How to Get Started with Email Marketing

Email Marketing.  The very words sometimes make people sweat, but I want to tell you to step away from anything fear related with it, and think about all of the ways it can benefit your business. We are hoping this post will help with getting you started.

These days, we have content available to the people who want to learn about our businesses in a lot of places ... whether you're writing blog posts or sharing on Instagram, posting to Facebook or pinning your content on Pinterest, there are a lot of places for people who are interested in your business to find your content.  But that's exactly the thing.  They need to go to any of those places to find you or find the content you're putting out there, and then they have to return to find it again. 

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Successfully Selling your Products at Craft Shows and Holiday Markets

We are so excited about our Fall Class Series, starting off with the incredibly talented Amy Kinslow of Southern Fried Design Barn!  Amy is one of our Fall Conference Speakers and has tremendous amounts of knowledge in this industry, specifically when it comes to successfully selling your products at craft shows and holiday markets.

On August 29th, 2018 at 10am CST, Amy will be sharing all of the knowledge she has on this topic, with a 90 minute live class delivered in a webinar format! 

To learn more about Amy and this class in particular, please read this guest post written by Amy below.  Registration opens for the Founder Class on August 15th at 12:00pm CST, and we hope you will join us!

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Spring Creative Founders Conference, Day 3 Recap!

This is one of my favorite days every year we have our Conference, because it's the day we have the most aha moments - the day that we take everything that has been learned in the last few days and combine it all together to make a plan moving forward, the day that we celebrate all of the hard work that has been done and get ready for what happens next ... the hard work of being a business owner is never complete, but this day is one that sets up everyone so well for the days that follow after they return home.

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Working with a Photographer to Elevate your Visual Brand

As creative business owners, we fall into a very unique space.  We are all consumers ourselves and so we know that consumers won’t buy what they can’t see.  We know that people are very visually oriented, especially when it comes to pretties, creative goods & art.  We also know that we generally only have a handful of seconds to convince people to slow their scroll and pay attention to what it is we’re selling.

Our imagery should tell an authentic & cohesive story across every space that our ideal consumers visit, whether it be our websites or our social media feeds, as these spaces are the “face” of our brand & our products. 

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Spring Creative Founders Conference Recap, Day 2!

Day Two was our first full day at our Conference, and we covered so many different topics this day, it definitely was filled with learning moments left and right.   Our speakers either led a main session or a breakout, we had dinner at the beach, and even included headshots for each person as well. By the end of the day today, you could see that the wheels were starting to turn for so many for our attendees, and we loved to see the blossoming friendships beginning to start as well.

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Spring Creative Founders Conference Recap, Day 1!

There is a very distinct possiblity that I am very giddy in sharing this today.  Every year, when it comes time to write this post, I take a big walk down memory lane, reminiscing over so many of the moments, the friendships, the interactions and the details that make up our Conference every year.  This year, this blog post walkthrough will again be over the course of the next three days, and I'll share a bit about each day with you.

Although our Fall Conference will be taking place at the beach, our time with our Spring Conference taking place at The Lee House for the last three years was one that we absolutely loved.  It is set up as a bed and breakfast, and completely changed the way we want to host our Conference.  We had the entire place to ourselves, and it was really nice to know that we didn't have other vacation-goers mixed in with us - whether people wanted to stay up until 2am chatting on the couches downstairs or brew a cup of coffee at 5am in their pajamas, knowing that we had the space to do so completely to ourselves was just perfect.

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An Overview of Acuity, Our Favorite Calendar Scheduling Tool

How many times have you had to schedule a meeting with someone for your business?  Let's chat about two different scenarios here.How many times have you had to schedule a meeting with someone for your business?  If you have meetings with anyone, regardless of if they are with potential clients, vendors, or even business friends to set up coffee dates, sometimes they can get a bit challenging when you both have different schedules to work with. Luckily for you, there are tools made specifically to help with this, and today we’re chatting about one in particular that we love.

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Fall Creative Founders Conference Speaker Erin Kendrick

This month, we’re going to be sharing about each of our Speakers individually and share more about what each of them will be speaking on for our Fall Creative Founders Conference. We are continuing this series today with the powerful Erin Kendrick of Erin is Creative!

Erin is a visual artist from Jacksonville, Florida who’s color rich, acrylic ink-stained works of art seek to inspire a dialogue about contemporary spectatorship and the power of language as it relates to perceptions of and about black women. She has exhibited work in museums, galleries and alternative spaces throughout the southeastern United States. Erin has completely come into her own, distinctive, entirely unique element as an artist, and she is someone I am thrilled will be with us at the Conference this fall.

