January 12, 2016

Things I want to learn in 2016

Filed under: Creativity — lidia @ 5:54 pm

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Every year, I make a list of things I want to learn rather than New Year’s resolutions.

I’ve managed to check off a few things on last year’s list (make an awesome green smoothie) though some still remain elusive (will I ever master my DSLR camera?)

Things I want to learn in 2016

  1. Video and YouTube marketing
  2. PPC (pay-per-click) advertising
  3. How to play guitar again (it’s been awhile)
  4. A digital illustration style that I can use for my children’s book ideas
  5. A more efficient bookkeeping system
What do you want to learn in 2016?

December 31, 2012

Things I want to learn in 2013

Filed under: Marketing & Promotion — Tags: , , — lidia @ 11:07 am
2013 greeting card by Laura Berger

2013 greeting card by my friend Laura Berger. Buy in her etsy shop! 

So, at the beginning of every year I make a list of things I want to learn. Apparently, I skipped 2012’s list—but I was already busy learning how to be a new mom! (see 2011’s list here).

Things I want to learn in 2013

  • How to create an eBook in Adobe InDesign
  • How to use Google Analytics effectively (admittedly, this has been on my list for several years!)
  • How to narrow down all of my personal creative projects
  • QuickBooks
  • Recipes for my slow cooker
  • Fitting in exercise into my biz mama schedule
  • A fun DIY holiday gift for friends
  • Sewing

What do you want to learn in 2013?

 

January 6, 2017

10-Minute Marketing: Make a list of things to learn

Filed under: 10-Minute Marketing — lidia @ 10:00 am

10-Minute Marketing: Make a list of things to learn

Instead of making New Year resolutions every year, I make a list of things I want to learn. I find it to be less intimidating and more practical than making resolutions. My list usually involves both personal and work-related purusits (as they often cross over) and sometimes (OK, always) I carry over things from past years

This week’s 10-Minute Marketing task:

Make a list of things to learn this year.

10-Minute Marketing is a weekly series featuring short, easy-to-accomplish marketing tasks. Follow along with past posts here.

 

January 1, 2015

What I want to learn in 2015

Filed under: Creativity — lidia @ 10:00 am

15 from typography in the city

Here it is, my annual list of things I want to learn in the new year. Yes, I admit there are a few stragglers from last year’s list (when, oh when, will I finally learn how to properly use my camera?!)

Things I want to learn in 2015

  • Digital publishing: apps, eBooks
  • Making the most of my DSLR camera
  • Using Google Analytics effectively
  • An illustration technique for my children’s book ideas
  • How to make a “best-of” video from my library of clips
  • Video marketing
  • An awesome green smoothie recipe

Happy New Year!

 

December 30, 2013

What I want to learn in 2014

Filed under: Small Business — lidia @ 10:25 am
Laura Berger 2014 calendar

My friend Laura Berger’s awesome 2014 calendar. Click to order in her Etsy shop.

I’m continuing in my tradition of listing things I want to learn in the new year instead of resolutions. Admittedly, there are a few holdovers from years past, but I’m all the more determined to check them off!

Things I want to learn in 2013

  • Digital publishing: apps, eBooks, etc.
  • Making the most of my DSLR camera
  • Using Google Analytics effectively
  • Advanced screenprinting techniques
  • Streamlining my paperwork and bookkeeping
  • Crowdfunding
  • Facebook marketing and advertising
  • Baking (how to be better at it!)

Here’s wishes for a happy, prosperous and enlightening New Year!

September 6, 2012

All I really need to know in small business, I learned from my baby. [@foundingmom guest post] #bizmama

Filed under: Biz Mama,Small Business — Tags: — lidia @ 2:49 pm

A few more things my son taught me: Take frequent art breaks. Always make time for fun.

Being a small business owner for almost 12 years, I’ve been accustomed to running my graphic design studio in a very organized, methodical way. When my baby boy arrived, things quickly changed in my home and business life.

Now, a year later, I realize the many things he taught me that can also be applied to running a small business successfully.

Lose your preconceived notions.  

When I first had my son, I wanted to be a babywearing mama. After multiple attempts (and baby carriers), I realized: This boy doesn’t like being in a baby carrier.

In business, the same rule applies. We sometimes approach our businesses with preconceived notions, only to be disappointed when they aren’t working. It’s okay to change your focus, client base or marketing strategy if it isn’t getting the results you want. In fact, it’s a good thing.

Read the rest of my post on the Founding Moms blog.

December 27, 2010

What do you want to learn in 2011?

Filed under: Time Management — lidia @ 9:06 am

Print by Laura Berger on etsy

At the start of 2010, instead of making a list of goals as I usually do, I made a list of things I want to learn (both business and personal).

After doing an end-of-year review of this year’s list, I’m pleased to see that I accomplished some items (learned how to increase traffic to my website, new ways to market my design biz) however I’m still working on others (how to really use Google Analytics, re-learning how to play guitar).

