Where were you in your business journey when making the decision to attend Inspired?
I was almost a year in running paperclutch full time. I was at a point where I was overwhelmed exhausted trying to do it all. I was working so hard and not seeing the benefits financially.
Knowing what you know now, what would you tell yourself on Day 1 of starting your creative business?
Relax, set boundaries. Allow yourself to be present in work and in your family life. You are amazing at what you do and it will all fall into place when the time is right.
What is one action item from your Inspired Retreat experience that has changed your business and/or mindset?
Create value for customers. My business is not only about making a sale. It is also about giving value like art tips, painting videos, a look inside my life as an artist/ mom/ entrepreneur.
With the abundance of noteworthy creative workshops offered, why would you recommend Inspired Retreat over another?
It is a small group and not overwhelming. Also, you learn so much from the women attending in addition to the the speakers. You feel like you belong to a tribe when you leave, not just a face in the crowd.
How has your investment in Inspired Retreat paid off for you and your business?
I have not seen the payoff financially yet but I know it is coming. There is so much I am still trying to implement and work through.
What is one thing you have implemented that has helped you to streamline or help manage your creative business and family/personal priorities?
Putting a social media plan in action. It is still very sporadic but I have a better grasp on what to post and when. I don't spend as much time on it.
What things do you do to stay creative/be inspired?
Paint and create new artwork.
What is your daily routine like?
The summer is chaos with kids but when school starts back I will wake up and do a short workout, take the kids to school, have breakfast, Work on orders until Noon, Lunch Break, Work on business until 2:30. Pick the kids up, then it is all family time. To work on my work-life balance my husband and I have decided to have weekly dates during the day while the kids are in school.
What is your favorite business book, magazine, or podcast?
Girl wash your Face & Goal Digger.
So, what's next for you?
Taking my craft parties on the road. I have scheduled several private craft parties over the past few months and I have loved it. I think it is my next service to offer. I had a photographer at my last public party so I hope to use the photos to begin advertising.
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