewed as necessary in a graphic design company. This is against a background where, in such a company, the designers and other folks who are involved in production are regarded as the ‘core staff’ with all the rest being regarded as ‘support staff.’

One cadre of support staff that are necessary in a graphic design company is that of IT people. But if it is absolutely impossible to hire these, the IT support can still be obtained through remote channels, via www.logmeinrescue.com, or simply via logmein.com. It is quite a straightforward idea.

Another cadre of support staff that is necessary in a graphic design company is that of housekeeping people. Here, we are looking at the cleaners, the tea-girls and so on. Otherwise if the designers are called upon to perform these housekeeping roles, they may feel as if they are being demeaned.

Yet another cadre of support staff that are necessary in a graphic design company is that of administrators. These are the human resource management people (if it is a big company), as well as the front office staff members (the receptionists and so on).

Talking of support staff, it is often necessary, in a graphic design company, to hire marketers (and the role they play is essentially supportive as well).

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Dealing With the Accounting Function in a Graphic Design Firm

07 November 2013 by Popeye

Like any other business, a graphic design firm needs to have books of accounts maintained. You thus have to deal with the accounting function in a graphic design firm (one way or another).

One way in which you can deal with the accounting function in a graphic design firm would be by doing the day to day accounting/book-keeping work by yourself.

Another way in which you can deal with the accounting function in a graphic design firm would be by hiring a specialist (or a team of specialists) to do it in-house. This would entail setting up a finance department – which may often turn out not to be as hard as it sounds.

Yet another way in which you can deal with the accounting function in a graphic design firm would be by outsourcing it. For instance, with respect to the payroll accounting question, you can sign up for iPay ADP service, whose login page is accessed at at iPay.adp.com. Then, you’d only need to be providing ADP with the necessary data and they do the payroll accounting work for you. Actually, you can take the whole thing a step further, and have ADP collect the necessary data for you: such that you only need to regularly pay for their accounting service, and fund the paychecks.

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How to Ensure That the Employees in Your Graphic Design Company are Paid On Time

03 November 2013 by Popeye

As a person who runs a graphic design company, one of the key challenges you will need to deal with is that of ensuring that the employees in the company are paid on time.

In order to ensure that the employees in your graphic design company are paid on time, you need to set up a system whose presence ensures that the data that is necessary for calculation of payroll is captured on an ongoing basis. The due pay can also be calculated on an ongoing basis. Then it can be posted online, on a portal similar to the one operated by Macys for the employee connection purpose. That way, any disputes about the numbers can be solved on a day to day basis: thus ensuring that on the payday, the whole thing is just a question of sending money to the employees’ accounts.

Secondly, in order to ensure that the employees in your graphic design company are paid on time, you need to ensure that you set aside money for the payroll, and that you never touch that payroll budget (such that the money is always reserved for the purpose). Otherwise you will find yourself in a situation where you have to start raising money for the payroll on the payday: thus almost certainly delaying the salaries and causing a lot of resentment in the ranks of the graphic design company employees.

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Coming Up With a Good Name for a Graphic Design Company

29 October 2013 by Popeye

Coming up with a good name for a graphic design company is not hard. There are a few guidelines you need to observe though.

Firstly, a good name for a graphic design company would be one that is original. You may have to do a company name search, (at the website of the agency that undertakes company registrations) whenever you come up with any name idea, to see whether or not that particular business corporation name has already been taken.

Secondly, a good name for a graphic design company would be one that is easy to remember. You have to remember that this is the name you will subsequently be selling to prospective clients. And you have to remember that in some cases, when trying to select the person to do business with, clients tend to pick the first name that comes to mind: hence the need for you to opt for a name that is easy to remember: even if it doesn’t come across as sophisticated.

Thirdly, a good name for a graphic design company would be one that is suggestive of what the company does. It should be the sort of name that, at first glance, comes across as a name of a graphic design company.

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Making the Work of Graphic Design Company Managers Easy

22 October 2013 by Popeye

Several strategies can be used to make the work of graphic design company managers easy.

