My favorite way to get inspired or strategic in my business is to look anywhere, everywhere other than the creative community. Lately, I’ve found immense amounts of inspiration from my brother in law, who graduated from the special forces today. It might be a little surprising that a soldier can teach you how to be a better business owner, but maybe not: always be willing to work hard (even when, especially when it’s uncomfortable) to achieve your goal, and never sacrifice your integrity. Claiming these as core values is one thing; seeing them lived out has been something else entirely. I couldn’t be more proud of you, BIL. . . Photo by @brettheidebrecht of a little calligraphy I did for my sister’s wedding
Direction, not intention, determines your destination”-Andy Stanley. . . I came across this quote a few months ago and thought... That’s pretty obvious, right? But the longer I’ve been in business, the more I realize just how important this is to remember. For me, that means determining the three things I NEED to get done for the day. Whether it’s that client project I need to get done or the newsletter I need to write, defining those three things makes all the difference in clarifying my direction. Some days that might mean I don’t get around to the little things I had planned (hello, Instagram), but by defining my direction at the outset, I’m able to discern that I’m still moving in the right direction. When you’re a business owner and feel like you need to do #allthethings, that discernment becomes pretty darn important. . How do you define your days? Is it feasible to choose the one or few things that need to get done, or does that seem like wishful thinking? Photo my by sweet friend @lindseylaruephoto . . . . #creativelaw #bosslady #bossladies #communityovercompetition #herestothecreatives #girlboss #thatsdarling #savvybusinessowner #pursuewhatislovely #fromwhereiwork #womeninbusiness #creativeatheart #theeverydayproject #savvybusinessowner #entrepreneur #pursuewhatislovely #pursue #hustlewithease #hardworkandfairydust #shesnoplainjane #beingboss #dowhatyoulove
Sometimes the best way to deal with a busy season is to step away and truly give yourself a break. I think it goes back to my track days- any time you’re training for peak performance, the best way to prepare is to let yourself rest. So even though it was a little tempting to get a head start on work today, I let myself get my hands dirty planting these little guys instead. . . Also, Matt has an over under of me only getting 2 or 3 blooms out of the approximately 100 seeds you see here. Let’s just say, he has zero faith in my gardening abilities...but the jokes on him, because I’ve been researching backyard greenhouses all night 😉 happy Sunday friends!
I realized today that this is our 10th Valentines Day together...which simultaneously made me feel a little old, but incredibly grateful. We’ve been together pretty much since the day we met, but this year especially has made me immensely happy to have this guy by my side. You don’t see him around here all that often, but I’m thinking that may just be changing soon: Matt’s a financial advisor for small businesses, and one of the best surprises of the past year is the joy we have getting to pair up our businesses to support entrepreneurs together. Stay tuned on some fun things ahead 😉 happy Valentine’s Day friends! . Photo by @brettheidebrecht . . . #creativesontherise #creativityfound #theeverygirl #RisingTideSociety #CommunityOverCompetition #MyCreativeBz #SavvyBusinessOwner #CreativeEntrepreneur #CreativePreneur #CalledToBeCreative #FlashesOfDelight #ThatsDarling #pursuepretty #makeithappen #creativeatheart #herestothecreatives #creativelaw
Ok friends, today in the Creative Law Series I’m talking about the most common mistake I see business owners making in these little squares: affiliate marketing. . . It may seem like no big deal, but it is to the FTC, so it’s so important that you don’t open your business up to liability with affiliate marketing! If you are advertising any affiliate links, say so before the link itself-ie, if you’re talking about it on an Instagram caption, start your caption with #ad #sponsored etc. the wording matters too: make sure you tell your reader that you could get a kickback for their use of the link. I talk about other tips and tricks in the video- head to the link in my bio! Photo by @avnerroadphotography . . . . #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition #creativepreneur #creativelaw #smallbizlaw #creativityfound #creativeatheart #pursuepretty #savvybusinessowner
From almost my first day as a lawyer, when I’d come home the first thing I’d do was grab my calligraphy ink and nibs, and get to creating. I couldn’t explain why I loved it so much, but it was an outlet for me- a stress/relief habit I’d picked up in law school. Thanks to that habit, I stumbled into the world of the creative “side hustle”, which led me to where I am today. . . Most everything I learned was self taught, watching Instagram videos from pros like @designhouseofmoira. That’s why I was more than thrilled to get to play a small part in her Design House Prep School- a comprehensive course that covers everything from digitizing to flourishing, and everything you need to know to start (or grow) your creative business. I’m teaching a module on my favorite topic-contracts for creatives- where I’m covering everything you need to know to make your contracts legally sound, including lessons learned the hard way from my own calligraphy business. . . For just a few more hours, you can snag this comprehensive course at 20% off with code “LAUNCHCODE”. As someone who stumbled into business accidentally, I mean it when I say this course is one of the best investments you could possibly make. Link in my bio! . . . Photography and calligraphy by @designhouseofmoira @designhouseprepschool . #creativelaw #bosslady #bossladies #communityovercompetition #herestothecreatives #girlboss #thatsdarling #savvybusinessowner #pursuewhatislovely #fromwhereiwork #womeninbusiness #creativeatheart #theeverydayproject #savvybusinessowner #entrepreneur #pursuewhatislovely #pursue #hustlewithease #hardworkandfairydust #shesnoplainjane #beingboss #dowhatyoulove
How do you teach people to be successful in working with you? As someone who admittedly has been frustrated lately with the immense amount of communication (read: hours of emails) it seems to take to run a business, that question stopped me in my tracks, and honestly shifted my entire perspective. . . Today my weekly video series, the Creative Law Series, is back, & I'm sharing one of my favorite conversations to date- my sweet friend @prairielettershop and I sat down and talked about how systemizing our client communication sets the foundation for a smooth client relationship, enhancing the client experience and giving us the chance to make our clients feel known and loved. This conversation is truly a can’t miss- Alex is so generous in sharing how she went from being resentful to allowing herself to see communication as a blessing, not a burden. As someone who has attended many of her workshops, I can tell you Alex truly does use her business as a way to bless others. Link in profile! . . . #creativesontherise #creativityfound #theeverygirl #RisingTideSociety #CommunityOverCompetition #MyCreativeBz #SavvyBusinessOwner #CreativeEntrepreneur #CreativePreneur #CalledToBeCreative #FlashesOfDelight #ThatsDarling #pursuepretty #makeithappen #creativelaw
Find work that makes you excited to jump out of bed in the morning, even if you went to bed a *little* later than usual thanks to the Super Bowl and a crazy This Is Us episode. I spent this morning knocking out an agreement for a deal that a client landed with a large company last week, and I’m over the moon excited to see where this takes her career. . . I tell my family and friends all the time how much I enjoy creating a job that allows me to truly walk alongside my clients as they navigate business ownership, rather than just provide a one-off service for them like I would at a typical firm. I’m oh so thankful for the clients who have allowed me to do just that, and find such a fulfilling way to do what I love! . . . Photo by @mollythrasher . #makewavesmonday #risingtidesociety #wearethecreativeeconomy #honeybook #creativeminds #creativepreneur