Last November I visited San Francisco to be part of a studio audience for a CreativeLive course(you can read all about my experience here, here and here). In addition to learning a TON about developing digital products and growing my online business, I met some awesome creative entrepreneurs. Sage Grayson, of Sage Grayson Coaching, was one of the entrepreneurs I met last November.
Sage and I at the CreativeLive Studio
Sage is a Life Editor / Coach who offers a variety of services for her clients, that you can learn about HERE. Several of her services include AMAZING quarterly care packages, so I was super excited when Sage contacted me about including a Sunflower Paperie product in her first care package of 2015. “Grateful” is a term that resonates with her clients, so that was the inspiration for this banner! You have to click on over to Sage’s site to see the banner “in action”! 🙂
A couple of weeks before April’s courses were slated to start (and a couple of weeks after I applied to attend), I was contacted by Melissa at CreativeLive to see if I was still interested in being part of the studio audience – I couldn’t believe it! My heart was racing and I was SO excited as I read her e-mail! After some preliminary research on hotels and travel options, I confirmed my participation.
I flew from Arizona to San Francisco on Sunday, the day before the first class started. I was thankful I arrived early, because I was able to check out the CreativeLive studio location and attend a “meet and greet” April hosted for all of the audience attendees Sunday evening. For some reason, I was really nervous, but meeting the other participants helped ease my nerves, because several of them had already attended a CreativeLive course.
Monday I reported to the CreativeLive studio at 8:00 a.m. (filming started at 9:00 a.m.). The studio where the courses are filmed is modern and fresh and everyone we worked with was super nice and helpful. All of our meals were provided and they were delicious! After we ate breakfast, several of the audience members got “mic-ed up” and we headed into the studio.
The first course, “Create Digital Products that Sell Why You Sleep,” was filmed over two days (Monday and Tuesday) and included a total of 23 segments. While we were filming, the day was broken into 90 minute section of filming. Each segment, our host Chris, would introduce the course, encourage people to purchase the course and participate in the online chat rooms and then he would turn it over to April. April would then present the material, answer our questions and move through the course material. April also designed a beautiful workbook to correspond with the course. The segments were longer and went into each topic at length. One of my favorite parts of the course was the afternoon April spent showing us some of the tricks she uses in the Adobe Creative Suite.
The second course, “Make Your Creative Business Uniquely Irresistible,” was filmed on the final day (Wednesday). It was different than the first course, in that it is designed to be watched in smaller segments. There are 21 total segments and students can opt to watch 1 a day or 1 a week and move through the prompts and activities. This course seemed to move super quick and was PACKED with information!
Attending the courses in person was AMAZING! Everyone at CreativeLive was so nice and I loved getting to see April both during and after filming. The audience members represented a wide variety of creative business owners, which was beneficial because it helped me “think outside of the box” regarding digital products. April is seriously an amazing teacher! I can’t even begin to imagine how much time she put into developing the course material. I am grateful that she is so willing to share her knowledge about and passion for creative business owners!
Whew – that was a long (series) of reviews! Thanks for sticking with me! As I referenced in my CreativeLive – Part 2post, I plan to expand on some of the topics that resonated most with me from April’s courses over the course of the year, so stay tuned! I am so thankful I attended these courses in November, because they helped boost my motivation and focus on the upcoming year!
As I have mentioned before, I am a life long learner who has always enjoyed school. Since opening my Etsy shop in May of 2013, I have read business books and blogs and streamed a couple of CreativeLive courses live. However, I hadn’t participated in any in-person or online courses. When I first read April’s call for applications, I was SO excited (and a little nervous) at the potential of attending a course in-person and networking with other creatives. Imagine my surprise when I was selected to be in the audience! I immediately started planning and trying to get my business in order.
Our wonderful teacher, April Bowles-Olin & I at the conclusion of the 2nd course.
A big takeaway from April’s first course was “starting where you are.” This theme was present in her subsequent courses and has been something I repeat to myself (and anyone who will listen!) frequently. When I left for CreativeLive, I had pending orders; products that were created, but weren’t listed; and a baby blog with no content. Honestly, those items were stressing me out, but I tried my hardest to “start where I was.”
Below are my biggest “A-Ha!” moments from my time at CreativeLive. My goal is to publish longer posts about each concept throughout 2015.
