Happy February, gang! I know, we’re a week in, but it still feels right to celebrate the start of another month as the first one of 2018 seemed to go on for quite some time… It’s been a year of ups and downs already, but I guess that goes hand in hand with running your own business. I’ve certainly seen a lot of mixed emotions online and so hopefully with the imminent arrival of spring, our spirits will be lifted and we can move forward with renewed energy and excitement for the year ahead. We’ve lots to look forward to this year but I think it just takes some of us a little while to get going!
You may or may not have seen that I’ve finally announced the online workshop course that I am running in a couple of weeks. It has been quite an emotional rollercoaster as I’ve been so determined about it, but so terrified of launching it, and announcing it to the world! Being completely new to me, and totally out of my comfort zone has really tested me, and my confidence.
But I’m thrilled to say that the launch has been met with excitement and after just a week it is half full already. I’m really, really chuffed!
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, or don’t know anything about what I’m doing, I thought I’d put it all together here to let you know, but also because I’ve been asked quite a few questions, so I’m hoping I’ve covered it all for you.
What is ‘Joining the Dots’?
This is an intense, 8 week online course which is crammed full of information – live videos will play out each Wednesday evening at 8pm (maybe with a glass of wine, who knows?!) with me and tasks will be given to complete throughout the week. I will guide you through the journey of starting up and growing your business, from figuring out your audience, refining your brand message and moving on to where to sell, and managing your social media and own digital marketing. You can read the full course description here.
What will it give you?
My aim while writing this workshop was to give you the tools to take forward – by knowing everything you need to work on means that you can create a successful online brand message, and understand each element of your digital marketing and the best way to approach it. It is a lot of work, but by knowing what you need to do, will hopefully help you in doing the work – rather than wondering what you should be doing to make the best of your business.
Why invest in me?
I believe I am the right person to help guide you in your creative business journey. I have run my own textile design business for 8 years, starting out on my own with no knowledge or understanding but learnt through trial and error to create a successful business. I have been where you are and I know what it’s like! For the last 3 years I have worked as a business trainer and mentor, and social media/content specialist for a digital agency, and now in my own business. I have worked with numerous small businesses and have extensive experience of a wide range of industries. I love helping each and every one of them, and seeing their understanding evolve is very rewarding.
I am approachable and friendly and will treat you gently, but with constructive criticism. I will be right there with you and will be on hand to support you throughout.
What else is there?
What I’m also excited about are the case studies we will be referring to throughout the programme. I’ve got small business examples from Lauren Aston Designs, Lucy & Yak, Chambers & Beau and Folksy – who I will be referring to on how to create a successful business and brand. We can learn so much from those doing it well, and using these superb businesses will enforce my teaching.
How much is it?
The programme is only £185, which is more affordable than my mentoring package, it also works out cheaper than my individual workshops so you get incredible value for money. If you choose, you can also add a two hour mentoring session onto the end if you need more help moving forward (this can be done via skype/facetime if you aren’t local.)
What if you’re away for a week?
The videos can be watched afterwards if you can’t make each week live, and you also have access to the whole course for three months following the end of the course. There will be a private Facebook group where we can all share thoughts on the course, ask questions, find support and be part of a community where you are all going through the same thing. I’m nervous too, but by being part of a small group of like minded businesses we can help each other.
The businesses who have signed up already are brilliant and I can’t wait to be part of their journey! Do you want to add your name to the list?? I’d love you to.
Give me a call or drop me an email, or sign up here to join.
Helen @ The CBN x
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