You’ve seen all of the ads. You’re probably deciding if you need that new tv/laptop/pair of shoes/essential oil crystals.
Because you need that thing. You’re going to spend 50% (or more) of your disposable income + monthly shopping budget on Black Friday sales to fill your closet, your kid’s toy chest, and gifts to give the neighbor you barely know in case they bake you an apple strudel.
And it’s not going to take you long to regret it when something you really want, something that will make you money or relax you better than retail therapy ever can is on sale. Or your favorite mentor offers a program that will kick your ass into shape in time to share some big wins at the Christmas dinner table.
But you can’t because you spent $500 on handbags to show off in your cubicle.
You know exactly how this feels because you did that last year. And you couldn’t afford to make investments in your business during the December/January goal setting months. So you never got your goals together enough in time to make an impact on your business in 2017.
And now you’re on the Walmart app spying which TV you’re going to fight the father of four toddlers outfitting his man cave for.
He really *needs* that TV. What do you really need?
You can do better this year by focusing your disposable income on your business first and your 4th pair of Uggs later. You can buy things that will next year make that $500 handbag spree less of a stretch. Something that helps you understand how attainable your quit goal is or helps you run the marketing side of your business more smoothly. Something that makes your third cup of tea (of coffee I suppose) look so much more appealing.
So scroll through to see which creative goods you need in your inbox (or mailbox) and scroll to the bottom for a handy guide to keep all of the sales with you on the go.
Business contracts are scary things but they don’t have to be. Your business gets to the point where randomly sourced generic business contract doesn’t do what your business needs them to do. Hopefully, you reach this point before a client snafu but either way – you want a contract template from The Contract Shop in your arsenal. The Contract Shop has templates for every creative business – from business coach to wedding photographer and all the things in between. It’s like sitting down with a lawyer and writing that perfectly built contract – but without the price to match.
Why do you need this: Because you’re not a lawyer and don’t need to pretend to be one.
How much is the sale?: 40% off of the regular price (WOW OH WOW)!
How do you buy?: Go here and learn about how contracts protect you and your clients. And then poke around the site to find your perfect contract and prepare to hit ‘Add to Cart’ November 24th-28th!
*P.S. I started using one of these contracts in my biz and I can’t look back. I also want to let you know this is an affiliate link.
When you think about taking your side hustle full-time you think about creating that thing you love for a really awesome client. You are building the website for your favorite nonprofit. Or helping a seasoned calligrapher their write copy for their launch. You are not thinking about deciphering Quickbooks or filing your LLC. You are not trying to figure out what to charge people or installing Google Analytics onto your website (that you are still trying to DIY). But unfortunately, figuring out the backend of your business is what’s going to get you over the edge. It’s what’s going to make your business last long enough for you to go full-time.
And you don’t actually have enough time to figure all this out on your own. You’re tired of the trial and error and want the advice of someone who has ‘been there, done that’. This starter kit is the perfect tool to get you there. It includes guides to help you Find your Quit Number, Price Services as a Freelancer, Build Your Visual Brand, and Finding Legal Resources. It’s what you need to get started and make the change from sometime side hustler to full-time creative.
Why do you need this? Because you’re overwhelmed with the ‘backend of business’ and want help navigating your way through all of the admin of your business.
How much is the sale? Normally these guides are *only* available through The Freelance Library but the best guides from that membership community are being packaged together for $27.
How do you buy? Head over to this page to get your starter kit in your inbox, Black Friday – Cyber Monday!
The Write Pretty Things mug is a strong contender for sexiest mug in my cabinet. And I have a gold foil tiled mug from Portugal – the competition is pretty stiff! One fear you have when buying goods online is that their quality may not be up to par with the big box stores. Not a problem here! These calligraphy mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe and with each sip the magical sayings will help you remember how you ended up in the creative game in the first place. Quality time with your pooch of course!
Why do you need this? Because dogs, and tacos, and that gold foil Creativepreneur mug. Yasss!
How much is the sale? The whole shop is 20% off all weekend, Black Friday – Cyber Monday.
How do you buy? Go to the shop! No coupon needed.
There comes a time when you have the skills you need to make a profit but don’t know how to make the jump from hobbyist to a business owner. It doesn’t have to be difficult – if you have this course that is. Write Pretty Things gives you all the skills to get your online shop up and running in 30 days or less. Woo-hoo! You’ll learn how to digitize your calligraphy, set up your Etsy or Squarespace e-commerce site, and how to stand out in the market.
