2018 Creative Founders Conference | A Note from Kristin

To the 20 women who joined us and the 7 speakers who poured their hearts into the attendees when they were there, I hope that this week left you feeling changed, uplifted, and more than anything else, ready for the next step that is running an amazing creative business.  At a later date we will do a full recap of all of the details for our Conference, but for today, I wanted to share my thoughts with you in the form of a letter to the attendees. Enjoy!

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Alumni Spotlight: Kelsey Baldwin of Paper and Oats

Today we are thrilled to continue our Alumni Spotlights on our blog with Kelsey Baldwin of Paper and Oats!  Each week, we ask our Alumni questions about what they're up to, along with asking them how they would encourage you.  Read below for our mini interview with Kelsey, where shares about her course, her upcoming book, and more!

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We have a New Look!

When I think about the Society for Creative Founders, to me it embodies these three things: community, support, and an element of fun built into all of the learning that takes place in this online space. I want it to feel like a conversation between friends, with a bit of whimsy and fun built right in. Like the creatively designed card that you lovingly write out to a friend and drop in the mail, and of course, be bright, cheery too.

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Asana for Makers - A Course to Help you Organize #allthethings

There are so many different tools available these days that you can use within your business to keep things organized.  You can use post-it notes, a notebook or a planner, a digital system, or keep it all in your head. The number one thing is to find a system that works for YOU. We use Asana for our day-to-day everything in tandem with Trello, and today we wanted to share an awesome course that was created by Janet of Paper and Spark to help you to learn not only how to use Asana, but also how to use it to plan out all the things you could possibly need for your business.

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How to Become a Morning Person for your Business

I am one of “those women” who gets up at 4am every weekday, and those three hours that I have just for me before the rest of the house is awake are now my most treasured and my most productive worktimes of the day.

From many conversations I’ve had with many women who are entrepreneurs, especially mamas (most recently on this podcast episode with Suzi of Splendidly Curious), they tell me this is enticing to have 3+ hours a day to yourself other than naptime, but don’t know where to start. So today, this post is all about it!

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How to Use Stop Motion Video for your Creative Business

For the last four weeks, Sarah of Signet Sealed has been leading an incredible class all about Stop Motion Video in our Community.  It has been such a great class and those participating are turning out some pretty amazing videos!  Last week, we shared seven ways to use video for Social Media Marketing.  Today, we are continuing on this topic and have Sarah on our blog sharing her thoughts on everything regarding this specific topic. 

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Eight Ways to Use Video for Marketing on Social Media

When it comes to using video marketing with Social Media in particular, this is one place where you can create a way for your customers to feel more connected to you instantly. So today, we have seven tips for you to help to get the wheels turning on ways that you can use video highlighting your business.

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Top Tips to get the most out of your Conference Experience

This time of year, a lot of people begin thinking about what they want to do, where they want to go, how to get the most out of their business for the year. And a lot of times, we get the strong desire to go to a conference for a variety of reasons.  Here at the Society for Creative Founders, we have our 11th Annual Conference  taking place eight weeks from now, April 15-18 in Pensacola, Florida! We wanted to write a post today filled with tips to help you to get the most out of your experience while you’re there, whether you are joining us at the Creative Founders Conference or another. We are hoping that these nine suggestions below will help you to get the most out of your Conference experience!

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Product Spotlight: The Wedding Guide by Hope Johnson of The Little Blue Chair

Today on the Blog, we are sharing about a brand new product making it's debut tomorrow, The Wedding Guide by Hope Johnson of The Little Blue Chair! Pre-Orders begin on Valentine's Day, and we are so excited this is finally out in the world after a long time of planning and creation.  Read all of the incredible details below, as written by Hope! 

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Call for Sponsors! | 2018 Creative Founders Conference

Would you like to see your product displayed at the Society for Creative Founders Conference and shared all over Social Media? 

We're looking for sponsors and friends alike to add the little details that make a tremendous difference for our next conference in Pensacola, Florida, April 15-18, 2018.

