That pit in your stomach (not to mention the overwhelming nausea) that moves in when you know you’re about to waste another week doing work that drains you.
Or, that ‘am-I-gonna-make-enough-money-to-keep-the-lights-on-this-month’ almost crippling feeling that takes over when you’re running a business that doesn’t bring in enough income.
You can't even enjoy the rest of the weekend, because your body is consumed with awful foreshadowing--it knows you're about to be miserable. And, the only time you can actually snuggle up with your spouse in your old college t-shirt (the one that's so soft because you've washed it 279 times) and watch a movie without your mind wandering to that dark place is when you're on vacation.
That's what I want to help you
change with Sunday Society.
I want your Sunday nights to be filled with excited butterflies because you can't wait for Monday.
I want you to have the kind of Sunday nights where you kinda wish it were Monday morning already, because you spend your days doing creative work that lights you up AND makes you good money. That's the dream, right?
It's built around the idea of changing the nauseating butterflies to exciting butterflies--and hopefully changing your life along with it.
Why haven't you gotten there yet? What's been standing in your way?
Maybe you're a crap boss. You need an accountability partner to kick your butt or a group of entrepreneurs to inspire you.
Maybe, despite 27 people telling you they love your work, you still lack confidence and because of that, you haven't posted a blog post in over five weeks or emailed your list in the last month. You already know what you NEED to do, but you still can't push past the nagging inner critic telling you that you're not good enough.
Maybe you kinda know what you're 'supposed to do' but it still seems difficult. You wish you could get your personal business questions answered on a regular basis. In fact, you know that if you could chat with someone who's been there (and built what you want) on a regular basis, you could push past the resistance.
This is NOT another one-size-fits-all 12-hour business course teaching you how to get more blog readers or how to market your business on Instagram or how to get your products seen on Etsy.
This is NOT a series of 18 powerpoint videos explaining how to market your business.
This is NOT another private Facebook group that's only filled with pitch after pitch.
For one thing, you probably know most
of what you need to know by now.
And, if you don't, there are plenty of courses out there to help you--I've even taught some of them.
For another thing, it's not what YOU actually need.
You need a group of entrepreneurs regularly working together to improve their businesses, a group that supports and encourages each other every day. You need a group that's going to keep accountable and isn't going to let you get away with pushing things to tomorrow. You need a mentor who's available multiple times a month to answer your questions and provide you with personal feedback.
Eight years ago, I was living in NYC and at a day job that exhausted me. I realized I’d spent the majority of my life working towards something that I didn’t actually enjoy, so I spent hours trying to discover what I wanted to do with the rest of my life (after 16 meltdowns--the kind that include the ugly cry and snot).
I fell head over heels for writing. I picked up a bunch of freelance writing assignments and woke up between 4:30am and 5:30am every morning to write before riding the subway to my dreaded day job.
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That turned into opening an online jewelry shop which turned into helping other creatives open online shops (a story for a live call!). And, a bunch of days later, here we are and I’m running a full-time, successful business with one part-time virtual assistant (and a husband that moonlights as my videographer).
Some of my accomplishments include: teaching four CreativeLive Courses, being featured on U.S. News and World Report, being featured as one of the top inspirational and educational blogs in Where Women Create and marrying my dream guy (we’ll have plenty of time to discuss this last one later over a cup of herbal tea or a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc!).
I’ve been where you are—working a depleting day job or on the precipice of running a business or learning how to be my own boss or needing an accountability partner (thanks Mayi!).
So, I get it. I understand the nights you lay in bed awake worrying about telling your spouse that you want to quit your day job and give up your paid vacation and super cheap health insurance. I know what it's like to launch something and cry for five days straight because you don't get a single sale. I also get the flip side of launching something and selling out within a couple hours--and taking your husband out to a fancy dinner to celebrate. I understand what it's like to open your email and feel a happy belly flip when someone has emailed you to speak at your favorite conference. Or how exhausting it is when you're running your business all by yourself, wishing you could afford to hire a virtual assistant or website designer or product photographer.
Because I get it, I know I can help you.
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Want more details about what's included?
No problem, my savvy friend.
Ever joined a membership group and still feel alone? You ask a question and no one answers. You ask it again, and still...crickets. You want feedback on something and one person responds with a quick, "Looks good."
Thanks. That's super helpful. That won’t be your experience inside of Sunday Society.
Every month there will be two to five live calls (with an average of three live calls per month). And, there are different types of calls.
1. Ask April Live Calls
Each month, there will always be at least one live Q&A call with me to give you the chance to ask any questions you've got. (And, I tend to give lengthy answers, because they're usually more helpful.)
You can ask general questions or very specific questions about your unique situation.
If you can’t join the call live, you can ask a question ahead of time and watch the replay for the answer.
2. Feedback Calls
When you work at home alone and you have a brilliant idea, you probably wish that you could share it with someone to get their reaction.
Does the name sound good? Does the price sound right? Does it seem like a profitable idea? Is anybody going to be the slightest bit interested? Is there something like it already on the market?
