Since you started working on my websites my business has more than doubled….and that’s in the middle of a recession! I will….of course be calling you again and again for all my website and search engine optimization needs! Your quality of work and price make it impossible for me to even think about going anywhere else. Thanks Clare! Dan – All About Ants Pest Control http://www.allaboutants.net
Since 2007 we have served over 200 clients in the Portland Metro Area. We get small business because we are one. We are local, real, and reasonably priced.
“I am a bargain hunter. I LOVE to get the best quality and the best price, and that can be tricky. So that’s what I offer my clients.” – Clare Bean, Owner
Behind the Business – My Why
In 2006 I simultaneously graduated with a BFA in Visual Communications and gave birth to my first son. I was also single and living with my dad. Having a passion for design, well all things creative really, I was excited to combine what I love with my vocation. Then there was the mom side to me. Experiencing motherhood was cataclysmic. That tiny person changed my world. Priority #1 became being his mom. I knew I had to find a way to be a mom AND a designer, and that didn’t include a 40+ hour work week away from him. That being the case, I started slowly and with a shortage of confidence into the world of business ownership. My work was pretty rough; I was nervous and tenderfooted, and I often didn’t charge enough for my work, but I kept going. I was attending the school of life and learning as I went (which was much more than I learned in school). I was blessed enough to have a roof over my head that I wasn’t paying for so could keep building my business.
Networking, business card and referral passing, word-of-mouth, repeat clients, friends, family, and fellow marketing folks. I have all these to thank for helping me to get where I am today, over 10 years later. I’m strong. I’m seasoned. I get what I’m doing and I love it. I’m no longer pretending to be a designer, this is what I do.
What do I love most? I love small business. I love the creation of a business and watching it become. Much like a child is born and grows, I love helping to shape and guide businesses in all things web-related. I love to stay informed on the ever-changing technology and landscape of this field. And I love family. I want to help business owners to do what they really love while I take care of their website, logo, brand, search engine rankings, and help them get new business from the web. Business owners are different. We are a unique breed, we think differently. We get each other. We want freedom. We want to set our own schedule and we want to spend time with the people that matter most in our lives. We want to live our lives fully and we are willing to take risks in exchange for the massive satisfaction of freedom and creation. I love what I do and want to help others like me.
Clarify Designs as the premier source for the finest sustainable graphic and web design services while maintaining our uncompromising principles as we grow.
We are guided by the following six principles:
- Treat our clients as we would like to be treated, with respect and dignity.
- Embrace diversity as an essential component in the way we do business.
- Develop enthusiastically satisfied clients all of the time.
- Contribute positively to our community and our environment.
- Recognize that profitability is essential to our future success.
Clarify Designs is committed to a role of environmental leadership in graphic and web design. We will help pave the way in transitioning from the standard graphic design processes, which contribute heavily to the cause of our current environmental concerns and climate change, to creating a green and sustainable approach and implementing it as the standard.
We fulfill this mission by a commitment to:
- Understanding of environmental issues and sharing information through our resources and blog.
- Developing creative, innovative and flexible solutions for designing with the environment in mind.
- Striving to use and buy green and sustainable products.
- Recognizing that fiscal responsibility is essential to our environmental future.
- Keeping our clients informed of new methodology so that they can reap the benefits of sustainability.
- Offering flexible options for each client’s project, so they can determine the level of sustainability they prefer.
- Encouraging all our design colleagues to share in our mission.
Design Can Change is an effort to bring together the world’s graphic design community to address the issues surrounding climate change. Designers craft much of the world’s products/media and as such are well positioned to build awareness around this issue while encouraging more sustainable industry practices.