Haven’t you always wished you could find all the information that you need to build a successful creative business in one place? I know I have. And, I searched and searched for it. Did I find it? Nope. So, I decided to build it myself.

Every month, I’ll be adding content to keep you inspired, give you the knowledge you need to build your business {hello! you weren’t born knowing how to manage your money or how to market your products}, and provide all the “advanced” stuff that you’re always looking for and can’t seem to find.

There’s a lot of information to take in on this page–but I want you to know exactly what this site is all about and what it can do for you. So, let’s get it started.

Fan-tab-ulous Features

Learn from Experts

You wanna know one of the easiest ways to grow a successful creative business? Learn from people who’ve already done it. Get yourself some mentors who’ll share all of their juiciest secrets and tips.

Sounds great, right? But, it can be hard to actually track down these people and get them to talk to you without paying them for their time—and even if you get one mentor to let you in on how she grew her business, that person is not going to be an expert at everything. That means you’re going to need to do lots of work to find out everything it takes to turn your creative dreams into reality.

Here’s where I come in.

And, I think you know where I’m going with this…

I’m gonna do the hard work for you by interviewing experts who’ve done what you want to do or who can give you all the information you need to succeed. Think social media experts, successful artists, lawyers, accountants, and handmade sellers with thousands of sales on Etsy.

Each month, I’m going to interview 3 experts and publish those podcasts in the membership site. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love listening to these interviews while you package orders, take photographs of products, clean, or create.

Each interview will be accompanied by a super fun downloadable tip sheet that you can print and hang in your office, craft area, or art studio. This way you can listen to the interviews without worrying about taking lots of notes. Plus, you’ll get a worksheet for each interview, so you can turn all of those oh-so-awesome tips into actionable steps for your business.

That alone would sell me on this site, but there’s sooooo much more…

Classes That’ll Rock Your Socks + Teach You All the Skills You Need to Run a Biz

Yeah, I said, “rock your socks.” That’s right.

My group coaching program which included 6 classes sold out in 3 weeks. The “10 Critical Factors That’ll Make Your Blog a Success or a Hot Mess” class old out in 5 days. And, I freaking love teaching. So, I realized that I needed a way to scale this to make it more accessible to many more creatives.

That’s why I first decided to put together a membership site. I wanted to share my knowledge with you. So, every month I’ll publish two classes that range anywhere from 15 minutes to 60 minutes. These classes are prerecorded, so you can watch them when it’s convenient for you. I recommend your pajamas and a delicious glass of wine!

When I decided to make these classes prerecorded, so that people wouldn’t have to base their schedules around watching live classes, I knew that the only issue would be questions. How would I be able to answer your questions? Simple. You leave your questions in the correlating forum I’ve created and I respond. Done and done.

And, if applicable, the class will have a workbook or worksheet to accompany it, so you’ll be able to put the information right into action immediately.

Photography Tips and Tutorials That’ll Take Your Pictures from Blah to Bling

Let’s be honest—photos are more than half the battle to selling physical products online. If your photos suck, you’re not gonna make it. End. Of. Story.

And, in my mind, learning photography is like learning a foreign language which I was never any good at—so, I knew I had to add a professional photographer to the team who specializes in product photography.

April Bern, the lovely photographer, will be providing 2 easy-to-follow tips or tutorials each month to help you improve your photos. Want to know how to adjust the exposure or how to create a DIY lightbox? Want to know how to get that super soft feel to your photos by blurring out the background? Want help on editing your photos? Don’t worry—April has got you covered.

She’s also going to answer 2 questions from members each month. If all your product photos are turning out with a bluish tint, ask her how to change it. If you want specific feedback on the photos for a specific product you have up on Etsy, she’ll give it to you. And, I’m pretty sure that others will benefit from learning the answers to your questions, so the questions and answers will be available for all members.

Want Your Online Shop Critiqued for Free?

Mayi Carles will be providing two lucky members online shop critiques each month. That’s a $120 value a piece! So, if you’re brave enough, want to get specific feedback on how to make your shop rock, and want to help other members by allowing Mayi to do a public shop critique, you’ll submit your shop to her and she’ll make the magic happen.

Think that this won’t benefit you if you don’t have your shop critiqued? Think again. You can learn so much from seeing how Mayi helps someone improve their product titles, SEO, item descriptions, pricing, and more. You can take the same advice and apply it to your lovely shop.

Technical Tutorials That’ll Show You Step-by-Step How to Run the Tech-Side of Your Biz

Have you always wanted to know how to set up your own WordPress blog or website? Or, do you struggle with social media? Well, Zoe Rooney, will be covering basic, intermediate, and advanced technical techniques, so you can take your creative business to the next level. Every month, she’ll provide 2 video tutorials to teach you new skills that not-so-tech-savvy creative entrepreneurs struggle with, so you don’t have to struggle anymore.

These tutorials will include step-by-step instructions, so you can follow right along. And, if you have questions, just ask and she’ll answer.

Design Tutorials That’ll Teach You How to Design Like a Pro

You know that branding is important, right? Your Etsy shop banner, blog header, avatar, packaging, business cards all make an impact on whether someone buys from you–and if that person buys over and over. If you make the experience magical for your customer, you won’t have problems getting those repeat customers who can’t help but talk about your business to anyone who’ll listen.

That’s where Zoe Rooney comes in. Each month, she puts together a slammin’ design tutorial that’ll give you the design skills that’ll have your customers thinking that a design professional did all the work.