1. Develop multiple income streams.
2. Create a yearly calendar for all marketing goals.
3. DO WHAT WORKS 🙂
4. The importance of building a network of similarly minded business owners and creatives.
If you are interested in any CreativeLive courses, I would encourage you to check them out NOW! They are running a holiday sale with some courses up to 50% for lifetime access. I tend to gravitate towards the “Craft & Maker” focused courses, but there is definitely something for everyone. Check all the courses out here!
My final review of CreativeLive, focused on what it was like “behind the scenes” will go up a little later this week! Thanks for following along as I document this awesome experience!
Do you ever stumble upon something really great, but you aren’t able to remember where you heard about it initially?! This exact thing happened to me this past summer and ultimately led to a chain of events that has changed my thinking about my creative business. Let me explain…
Last May, I tuned into a CreativeLive course taught by April Bowles-Olin of Blacksburg Belle entitled “Building a Successful Creative Blog.” For those of you not familiar with CreativeLive, it is a company that recruits experts from various fields to teach online courses in their area of expertise. Viewers can stream the courses live (for free) or purchase “lifetime access” for a reasonable price.
I had been reading April’s blog for awhile when I watched her first course. This is where the good fortune comes into play. I can’t for the life of me remember how I stumbled upon April’s blog, but if I hadn’t, I might have never learned about CreativeLive or watched her course. To say that she is a dynamic instructor is an understatement. While I have always enjoyed school (2 degrees worth!), I have never been particularly interested in online courses. April changed my opinion about online courses quickly. Her style is engaging, fast paced and extremely informative. Not only is she an expert in creative business consulting she is also an exceptional teacher.
Fast forward to October when she announced that she was accepting applications for readers to be members in the studio audience of her next two (TWO!) CreativeLive courses. I filled out an application and could hardly believe it when I was contacted by CreativeLive to participate! I traveled to San Francisco and spent 3 days in class with April and a studio audience filled with other creative business owners. The takeaways from this experience have already helped me set goals for my business and develop manageable action steps towards achieving my dreams!
In my next post I am going to discuss what it was like to attend a CreativeLive course and share my “A-Ha!” moments. Stay tuned!
We wrapped up the final day of “Creating Digital Products that Sell While you Sleep” earlier this evening over at CreativeLive! My head is currently filled with tons of ideas about growing my business. I will be honest, at the moment I am feeling very overwhelmed (and also very thankful that I will receive a copy of the course, so that I can re-watch it to my hearts content!)!
One of my biggest takeaways has been the importance of creating a year long calendar where I intentionally map out all aspects of my business (product launches, social media posts, etc.). I would also like to start setting specific goals, both personal and professional, that correlate with my master calendar.
So, starting this month, I am going to post a handful of goals that I will be working on in the upcoming weeks. At the end of the month, I will follow-up with status updates and set new goals for the next month. Without further ado, my November include:
1. Blog at least 3 times each week.
2. Create (or hire out) an effective e-newsletter opt in function.
3. Send my first weekly e-newsletter to subscribers.
4. Join a gym / start working out 2-3 times per week.
5. Read two “for pleasure” books.
What are your goals for the end of November or the end of the year? I would love to hear about them in the comments!
Hello and welcome to the Sunflower Paperie blog! I have dreamed of starting a blog for YEARS, but didn’t know where to start or what I would write about. In the spring of 2013, I opened an Etsy shop and continued to fall in love with the idea of building an online community of people who were interested in the same things that I am passionate about.
This past summer, I watched an online course on CreativeLive facilitated by April Bowles-Olin entitled “Build a Successful Creative Blog.” April’s enthusiasm and knowledge convinced me that a blog related to my creative business was the next logical step towards growing my business. One of concepts that resonated most with me from this course was the idea of “starting now.” I tend to be a perfectionist and want to have everything in order before starting something, but April insisted on starting now. Where ever you are, whatever your talents and whatever your goals, just start now.
Fast forward several months (clearly “now” can be interpreted several ways!), and here I am! I plan to have an official blog launch soon, but in the meantime I wanted to tackle an obstacle that has seemed daunting for almost a month now – my first post.
I am currently in San Francisco participating in April’s newest course, “Create Digital Products That Sell While you Sleep.” I am feeling motivated, challenged and excited about this new blog space and new products for Sunflower Paperie. A full review of my experience being in the CreativeLive audience along with many other exciting topics are on tap for the upcoming weeks, so stayed tuned!