By Agatha Schwarz. Clip Art. Published at Monday, April 29th, 2019 - 18:05:49 PM.
Business is like a barracuda-swift and silvery, sliding through the water and cutting past its prey. Business is also like a dandelion, quick to take root and swift to blow away; unless that dandelion grants a wish, it may vanish on the wind. But whether animal or vegetable, in the water or on the land, can business be-free? As in, can a business provide something for free? Well, free clipart is part of a broad history of online distribution services aimed to increase the public domain and enable the small businessperson. Even in our metaphors-barracudas, water, prey, dandelions, and wind-we have hit on just a small sampling of online clipart.
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Ultimately, here is the way to think of how clipart affects you. The barracuda might be your venture-but let’s say the barracuda is the clipart. It cuts through the marketing fluff and weaves its way into the hearts of your advertising audience. The dandelion is your small business finance. If you aren’t careful with it-if you don’t want it enough-it blows away, never to be seen again. Free clipart fixes that. Think outside the box. Think creatively. Think free-and think freely; then, you will have the mindset you need to make something happen with your small business. Finance may not be free. It may be frustrating. But making your name can be made easier. Just look for the swift silvery flash, make a wish, and make it work.
And then your friend finds out. Will he be a little bit hurt? Maybe. He might claim that this is his first time being late, that he won’t ever be late again-well, that’s not such a big deal. You don’t have to argue it with him. Just explain. Tell him you’re not crediting the clip art to him, so it won’t sully his reputation (and if you have done your work right, the free graphics you’ve got are good enough that he shouldn’t worry). Tell him you’re just waiting and that you needed something in place. If he’s really concerned about his art, it might speed him up; if he isn’t it might slow him down. In either case, with your free clipart, you’re set. You can let things run themselves and go join your buddy on the couch for potato chips and movies. After all, he might not start working on your project any time soon.
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