Episode 32 – Going Your Own Way with Julie Ann Art

Hey Rebels!  Today we chat with Julie Ann Art. Julie Ann Art began in 2008 as a creative hobby, and has since turned into an internationally recognized brand. Full of straight-forward sentiments and a necessary swear word or three, this stationery and gift line was created for people who just don’t give a f*ck!  Every order is processed and packaged in their studio in Washington D.C., likely in the company of their pup, Penny.

We love Julie’s snarky cards and we know you will too!  Enjoy the show!

Quote Love From Julie Ann Art

“All you can do is the best that you can do.”

“Having this business has helped me as a person to have a thicker skin.”

“You don’t have to have everything figured out before you get started.”

 

Links from the show:

Candle Creative

Where to find Julie Ann Art:

Website | Etsy Shop | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter

 

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www.helloworldstamps.etsy.com

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www.carolinecreates.com
www.carolinecreates.etsy.com

 

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Quick Guide: Blog Post Ideas for Your Product Based Business

Oh blogging. I mean, like we need one more thing to add to our to do list. But it’s SO important! Having a blog on your website is not only great to create to engage customers, but blog posts are perfect for SEO (another dreaded word!).

With everything going on in our businesses including filling orders, there never seems to be time to blog or create content. But blogging doesn’t have to be scary or time consuming.

Here are some quick steps to getting started with your blog:

1. Create a plan and jot down ideas. I love to start with pen and paper and blogging is no exception. Write down ideas and themes. Start keeping a running list of things you might want to talk about on your blog. Remember to think about your customer and what they would want to read. Also, try to think of new ways to get people excited about your product.

2. Schedule! Start creating a schedule and stick to it! How often are you going to blog? What days? Once a week is a great amount to aspire to. If that seems too much, maybe try every other week. Create a spreadsheet or calendar and plan out blog posts for the next few months. We of course plan ours in Trello. You can always move things around later, but at least they are scheduled and on the calendar.

3. Plan your steps! Do you need to take a picture or create a graphic? Incorporate these into your timeline so you can always stay on top of things. Take it a step forward and schedule all the steps that occur after you hit publish (see below).

4. Repurpose your content. Writing blog posts creates tons of content that can be used in other places to reach your fans and customers. Use your content in your newsletter, social media posts and on Pinterest. Link back to your blog and start driving traffic to your website!

Writing blog posts for your product based business should be a priority for your marketing strategy. The best way to get started is to come up with some blog post ideas and I’ve done that for you!

CLICK HERE to grab your free blog post ideas list + some blogs to check for inspiration!

Cheers!

 

 

 

Less Financial Stress for Your Biz: Three Things You Can Do Right Now!

Less Financial Stress For Your Biz

We’re almost two months in to 2017, but now’s the perfect time to put some processes in place to make your life so much better this time next year. I’m sharing three simple things you can do right now to make 2017 super successful when it comes to your business finances.

Make bookkeeping “business meetings” with yourself for every month of 2017.

Choose a date for each month and create an appointment for yourself. Treat this like a client meeting. You wouldn’t cancel last minute on a client or keep pushing the meeting back. When the meeting time arrives, go to your office or a coffee shop and get your bookkeeping done for the month.

By scheduling the bookkeeping meetings before the year starts, you’ll be mentally prepared to set aside the time needed. After a couple months, it becomes old habit and just another thing on your to-do list. If you keep pushing your bookkeeping to the bottom of your list, it will snowball and feel unmanageable.

Set up monthly folders for your receipts (digital and physical).

I don’t know about you, but when I get home from a business lunch meeting, that meal receipt has a 50/50 chance of getting lost in the depths of my purse or making it up to my office. To increase my odds of rescuing receipts from my purse, I labeled 12 envelopes with the months. I keep the current month’s envelope in my purse or in my kitchen so it’s a no-brainer when I get home and have receipts to file.

For digital receipts you can set up folders in your email where you can save receipts as soon as they hit your inbox. Since the IRS accepts digital or paper receipts, don’t feel like you have to print out every emailed receipt.

Every month, when you have your bookkeeping date, make sure you export your emailed receipts to PDF format and save in a secondary location. I’ve heard horror stories of emails being hacked or history being deleted and then losing all of that important documentation. While it’s an extra step to save your documents in another location, it will give you peace of mind.

Create a separate savings account to save for taxes.

The key is “out of sight, out of mind.” By creating a completely separate account from your day-to-day business operations account and transferring a portion of your profit to this account, you’ll be less likely to spend the money that you’ll need to pay for your taxes.

