How to Prepare your Business for Summer

From summer vacations to having kids out of school, it might mean that the hours you held during the September - May season are different, or you make the choice to run your business differently so that you can have more time to soak up the goodness that comes with the days of summer.
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Today on the blog, a few of our Conference Alums are sharing how they're prepping their business for the summer, sharing what they’re doing differently, including tips and suggestions for you as well.

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Alumni Spotlight: Susan Brown of For Pete’s Sake Pottery

This past fall, Susan Brown of For Pete’s Sake Pottery joined us for the first time and it has been absolutely inspiring seeing her business grow the way it has in the months since those four days together last October. Today, we wanted to catch up with Susan and share more with you about this incredibly talented ceramics artist, who has a distinct style and point of view with charming handpainted pieces you can recognize instantly. Her business has truly transformed with everything she has put into place, and as Susan puts it herself, it is definitely a year she is soaring.

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Bookkeeping and Receipts | Systems to Keep Yours Organized

Are you the person that waits until the end of year to worry about those pesky expenses and wonders “Just how much did I make?”  By keeping track of your income and expenses, you won’t have bags under your eyes from being up late trying to make sense of your tax return and how much you owe. You will know this well in advance.

The good news for you and for them is that it doesn’t have to be that difficult. There are quite a few programs available to assist in putting your financial records together and keeping them straight.

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2019 Conference | Speakers + Sessions!

We are SO beyond excited to announce that registration is NOW OPEN for our Fall 2019 Conference! Every year, we bring 24 women together who are artists, makers, and designers in the creative industry for our Conference Experience in a beautiful home on Pensacola Beach, Florida, steps away from the Gulf of Mexico.

Today, we wanted to share a bit more with you about all of our Conference Speakers, to learn more about them individually along with the sessions they’ll be leading this November. Enjoy! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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The Final Day of our Fall 2018 Conference | A Week in Review

Today marks the final day for our 2018 Conference Week in Review, and oh my goodness, what a week it has been! Sharing the details of what took place each and every day has been one that we have loved, and we hope you have enjoyed it as well!

Our final day at the Conference is always a good one. We spend the day doing only three things: making a plan for what you’re going to do first when you get home so that you can build upon what you learned while you were here, take a few pictures together, and having dedicated one-on-one time with each of our speakers. Keep reading below for all of the details surrounding Day 4 of our Conference!

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Day Three of our Fall 2018 Conference | A Week in Review

We are continuing today with Day Three for our 2018 Fall Conference Review! Today included sessions led by Heather Jordan, Amy Kinslow, Valerie McKeehan, Ashley Cochrane, and Kristin Wilson, covering a variety of topics necessary to learn about as a business owner. We closed the evening with our Celebration Dinner, and overall, it was an absolutely amazing day.

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Day One of Our Fall 2018 Conference | A Week in Review

Every year when it comes to writing this post, it fills my heart with joy. I love reminiscing about the moments, the memories made, and seeing it all come together once again. This week-long series will take you through our Conference Experience from beginning to end, where we’ll share a bit about each day and share a lot of images, because this experience is so hard to put into words.

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How to Write a Mission Statement

How many times are you asked that question and get a little uncomfortable, because you either (a) aren't confident in your answer or (b) aren't sure the best way to answer it, so you just kind of wrestle your way through it?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The way to make answering this question a lot easier is by doing one foundational thing for your business. And today, we've got a step by step rundown on how to crafting a mission statement for your business to help you to answer that question confidently from now on.

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Choosing a Word of the Year with Shawna Clingerman

Every year, we hear about people setting resolutions, planning out goals, making vision boards, and choosing a word of the year. Shawna Clingerman has created an annual project with one of these in particular, and we have loved seeing how she has embraced this and brought it in as a part of her business at the beginning of the year each year!

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8 Tips for Planning out your Year

We are a few weeks into a new year and everywhere we turn, people are talking about planning their year.  Today, we wanted to write a post giving you eight tips to plan out the year ahead, which can be used at any time you need guidance to help you plan things out.

A lot of times as creatives, setting goals and planning things out simply makes us uncomfortable or we don't necessarily want to plan things out because we like the freedom of creativity built in to our days.

We aren't saying that you can't be free to do that, but we also know how much of a difference it can make when you develop a routine.  So below, we've outlined 8 different tips for planning out your year. We hope you find this post helpful, and it gives you the encouragement that you need to plan out your best year yet!

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10 Tips for Planning and Marketing your Business at Bridal Shows

As a wedding stationer, planning for a Bridal Expo can be overwhelming, as there is a lot to consider. Lucky for you, we're here today to help with all of that!   The season of Bridal Expos will be upon us before we know it, and we know that the majority of you will be participating in, or making a decision to participate in a Bridal Show occuring in the spring each year, to celebrate all of the newly engaged couples and begin the year with excitement.

This post is a short preview of the plethora of information we'll be including in our FREE LIVE CLASS this upcoming Thursday, January 10th, entirely about Marketing your Business at a Bridal Show.  Registration is open for this class now, and we would love for you to join us!

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2018 in Review and Looking ahead to 2019 | A Note from Kristin

The last few weeks of 2018, along with the first week of 2019 have been filled with all sorts of ideas, thoughts, and reminiscent moments from a full year that 2018 was. We are a few fresh days into the new year, and it has me entirely grateful for all that the last year encompassed. 

Take a little walk back with me through the year that 2018 was, won't you?

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A Weekend in Review | Questions to Ask after the Holiday Sale Weekend

Hey, happy post Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday Week!  How are you feeling today? If you are a maker, an artist, or a designer, and you had an offer or sales for this weekend, how did it go? The answer to that question may go one of two ways.  It may go positively, like “oh my goodness, this was our best year yet! It was so busy, it had such a great response, and it was worth all of that hard work to put everything into place! Our phones were cha-chinging like crazy!" Which would be absolutely fantastic, and you’ll want to make sure you can replicate that or more next year.

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