Posts in 6 Pillars
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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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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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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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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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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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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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Apparel, Decor, and Mugs to Love

In honor of Small Business Saturday coming up, we are sharing thirty gift items from a few of our SCF Alumni, to help you to think of creative, fun, holiday, or happy gift ideas for so many people on your list. On Day 1 we specifically focused on items for the holidays and for gifts you can personalize.  See those here!

On Day 2, we focused on items to keep you organized, in addition to highlighting pieces for your traveling and city loving friends. See those here!

Today, our final day, we are giving you ideas for the women in your life, including apparel, decor, and mugs to love.  We hope you love what you see! Each maker, artist, or designer has included links to their specific items so that you can purchase directly from them.  Please remember to shop small this season, and we look forward to seeing you here for the next three days to celebrate!

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Adventure, Traveling, and Keeping it all Organized

In honor of Small Business Saturday coming up, we are sharing thirty gift items from a few of our SCF Alumni, to help you to think of creative, fun, holiday, or happy gift ideas for so many people on your list. On Day 1 we specifically focused on items for the holidays and for gifts you can personalize.  See those here!

Today, Day 2, we are specifically focusing on items to keep you organized, in addition to highlighting pieces for the travelers!

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Seasonal + Personalized Gifts

Hi everyone, happy holidays! Have you started your holiday shopping yet?  Well, if not, no worries, we have you covered! In honor of Small Business Saturday coming up, for the next three days, we'll be sharing thirty gift items from a few of our SCF Alumni, to help you to think of creative, fun, holiday, or happy gift ideas for so many people on your list. Today, Day 1, we are specifically focusing on items for the holidays and for gifts you can personalize.  From Holiday cards to ornaments and gifts for your littles, we hope you love what you see! Each maker, artist, or designer has included links to their specific items so that you can purchase directly from them.  Please remember to shop small this season, and we look forward to seeing you here for the next three days to celebrate!

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A Five Step Marketing Plan for Shop Owners

Next week on Wednesday, November 15th the incredible Kelly Parker Smith of Hello World Paper Co. will be walking everyone through a Five Step Marketing Plan for Shop Owners. As a preview as to what her webinar will include, she's written a content-packed post below.  To join us on Wednesday for her free webinar, register here.  Enjoy this Guest Post from Kelly!

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Your Money: Organizing your Financial Systems as a Creative Entrepreneur

As the end of the year approaches, financial systems are probably far away in your mind.  You’re probably more focused on peppermint mochas, packaging orders and perfecting your family’s holiday card pose than the upcoming tax deadline. However, this is also a great time to start getting your finances in order before things get too out of hand!  

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Registration for our 2018 Conference is Now Open!

Will you be joining us for our next Creative Founders Conference?

Hooray! Today is such an exciting day, because registration is now open for our 2018 Creative Founders Conference!

This year we will be in Pensacola, Florida, from April 15-18, 2018.  Our annual conference is a a three day, all-inclusive workshop experience that helps artists, makers, and designers go from 1,001 ideas to getting clarity for the best ideas to execute by designing developing a clear direction for your business so you know where to go next.

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Six Ways to Enhance your Client Experience

How can you enhance your client experience today?

We have six suggestions to help you, whether you are a service provider or product seller. 

When it comes to your client experience, this is such an incredible way to change things for the people who purchase from you or spend time with you as you are designing something for them.  Whether you are a product seller or a service provider you can make such a tremendous difference in the way that an experience can be created from working with you. Client Experience is all about surprising and delighting your customers and clients all along the way, and below we have a few suggestions to help you get started in improving this for your business.

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