When I first decided to go pro, I thought I would just use a font treatment of my business name for my logo.
My husband encouraged me to go with getting a real logo but, well, that cost money and I wasn't willing to spend any on it. After all, I could use Photoshop so I should be able to do something, right.
Here's a flash for you...I'm design challenged. I can't quite make things work the way I'd like them too, when I start from nothing. So, I'm a big fan of buying templates and tweaking them to work for me. That I can do.
So when I finally decided I needed a logo, I had to outsource. I decided to use Logo Mojo to develop a logo! Their process is interesting. You complete an online form with fun questions like: "if your business were a movie, what would it be". Then they go to town creating the first pass of logos for you. The number of designs you get on the first go-round depends on the package you have selected.
I will warn that many of the logos I saw on the first pass were very clip-art like. But it didn't matter because there ended up being one I loved and I choose that one to move forward with. You can ask for revisions and they'll help you fine-tune what you'd like. And the process is pretty fast...it took only 4 days for me to get my first round of logos.
So, now I have a new logo which I will unveil soon along with a revision of my website and business blog. And I'll finally be able to order my packaging with my logo on it. Fun, fun, fun!
I did come across some other logo designers after I had already submitted to Logo Mojo so you may want to check them out too if you are interested in having a logo designed for you. They are all small businesses so you'll likely get more of a personal touch. Please feel free to add others in the comments if you've worked with a designer to create your logo too!
Also, for inspiration should you try to go out on your own, Bobbi, from Bobbi and Mike, has done some logo work in the past!
What prompted me to finally go out and get a logo? This article (PDF) from Professional Photographer magazine regarding how presentation counts.