Some months will include a feedback call where you have the opportunity to join me on video to get feedback on what you're working on or on something you recently launched. You’ll get feedback from me and the other women on the call.
You no longer have to feel like you’re creating in a vacuum. We’re here to help.
3. Member Deep Dive Calls
Ever wonder what it would be like to have a one-on-one consulting session with me? Ever wish you could be a fly on the wall for one of them?
Well, here’s your chance.
Some months will include a member deep dive call where one member will get the chance to hop on a video call with me to ask lots of specific questions regarding her business.
Me and any other women on the call will have the opportunity to give feedback.
This is a way to support each other, learn more about each other and learn from each other.
Not only will it feel good to help the member on the deep dive, but you’ll probably learn so much about your own business in the process.
4. Miscellaneous Live Calls
Some months will include a follow-up call for that month’s monthly challenge so that we can talk about it more and I can answer your questions after you’ve had time to implement.
Some months will include a live call about a specific topic. For instance, we could spend the call talking about email marketing or Instagram or productivity.
And, some months will include an interview with an expert in something I don’t know much about like selling wholesale or licensing artwork or building an audience with a podcast.
I'll pick and choose these based on what I think will be the most helpful.
For any of these live calls, you’ll need access to high speed internet on a computer in order to watch live and interact in the chat and ask questions. If you can’t attend live, you’ll have at least 6 months to watch the replay.
You get to choose which calls you want to attend live or watch the replays of—but I guarantee that the more you put in, the more you’ll get out of this. The live calls are a great way to network in a relaxed, natural environment--perfect for an introvert.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work with a group of entrepreneurs on the same thing--like improving your email subject lines--instead of watching a video in an online course and never actually doing the homework or trying the homework but not getting far without any constructive criticism?
Sounds pretty cool, right? That's why I'm including a specific monthly challenge every month as a part of this membership.
It will give you an opportunity to focus on improving a part of your business in a realistic way. And, you’ll have a chance to share your work with the other women, getting support and feedback.
It’s kinda like an adult summer camp for creative entrepreneurs.
Instead of arts and crafts where you end up with a dream catcher, you’ll have mini copywriting lessons that help you write a product description that persuades your ideal customer to hit the buy button. Instead of swimming lessons, you’ll be challenged to finally put together a sales funnel that increases your sales by 25 percent.
We’ll work together throughout the month
to improve one area of your business at a time.
Some monthly challenges will include video lessons. Others will include worksheets and workbooks. Others will include written instructions. And, some will be accompanied by a live call. The content is based on what's most helpful.
Because pretty much everyone is on Facebook (to at least spy on the mean girls from high school or share baby pics with their family), I’ve set up the member chat area on Facebook.
When you join this membership program, you’ll be invited to join the private Facebook group.
This group is a little different than the other groups you’ve joined. Each day of the workweek, there’s a theme to keep everyone engaged and focused:
Mondays: Accountability Proclamations
This is your day to share with the group what you’re working on this week and what you want to accomplish.
I encourage members to share and support each other in their weekly goals and this is a great way to do that.
Tuesdays: Member Feature
Each week, one member of the group will be featured with a quick interview. This way you can get to know specific members a bit better and you’ve got the option of getting yourself featured to get a bit more traction your way.
Wednesdays: Monthly Challenge Check-In
Every Wednesday, I'll check in with you to how you're doing with the monthly challenge in the Facebook group. You can pop in your homework to get support and feedback from other members. You can ask questions based on the monthly challenge. And, get inspired with how the other members are doing that month's challenge.
Thursdays: Cross Promo Day
This is the day to share whatever you’re currently working on, your latest product line, your latest blog post, or your latest win (like an interview or magazine feature).
I try to pick at least one of your projects/blog posts/interviews to share with my audience on social media and I encourage everyone else to do the same.
We should help each other spread the word about our creative businesses. Nobody should do this all alone.
Fridays: Accountability Check-In
Come back and let us know if you checked those tasks off your list that you shared with us at the beginning of the week.
Share your successes and your setbacks and get encouragement from the other women in the group.
You could host a potluck at your house or plan a meet up at a local coffee shop or see who would be up for hanging out when you travel to that conference in New York.
Want to chat with other entrepreneurs who have similar businesses?
Maybe ask some other fine artists how they've figured out who their ideal customers are? Maybe ask some other pattern designers what software they use or how they've gotten their work into magazines? Maybe ask some other business coaches where they've pitched interviews and guest posts?
In Sunday Society, I make it easy for you to do all of these things. There are two member directories: one that's location-based and one that's niche-based. Simply scan them to find what you're looking for and connect with those people on social media or email them.
The reason I decided to add this as a feature of the membership program is because I wish I had access to something like this in my first couple years of business.
I wish I could've asked other local creatives to drink tea and chat or to ask entrepreneurs in my niche what they were using for video editing or what camera they recommended or how to pitch a guest post without sounding cheesy. I'm super excited to provide this to you!
