First things first, some really woo woo things, but I believe they all make a difference cumulatively ↓
1. Adding “give grace” to the top of my to do list everyday
2. Going to therapy regularly
3. Continuing to find ways to separate my worth from my work
4. Getting outside
5. Listening to my body
Start where you are with what you have always, and if you love systems and feeling organized, add these in! (Some of these are affiliate links which means I get a little something if you click them.)
Dubsado is my tried and true for all things proposals, contracts, invoices, meeting scheduling, client dashboards and reporting.
Speaking of keeping things legal, I use Sprout Legal to keep everything legit. I purchased their Website Policies, Client Agreement and Independent Contractor Agreement and have been incredibly impressed with the value (each contract averages about $50!)
I’ve tried many and come back to Quickbooks Self Employed to keep those invoices tight and block off one day a month to ensure my expenses are updated and I know my profit going into the next month. Please make sure you get Self Employed and don’t spend a year trudging through (+paying for) the full Quickbooks and wanting to pull your hair out. Not that I know from experience or anything.
A little color on my lips helps me feel zhuzhed for meetings even when I’m in the clothes I wore yesterday. Get some Glossier Generation G and thank my later.
Keep your online presence tight, but don’t let it overtake your life. I use Hootsuite for clients, Planoly for my Instagram feed, and the Caption Writer app to craft perfectly formatted captions for Instagram.
Create Connect Convert Podcast
Align with Alora
Better: The Brand Designer Podcast + I think their content can often be quite white washed, so keep that in mind.
These can be a great source for new business and community, take what you want, leave the rest!
Instagram Accounts That Inspire Me – just watch out for the comparison monster
Emma Rose Agency
Sweet Daddy Designs
Olivia Herrick Design
We Were Six
When we talk small, it affects how others see us. But more importantly it affects how we see ourselves. — Sari De
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March 27, 2021