July 4th is the perfect weekend to start celebrating creativity by connecting with other creative people. What defines a creative person? A creative person is not just a visual artist, a musician, or a writer or actor. Creativity resides in every industry and in every nook and cranny you can think of.
Did you know that one of the worse things you can say to a creative person is, “Just stick to one thing”?
Nothing shuts down the creative flow faster than being limited as to what can flow creatively – and when.
If you have a challenge in business, or in life that needs a creative solution – join us to brainstorm the answers!
Start off your holiday weekend with a bang! Light the fuse on your creativity …
What if you were to take your message, or the characters in your book … or those powerful quotes that you love to repeat and share … and put them in a product that your website visitors would buy? Imagine multiplying your intellectual property into a line of products that reinforce everything you write?
Here’s 3 Ideas for creating products:
Online Retailers:Zazzle is an online service that provides a plethora of products and opportunities for you to implement into your own business online and offline.
The service is free. The biggest condition that you must have is the legal permission or copyright to reproduce the artwork onto their products. You simply go to their site, create an account and upload your artwork to create products. They make the product and ship to the customer when it is purchased (whether it is for you to resell or use for advertising or someone who wants to buy for themselves.) The money earned is split between you and them.
Here’s what it might look like for you. You’ve written a book and are writing blog posts that support your book. The topic is fascinating and a following is created. In your writing you bring out interesting concepts or facts. These concepts, facts, characters, etc. become the image that you put on merchandise. With a service like this, you can do that, without worrying about the manufacturing or distribution of the merchandise. It can be sold directly from your website. Besides selling products, you are building your brand by word of mouth.
Digital Products: Amazon has a service called CreateSpace that allows you to upload your manuscript for sale as a Kindle product or for print-on-demand. However, understand that your manuscript should be written, edited and ready for publishing before you upload it!
Anything that can be printed in a document can become a digital product as a PDF or as an ebook. Your manuscript, which we’ve mentioned above, could be sold by you from your website. Know that if you sell as a PDF, then it can easily be passed along – but don’t despair! If passed along, your product becomes a viral marketing tool. Make sure that the footer of each page contains your name, your website URL or a URL that goes directly back to your products. You want an identifier on each page with an action step.
Coloring pages, workbooks, are a couple of other ideas that you can print as PDFs in order to make a digital product.
Collaborations: Do you write? Do you know someone else who writes or has a story? How about someone who illustrates? Perhaps you are an expert and don’t write, but have information that you know would be something that people would pay to know? Consider a joint venture with a complimentary talent to create a product that could be sold on both of your sites and through both social media influences and split the profits 50/50.
What ideas do you have? What are some quick and easy product or merchandise ideas or sites that you’d like to share? Please share as a comment below.
Do You Have an “Idea Dump-Zone”? If Not, Here’s Why You Need One!
Here’s 7 practical ways to capture those slippery ideas before they get away from you, on-the-go!
An idea dump zone is essential for all entrepreneurs or busy people who have ideas popping up all the time. Ever had a winning idea in a shower or driving the car and swore that you’d remember it, only to completely forget it by the time you sat down to a paper and pen?
What about when you and another entrepreneur get into a fascinating conversation and the ideas start flowing so fast that it’s like drinking water from a fire hose? Ever been-there-done-that? Getting into the habit of valuing those ideas is like making daily deposits in the bank.
With ‘idea dump zones’ you have all of those ideas to dig through to inspire you, give you your next product, next book, or next service. Maintaining momentum in business is essential to growth and staying relevant. When you’re under pressure and struggling to force an idea – it won’t be there, unless you’ve created your own dump zones for this purpose.
Here’s some reasons why this is an important habit to get into. Note the word “habit” too. It takes time to get into the habit of noticing and capturing ideas. That’s why thinking about your dump zones ahead of time will help you to prepare for those exciting times of clarity, inspiration and vision.
Personally acknowledge and notice the idea. Not only does this build confidence, after time, you’ll begin to see patterns and themes that will help you to position yourself better as an expert in your field.
