Like the quote says, “Build your own dream or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” It’s not easy to break out of the mold, quit the typical 9-5 desk job, and start your own business. As many risks and fears there are associated with starting your own business, there is far more gratification and satisfaction.
In general, people want to support small businesses. But when it comes down to price, small businesses, as you well know, have a hard time competing with your industries big players.
Fortunately, Small Business Saturday has gained a lot of growth, recognition, and participation over the past few years. This year you need to take …read more
Penmanship lessons have been replaced by typing classes. High schools and colleges now permit laptops in almost all classrooms. Those attending business meetings are hidden by the backs of their screens. While typing may appear to be more efficient and useful, studies show that traditional pen and paper writing is well worth the extra effort.
Writing by hand in children
People invest in baby Einstein and other programs to help their children’s learning process begin at such an early age. People care about the success of their children. But a simple pen and paper could be doing more than all of these computerized learning …read more
Don’t forget about small businesses when marketing your company, as they can often be the most profitable! From our very own CEO, Dave Thompson, here are five ways to ensure your marketing is effective …read more
The days of keys and buttons are diminishing as non-smartphones become a thing of the past. However, even the newest technology does not come without challenges. One struggle with smartphones can be the touchscreen. Large fingers, clumsy fingers, acrylic nails, and even poor eyesight all contribute to words with jumbled letters that leave the recipient playing decoder.
Most people have attempted to use the tip of a pen or pencil only to find that the sensors of the smartphone screens know better. Getting that perfect precision to accurately hit all the correct letters is near impossible, unless you use a stylus!
Traditional stylus’ tend to be …read more
As the air begins to get a bit crisp in the mornings, and the leaves tint towards the warmer colors, we know that this annual climate change means one thing: football season! Pre-season has already kicked off, and football fans all over the country are already predicting Super Bowl probabilities of their most beloved teams. Weak players, strong players, new players and head coaching strategies are all components that fans analyze and use to build up anticipation for their favorite teams performance. The passion that America shares for professional and college level athletics is unsurpassed.
That is why at National Pen, we have decided that our wide …read more
It is back to school time! From haircuts to first day of school outfits, it is a familiar season that everyone knows far too well. Teachers are organizing their desks and collecting their lesson plans, principals are preparing the first-day assembly. What can set your school apart from others and create a sense of community that every student is urging to feel?
Having personalized pencils or other school supplies with text such as “I am apart of Mrs. Torrence’s 2nd grade class” or “Hardworking Student of Hillside Elementary” can create a sense of belonging that students appreciate.
For some children, school supplies are not affordable for …read more
While you can say your message with words, you can also portray the feeling behind that message with different colors! Marketers and advertisers have been using the psychology of colors for a long time to help reinforce their brand image. Our new shop by colors pages organize all of our promotional items by the colors in which they are available so you can quickly narrow down your options by the feeling you are trying to portray.
Our Shop Red page is perfect for those looking to portray energy, passion, desire, and confidence. Red can also stimulate an appetite; so for all of those restaurants and food businesses, red is for you!
Our Shop Orange page is perfect for …read more
Our society today is extremely mobile. Conference calls happen while you’re driving to the airport with your headset on. Emails are replied while you’re pumping gas, and business hours are no longer limited from 8 to 5. The biggest facilitator in this cultural shift was the introduction of internet capabilities on wireless devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers.
Most people use one smartphone for both their work and personal use. But what happens when you’re on an important call, you see a text message from one of your family members come through, and then you notice that your battery icon is displaying that little red sliver notifying …read more
A whopping 150 million hot dogs will be smothered in ketchup, mustard, grilled onions and peppers. Smoke from grills will fill backyards spanning the 3.79 million square miles of our country. Fireworks will decorate the night sky with bright colors and their smoky paths. Memories will be made and laughter will be shared as 41 million Americans enjoy the hospitality of a friends’ home this Independence Day.
While the Fourth of July is an iconic American holiday, remembering our independence and all the sacrifice it took to achieve it is far from a lighthearted topic. Our country, the land of the free and the home of the brave, came at a …read more
Not every company can have their logo on a banner that’s flying off the back of a jet on a bright, summer day. Few can have messages written in smoke, displaying their company slogan for thousands and thousands of people to see. Thankfully, there are more affordable options to effectively promote your company during the summertime.
National Pen has gathered about 30 products that are perfect for summertime and ideal for your marketing budget. Whether these products are in the hands of your loyal customers, enthusiastic employees or potential clients, these summer promotional products give your company 30+ reasons to love summer. When else do you have the opportunity to …read more