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July 2017 - Natalie Crowe Designs | Web Design Company Australia

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Home is where the heart is – Hunter Valley Web Designer & Business Mentor

Good Morning lovely people,

The 31st of July and I’ve realised just recently that I’ve been so busy working on my amazing client’s websites and mentoring, that I’ve not made time to blog on my own website!!   It’s been a busy 7… going 8 months  and I have been reflecting on this time.

As many of you may be aware, we bought our own home in the Hunter Valley at the end of 2016. We had been renovating ahead of moving in, which took us several months.   We finally took the leap and started the adventure in Abermain on the 1st of May.

Now who would have thought being a home owner could be so diverse.. in-between settling in, unpacking, re-arranging and being able to put a hole in the wall to hang a picture… tending the grounds… “decorating” and really establishing solid roots in our forever home…. it’s been an eye opening experience… something I’ve literally spent more than a decade trying to achieve…. and we did it… we are finally homeowners…  a part of the hunter valley community and genuinely ready to lay down solid foundations for the future here.

I am so very excited by the mere possibilities we now have…  I have so many ideas and visions that I’d like to create moving forward… I want to build up my plans for our Academy, I want to share my knowledge with the amazing business community in the Hunter Valley… I want to build my own office dedicated to meeting clients and setup the home of Natalie Crowe Designs.. This business.. this journey I’ve taken in the last 10 years…

From humble beginnings – just wanting to make ends meet – put a roof over our heads and keep food on the table – as a single mum with limited work prospects – time and means of doing a regular 9 to 5 job…    To now wanting to build an empire.. a community and mould this idea I have around supporting business owners in the local community and online.

I too, have taken too being more accountable, more visible… I’ve entered the world of Facebook Live afew weeks ago,   jumping right in and putting those stereotypes to rest that you need to be pristine and perfect to be in front of your audience…   I’m generally not either of those things but I am damn good at what I do and my client’s don’t care about those things, they care that they are looked after – catered for and that when they need my knowledge and expertise I deliver.

I will be posting more often on here, and have a whole lot of information I want to share with all of you in the near future so don’t a stranger 🙂

Pop over to the Facebook page and check out the live feeds and daily postings 🙂
http://www.facebook.com/nataliecrowedesigns 

I’ll talk to you all again soon
Kind Regards,

Natalie Crowe 🙂

When was your last backup?

WHEN WAS YOUR LAST BACKUP??

It can be your worst nightmare when you have a system go down; such as a core system for your business, your email or your actual website, there may have been a problem with a component or perhaps you were a target of a cyber attack – and had your website hacked. These are frequent occurrences we often see our new clients come in with.

And as a result, We’ve helped numerous clients reinstate their existing system or rebuild after their devastating losses.  In some cases, there may not have ever been a backup made, which requires further investigation and possibly having to rebuild your system from scratch. With clients describing it as a  ‘heart breaking’ process after building there website or system up over years. And then going through the process of knowing that this whole ordeal can be made exceptionally more efficient and can save a whole lot of heartache by simply making sure you’ve got a backup to work with.

So my questions for you:

  • —> WHEN WAS YOUR LAST BACKUP?
  • —> Have you backed up your actual computer with all of your important files?
  • —> Have you backup up your website so that if something does happen you have an alternative other than just to have to start again…
  • —> and have you added “backup” dates to your calendar??  

Depending on your systems as to what type of backup is needed, There are plenty of tools available for you to efficiently make a backup copy of your system and provide you with peace of mind.

One other tip- STORE EXTERNAL!!!

Make sure you backup your files or site in more than just one location or at very least on an external location…

So for example;
If you’re backing up your computer, don’t store the backup copy on the computer –  pick up an PORTABLE HARD DRIVE from Officeworks or Big W and store your files there…   if your computer hard drive crashes you have the PORTABLE HARD DRIVE as an alternative.

If you’re backing up your website, download a copy to your computer or store on another location outside your website hosting.

Lastly put it into your calendar…  make sure it’s a regular event to backup your systems.   Even if you lose a little of your data  with restoring an slightly older backup, at least it’s better than having to start again…

Don’t fall victim to something you can actively take action against.
If you’re not backing your systems up and need a hand please feel free to message our page. We will happily help get you underway.