So, here’s this year’s list:

Things I want to learn in 2011

  • Best techniques for promoting my online greeting card shop
  • Creating a mobile app
  • Making the most of Google Analytics
  • Keeping my email inbox tidy
  • Effectively using my marketing calendar
  • Creating eBooks and forms in Adobe InDesign
  • Baking bread
  • Tricks for growing hibiscus

What do you want to learn in 2011?

January 4, 2014

2014 word for the year: focus

Filed under: Creativity,Small Business — lidia @ 8:45 am

focus

I don’t usually make New Year resolutions, making instead a list of things I want to learn (see this year’s list here). But this year, I also decided to choose a word for the year: FOCUS.

Choosing a word for the year can be powerful. It can help guide your decisions and keep you on track, both personally and professionally. I chose focus because I want to focus on working on specific areas of my businesses—as well as being fully present in time spent with my son. I also want to narrow down my list of creative side projects (and believe me, there are a lot!)

Alternatively, some people choose a phrase or theme for the year, like “Think big.” Get your family or friends involved too. For example, I chose a word for my toddler: learn (though since he is 2 years old, maybe it should have been “patience”!)

See Gretchen Rubin’s tips for choosing a word for the year here.

What’s your word (or phrase) for the year?

 

January 6, 2010

Happy New Year!

Filed under: Small Business,Time Management — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 4:44 am

Here we are in the first week of 2010. A new year. 365 new days to achieve your goals. Sounds daunting, yes? I have always started off the new year by writing a list of goals. However, this year I’m taking a new approach. Instead of making a list of what I must do, I’ve decided to make a list of what I want to learn.

For example, here are a few things I want to learn in 2010:

  • Ways to increase traffic to my (and my clients’) website
  • New ways to market my design business
  • How to actually use Google Analytics
  • How to best integrate my contacts/calendar with my new Droid phone
  • Flamenco
  • Guitar (or should I say, relearn what I have forgotten)

So… what do you want to learn in 2010?

June 25, 2018

How nonprofits can thrive during challenging times

Filed under: Marketing & Promotion — Tags: , , , — lidia @ 10:00 am

ACN Annual Meeting 2018

On June 1st, the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits (ACN) held their annual meeting in Chicago. This year’s event featured networking, breakout discussions on specific topics and a panel on consultants discussing how they are helping nonprofits grow and thrive.

The panel was moderated by Chicago broadcasting legend and philanthropist, Merri Dee, and included panelists Clara L. Carrier 
of Breaking Through Consulting, LLC, Gregg Mellinger 
of USI Insurance Services, Joyce Golbus Poll of
 J.G. Poll & Associates (and former ACN Board President) and Amy Schiffman of 
Giving Tree Associates.

How nonprofits can thrive during these challenging times

1. Funding—and What is Working Now

A hybrid/diverse approach is best: corporate, foundations, individual giving. Think about different ways to bring in funds. Call on board members and make them accountable. Be realistic about who wants to fund you, make sure they care about what you do. [Amy]

Connect with people, be specific about what you need (i.e. volunteers, goods, etc.) [Clara]

2. Making Use of a Documented Fundraising Strategy

Break down what to do: why do you to raise money and how will you get there? It functions as an insurance policy against desperately coming up with ideas throughout the year. Determining your strategy is the first step. [Amy]

3. Utilizing a Workflow Analysis

Do what you can to save the organization money. How can we maximize efficiency? Create an effective workflow: it makes for a happy customer and staff morale increases. See who’s doing what and determine how it can be done better. Use resources such as software and consultants, or form teams. [Joyce

4. Reprioritizing Spending

Insurance is your second biggest line item (after payroll); create a proactive, documented multiplayer strategy tied to your budget, so you are not scrambling at the last minute. Follow the money: where is the money going? People will accept lower pay if there are benefits that are suitable to them. Follow the formula: PEOPLE > PREMIUM > PURPOSE. [Gregg]

5. Hiring Employees or Consultants

Whomever you hire must be passionate about your cause. Get to know millennials or other groups, know what their purpose is and how they can relate to your cause. Ask candidates about failures or what they learned. [Clara]

Look for someone who understands and wants to be a key part of your organization’s future. They should want to become am integral part of your team/purpose. Gregg also spoke about asking for a tour of a prospect’s facility in order to better connect with them—and the prospect commented that no one had ever made that request before. [Gregg]

Look for consultants with a strong track record, success working both with people one-on-one and with the board, and a strong belief in your mission. [Amy]

6. Deciding to Become a Funder

Things to consider: need, who they are in community, and how prepared are they are to ask: do they know their needs? Have they done their research and pre work? [Merri Dee]

It was an inspiring, hopeful discussion and it made me feel good about being a creative partner with several local nonprofits here in Chicago. Together, we can do great things!

I’ve joined the ACN Board

I’m also thrilled to share that after being a member for two years (and part of the Marketing Committee), I’ve been invited to join the ACN Board of Directors as VP, Marketing and Communications. I’m excited to be a part of this growing community of nonprofit consultants in Chicago. And stay tuned to hear more about ACN!

 

 

 

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