Business-First Creatives

Colie James

Every creative deserves to turn their craft into a business that brings them joy and profit. Here you'll find a no-BS approach to what it takes to put the business first, prioritizing the systems and strategies that will actually move the needle and ensure your creative business is profitable rather than an expensive side-hustle. Your host is Colie James, a Disney-loving family photographer, and filmmaker turned Workflow and Automations Guru who helps creative service providers automate their sh*t, reclaim their time and get back to living!

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Gaining Photography Clients through Silent Auctions and Free Services with Rebecca Hunnicutt
Feb 29 2024
Gaining Photography Clients through Silent Auctions and Free Services with Rebecca Hunnicutt
You've probably been told that you can't gain anything more than visibility by offering your services for free. If you do it right, you can actually gain long-term, recurring clients and revenue! In today's episode, Rebecca Hunnicutt shares how she donated her photography services to silent auctions, which helped her gain new photography clients! Plus, listen in as Rebecca shares how she incorporated pre-school portrait services into her business, implemented the Simple Sales method for clients, and introduced her membership-base photography service!Today's episode is brought to you by my Client Hub Template inside the DIY Systems Template Shop. Business owners often have their client information spread across a variety of different tools, making it hard to access the information they need to make critical decisions. That's why I built the Client Hub Template for Airtable, to take the guesswork out of building your own! Buy Now >>Mentioned in this EpisodeUse PhathomSimple SalesDubsado Setup with ColieThis Can't Be that Hard PodcastRegister For Composition + Color: https://education.hunnicuttphotography.com/composition-colorDiscount Coupon Code: BFC2023Get on the webinar waitlist for 'Common Composition Mistakes and How To Avoid Them': https://hunnicuttphotography.myflodesk.com/bfc-hpConnect with RebeccaWebsite: hunnicuttphotography.comInstagram: instagram.com/rebecca.hunnicutt.educationInstagram: instagram.com/rebecca.hunnicutt.photographyPinterest: pinterest.com/HunnicuttPhotography/
Full-Time Processes for Part-Time Photographers with Lydia Fine
Feb 27 2024
Full-Time Processes for Part-Time Photographers with Lydia Fine
Being a part-time photographers doesn't reduce the need for systems and automated processes, it makes them even more important. In today's episode, Lydia Fine of Apollo & Ivy Photography and I discuss strategies for running your photography business on part-time hours.  Lydia shares invaluable insights for those juggling a creative side hustle alongside a full-time career including how to:balance your time enhance your productivityset boundaries for yourself and your clientsoutsource editing workleverage automation toolsThe Business-First Creatives Podcast is brought to you by CRM and Dubsado expert Colie James. Join Colie each week as she discusses how to build a business that brings you joy and a paycheck! From business advice with fellow entrepreneurs to sharing automation tips and tricks, Colie and her guests are sharing industry trends and resources, along with a little bit of sarcasm.If you've tried setting up your Dubsado or Honeybook account, yet aren't actually utilizing all of the features it offers, I want to invite you to check out The CRM Blueprint. My course includes templates for all of the forms, emails, and workflows that you need to get paid in one easy step. Ready to maximize your use of Dubsado or Honeybook, enroll in The CRM Blueprint today! Use the code PODCAST for 10% off.ENROLL NOW >>Mentioned in this EpisodeHoneybookDubsadoConnect with LydiaWebsite: www.apolloandivy.comInstagram: instagram.com/lydia_apolloandivy
What Will Help You Create and Launch a Better Course with Mara Kucirek
Feb 12 2024
What Will Help You Create and Launch a Better Course with Mara Kucirek
Is creating an online course on your bucket list for 2024?In this episode Mara Kucirek chats with Colie about her experience in the course creation space.We talked about:- what current trends we are seeing in digital products- how to choose your online course platform (it's easier than you think)- what pre-launch strategies you can implement to have better sales - the importance of gathering student feedback- what I learned creating my course CRM Blueprint for Creatives and how that has influenced new digital products in my DIY Systems Shop- and so much more. I could chat with Mara ALL DAY LONG about courses, so I am sure she'll be back soon! The Business-First Creatives Podcast is brought to you by Systems and Client Experience Expert Colie James. Join Colie each week as she discuss how to build a business that brings you joy and a paycheck! From business advice with fellow entrepreneurs to sharing automation tips and tricks, Colie and her guests are sharing industry trends and resources, along with a little bit of sarcasm.Review full show notes and resources at coliejames.com/podcastToday’s episode is brought to you by my online course, CRM Blueprint for Creatives. If you've tried setting up your Honeybook or Dubsado account, yet aren't actually utilizing all of the features it offers, I want to invite you to check out The CRM Blueprint. My course includes templates for all of the forms, emails, and workflows that you need to get paid in one easy step. Ready to maximize your use of Honeybook or Dubsado, enroll in The CRM Blueprint today! Use the code PODCAST for 10% off.Mentioned in this EpisodeCRM Blueprint for CreativesEpisode 10 | Pre-launch Secrets with Amanda WarfieldEpisode 4 | How to Choose the Best Online Course Creation Platform for Your BusinessMara Kucirek is an online course designer, launch strategist and host of the Create a Better Course Podcast. She’s helped over 150+ entrepreneurs launch online courses and digital products. Mara lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband, two dogs and brand new baby girl!Connect with MaraPodcast: Create a Better Course - https://marakucirek.com/podcastWebsite: https://marakucirek.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/marakucirek
Insights on Diversifying Income Streams in Your Photography Business (Beyond Services: Expanding Your Offer Suite) with Maddie Peschong
Feb 5 2024
Insights on Diversifying Income Streams in Your Photography Business (Beyond Services: Expanding Your Offer Suite) with Maddie Peschong
What should you have in place before you begin diversifying income streams within your photography business?In this episode, Colie chats with returning guest Maddie Peschong about creating new income streams as a multi-passionate creative photographer. Listen in as she shares her unpopular opinion regarding what you MUST do before you jump into creating new income streams in your business.The Business-First Creatives Podcast is brought to you by CRM and Dubsado expert Colie James. Join Colie each week as she discuss how to build a business that brings you joy and a paycheck! From business advice with fellow entrepreneurs to sharing automation tips and tricks, Colie and her guests are sharing industry trends and resources, along with a little bit of sarcasm.Review full show notes and resources at coliejames.com/podcastToday’s episode is brought to you by my DIY Dubsado Template shop, where you can purchase the exact email, form, and workflow templates that I include inside the CRM Blueprint course. Steal my templates and customize them to match your brand! Use the code PODCAST for 10% OFF!BUY NOW >> Maddie Peschong is a branding photographer and coach who is obsessed with teaching creative entrepreneurs how to build a profitable business by being themselves. Through coaching, digital products, and personal branding photos, she helps women discover their magic so they can stand out in a saturated market, confidently scale their income without trading more time for money, and do only work they love. She is the leader of the Confident Creative Mastermind, host of the Take it Personally Podcast, and founder of the White Space Studio in Sioux Falls, SD, a place where creatives can design, dream, and collaborate while developing their own irresistible brands.Connect with MaddieWebsite: https://www.maddiepeschong.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/maddiepeschong/