Posts in Your Plan
Three Ways to Use Video with a Launch

When it comes to product launches, there are so many moving parts and piece to think about.  Besides the product images and captions themselves, there are so many other things to think about.  How are you going to get your audience to notice your work, how are you going to spread the word about the products you're creating, and most importantly, how are you going to keep their attention and convert the curiosity to clicks, which will then turn into sales?  These days, using video is one of the best ways to not only nurture engagement, but capture attention instantly. So today, we have Jessica Freeman, founder of Jess Creatives, with a guest blog post sharing three ways to use video as a part of a launch. 

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Fall Creative Founders Conference Speaker: Heather O'Brien

Over the next few weeks, we’re going  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.

So far, we have introduced Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val and Erin Kendrick of Erin is Creative.  Today, we have Heather O'Brien of Heather O'Brien Design on the blog!

Heather attended the Creative Founders Conference  (known then as Stationery Academy) in 2014 and it rocked her business world and truly propelled her business to the next level. She can’t wait to share all that she has learned over the years with you! 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The 2017 Creative Founders Conference, Day 3 Recap!

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.

Below is our Day Three Recap of our 2017 Conference. Day 1 is here, Day 2 is here, and Day 3 is below!  If you were an attendee, we hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane today, and if you're interested in joining us for 2018, register here.  Enjoy!

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September is not too early to start planning for 2018

Now is the best time to plan for the upcoming year.

 

It’s that time of year again. School is underway, the weather is probably getting cooler (depending on where you live), and the holidays are fast approaching (I know, I know—sorry to bring it up—but we all know it’s true!).

Think about how you felt last year if you waiting too late to plan for the upcoming year.

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Make This Your Breakout Year - Revenue and Marketing Strategy Tool

Each year, you create your list of things that will get you closer and closer to your ideal lifestyle and business.

If you’ve been running a creative business for awhile you know the beginning of the year brings "all the feels" of a fresh start, new ideas, and working on something huge! We all get that feel-good, nostalgic flood of emotions from resolutions, making plans, and celebrating accomplishments.

By now, you probably have your plan created (at least I hope you do). You’ve hemmed in those starry-eyed dreams of creative world domination to a few awesome goals that are going to help grow your business.

But you know it's time to buckle down. And if this is going to be your breakout year, you need to add some strategies to your plan that seasoned business owners use - something to tie up the loose ends of your revenue and marketing strategy.

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