Build Your Own Website| Workshop for the Do-It-Yourself Business

Build Your Own Website| Workshop for the Do-It-Yourself Business WORKSHOP CANCELLED  (stay tuned for possible reschedule date)       Friday, May 6th 11:30 am- 1pm Cost: $15 for one, $20 for two   Anyone can make a website these days. There are do-it-yourself options for even the least technical among us, and they can be a good way to get something onto the Web quickly for your new business, project, event, or promotion. But although the DIY services like WordPress.com and Wix and Squarespace give you a powerful set of tools to stamp out some web pages, how can you be sure you aren’t wasting your time, or worse, turning off the people you most want to impress? Join us as we talk about your options out there in the new web landscape, and how to ensure your website appeals to the audience you want to reach. After our casual, lunch-hour conversation, you’ll walk away knowing: All of your options for getting a new website, from DIY on your own through custom site development, and everything in between The differences between the major DIY website builders, including their individual advantages and disadvantages The costs involved in each, including the add-on features you’ll definitely want to  sign up for The fundamental things you need to have in hand – and in your head & heart – before you sign up with any DIY option How you can combine the tools they provide with the wisdom to connect & engage with your best clients and prospects Where to find help along the way, so you’re not going it alone Leave...

The Making of a Digital Product | Online Entrepreneurs in Evergreen, Colorado

The Making of a Digital Product Guest post by Cowork Evergreen member, Laura Brandenburg In June of 2015, I took a first step toward a calling to help mom-entrepreneuers, a calling that I’d been ignoring for nearly two years. I hosted my first ever Digital Product Workshop here at Cowork Evergreen. Thanks to promotion through Cowork and a few of my own contacts who wanted to get a behind-the-scenes view into what I was up to, the workshop was attended by 5 wonderful women. In September we hosted take 2 and December take 3. The in-person workshop was and continues to be an immensely powerful experience for me. To connect with other women, have the opportunity to share my business journey, and empower them to make more profitable, flexible choices inside their businesses hits me deep down inside. With the success of the in-person workshops, I kept receiving requests to make it virtual. And I didn’t know how or when I would make this happen. The workshop was an expression of a calling, not a business model. Then in November of 2015, I found myself still talking about these ideas. I had started a Momstyle Your Business Facebook group.  The creative spirits and business goals of the 40+ empowered women there nourish and energize me. Through the group, I continued to make connections with women not located anywhere near Evergreen, Colorado. And I’m loving every minute of it. So I decided that yes, there would be a virtual edition of the Digital Product Workshop. The virtual version started to take shape as an outline. Then I carved out bits...

Client Contracts | A Great Way to Find Your Best Clients

  “What??” you say, “How does a contract help me find a great client? Connect the dots, please.”   Certainly we will connect the dots. To get there, let’s start here… I was chatting with another local entrepreneur last week and the topic of client contracts came up. He had a potential client pushing him on one of the contract items regarding scope of work and she wanted him to change his policy for her. That sent up some big red flags for him and ultimately made him turn down the client. This example shows how useful a contract can be for our businesses, ESPECIALLY as small business owners. If we don’t have our policies in place, go through them with our clients and then make them sign, saying that they have read and agree to all our policies, we put ourselves and our businesses at risk, both legally and financially. Probably emotionally too.  The other great thing about having a contract is that it will help you pre-qualify your clients. Let’s say you’ve been working with a potential client and everything is great, but once you get to the contract stage, you may find you have very different understandings about either the client’s expectations or your what you can deliver. The contract serves as a great opportunity to talk and get clear about what the client wants and what you do. If you can’t come to an agreement, then you can either choose to change course or you can release that potential client and stay your course. And, at the end of the contract conversation, you’ll have weeded out...

Live from Cowork Evergreen | Online Workshop for Entrepreneurs

We’re thrilled to announce another excellent business event, going on with one of our founding Cowork Evergreen members, Katy Moses Huggins. On Friday December 11th and on Monday December 14th, Katy will be hosting two sessions of the Kick Start Your Biz Live Online Workshop. This is the same workshop she’s offered at Cowork Evergreen and now is available, with no barriers to time and space! Read more at the Kick Start Your Biz webpage and plan to spend some incredibly valuable time getting ready for the new year and to rock your business and your life. Contact Katy with questions: KatyKickStartYourBiz@gmail.com Interested in what we learned at the last live workshop? Read...

What does it take to succeed? | Success Mindset for Entrepreneurs

If someone were to ask you, “What does it take to succeed in your business?” what would you say? Would you initially come up with all the reasons why you CAN’T succeed? I think a lot of people will start with that as a knee-jerk response. But, the truth is, you CAN succeed and you CAN define what success means to you.   Let’s take a clear look at what it takes to succeed in business.  What do we need? 1. We need a product or service to offer. 2. We need someone to buy that product or service. Basically, that’s what we need.   So, then how do we create SUCCESS with those two elements? Success is relative, of course, and you and I likely define success differently, but let’s say we make a product. We call it Product X, and Product X sells for $100/each. And we know that to cover our expenses, cover our costs, our overhead and to pay ourselves to live the lifestyle we want, we need to make $10,000/month in gross sales. (Pretend we did all this math earlier and we got REALLY clear on our numbers and where every dollar is going.) So, doing that math, we know we need to sell 1,000 units of Product X every month to achieve SUCCESS. Cool. So you’ve just defined what you need to do to achieve success. This is huge, important work. A lot of entrepreneurs, business owners and people never outline exactly what success is to them and what they need to do to achieve it. Now that you’ve defined these parameters, it’s time...