Having a dump zone allows time for sorting of priority and profitability or effectiveness. Jot the idea down, or record it in an electronic device and keep it in a specialized folder where you can easily get back to. This saves you from taking time consuming rabbit trails and will be there when you can make the time to give those ideas the attention they deserve.
“What exactly is a dump zone and how does that work?” one might ask. Here’s some ideas
Types (think of this as your gold coins)
Blog posts – set as drafts
Post it notes – poster sized and desktop variety
White erase boards – large and small
Blank white paper – draw and doodle zone
Containers (think of these as your treasure chests)
Folder on your hard drive or in a cloud file storage system
Beginning to learn how to utilize mobile apps for your business is smart business altogether! Customers get your updates and information immediately delivered straight to their device.
In the good old days, websites were simple brochures in cyber space. But as technology increased, so did the interaction of those websites. Rapidly people began to see that there were more ways to engage with their readers, customers and associates.
What started out as a simple html website became more complicated and then CSS arrived. To keep it in simple terms, CSS was a way of coding a website so that the webmaster didn’t have to update every single page individually, but could update one file and the entire site would update the look as well. (Talk about excitement among weary webmasters!)
Then WordPress, Joomla and other website platforms emerged and websites hit another exciting level of functionality with savvy business people who knew that to get a higher conversion rate, they needed something that was faster, more flexible and that had the ability to morph as their businesses did.
Then came iPads … and tablets … smartphones and eReaders that morphed into mini tablets. A whole new problem emerged with websites that were not as friendly to those various electronic devices as they were to computers. But people didn’t worry so much because the assumption was that people would prefer to read a website off of a computer anyway, rather than a tiny phone screen.
But smart phones got smarter and tablets became more sophisticated and began replacing computers entirely! As I watched my various site analytics who once were dominated by Internet Explorer, I saw other web browsers emerge and the pattern changed – but those browsers remained higher than the mobile devices.
Developers created plugins that would transform the websites that were already built, into ‘mobile friendly’ websites but problems quickly arose with forcing code changes over multiple devices. Some websites would lock into the mobile format and appear ugly on a computer monitor, others would eliminate the menu buttons on a smart phone and only display the home page of a website.
Then a variety of themes started appearing on the scene that would adjust to a variety of sizes to match the large selection of mobile devices.
The statistics have shown a complete flipping of who is accessing websites from computers versus who is accessing websites from mobile devices and tablets.
Mobile apps are not just for games! Businesses can display webpages, interactive buttons, blog posts, videos downloadables, merchandise, maps, photo albums, coupons, frequent buyer perks, and much more to keep engaging with customers and driving business to their main website or local business store front.
Now, when ever an update is made to your mobile app, your customers and fans receive that update immediately – directly to their mobile device, whether it is a tablet, a Kindle or a smartphone. Over 4,000 devices are compatible to these exciting apps!
Call me now to discuss what that might look like. And in the meantime, download my FREE app to get a few ideas of your own!
If you are stuck on a project, running dry on ideas, or love to brainstorm, you are invited to join us at our first MoJo Brainstorming event at Ting’s Asian restaurant in Lewisville, at 5:00 pm. We will be meeting in their meeting room towards the back until 8:00 pm.
If you’d like to brainstorm a specific project, please call me at (720) 295-7409 to let me know what it is and we’ll brainstorm ideas for you. We recommend that you bring a digital recorder so that you won’t need to take written notes. If you are a note taker, you are certainly welcome to do that – but I know you’ll want a backup for what you might miss with the verbal ideas.
HINT: There is a temptation to want to make a decision on an idea immediately. Please resist this temptation and just receive the ideas as they come. Sometimes one idea leads the brainstorming on to a new path and your solution, idea or inspiration is found several ideas further down from where the idea originated from. You can toss what you don’t need once you get home and process.
Brainstorming is to get a project (or you) unstuck and to create momentum by thinking in a new way to a familiar issue.
No need to dress up! Come as you are. The food at Ting’s is delicious and very reasonably priced, if you’re coming from work or want to eat there.
