Coordinating Workflow with Contractors

The key to working well with contractors is to keep the workflow moving smoothly. Over the years, we have partnered with a number of contractors that we trust, allowing us to offer a wide range of services for our clients. We have talked before about the strategies we employ to effectively work with them, but [...]

How Do You Get Paid for Strategy, and Other Services to Your Expertise?

Whether you are just launching a consulting or freelance business or are trying to expand your services, it’s easy to look at others and wonder “how do they get paid for that service?” Maybe you’ve heard the advice that you need to value your time, that you’re worth more than you’re charging, and that you [...]

How Can I Effectively Work With Contractors?

Here at McNary Marketing & Design, we engage contractors throughout every area of our business. From developers to copywriters, we welcome the variety and depth of talent that we can provide our clients through our certified, US-based contractors and partners. We celebrate the value that contract work brings to our economy and our society as [...]

How to take a vacation like a boss

Life as a leader in your organization can include some long nights and weekends – even if you’re proactive about finding the balance between work and life, as we try to be here at McNary Marketing and Design. In those moments, you might feel like you need a vacation more than ever – and at […]

Tech tools to start 2017 off right

It’s a new year, so the season for dreaming, goal setting and planning is upon us. As productivity geeks, we love charting out a vision, identifying tasks and ultimately, checking them off the list. Of course, many of the memorable successes in any given year come from the people we surround ourselves with, the opportunities […]

Leveraging Google to power your ideas in Iowa

Are you a… Entrepreneur interested in using Google tech to enable your offering? Developer wanting to explore what Google’s ecosystem? Businessperson wanting to leverage Google’s array of products/services? You said yes to any of all of these? Read on… Cedar Rapids Google Developer Group Launch On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 6PM, I’m proud to be hosting Eastern […]

Dev/Iowa: Just What An Entrepreneur Needs

On Wednesday, July 9, 2014 I was asked to come and address a classroom of aspiring developers at Dev/Iowa, presented by the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. The students have heard from a number of professionals in the software/web development arena this summer, so my talk took a look at the "business" side of the [...]

Learning to trust, collaborate, be authentic, believe, & do at EntreFEST

Thanks to Bart Schmitz (@bschmitz14) for snapping this photo of me presenting "Taking Your Email Inbox From Ridiculous To Inbox Zero" on Thursday of EntreFEST. Download the slides of that talk. Last week in Iowa City, EntreFEST 2014 entertained around 500 entrepreneurs, business people, and community members who shared an interest in innovative business ideas [...]

Don’t Miss EntreFEST Next Week & Learn Inbox Zero From Me

Next week on May 14-16, 2014, you'll want to make plans to attend Iowa's entrepreneurial and business innovation mecca, EntreFEST 2014 in Iowa City, Iowa. This year's program is again produced by my friends Amanda West and Andy Stoll (both of Seed Here Studio). Andy has been quoted stating EntreFEST as "If #SXSW had a half-brother in Iowa." If EntreFEST lives [...]