Big Thoughts for Small Business

Small business owners use PicMonkey on the daily. You’re editing images for websites and creating visual graphics for social media channels and blogs. So here we are again, talking to you, boss!

We recently chatted with Chris Brogan, New York Times bestselling author and The Man when it comes to personal development and business strategy. He’s a leading voice for aspiring entrepreneurs. His latest venture in that world was publishing the book The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators. Here’s the wisdom Brogan imparted. Watch the full interview below for the full meal deal.

The freakier the better
However niche your market, you can find your community of customers and users in today’s world. “When people defy the odds and try something really interesting they know could happen I think that’s really cool,” says Brogan. We couldn’t agree more.

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Be the owner
Regardless of the risks and difficulty of entrepreneurship, he says it’s still better to be the the “head of the rat than the back end of the lion.” In other words, it’s better to be a leader, regardless of your size and influence, than to be a cog in a wheel.

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Get yourself out there
Expose your brand often via social media and when possible add a visual image. If you are your brand like Brogan is, get your face into the mix. Brogan shares selfies often because “we’re digital now; we’re not face-to-face” and he wants people to be able to recognize him as if he regularly shared a hallway with them. “What happens with visuals is they always give us something we don’t remember if we write it down textually.”

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14 Responses to “Big Thoughts for Small Business”

  • jonathan-bot

    chris brogan is just awesome! thx picmonkey!

  • Chris Brogan is truly The Man! Thanks for sharing his insights here!

  • A bigger thought for business would be for PicMokey to provide video editing and filters with our paid subscriptions! Now THAT would really help my small business. :)

  • I am in the process of starting my own photography business. Photography has been a hobby and passion of mine for thirty years. I am retired but need to keep busy and realize our society has become more interesting in visuals, photography, video’s etc. I enjoyed watching this video it has given me some insights I did not have and a few ideas to pursue. Thanks to all of you for sharing your thoughts, ideas, etc. :)
    I can see areas where I can use PicMonkey to expand my business and become more creative.
    Thanks.
    Patrick

  • PIcmonkey is good, but needs to have cloud based storage like ribbet.com and you can redo and layer pictures on top…not sure if I have made myself clear but…

  • We use Pic Monkey all the time because of its ease of use and versatility. PS isn’t particularly familiar to my right brain where your format is better suited for those of us without an Engineering Degree but still want quick graphics and processes on our images. Great guest too.

    Have to agree, at this point paying for these types of services = video processing, etc. I’m sure its in the works.

  • We use Pic Monkey all the time because of its ease of use and versatility. PS isn’t particularly intuitive to my right brain where as your format is better suited for those of us without an Engineering Degree but still want quick graphics and processes on our images. Great guest too. Have to agree, at this point paying for these types of services = video processing, etc. I’m sure its in the works.

  • I found PicMonkey when I was looking for binder cover templates. PicMonkey seems to be beloved by elementary teachers, home schooling folks, and other diy types needing an inexpensive application with some Photo editing abilities.

    As a premium PicMonkey user, I like the fun, friendly interface, cool embellishments, and typefaces.

    But as a serious tool for my business graphic needs, uh, there are way better tools out there. If my budget is $0, there are good open source apps out there. You need to invest time to learn them but I think it’s worth it.

    I don’t find PicMonkey hard to use but it’s a flash-based app and it’s sooo slow. Argh.

    And usually when it comes to creating something professional-looking, I tend to find there’s always one or two little things I just can’t do on PicMonkey.

    For hobby stuff and home projects, PicMonkey is fine but for business stuff, it doesn’t yet have the speed and features I want. And I HATE the s l o w flash interface.

  • Love this! BTW there’s a typo on your home page: “Chris Brogan chats about being a werido.” Thought you’d like to fix that!

    Keep up the incredible work, PicMonkey!

  • I love to use PicMonkey for my small biz blog. I’m not a major designer and when I need to pull together graphics it’s a quicker option than some of the other free sites out there.

    I would love to see (sorry) the centering lines like that competitor has. I have a hard time placing additional text boxes and whatnot (unless i’m missing a feature).

    It really is a fun, easy way to put together graphics and edit photos for posts and social media.

  • I LOVE PicMonkey and have used it to make simple graphics and edit photos for my website and also my Etsy store. I have used the design tool to make my own business cards and signage for my art and besides saving me money and time, PicMonkey also allows me to have complete control.

    At this stage of my life, I don’t want to spend endless hours learning a lot of technical tools when I’d rather be creating. PicMonkey suits my needs and helps me do what I really want to do which is create art.

    Love love L O V E ! ! !

  • aragdonglenda

    I love pic monkey

  • I love the courage & encouragement! It’s easy to retreat into my nice and clean looking shell that corporate America demands of HR, Trainers, and Consultants. As I am developing my brand, I am going to demand this of myself: take more risks, be more of who I am. Thank you so much!

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