Tings is located at 1221 South Public Road, Lafayette, CO 80026. It is a small building that you enter from within the parking lot, with the front door facing West. The building is on the east side of the parking lot that Flatirons Community Church occupies.
If you are interested in attending an online event, please contact us. We will hold an event when we have at least 8 registrants. This online event will be in a chat room, and will be just as productive as a local event.
Sometimes we can’t see the forest because we’re focused on one tree. In fact, some of us have studied our own personal “tree” or problem so closely and intently, that our nose is stuck in the bark!
Periodically its important to pull away from a pesky problem or the mind numbing overwhelm that can come when you over think something from one perspective – yours.
In times like this, the synergy that group brainstorming can provide, will get you unstuck and introduce you to new perspectives and ideas to help you move forward with a clearer vision and purpose.
Brainstorming is often overlooked in the home-based business community because “doing it all yourself” is what home-based businesses usually entail. Getting a fresh perspective helps tremendously to inject new energy and ideas into your business or situation.
If you are in the Denver area and would like to participate in getting your “Creative MoJo” on … we’d like to invite you to our first brainstorming event – with a twist. Shannon Parish will be available to graphic record ideas and to capture visually, with cartoons, metaphors, and keywords, various ideas.
12 seats are availableand early registration is requested to ensure proper seating and accommodations. Sign up now and receive 2 free tickets for yourself and a companion or partner – and bring an issue or problem that you’d like to brainstorm solutions for!
Ideas for brainstorming:
Time management ideas
Social Media ideas
Tag lines or Title ideas
Whatever your problem is … we can brainstorming it!
Make plans now to attend the Author U Extravaganza if you are serious about publishing. Whether an author or service provider, this annual event delivers more than promised every time! Top professionals in the publishing industry deliver outstanding advice and how-to tips and tricks on everything you need to know to publish your book and make a living too.
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On September 25, 2001 I uploaded my first online business website named Creative Virtual Office. Little did I know that I was nearly ten years ahead of my time! The concept of a virtual office was new and people weren’t sure what that actually meant – let alone how a virtual office would expand and support their business without hiring full time employees.
In an effort to describe to people what types of services that I provided, I created individual websites to highlight each service. WordPress websites, Cartoons, Graphic Recording were highlighted and examples were posted online to highlight what could be created in a virtual office. Business grew and people started recommending me.
However, I encountered a new problem – and that was that people who were referred to my business with the understanding that I built websites were confused that I created cartoons and original artwork as well as graphic and administrative services. It appeared that I was talented … but scattered all over the place and that wasn’t something I wanted.
I thought that by switching to the domain name of ArtnWebs.com, that this would expand the understanding of my clients better. This worked – for awhile. The problem was that confused people too! Was I a web designer or a cartoonist? Did I provide administrative services or illustrate books? What the heck is graphic recording? To have so many services to solve the problems that small business encountered was pure joy to me, but at the same time, incredibly frustrating because people in general need categories to comprehend how something fits in the big picture of things.
Did someone mention the “big picture?” A light went on … and I started to get my Creative MoJo on! Ten years had passed and after being approached to sell the domain name of “CreativeVirtualOffice.com” more than once, a light went on …
The world had caught up to the concept of not only virtual services, but of the need for creative services!
Here’s the fun part about this creative journey of mine – I could understand the similar journey of entrepreneurs and other creative individuals as they navigated through their own business odyssey. Now I could not only provide services, but I found myself providing Creative Coaching to individuals on product ideas, tools and how to envision the future of their business while addressing the day to day details and provide them with the affordable services that they needed to get it all done.
An entire decade of expanding, growing, refining, creating, exploring and serving authors, speakers, entrepreneurs and nonprofits in a wide range of creative services, and creative coaching has resulted in the rebirth of Creative Virtual Office – only this time, it’s on steroids!
Creative services for entrepreneurs, authors, speakers and nonprofits at affordable prices including Creative Coaching, Brainstorming events both online and offline to help bring clarity and strategy to the overwhelmed and over-inspired entrepreneur.