The first strategy that can be used to make the work of graphic design company managers easy is that of providing them with the whole range of tools they need for their work. These include computers, decent offices and even cars. Take note of the fact that if you provide a manager with a car, you may also have to pay for its maintenance. If, for instance, the manager, while driving, flouts a given law in New Jersey, you may have to go to www.njmcdirect.com, to check the NJMCdirect ticket amount and then proceed to undertake ticket payment for the manager. All that would be in the name of making things easier for the manager!

The second strategy that can be used to make the work of graphic design company managers easy is that of orienting the workers properly. This would ensure that they know exactly what is expected of them: so that the managers just exist to motivate them.

The third strategy that can be used to make the work of graphic design company managers easy is that of developing and continually improving the company’s systems and procedures: thus ensuring that the managers are simply there to implement systems and procedures that already function well.

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Key Departments That You are Likely to Find in a Big Graphic Design Company

17 October 2013 by Popeye

Big graphic design companies tend to have several departments.

One key department you are likely to find in a big graphic design company is the creative department: which is essentially the production department.

Another key department you are likely to find in a big graphic design company is the finance department.

Yet another key department you are likely to find in a big graphic design company is the marketing department. The graphic design business is extremely competitive: hence the need for a strong marketing department. In some graphic design companies, the marketing people actually end up being more esteemed (and better paid) than the ‘creatives’ doing the actual designs.

Some big-time graphic design companies also decide to set up Human Resource Management (HRM) departments. In some other graphic design companies, HR management is done online, through portals like the one used by SHO/SHC at www.88sears.com. The said portal is essentially set up for 88sears.com associates, where after undertaking the Sears employee login process, the said employees can proceed to access various bits of information pertaining to their employment at SHO/SHC. But given the fact that not everything in terms of HR management can be done online, it often becomes necessary to have a HR management team, especially if you are dealing with a huge graphic design company (with many employees).

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Undertaking Graphic Design for Bank Brochures

15 October 2013 by Popeye

One of the most lucrative gigs you can take up, as a graphic designer, is that of creating brochures for a bank.

To get the job of undertaking graphic design for bank brochures, you may need to either network with the people in charge of these things at the bank or apply formally for the project. Alternatively, you may need to take part in some sort of competition, organized by the bank.

Having landed the job, you need to ensure that you get it right: otherwise you won’t get any further jobs in the future, and you may actually not even get paid for the particular job that is done shoddily.

When it comes to payment, the bank may pay you via check, or via a bank transfer to your account. But most banks nowadays seem to prefer paying for these sorts of things using direct transfers. Thus, you may just need to provide the details, and the funds will be transferred to (for instance) your citicards.com debit card, which means that they will end up in your Citi credit card account. You would then need to go to the www.citicards.com login page, after a reasonable period of time, to ensure that the funds constituting the graphic design project payment actually landed in your account.

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Exploring the Three Main Considerations You Need to Make When Undertaking Graphic Design

01 October 2013 by Popeye

Graphic design looks very complicated, especially to those of us who are not artistically talented. But at the core of it, we tend to find some three simple considerations. Those are, in other words, the considerations to make, when undertaking any graphic design project.

The first consideration that you need to make, when undertaking graphic design, is the color choice consideration. This will be greatly influenced by the objectives of the graphic design project. Let’s say, for instance, that you are creating a graphic design to go with a Walmart money card review article in a magazine. The ultimate objective may be to get the viewers to consider procuring the Walmart money card sticker online. In that case, you’d have to use the sort of colors that promote the said objective: for instance, colors that, when used in the background and on the outlines, make the money card in question look attractive.

The second consideration that you need to make, when undertaking graphic design, is the layout scheme consideration.

The third consideration that you need to make, when undertaking graphic design, is the elements choice consideration. You need to select the text fonts to use carefully (if you decide to use the text as an element). You also need to select the graphics (pictures) to use carefully, again, if you decide to use the same.

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