TRUST YOUR HEART + GUT

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As you guys know, I recently launched It's Business Time with the uhmazing Tiffany Han and Michelle Ward.

It has me thinking and reminiscing A LOT about when I first started artsocial and how terrifying and exciting the whole experience was. Yesterday I started looking through an old journal and found an entry from September of 2011. I had started a day job I already knew I hated and artsocial was just an idea - we didn't even have a website yet! I wanted to share it with you guys:

This is month 2 at [my day job] and we're on the brink of launching ARTSOCIAL.* A lot is happening. So many wonderful things I never thought possible. I just moved in with Kevin and couldn't be happier about it. My stress is getting in the way though. I know I know better. The stress isn't what's real, it shouldn't be my focus.

Magnificent things are happening. I don't want my work stress to overshadow our new home or the excitement of ARTSOCIAL. That stupid [day job] is not that important. Everything I've learned tells me it's never worth it to worry. It's a waste of time, but here I am. I know I am not that job. I'm grateful to be there but it is not who I am or what I'm supposed to be.

I must trust my heart and gut that tells me there are greater things - I don't need to worry myself over that job. I will be fine - better than fine. I am in control of my career. I must remember what's important to me. I am not my job. My real work is not a job.

I am letting good things into my life, incredible things, fun things, bursting-with-joy things. That's what IT IS. Find your fun in each activity, that's the only thing that matters in the end. Following my truth from here on.

Man, high five, 25 year-old me. Isn't it wild to go back through old journals and see how everything turned out? I am SO grateful I found the courage to leave that job and trust that there were indeed greater things, just waiting to meet me on the other side.

xoxo,
Erin

* I doodled little hearts around artsocial, ha!

IT'S BUSINESS TIME, YO

You guys. Big news to share today: IT'S BUSINESS TIME!

What does that mean, you ask? Do you need business socks? Well lemme tell you:

Tiffany, Michelle, and I are SO thrilled to announce we're now accepting applications for It's Business Time, our 6-month coaching, branding, and design program dedicated to helping you claim your biz idea and create the platform to authentically offer it to the world.

If you've been thinking about starting a biz or you have a business but it's just not quite working (yep I've totally been there, guys), It's Business Time will give you the clarity, structure, and accountability to make it happen. No more messing around.

After spending 6 months with us, you’ll walk away with everything you'll need - a mission statement, offerings, a custom logo, and a website - to bring your business to life and hit the ground running.

I am crazy excited to be a part of this and help others start an online business. I mean, I was there! I am there! All three of us walk the online biz walk. Three years ago I didn't even think owning my own business and creating my own success was possible. But here I am. It's humbling and exhilarating and I cannot wait to help others do the same. Ah!

The program starts March 30th. There are only 10 spots available. Our acceptances will be on a rolling basis, so get your application in sooner rather than later. There's no obligation to apply. So why not, eh?

This is the year for BIG things. I can feel it. And I can't wait.

xoxo,
Erin

P.S. if you have any questions at all, leave a comment below or hit reply. Woot! Let's do this thang!

5 REASONS TO LOVE SQUARESPACE

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I'm such a fan of Squarespace. Probably their biggest fan. Challenge me, I dare ya.

Yes, sometimes Wordpress is necessary. For 100% unique only-you-have-it sites, for complicated features and specific requirements, for customer portals and memberships - yes, Wordpress is the jam.

But lately, I find myself recommending Squarespace for my clients more and more. Need an easy-to-use shop? Squarespace. Starting a business and need something gorgeous yesterday? Squarespace-a-roo. Need a secret blog for your new program you're launching? Squarespace it up, dawg.

After thinking about it more, I landed on 5 particular reasons why I love Squarespace (and why you should fall head over heels for them, too).

01 LEGITNESS.

I don't know if you've perused the Squarespace templates lately (no? That's just my pastime?), but their templates are so gorgeous and professional. Yes, it's a template, but with the right customization and some kickass, one-of-a-kind branding? It'll look like you've invested mucho dinero into your site.

02 EASY TO USE.

Guys this is huuuuuge, you know why? This means you don't have to hire a developer to change every little thing on your site. Hello, freedom! I am drunk with thee! Squarespace makes it easy peasy to make changes to your copy, colors, fonts, and general layout. They give you the power to make the changes you'll (definitely) be making as your business grows. Major win.

03 AWESOMENESS IS BUILT IN.

Not only will you never have to learn a line of code, but you can also stop reading those snooze-fest articles about Search Engine Optimization, sitemaps, and website analytics. It's all already built in. #amenandhallelujah

04 ADD A SHOP.

E-commerce is available for all of their templates. I set up my shop on Squarespace earlier this year and the whole process was so fun and easy. I think that's the moment I officially fell in love.

05 YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE OUT A LOAN TO BUILD A SITE.

It's true. This is the biggest plus. You don't need to spend upwards of $8K to have a legit, amazing, successful website. When you're starting your business, invest in great branding, great copy, business coaching to refine your ideas, classes in your field -  YES. Don't dive in by spending all your money on the site design. You just don't have to. Trust.

xoxo,
Erin

P.S. if you’ve ever felt the call to start an online business but aren’t sure where to start, It’s Business Time is a program with myself, Tiffany Han, and Michelle Ward to help you figure out all of the pieces and turn your Big Dreams into a Legit Biz (complete with a website designed by me!) in 6 months.

On March 13th, we are hosting a free webinar called What We Want You to Know About Starting a Business. Sign up here to get the webinar deets AND priority application information for the program (only 10 spots available!).

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