The Top 7 Free Alternatives to Adobe Illustrator of 2021

Adobe Illustrator is a popular tool for designing vector graphics, logos, icons, and more. But when you’re a web or graphic designer with a small budget, you probably can’t afford Adobe Illustrator’s steep $239.88/yr pricing. Luckily, there are plenty of top-notch free alternatives on the market, some of which offer features unparalleled by Illustrator. In this post, we’re sharing the top seven free alternatives to Adobe Illustrator so you can produce beautiful designs on a budget. If you’re shopping for a program that offers features comparable in quality to Adobe’s product, check out our list of the top free alternatives to…

12 Tips on How to Become a Manager: From 5 People Who Did

So, you want to become a manager. The million-dollar question is, how do you get noticed? Some say it’s by taking on big projects. Others believe face-to-face interactions with upper management are key. The truth is, it’s a combination of those two steps and many others. We’ll cover them all in this article, featuring five HubSpot managers who share their journeys to becoming managers and what they now look for in managerial candidates. 1. Add value to your team. The number one way to get noticed as management material is by adding value to your team in your current role….

How Consumer Spending Habits Could Change in 2021 [New Data]

As businesses and economies closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, consumers also tightened up their budgets. According to data from McKinsey, most consumers were more conscientious about purchases than before the pandemic. Because of this, most households primarily budgeted around essential products and services. But, now, as economies begin to swiftly reopen following mass vaccinations, business owners and marketers might also be wondering what this could mean for the next year of revenue. Specifically, many business leaders are asking, “Will consumers continue to spend cautiously, or will they spend more freely in 2021?” To help businesses prepare…

15 Stunning Examples of Small Business Website Design

If you’re a small business, your website has a big impact on your success. Research shows that roughly a third of people use the web to find local businesses. Honestly, I’m surprised that number isn’t higher. As a small business, you might not have the budget to hire a designer, bring in a development team, or pay for a suite of design tools for your new site. A basic brochure site will probably have to do for now, right? But here’s the thing: You don’t need a design portfolio or a branding team to make an effective website. A lot…

38 Fun Corporate Team-Building Activities & Outing Ideas Everyone Will Enjoy

Are you starting to notice some droopy shoulders around the office? It sounds like it’s time to plan a team outing. Team outings are a great way to facilitate bonding with your team members, reduce employee stress, and give them the chance to get to know one another outside of the office. And, you know, they’re entertaining. But how do you find ideas for a great team outing? Maybe you start with a Google search for “team outing ideas” and stumble upon an article that suggests “field trips” and “professional development activities.” It sounds like a starting point, but where’s…

Best Goal Setting Worksheet to Help You Plan & Achieve

Accomplishing your goals is an incredibly gratifying feeling. However, it can sometimes be challenging to get that feeling, as achieving your goals takes time, effort, and a structured process. This is why it’s important to create plans of action for meeting the goals that will help you stay motivated and ensure you’re on the right path. In this post, we’ll go over a goal-setting worksheet created by HubSpot to help you outline your goals with the SMART framework and create a plan for achieving them. The template is broken down into relevant sections to help you through the process, and…