Archives for January 2014

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What’s your spark? AND, the winner is…

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Happy Friday!

So what is your spark?
Every great business starts with a spark of an idea. A story. So, what’s yours? Why did you want to start your business?
A couple of weeks ago, I shared in this post that I will be returning to The Maker’s Summit this March to lead a workshop about selling wholesale and breaking into the retail market. The Maker’s Summit is an amazing opportunity to learn more about starting your business, hear advice from industry leaders and meet with fellow creatives to share “your story.” So, what’s your story? What’s going to make you stand out? :)

I look forward to meeting and mingling with many of you on March 1st. But first! A big congratulations to Vintage Concord for winning our Maker’s Summit contest. Please email us at hello@pinkoliveschool.com for your special registration details. Thanks again to everyone who entered the contest. Here’s to achieving your goal this year and creating a life you love!

xoxo,

grace
Grace Kang
Founder, Pink Olive School

image: vintage concord

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Win a ticket to the makers summit! :)

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Hey there creative maker!

Have you experienced The Maker’s Summit? If not, you’re in for a treat!

The annual Maker’s Summit held in Greenville, South Carolina is a one-day business conference for people like you: product designers, artists, and lifestyle bloggers that make up our awesome community!

Last year I had the honor of being a keynote speaker, and this year I will be heading back to lead a workshop on how to break into the retail market by selling wholesale. There are a variety of other awesome keynote speakers and panel discussions lined up to help you learn to grow your business, including Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day! and Susan Petersen from Freshly Picked. It’s an amazing opportunity to meet with other creatives and get inspired!

Want to join? Enter our giveaway to win a free ticket* to The Maker’s Summit!

Just let us know one goal or project you want to accomplish in 2014! Comment on the blog post and you could be joining me in Greenville, South Carolina on March 1! We will announce the winner on Friday, Jan 31st.

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To learn more about The Maker’s Summit click here!

 

* Includes an all-access pass to the conference and craft party. Travel is not included.

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Track and Grow in 2014!

Happy Tuesday !

Growing your business may seem like an arduous task, as it requires some serious, dedicated effort and strategy. One of the biggest business tips that continue to have a big impact on my business is to keep detailed records of everything I do for my business — sales, marketing, events, and “parking lot” of ideas.

Not only is it good practice to know your business inside and out, but also analyzing your selling report will help you see patterns and trends in your business. Keeping track of how you did last year (LY) gives you a good base of expectations for this year (TY). It will help you track growth and see when and where you’re successful, and when you could use some promotion to get more business going.

Once you have enough to begin seeing these patterns and trends, you can project and strategize using concrete data and numbers. This is where running your business can actually be FUN! You can be both creative and analytical at the same time, giving you the best shot at being successful!

Are you ready to track and grow with me in 2014?
xoxo,

grace
Grace Kang
Founder, Pink Olive School



“Working with Grace has been such a tremendous blessing, both for my business and for myself as a business owner. Grace possesses an amazing combination of experience, wisdom, whip-smart strategic thinking, and ability to hone in on both the big picture and small details of a business. She’s not about theory, she’s about actionable goals, and her suggestions work. As a business owner, I have so many different things to think about, and I know that without Grace on my team, a lot more of them would have fallen through the cracks. My business has experienced major growth in its first year, and I wouldn’t be where I am without Grace’s guidance. She has been an invaluable sounding board, teacher and mentor to me this year, and I feel so much better prepared to tackle my daily business challenges knowing I can always turn to her for advice I can trust. This woman helps me sleep better at night!

–Designer & Illustrator, EMILY MCDOWELL
http://www.emilymcdowell.com/

image by: Lehua Noelle