Do you need external motivation? Do you find yourself binge-watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix instead of working on your own membership site that you can't wait to offer but need a push to start? Are you a crap boss for yourself and wish that you had someone to give you a push to take a vacation day or publish blog posts every week?
Someone you check in with a couple times a week. Someone who isn't afraid to tell you that you're wasting time. Someone who gets it and doesn't need you to explain why email marketing is important. Someone who's up for giving you feedback when you're working on a new project.
Inside Sunday Society, there is a spot to find an accountability partner or announce that you're looking for one.
Who knows...you might even find your biz bestie!
Regularly, I’ll create new things for the membership program—from workbooks to worksheets to mini courses to video lessons—as bonus materials. I'm creating this around what the members need and what I'm excited about making for them.
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There’s only one level and with your membership, you get access to everything I've discussed above. There’s no bronze, silver or gold levels here—none of that ‘you can’t access the live calls unless you upgrade’ or ‘you only get bonuses if you’re a gold member.’
Why? Because I want to make this a very easy decision for you.
That’s why I’ve also priced it at a price point that’s less than a nice meal out or a cute top from Anthropologie.
This is the only budget-friendly way to work with me. My one-on-one consulting package costs $795 and is completely booked for 2016. Want to hang out? Sunday Society is the only way.
Once you register, you will be billed monthly, on that same date each following month (unless you cancel your account). You will be billed from the same source you used to pay the first time--so if you pay via PayPal, your monthly charge will come out of PayPal and if you pay with a credit card, your monthly charge will be billed to your credit card each month.
If you sign up for Sunday Society and realize it's not the right fit for you, you're not stuck in the program for a set period of time. You can cancel anytime! All you need to do is email me at email@example.com with the subject line, "Cancel my Sunday Society membership" and your subscription will be cancelled within 48 hours--no questions asked.
I don't refund past months but I will cancel your subscription if you want leave.
I understand that your needs and wants change over time and at some point, this might not be the right membership for you. I get it. You won't be stuck with months of payments if you decide you want to cancel.
I want you to feel like you can test drive this group. Join for one month for $49 and if you don't love it, you can easily leave.
Why you should join NOW instead of later:
You might be thinking, "This sounds good. Maybe I'll join when __________ (insert reason to procrastinate--like when your kids start school this fall and you have more time or when you start making an income or when you launch your first service)." I get that but, it's in your best interest to join now instead of later. I really do mean that--I'm not just saying it to make money.
These are the reasons you should join now instead of a month or two or six from now:
- If you start in the beginning with everyone else, you won't feel like an outsider when you join. Sometimes when you join something late in the game and it seems like everyone already knows each other, it's a bit more intimidating. If you join now, you'll avoid that.
- The monthly challenges build on themselves, so it's best to start now so that you don't feel behind. Really, you can join anytime, but you might feel overwhelmed once everyone else has done the first few challenges or if you join later and I'm referencing past challenges that you haven't had a chance to do yet.
- Why would you ever wait on something that could help you build the business of your daydreams, especially when it's this budget-friendly?
What happens once you make your first payment:
After you click one of the 'click here to register' buttons and pay the first month, you will automatically be redirected to the Sunday Society website to complete your registration by picking a username and password. Please do this as soon as you are redirected because it times out after 30 minutes. (If that happens, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you all set up.)
Once you've chosen your username and password, all of your log in details will be emailed to you. Keep that email!
Use those details to log in and get started and have a look around the site.
Have a question? Email email@example.com and we'll help you out.
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It’s right for:
- Action-takers. Creatives who want accountability from others working towards similar goals.
- Small business owners who would love regular feedback on projects they’re working on.
- Entrepreneurs looking for accountability partners and business besties.
- Friends of Blacksburg Belle who would love to work with me closely on a regular basis on a small budget.
- Creatives who love my workbooks/worksheets and want more, more, more!
- Creative entrepreneurs who want to carve out a tiny slice (or a big ‘ol helping) of the world for themselves.
- Girl bosses looking for a group of other girl bosses to lean on.
- Introverts searching for a snug and safe space to network with other entrepreneurs.
- Small business owners who know what they need to do but they haven’t actually done it, because what they really need is accountability and a regular kick in the pants.
It’s not right for:
- Complainers and excuse makers.
- Spammers only looking for another group to pitch their stuff to over and over.
- Lazy entrepreneurs looking for a magic technique to fast success. (We here at Sunday Society believe in hard work and trial and error.)
- Entrepreneurs planning to do it all solo.
- Creatives looking for a detailed course. (I’ve already done that right here if that’s what you need.)
If you're lonely working from home and want a group of business friends you can hang out with at the 'water cooler,' join us today.
If you're discouraged because you're not seeing the kind of business results you've been dreaming of, join us today.
If you're an introvert who wants a networking opportunity the doesn't actually feel like networking because we're just hangin' and having fun, join us today.
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Have a question about Sunday Society that you'd like to ask before joining? Email me at blacksburgbelle@gmailcom and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.