We are meticulous about the way your product is presented to our attendees. Every detail is addressed, and your product is paired with complementary items each morning at the attendees personalized seat, and photographed professionally as well. We love personalized items because attendees are more likely to use a personalized product over and over again, and they are reminded of you. Plus, they’re constantly sharing your information and their experience with your company in our private forums. We are always reminding them of our sponsors too.

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Tips for Planning a Mastermind Retreat

2018 has started off beautifully! This year, we held our first ever Alumni Mastermind Retreat for eight women who had joined us in previous years for the Conference, the Course, or the Intensive. To those who didn't come this time, don't worry! This will now will be an annual event.  We had such an amazing time and we wanted to share the experience with you!  

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Creating a Loyal League with your Customers and Clients - Guest Post by Shunta Grant

Customers and clients are at the center of every business and the most successful business owners strive not to simply acquire clients, but to create a loyal following that is committed to your brand and all that it represents.  

I call this distinguished group of clients your “loyal league.”  

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Apply to Win a Scholarship to the 2018 Creative Founders Conference!

This year, our 11th annual Conference will be taking place from April 15-18, 2018 in Pensacola, Florida.  It is important to us to provide an incredible experience for the 20 women who join us every year,in addition to helping women to build a business they love. We understand that you just need a little more help from experts in their fields to get you there, and that sometimes that simply means receiving a scholarship to a conference to make big things happen.

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Marketing for your Creative Business with Amber Housley

I don’t think there is an award for this — but this will be my fourth conference with the Society of Creative Founders! I feel pretty special to be returning again and sharing my love and expertise for marketing your creative business.

A lifelong learner, I can’t think of a better way to better yourself and your business than attending conference and retreat experiences such as this one!

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A Note from Kristin as we Begin 2018

Hi everyone, and happy New Year! I wanted to start off the year with a short note from me to all of you.  The last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind, and it’s really hard to believe that it has only been four months since our Announcement, isn’t it?!  In this time, a lot of changes have taken place, some which have been visible, others which have been hours upon hours of work behind the scenes learning the ins and outs of how this business is set up.  

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Planning for a Bridal Expo ... A Comprehensive List of Things to Consider

As a wedding stationer, planning for a Bridal Expo can be overwhelming, as there is a lot to consider.

We're here today to help with all of that!  With the holidays here, while most of us are thinking about year-end plans, beginning to finalize our plans for 2018, and planning to take some much-needed rest away, there is also something just around the corner for those in the wedding business.  The season of Bridal Expos will be upon us before we know it, and it normally tends to . This post today was written specifically for Wedding Stationers, but it can be applied to a variety of different businesses as well.

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Reviewing this Year Before Planning for 2018

Before we start planning for 2018, it's important to review where we are now. 

It’s December of 2017.  And everywhere we are turning, there are two main topics.  One:  The Holidays. Two: 2018.

I love the potential that a new year brings, feeling like you’re starting fresh every year.  However, while we are planning for 2018 and what we want the year to encompass, I also think it’s important to take into consideration everything that happened this year, ask ourselves some questions, and build upon them as well.  So today, I wanted to give you a few questions to go through to reflect upon for the year, to ask yourself before setting your goals for 2018.

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18 Questions for a Creative Business to Ponder after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday

Hey, happy Monday!  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!"Or, it may be experiencing the opposite emotions.  You may catch yourself thinking or saying, “well, it wasn’t so great.  I didn’t get nearly as many orders as I was hoping for.  I found myself working last minute, wishing I had done things differently, or flying by the seat of my pants, frazzled and thinking “why isn’t this working?!” with nothing but frustration flooding in.I do want to take a second to include that if you are in that second camp, it is not a good feeling.  That ugly comparison monster can rear it’s ugly head and make you feel like you are not good enough, not smart enough, your designs aren’t that great, and sometimes, you can even let the negativity get to you to think you should just quit.

And that, my friends, is NOT the case.

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