Posts in 6 Pillars
8 Tips for Planning out your Year

We are a few weeks into a new year and everywhere we turn, people are talking about planning their year.  Today, we wanted to write a post giving you eight tips to plan out the year ahead, which can be used at any time you need guidance to help you plan things out.

A lot of times as creatives, setting goals and planning things out simply makes us uncomfortable or we don't necessarily want to plan things out because we like the freedom of creativity built in to our days.

We aren't saying that you can't be free to do that, but we also know how much of a difference it can make when you develop a routine.  So below, we've outlined 8 different tips for planning out your year. We hope you find this post helpful, and it gives you the encouragement that you need to plan out your best year yet!

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10 Tips for Planning and Marketing your Business at Bridal Shows

As a wedding stationer, planning for a Bridal Expo can be overwhelming, as there is a lot to consider. Lucky for you, we're here today to help with all of that!   The season of Bridal Expos will be upon us before we know it, and we know that the majority of you will be participating in, or making a decision to participate in a Bridal Show occuring in the spring each year, to celebrate all of the newly engaged couples and begin the year with excitement.

This post is a short preview of the plethora of information we'll be including in our FREE LIVE CLASS this upcoming Thursday, January 10th, entirely about Marketing your Business at a Bridal Show.  Registration is open for this class now, and we would love for you to join us!

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2018 in Review and Looking ahead to 2019 | A Note from Kristin

The last few weeks of 2018, along with the first week of 2019 have been filled with all sorts of ideas, thoughts, and reminiscent moments from a full year that 2018 was. We are a few fresh days into the new year, and it has me entirely grateful for all that the last year encompassed. 

Take a little walk back with me through the year that 2018 was, won't you?

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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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