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Forum: Starting a business 1 Week Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 212
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Email Signatures

I'd do it anyway.

Think of your email agreement as like a lock on a car; when you think about it, a door lock doesn't really make a car that secure: if anyone wants to get in they can easily...
Forum: Sales & marketing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 529
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Defence/Emergency Personnel - how to ask for proof?

How about showing your support by giving donations to organizations such as the Ambos, volunteer-run fire services and the RSL?
Forum: Need a resource? Got a good referral? 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Need a we developer to upgrade Joomla on customer site.

Thanks for your message. I found someone and had the site successfully upgraded several months ago.
Forum: Sales & marketing 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 186
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Hang Tags

Your best bet is probably to contact a commercial screen printer.
Forum: Other discussions 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 369
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: How do you keep yourself motivated?

Having small children who need me to pay for swimming lessons, ballet lessons, nappies, Disney merchandise and an unbelievable amount of sultanas keep me sufficiently motivated.

As well as...
Forum: Sales & marketing 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 186
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Hang Tags

Any commercial printer should be able to produce those for you.

You can either get them die cut with the hole, or you can buy a hand punch that will cut that shape out of the top.
Forum: Talking technology 15-08-14
Replies: 25
Views: 746
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Logo Design prices

I've got to disagree with you there.
Say I start charging $400 per logo, and spend an average of 8 hours on each job. After a while I get a good reputation, word of mouth spreads, and suddenly I've...
Forum: Other discussions 13-08-14
Replies: 6
Views: 237
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Sole-trader and gst.

First off, you should be putting a margin on the print job and making yourself a little profit. As a designer, you have access to many trade-only printers who will sell to you for much less than what...
Forum: Other discussions 13-08-14
Replies: 4
Views: 214
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: RAH! Scarlett mad! Internet sucks!

What's the 4G situation in your area?
Forum: Money matters 12-08-14
Replies: 7
Views: 304
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Eway, PayPal, merchant etc.

I've recently started using Pin Payments. They are an Aussie company that has created a really nifty, easy to use product.

You just sign up with them and they take 2.6% + 30 cents for every...
Forum: Need a resource? Got a good referral? 07-08-14
Replies: 10
Views: 295
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Brochure help & advice

What you don't include is just as important as what you do.

When working on any design, look at every single image, line, word, etc. on the page and ask yourself "does this have a purpose?". If it...
Forum: Sales & marketing 29-07-14
Replies: 15
Views: 789
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Hard copy marketing - expensive, but worth it?

When you start a business, you need to explore a variety of marketing channels and methods, until you can work out what works best for you.

For many businesses, there just isn't an off-the-shelf...
Forum: Other discussions 25-07-14
Replies: 11
Views: 1,327
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Stock Photos - best place?

I use Dollar Photo Club
They have a huge library (including many images you'll find on the more expensive sites), no ongoing contracts, and you only ever pay $1, not matter what size.

The tiny...
Forum: Talking technology 25-07-14
Replies: 7
Views: 720
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Photocopier Lease/Rental

If you're only doing smaller volumes (100 or less per month), you could also look at an A3 inkjet. Very cheap to buy and not much to run - even less if you buy non-genuine ink.
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Forum: Need a resource? Got a good referral? 24-07-14
Replies: 12
Views: 1,575
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: NEED A Solution To My Problem...How To Print Something Over Existing Leaflet?

No problems. I'll PM you with a price, which is much less than $6k.
Forum: Need a resource? Got a good referral? 23-07-14
Replies: 12
Views: 1,575
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: NEED A Solution To My Problem...How To Print Something Over Existing Leaflet?

Would you mind sharing the specifications of the flyer? I'm not trying to get your business, but would be happy to tell you what you should expect to pay.
Forum: Starting a business 21-07-14
Replies: 12
Views: 974
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Any advice on choosing what should be the dominant colour(s) for your start up?

It all comes down to demographics and target audience. You'd probably find that your average 'coffee snob' doesn't like people messing with recipes, whether it be the way their coffee beans are...
Forum: Starting a business 21-07-14
Replies: 12
Views: 974
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Any advice on choosing what should be the dominant colour(s) for your start up?

Many coffee related brands have brown logos. There is a place for everything.
Forum: Need a resource? Got a good referral? 18-07-14
Replies: 12
Views: 1,575
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: NEED A Solution To My Problem...How To Print Something Over Existing Leaflet?

Oh, I wasn't thinking it was quite that many. I'm not sure if there's an easy way to do it. You'll need some heavy duty equipment... A mail distribution place may be a good place to enquire.

If my...
Forum: Need a resource? Got a good referral? 18-07-14
Replies: 12
Views: 1,575
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: NEED A Solution To My Problem...How To Print Something Over Existing Leaflet?

In most cases it works out cheaper/easier to put them in the recycle bin and do a reprint, but you could try one of the following.

Run them through a desktop printer. If they are gloss, you will...
Forum: Other discussions 17-07-14
Replies: 5
Views: 650
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Help with locating a calendar printer

Hi Sandra,

I could also help you out if you're still looking for someone.
We can produce size, any quantity and would be happy to discuss all of the options with you to ensure your client is...
Forum: Starting a business 16-07-14
Replies: 12
Views: 974
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Any advice on choosing what should be the dominant colour(s) for your start up?

Choosing colours can be a complex process, but above all else, I'd suggest that you focus on making it memorable (or blue, that's generally pretty safe).

Think about how your customers will...
Forum: Need a resource? Got a good referral? 16-07-14
Replies: 18
Views: 1,697
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Silly question - is there a price expectation for logo designs

You can pay as much or as little as you want (The City of Melbourne's M logo cost $240k), but as a guide, I'd say somewhere between $200 and $800 is probably a good place to start.

If you need me...
Forum: Other discussions 15-07-14
Replies: 3
Views: 598
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Photo Frames

Kmart sells nice plain 61 x 91cm frames for $15 each. That's the best value I've found anywhere.
Forum: Talking technology 08-07-14
Replies: 9
Views: 810
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: What software saves your sanity?

Exchange +1. I've only recently started using it, and I don't know how I lived without it. It's also handy if you use multiple computers.

You get an account included if you subscribe to Microsoft...
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