1.03.2013

get your business in shape

I'm really excited to get going on a new project that I have wanted to share with you for a while now.  Later this month I will be launching a business guidance program called Shape and today I would love to chat with you a little more about it and hear what you have to say!


Have you needed a little guidance with your shop, or are you starting a business and need a helping hand with where to start?  How about taking your hard work and turning it into a brand?  That's where I come in!  With just a bit of guidance I'm going to show you where and how to turn things around and whip your business into shape!

What I need from you is just a little bit of input so I can do some more fine tuning before the launch.  I would love to know what types of things you are looking for when it comes to business!  Where to start, what platform to use for your shop, branding guides, supply resources.. whats on your mind?  If you are shy leave it anonymously and I will try to touch on it if its relevant to this program!  Thanks for your help xo

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  1. Looking forward to this since I only opened up my online shop 3 months ago! Branding guides and effective social media marketing are on top of my list :)

    Gia @ Lovely Serendipity

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    1. Perfect, those will all be discussed!

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  2. Ooooo I can't wait!! :D

    Definitely platform for my shop, audience building...um I'll think it over and see if there's anything else haha.

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  3. Accounting... I also am running more than one business and project at the moment.. how to keep all those books clean, simple and organized? Is there one main recommended Accounting software that can handle all 3? Ugh.. I'm an art kid, not an accountant.. sigh.

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    1. I'm not sure what Heather uses, but I recommend Outright because it's simple and you can link it to your Paypal, Etsy, etc. http://outright.com/ =]

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    2. I do have a few apps and programs I love, but outright is awesome and I've been using it for a while and its great!

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  4. Such a great idea Heather and the logo is absolutely darling!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jason worked that up in just a few minutes based off my idea and a sample logo I worked up!

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  5. I am designing blogs and have so many questions about if I need to claim this extra income on my taxes this year? Any information on that would be amazingggg!

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    1. There are things you need to claim as its income, but there are limits as to when you need to claim them. You are a military wife living abroad so I'm not sure what exemptions there are, but I'm going to look into this a little more for you just in case (& i would love to know this anyways)!

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  6. Heather, this sounds awesome! =D

    I'd love some accounting tips (especially as we go into tax season), tips on organizing multiple streams of revenue, and time management.

    Looking forward to this!

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    1. This will be covered, but I also have a guest post series coming up on the blog featuring info from a CPA who works with indie business owners that you will love!

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  7. Audience building, effective use of social media with marketing, tips on connecting with other handmade owners & bloggers to build community.
    Audience building has been tough. & family & friends always want "deals, discounts, or freebies".

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    1. I'm for sure touching on the family/friends deal topic- its a personal choice, but can hurt your business in the long run if done too often/too much!

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  8. I'm really excited about this. I have had a shop for a few years and I have done a few craft shows but I would love to leave my corp job todo the thing I love 100%. I would love to know how to market and get my stuff seen by magazines and Hollywood. But also how to just grow and have a better business

    very excited for this...and thank you

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    1. Growing a business into a brand is a topic that will be covered!

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  9. I would also love to hear more about accounting information. Or about putting yourself out there, approaching others with your work instead of waiting for them to approach you.

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    1. I will for sure touch on this. One thing about approaching others is really having a positive mindset, since the worse that can happen is no answer at all or a no. From there you move on and try again, but at least you tried!

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  10. I'd love to know how to encourage people to buy online!

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    1. This is a hard one, but if you offer a great product and good service they should want to keep coming back. There is no secret to this, but some really good tips I will share.

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  11. I could use this for my online shops! Wishing you great success. I invite you to add this post to my Thursday blog hop ( its still open) xo P.S. my new giveaway started today!

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  12. Can I call you super woman? <3

    Supply resources is something I never would've thought of but would be great to know. Also, you're kind of the queen of marketing ideas so any help with that is always appreciated. And how about those icky taxes?

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    1. Taxes is for sure in there! I have a great guest post coming up from a cpa that will share some tips & tricks and I will cover it in the guide too!

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  13. I will be launching a new website with new services that will include wedding/event planning but will still be creating bridal accessories and pieces for weddings and everyday accessories. Staying organized and trying to reach out to get more followers/people interested may be what I need help with most. :)

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    1. What a fun new adventure! You branching out like that should help you reach more.

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  14. looking forward to it! I just launched an new Etsy shop as a compliment to my cake business ... def. need advise on all the possibilies! :)

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  15. I'm assuming that I could use a lot of your info to apply to blog sponsorships at well. I feel like right now I'm in a rut and I want a way to help out small businesses while still making money to put into my blog.

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    1. I'm covering a small topic on this, but will also be offering one on one consultations so they might be a better option!

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  16. Super excited for you and this new venture! I have to thank you for being such a motivator and inspirator to me, and I am sure many others. I have found myself stepping out of my "box" and just going for it as a blogger, "Balls to the wall" as they say. And I have to thank you for a lot of that courage that I have newly found.
    I recently put my shop on the back burner to go full force with the blog, but I am looking forward to getting back up and going. And using the tools you offer to help with that!
    Thanks Love!
    Heidi

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    1. You are so sweet and I'm really excited to see where you take your blog and business in this next year, you have great ideas and its fun to watch you grow!

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  17. Hi Heather!!
    Ive only just started by business so info I would be looking for would be.. since I'm starting small with not much $$ What are the important things that I should be spending my $$ on..
    How to reach out to other blogs/businesses.. and help with blogging :)
    I'm sure everything you cover will be great and much needed!! xx

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    1. network.network.network - its free advertisement if you can get the attention to what you are doing and others share it freely!

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  18. Branding and audience building is top on my list.

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  19. Looking forward to hearing more about your new venture!'
    www.delolovesdesign.com

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  20. I'm looking for some guidance on launching a new product/line successfully.

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    1. exciting! can't wait to see what you are doing!

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  21. I need help on shop launch basics and advertising. I'm so excited this!

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  22. I am looking for guidance on blogging, price points, wholesaling, best suppliers.....pretty much all of it!! I have had my biz for 4 years but have finally taken it to the next level but need to get to the next next level;). Excitedt to see what up I have to say!!

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  23. first off, i LOVE that you are doing another business series :)
    and personally, i would like to know how to get more foot traffic. on my blog, on my shop, through twitter, etc. just more people! i want to be able to reach more folks.

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  24. love your business posts and guides! and also featured your business posts on my blog :)

    http://www.freaktvblog.de/?p=11697

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