Those who have followed my blog since I started in 2008 know how far my business has come. Mustard Seed Interiors was born after a teary breakdown on my sofa and a strong push from my mom and was launched with hours of painting wooden ornaments at my kitchen counter to sell at a craft fair. MSI has grown to a blog with over 1 million hits a month, a Milk Paint line sold in over 230 retail locations around the world, a book and so much more. Sometimes I even need to pause and be in awe of how an accidental entrepreneur, amateur photographer, self-taught DIYer got here.
My family was so supportive along the way, but I wish I had a community to plug into. People who could talk to me about social media, marketing, taxes, business strategy…just everything. I had some amazing mentors along the way, but I had to figure out a lot through trial and error…especially in the early days. That was tough, because every hour was precious with a baby and a toddler and every penny counted on our budget.
Whether you’re just starting a business, knee deep in things already or you’re still in the dreaming stage, this is a community you can plug into. Jeanne Oliver, Jen Rizzo and myself sharing all of our experiences, opinions, tips, tricks and ideas in this video e-course – Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0.
We look like sisters, don’t we?
Anyway, here is why Jeanne wanted to make this course. I love her words, vision and encouraging spirit.
“I have a heart for women. I am constantly amazed at the depth, quality, beauty, talent and strength of women. I had promised myself when I first started my business that if I ever figured this whole thing out (and I am still learning) that I would share how I did it. Along the way I have always tried to answer emails, encourage and support other small business owners (and dreamers). I had questions at the beginning and I wish I had had a person to turn to. I didn’t have a mentor and I could have really used one. Not because I wanted to do what they were doing…because I wanted the knowledge and support to follow MY gifts. I wanted to create a community of women that I can share my heart and journey with and then in turn they will encourage and support one another. I am so excited to tell you that I have taken all of the best parts of the original Building a Creatively Made Business and have made it even better!
Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0 is full of our experiences in building successful businesses.”
I’ve written a lot of posts about starting and running a creative business, but I think these videos will go beyond that information and I hope will be a valuable resource.
Here is the course description…
Are you a dreamer?
Do you have ideas, dreams and a beautiful product to go with it?
Have you been putting off starting your own business?
Do you feel stuck in the online business you have already created?
Do you just need someone to take your hand and walk you through the process?
It is time to take yourself and your dreams seriously.
Let’s start at the beginning.
Join us for a three week journey in building a “Creatively Made Business 2.0”.
SOME of the topics we will cover …..
- Setting up your business
- Social networking
- Promoting your business
- Pricing and staying competitive
- Photographing your product
- Setting yourself apart
- Growing your brand
- Markets and shows
- Reproducing your work
- Keeping the books
- We will talk honestly about what worked and what didn’t.
- We will talk about growing pains and when you will know it is time to expand.
- We will talk about all the things we wish someone had told us before we started our businesses.
Each week you will hear from other guest business owners and they will share what they wish they would have known and give you their best piece of advice. You will have access to the jeanneoliver.ning.com community and Facebook group so you can connect with other business owners (or dreamers) in the class.
Each of the three weeks we will have a live chat where you can ask questions.
You will have printable PDFs each week that will help you brainstorm, take notes and see your business with clarity.
All sessions are pre-recorded and available as videos for you to watch at your convenience. You will learn at your own pace and around your own schedule.
You can see a course trailer here if you would like even more information!
Growth, dreams and possibilities are right around the corner.
Registration is now open!
The course will begin May 20th and will be available for one year.
Early registration price is $49. The price will go to $59 on May 1st.
To celebrate the launch of Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0 I am giving away a 1 ½ hour phone or Skype business consultation. That’s a call with just you and me on Skype (or Google Hangout, the phone, whatever) to chat through things that are specific to your situation.
To enter to win a one-on-one consult with me leave a comment on this post sharing what you would love to learn from this course.
For more chances to win a spot you can:
- Facebook about the course (please link back to this post) and then leave a comment telling me you did.
- Share on Twitter about the course (please link back) and leave a comment telling me you did.
- Blog about the course (please link back) and leave us a comment telling me you did.
- Pin the course on Pinterest (please link back) and leave us a comment telling me you did.
- Share the course on Instagram (please link back) and leave us a comment telling me you did.
This gives you SIX chances to enter for the consult giveaway.
The giveaway will run through May 1, 2014 and then a winner will be chosen and announced. Maybe I’ll just show up at your door with balloons… Only kidding.
It really is such an honor to be a part of this class and I hope you come and join us!