Why do you need this? If calligraphy is your passion that this course Letter, Design, Sell is exactly what you need to get to the next step.
How much is the sale? The course is regularly priced $297 and getting a deep discount for the Black Friday – Cyber Monday weekend. You can grab it for only $147 dollars!
How do you buy? Go to the shop!
Photoshop is a big huge beast. Not only does it take up a ton of space on your computer, it takes up valuable brain cells you could be using on anything else. So, instead of battling your way through Photoshop to create images to promote all of the awesome you’re doing – outsource it to Stotish Creative Concepts! For less than a sale priced pair of Lululemon leggings you can hand your social media images done for you. Yes, please!
Why do you need this? Because Photoshop. Also, because these beyond gorgeous images need to be shared with the world. And you need to spend less time fighting with Photoshop.
How much is the sale? The super affordable packages are a whopping 25% off Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
How do you buy? Go here and choose which package you’re jumping on!
For the Creative Whose Website is a DIY Gone Wrong
‘You can do the website on your own’ they say, ‘you don’t have to pay anyone for a website’ they say. Well, they aren’t pushing leads towards your business like a purposefully built website can. They aren’t telling you all the parts that you need on your website to drive conversions *and* clients up. And they for sure aren’t telling you how to fit that in with all of your other business tasks. If you’re tired of your website being a pretty picture and want to make it a serious tool in your business, ask this lady, Megan Vaughn of ProlificBanana for help.
Why do you need this? Because websites are super useful tools – if you only knew how to coax the good stuff out of them. And websites are big investments and Megan makes it more manageable with a plan to pay it off over the year.
How much is the sale? Monthly packages are $50 off per month on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
How do you buy? Send Megan an email to get started.
Somedays you are way too groggy to get out of (and stay out of) bed. And somedays you don’t want to scent your air or your linens with harsh chemicals. So you search and search for alternatives to the mass-produced chemicals your family used growing up they didn’t know any better. Well stop searching! Jolie Esquire Aroma is the answer to your search. If you’re looking for all-natural candles and air fresheners that use pure essential oils like Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Lime, and Basil head over to the shop on November 23th.
Why do you need this? You need some extra pep in your step in the morning or a better nighttime ritual.
How much is the sale? The whole store is 20% off November 23rd – December 1st!
How do you buy? Head over to her Etsy! No coupon needed.
Raise your hand if sometimes it takes too much to put words on the paper (screen) and form them into coherent sentences and paragraphs. My hand is raised allll the way up. You can still stay in the blogging game (aka driving traffic to your website game) by investing in a copywriter (April Bamburg of WritingUnfiltered) who can take one more thing off your plate so that you can focus on the things you actually like to do.
Why do you need this: Because you haven’t been consistent with your blogging lately and data has shown you that it’s a key to your success.
How much is the sale?: All blog packages are 25% off Black Friday at 12am to Cyber Monday at 11:59pm!
How do you buy? Head over to her website.
This was probably you one day. Or it might be you now. You’re sitting in your car screaming for people to love you. Your business is more headache than heart fulfilling and you’re not sure where to go next. That’s exactly where Samantha Sherwood was when she started using nature to get through trials of life as a business owner in a new location combining two families.
Why do you need this? Because she’s not the only one and you don’t have to give up.
How much is the sale? The book will be 10% off its regular price Black Friday at 12am CST to Cyber Monday at 11:59pm.
How do you buy? Right here!
TSA requirements are so annoying. Who can actually fit all of their liquids in a 1-quart pouch? Not I! But then again I’ve never traveled with this sturdy yet luxurious toiletry bag. With the amount of travel that I have coming up, this is a must on the Christmas list!
Why do you need this? Because you don’t want to risk getting your liquids thrown out at the security checkpoint (been there)!
How much is the sale? The bag is regularly $24.99 and will be $19.99 November 24th at 12am to November 30th at 11:59pm. No coupon needed.
How do you buy? Via Amazon.
You’re not doing this business thing alone. And if you have (or will soon have) a spouse – they are an integral part of your success. Building and maintaining personal that relationship can make or break your business – even if the spouse is not involved in the day to day of your biz. Use this workbook to make sure you all are on the same page.
Why do you need this? Because you love your mate and your business. You don’t exist without either – so make sure they are both in tip-top shape.
How much is the sale? The book is regularly $24.99 and will be $19.99 November 24th at 12am to November 30th at 11:59pm. All books will be signed and shipped within 2 weeks of purchase.
How do you buy? On the website using the discount code HOLIDAY.