Let’s play 20 questions — design business style… again! This is PART TWO of 20 questions for all my designer friends! If you missed part one, go back and listen to the first 10 questions that I answered!
In my waitlist survey for my new program Booked Out Designer, there was a spot to “ask me anything”, and the waitlist designers sent some amazing questions in. I have had about 100 people fill out this survey so far, and the questions are definitely influencing what goes into the course, but in addition to that… I want to tackle some of them right now on the podcast.
Designers, you’ll definitely want to listen to this episode! For those of you who aren’t designers (still LOVE you!), you’ll also enjoy this for tons of tips about running a service-based business.
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1. What is an absolute must have system for your business?
An absolute must have for my design business is a start to finish system for your main services with the exact steps that need to be done.
For example, if you’re a brand designer, then you want a system to onboard the client, get homework, kick off the project, do your work for the project, get feedback, launch it, and close the project. There are a lot of steps involved! But that is why it is so important to have that system written down and available to reference so that you don’t forget anything important.
A software system that I think is a must have, especially for service based businesses is a CRM. I have used Dubsado for years and LOVE IT. This is so hugely important and helps you automate a lot of things and create systems.
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2. What would you tell your younger business owner self that you wish you knew now?
If I could chat with my younger self, I would tell her, “No one cares about your age as much as you think they do!”
I was so concerned with my age when I started my design business, and it was NOT necessary. Looking back, I didn’t believe in myself very much and that was the root of the issue.
I always felt too young and inexperienced and was worried every single person around me was thinking “who does she think she is?!”
In reality, I think very few people thought that. Now, years later when I see young designers I never think anything about their age!
3. Why do you choose ShowIt over the other web platforms?
I have gotten a lot of questions about this and had some people ask, “Should I really switch from Squarespace to Showit? I've spent so much time, energy, and money learning Squarespace but almost every single time I see a really imaginative and gorgeous site its Showit.”
As soon as I discovered Showit, I was in love. I used WordPress prior, but I also had designed a Squarespace site in college for my sorority. Also, I designed my wedding website on Squarespace when I got married and my portfolio was on there too when I was a student trying to get jobs post-grad. I had a class on WordPress in college, so I had explored them all!
You can build a successful website design business using ANY website platform. I love Showit, and it is perfect for the clients I work with and my design goals. This is KEY!
If my main audience were e-commerce businesses, I would not use Showit. I would use Shopify. For the many life coaches and business coaches I’ve worked with, I would never suggest Shopify to them because Showit fits their needs better.
If Squarespace is your jam, then that’s awesome! There will always be clients who are right for Squarespace and love it! The same goes for WordPress, Kajabi, Wix, any of them.
Only you know if you need to switch platforms, and I think the best thing to do is explore them all and create a free trial and see what resonates with you and who you want to work with!
Tune in to the full episode to hear all of part two of the 20 questions podcast episode. Also, check out part one if you missed it! I love getting to answer your questions and tell parts of my design business journey! I love this so much that I have created Booked Out Designer, a course for designers to teach you everything I know about taking your design business from burnt out to booked out with dream clients!
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