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing with Creative Tutorials

Each month, you’ll also get access to a creative tutorial to get your right brain moving. These creative tutorials will range from right-brained activities like blind contour drawings to instructions on creating mixed media backgrounds for your creative business journal to learning a new art skill.

This site is mostly about business—but I thought it’d be extra fun to throw some creative exercises in the mix. Why not, right?

Some of these tutorials and tasks will be videos and some will be pictures and written instructions.

Ultra-Awesome Bonuses

If you haven’t noticed before, I looooooove me some bonuses. I’m all about packing as much awesome stuff into one offer that I possibly can. So, here are the extras you’ll also get:

1. An all-access pass to the membership forums.

It’s super important to establish relationships with others in the handmade and creative niche. It makes it much easier to move up and make more money. Besides producing kick-ass content {if I do say so myself}, I’ve been able to reach a lot more people due to the connections that I’ve made with others like Mayi.

Plus, it’s helpful to connect with others who are struggling with the same things you struggle with, and get answers from peers who’re a couple steps ahead of you. Let’s be real. When you tell your friend who happens to be baker that you’re struggling to get views on Etsy, does she even have a clue what you’re talking about? Not like someone who sells on Etsy. People who aren’t in our world usually don’t really understand our world. It’s much easier to feel understood and connected when you surround yourself with people who get it.

2. One-on-one interaction with experts.

I’ll be in and out of the forums answering questions and responding to comments on a regular basis. April Bern, the photographer, will be responding to photography related issues. And, Mayi will be responding to any questions and comments regarding her online shop critiques.

3. Life is Messy Planners by Mayi Carles.

When Mayi released her Life is Messy Planners, I almost died at how adorable and functional they are all-in-one. So, I’ve worked out a deal with Mayi, so each member gets the downloadable version of her Life is Messy Planners {valued at $20} as soon as you join. These planners include:

  • weekly blog planner
  • weekly meal planner
  • weekly planner
  • monthly action planner
  • monthly blog planner
  • goal generator
  • resolution board + tracker
  • bullet proof your goals worksheet
  • earning goals spreadsheet
  • investment spreadsheet
  • living expenses spreadsheet

4. 10% Profit Give-a-ways

At the beginning of every month, I’m going to invest 10% of the profits right back into the members of the program. It’s easier to explain how I’m going to do this if I give you some examples. Let’s say 10% of the profits is $500 for the month of April. In May, I’d pick a product or service that I thought would benefit members of the site and give it away to as many people as possible. So for May, I might randomly pick 3 members to receive the Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle Laporte {at a $150 value} and 1 member to receive a bundle of biz related books {at a $50 value}. Let’s say 10% of the profits is $1120 for the month of May. In June, I might randomly draw 8 members to receive free copies of Kelly Rae Robert’s Flying Lessons Ebook {at a $140 value}.

Basically, I’ll pay for some members to receive a product or service that I think kicks some serious creative biz booty—and the amount of members who get the product or service depends on how many members are in the program. So, you could receive a product that costs even more than your monthly membership fee. Cha-ching.

Why is this a bonus? Because I thought it was a freaking awesome idea. I want to make this membership site about you—and how I can help you make the most of your creative business.

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So, what’s it gonna cost?

I’m going to be real with you. It’s not the cheapest membership site you can join. But, it’s the only one that I know of that has these kinds of features and bonuses. It’ll cost you $97/month. Some might think that’s a little high—but take a minute to think about how much it would cost for you to attend 2 classes, pick the brains of 3 experts each month, and get access to photography and online shop critique experts. And, that’s only 3 of the features.

I didn’t just pick the number 97 out of thin air. I did a lot of thinking about how much it would cost to put together a site that answers all of your creative biz questions and gives you access to some of the most successful people in this niche. I pay people for their time, because I value it. So, these experts get paid for their valuable information and services.

Here’s the deal: it costs money to put together something like this. That’s just the truth. But, I guarantee that it’s worth your money.

And, think about other ways you spend $97/month. Indulging in a latte each morning, buying a new outfit, going out to dinner with your significant other, or buying 4 business related books can cost more than $97. Is your creative business worth that?

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100% Money-Back Guarantee

If you join and it’s not for you, just ask and I’ll refund that month’s payment. Now here’s the deal: you can’t join the site, stick around for 6 months, and then ask for all 6 month’s payments back. This is something I provide, because I don’t want people to be unhappy. I don’t think you will be, but if you are, you’ll know before a month has passed. So, just ask for your money back within 30 days of purchase. Or, let’s say that you’ve been a member for 6 months, and all of sudden, you don’t like the new content. Just send me an email saying, “I don’t want this anymore.” And, I’ll stop your subscription and payments. Any questions? Email me at blacksburgbelle@gmail.com.

Affiliate Program

I think this is one of the best parts–but I saved it for last, because I don’t want you joining the site just for this.

You want to hear how this can become a win-win for you and me?

If you love the site and want to tell everybody about it, you can make some money by spreading the word. After you join, you’ll have the opportunity to join the affiliate program where you’ll make $48.50/month for every person who joins using your affiliate link.

That means if you encourage 2 people to join through your affiliate link, you’re affiliate earnings will equal your monthly membership fee—which basically means you’re in the membership site for free. As long as the people you refer keep their membership, you get paid. If 10 people sign up through your affiliate link, you get $485 a month. Not bad, right? And don’t worry. I’ll cover affiliate marketing in the membership site, so you can get some tips on how to make this work for you.

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