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The Power of Attending Conferences, Workshops, and Retreats

A small handful of entrepreneurs know the power of attending Conferences, Workshops, and Retreats, and go every year.  

And a lot of entrepreneurs, for whatever reasons they may be, do not.  We will buy online courses, classes, and attend online webinars all day long, but going to anything in-person has lot lower of a chance of it actually happening.

Why is that? The power of attending an in-person event gives you something that all of these online offerings do not, and that's something that I want talk about today.  So below, I wanted to write a post sharing with you why I think that attending an in-person event is not only important, but should be a vital item you include in your business as an entrepreneur.

After reading, let us know your thoughts on if you find these same things to be true!

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Our Top Chrome Plugins for Trello

You constantly hear people saying Team Trello! or Team Asana! and we have to be honest, we've flipped back and forth between the two as well. 

However,  when it comes down to it, we settled on Trello, and it truly is a gamechanger here for us as far as our organization and productivity goes since it works well with how we like things to be laid out.  Like any digital tool, we found that we wanted to make a few adjustments or changes to our preferences, similar to the way you are with most other productivity apps.  I knew what I wanted to be able to achieve, and that was to not have to click nearly as much, not have open as many cards, and be able to see everything without scrolling left and right as much as I did.  So, I set out to find things that would do just that.

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Fall Creative Founders Conference Speaker: Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val

This month, we’re going to be sharing about each of our Speakers individually and share more about what each of them will be speaking on! We are starting out this series today with an incredible artist, Valerie McKeehan of Lily and Val!

Valerie joined us for the first time as a Speaker at our 2016 Conference, and we are thrilled that she is returning to join us this fall. Today, we're going to highlight the specific sessions that Valerie will be teaching in addition to sharing a little bit more about her.  Read on to learn more about Val!

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Alumni Spotlight: Ashley Shelly

When it comes to planning for your business, have you ever wondered how the people who design the planners you use come to creating the specific items for you?

Or,  are you perhaps wondering what a planner would suggest to help you to plan for your own business?

Well today you are in luck, because we have the incredible Ashley Shelly on the blog for an Alumni Spotlight!

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Should you Attend our Creative Founders Conference this Fall?

Today on the Blog, I could write you and tell you more about our Conference.  However, today, I want to share thoughts about our Conference from one of our Spring 2018 Attendees, Kelli Cross of Lettered Grace.  She joined us for the first time this Spring and will be returning again this fall as our Conference Encourager.  She is someone who truly invested into this Experience, and is someone that each of us could learn from.  So today, read what Kelli has to share with you, if you're wanting to join us for our Conference this Fall!

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A Smart Goal Setting Guide for Planning and Productivity

There’s something we absolutely love about setting goals.  We love to look ahead and dream about the future, making all sorts of plans, and by speaking it into the world, we seem to think it will automatically shift our brains into gear to make them automatically magically start to form.

Well my friends, as nice as that would be to actually happen, in order for those goals to come to fruition, we have to put IN the work in the first place.

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Conference Companion Rates Available for this Fall's Conference!

This Fall, we are thrilled about everything that we have that is new! Not only are we changing the sessions available to further meet your needs, at a venue that we think will feel like you're on vacation while you're working, and getting together from Thursday - Sunday to better suit your schedules, we also were able to do rates available at varied pricing!  In addition to be able to vary pricing based on the room you choose, we have one additional item that we are thrilled to share with you today, and that is that Conference Companion Rates will be available for this year's Conference!

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What do you need to do for the GDPR as a small business owner?

The last few weeks, you may have noticed that there has been a tremendous influx of emails to your inbox with companies telling you they are updating their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.  This week, you are probably going to get even more of these, as this is all for GDPR Compliance, which goes into effect this upcoming Friday, May 25th.

Today, we wanted to share a post filled with resources to help you to do this as a small business owner.

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Exciting News about our 2018 Conference Experience

When I think about the times that we have been able to bring people together, I think about the relationships that have formed that have instantly become strong, steadfast, and continue to grow long after the initial goodbyes are spoken, those same relationships that have lasted for years after people first said their hellos and introduced themselves.


And when I think about our Conference, I want it to be a place where things come together beautifully, in a way that changes the way you look at running your business and living your life at the same time, in the best way possible.

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