Hooray! We are in the final week that our Conference Registration is open, and we are thrilled to share about our sixth speaker, Heather Jordan of Durst and Jordan Accounting! Heather joined us at the Spring 2018 Conference and taught the Money session. She is such a wealth of knowledge that we knew we had to have her join us again!Read More
Over the last few weeks, we've been 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. Today, we have Amy Kinslow of Southern Fried Design Barn on the blog!
Ever since she had the opportunity to work at her local stationery store in high school, Amy Kinslow, owner of Southern Fried Design Barn, knew she wanted to be connected to this field of work. Soon after graduating college with a degree in graphic design, Amy attended the first ever Creative Founders Conference in 2011 with a small idea and a big dream. The conference kick started her business in late 2011.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
A look back at our 2017 Creative Founders Conference...
In early March of 2017, 20 women walked through the doors of the Lee House for our 2017 Creative Founders Conference. They were excited, nervous, and walked in knowing that so many things for their business were about to change. The next four days that transpired were some of the most memorable for the year, and it has been incredible to see them grow in so many different ways.Read More
We've asked experts in our in community - women we admire and who have so much knowledge to share - to contribute to our blog series titled Ask A Creative Founder.
This month's question is all about team members: Do you have a team? What do they do? What did you hire out first and why? What tips do you have for hiring team members?
Hiring help for your business can be a daunting task for creative business owners. Read some of the advice given by Creative Founders in our community and see how getting help can make your business grow!Read More
We've asked experts in our in community - women we admire and who have so much knowledge to share - to contribute to blog series titled Ask A Creative Founder.
This month's question is: How do you plan for sales slumps in a seasonal industry?
Seasonal sales slumps can be a real problem for the stationery industry. Read some of the advice given by Creative Founders in our community and see how planning and multiple revenue streams can help your business survive!Read More
Creating a yearly plan is usually a no-brainer for small business owners. We like to plan, dream, strategize, and try to set goals for the upcoming year. You probably have ended up with a pretty comprehensive strategy and action plan (especially if you went through the free My 2017 Plan FounderClass™ with us!).
As you grow your business, you start to think more like a CEO...like a founder. Part of that is taking a deeper look at your revenue and sales projections, instead of winging it on a hope and a prayer.Read More