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My focus on small farms and farmers market vendors Farmers' market

My focus on small farms and farmers market vendors

People have asked me why I choose to emphasize helping small farms and farmers market vendors, as a web developer and digital marketing consultant. They don’t usually fit the bill as what some might classify as a “high-ticket” marketing client! I saw a statistic the other day that 60% of small farms in Kitsap County made less than $10,000 last year. My reasons go far beyond big money, however…

Everyone is going online right now

Everyone is going online right now

There are not many businesses left that haven’t realized the necessity of taking advantage of online sales and optimizing their online presence. Case in point: one of the many local fireworks stands near us has a fully responsive website that allows users to purchase online for easy pick-up on site. Unlike many other business types, this one allows you to light your purchases on fire on the premises as well…

See more examples of possible ideas for businesses trying to pivot in tough times.

Website options for clients dealing with COVID Gift Card - The Grub Hut

Website options for clients dealing with COVID

Businesses and nonprofits are having to get creative right now to get through the COVID era, and some are being forced to get out of their comfort zones when it comes to generating revenue. In my opinion, the best web developers are not just the ones who have the ability to program something complex, but are the ones who can help their clients feel a little more comfortable when they’re being forced to take risks to survive. Here are a few possible solutions for your business or organization that I have been able to put together recently, that might give you some ideas:

Working from home (a listicle)

Working from home (a listicle)

No, I don’t actually have any idea what you HAVE to be doing RIGHT NOW… as many listicles claim to know. Nobody really knows, especially when it comes to this subject. Working remotely is something I’ve been trying to get better at for many years now. We’ve all heard the stories about the best and worst aspects of working from home. Some are attracted to the comfort of working in pajamas from your couch, while others are repelled by the idea that they would have it that “easy” in their jobs. Some despise the idea of having to go work all day in a PLACE with PEOPLE, and others dread the isolation of being by yourself all the time. I still wrestle with some of these feelings myself on a day-to-day basis, and have put a lot of effort into finding the answers over the years…

Who’d guess that we’d ALL be doing it someday?!

CLIENT UPDATE: KCD Plant Sale KItsap Conservation District native plant sale

CLIENT UPDATE: KCD Plant Sale

We went live with a new WooCommerce store on the Kitsap Conservation District website, for their annual Native Plant Sale… it’s a must-see, if you’re looking to do some last-minute Christmas shopping!

This is their first year taking their plant sale online, and they seem pretty happy with it. If you are interested in having an online store like this for your own business, especially if you are in Kitsap County, shoot me a message!

WSU Kitsap Extension

WSU Kitsap Extension

Many apologies for the deafening silence on the news page of Abell Smith Design these days. Here I say I’m expanding my blog posts, and I go dark for a couple months! It’s for a nice reason, though – I’ve been crazy busy lately! The bulk of my work has been for Washington State University Kitsap Extension, who do work on various programs involving small farms, agriculture, gardening, gleaning, water stewardship, nutrition, 4H, and other areas. Glad to work on so many admirable causes!

It’s gonna be a weird Apple Cup this year though, since I’m a Husky…

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