This concept can be used for sales tax that you collect from customers as well as setting aside money for income taxes.

Setting up the account is simple. Go to your current bank (or do it online!) and let them know you want a business savings account. Make sure the account has a limit on transfers out so that you aren’t tempted to take money out for personal use, only for tax payments.

This will set you up for success when it comes to saving for taxes and help ensure you never have to feel that awful feeling of not having enough cash when it comes time to pay your taxes.

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Amy Northard

 

Amy Northard is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who has a passion for working with creative entrepreneurs all over the US and making the tax and accounting side of owning a business less stressful. When she’s not getting nerdy with numbers, she loves to knit and take Instagram pictures of calculators.

WHERE TO FIND HER

website :: youtube :: instagram :: facebook
Be Your Own CFO

 

10 Things You Need for a Successful Show

Having an online shop is great but sometimes it’s nice to get out, ya know? That’s why we love getting involved in our local scene through shows. Shows are a great way to get your name, product and business out there. Whether you are doing a craft show, bridal show or trade show, you are in a unique position to meet people you otherwise would not be able to meet online.

Shows can be great sources of income but also take a lot of time and energy. Over the years, my experience with shows has taught me that there are things that can make or break your show experience.

Here are 10 things you need for a successful show:

  1. Great displays – You want to merchandise your booth like someone is walking into your store. Use things from around your house and get creative with how to display your work.
  2. Eye Catching Signage – Your sign should draw people into your booth! Invest in a good sign that you can use again and again.
  3. Business Cards or Hand Outs – Make sure when you connect with someone or they make a purchase that they have know how and where to find you later. Include an incentive to encourage them to come to your website such as an opt in or coupon.
  4. Water, Snacks and Chapstick – Lordy it gets exhausting talking to people for hours! Be sure you have the essentials to keep you going, especially if you are unable to leave your booth.
  5. Card Reader – If you are at a show that is cash and carry, be sure you have a way for people without cash to pay. There are some really great options for credit card readers including square, etsy, and paypal. Figure out what works best for you and be sure to test it before the show.
  6. Enough Cash – Can you make change? If not, be sure to grab some cash and a safe place to keep it.
  7. Comfy Shoes – I know those boots look super fab but can you stand in them for hours? Standing and talking can get exhausting especially on concrete floors so be sure your feet can handle it.
  8. Custom Order Forms – One of my favorite things to do at shows is to take samples of some custom items such as stamps or photo cards and then have order forms available if someone is interested. At trade shows, be sure you have enough order forms, clipboards and pens.

    My Booth at the National Stationery Show in 2016; Photo by Jenny Solar

  9. Backup – Have someone available to help you out and give you a break. Sometimes the booth can get slammed and you need an extra hand and sometimes, you just need to go potty. If it’s an all day event, have someone bring you lunch or give you the chance to walk around and check out some other booths. Have them text you if you need to come back to the booth and chat with someone.
  10. A Positive Attitude – Keep a smile on your face! If the show is not going your way and you start to reflect that in your demeanor and attitude, people will not come into your booth. Remember that sometimes the connections you make and people you meet are just as important as the sales and can impact your business in the future.

There is always more to remember but these tips will get you headed in the right direction.

What is something you’ve learned doing shows? Share your show tips in the comments!

Meet Your Rebels!

meet-your-rebels

We can’t wait to launch our podcast on September 20th! To get ready, we thought this would be a great time to get to know us!

Kelly Parker Smith is a retired third grade teacher who had a big dream to make pretty things and help people in need. Kelly’s love of a simple life with moments of total awesomeness has spilled over into stamp and stationery collections that give back with a goal of building a school with Pencils of Promise. Kelly creates all of the designs herself working with pen and ink, typography, watercolor, and pattern design. She is inspired by nature, clean lines, and of course, Harry Potter.  Kelly lives in Belleville, IL (20 minutes outside of St. Louis, MO) with her husband, three boys, and their rescue kitten, Katniss.  You can find her through her stationery shop Hello World Paper Co. and her independent design studio Kelly Parker Smith, Surface Pattern & Design.

Designer and Owner of Caroline Creates, Caroline Hull has a background in music and was a ballet dancer at the University of Oklahoma before finding her niché in design. Originally from Texas, Caroline now resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Chip and daughters Fiona and Maeve. When she’s not designing, you can find her checking out the latest indie music sensation, trying to recycle everything in sight, buying more pens and most likely stalking a coffee shop. Caroline also has a passion for helping other small business owners like herself through her side hustle Creating Bizness.

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