Posts in 6 Pillars
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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Business Resources to Purchase during the 2018 Holiday Sale Weekend

When it comes to running your business, there are a lot of things to have in mind to keep it moving at a wonderful pace, and a lot of the expenses can add up. However, we’ve got you covered with a curated list of items that are on sale to help to make running your business easier! We use every single one of these programs shown to run the Society for Creative Founders, and the majority of them listed below are having holiday sales! 

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Holiday Prep Checklist - Tips for Holiday Season Success

The last few weeks have been filled with a lot of preparation for those of you who are shop owners, and so today, we wanted to put together a simple checklist for you to make sure that you have everything taken care of and ready to go.  We'll explain this step-by-step in the post outlined below, and we've also included a free checklist at the bottom of the page that you can download + print to have on-hand as you go through everything. We hope that this post will help you in taking some time to make sure that everything is ready to go, and that you have a successful holiday season!

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10 Ways to Add Value to your Online Shop this Holiday Season

Alrighty, y'all. With the launch of our 2018 Gift Guide, it means only one thing.⠀The holidays are coming.
Rather than thinking about how you can discount your products, I actually want to challenge you to not discount them. Let's turn this idea of discounting your products which you work so hard to create on it's head and think about ways that you can add value instead.

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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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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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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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