• Business & Optimization,  Lean & Agile

    Why Working Harder and Hustling is NOT the Answer

    There is an obsession and romanticism with hustling and working harder and I call bullshit on it!⁣⁣It isn’t about working harder, doing more, or having to feel like you are hustling every damn day. ⁣⁣✧ It’s about working SMARTER. ⁣⁣✧ Focusing on your highest PRIORITIES. ⁣⁣✧ Doing less things but BETTER. ⁣✧ Being FOCUSED. ⁣⁣✧ Keeping things SIMPLE.⁣⁣✧ Actually FINISHING something instead of just being busy. ⁣⁣✧ Ensuring your are OPTIMIZING everything you are doing.⁣ ✧ Making your business LEAN.⁣ ⁣Do I work hard? Yes! Most people describe me as the hardest working person they know, BUT I have moved past wearing that like a badge of honor. I am…

  • Business & Optimization,  Strategy & Planning

    How to Identify Your Sales Goals for Service Based Businesses

    In our last post, we explored how to identify achieve sales goals for businesses with a physical product.  This post is for all of you with service based businesses or those with digital products such as e-courses and workshops. Let’s start by recapping a couple core concepts: The best way to hit your sales goals is to work backwards.  This is true no matter what type of business you have.  Also true no matter what type of business you have is the practice of setting 3 goals: BASE:  How much do you need to make? TARGET: How much do you want to make? STRETCH: How much do you dream of making?…

  • Business & Optimization,  Sales & Marketing,  Strategy & Planning

    How to Achieve Your Sales Goals for Product Based Businesses

    Welcome to Part 2 of the Sales and Scaling Secrets Series.  In Part 1, we looked at how to identify your sales goals for product based businesses.  Goals that are realistic and attainable. In this post, we will explore how to consistently achieve, and eventually surpass, your sales goals. Okay, so now that you know how many products you need to sell to hit your sales goals, you can start to define the sales and marketing strategies to achieve them. The first thing you need to do is look at your analytics. This will give you insight into what’s currently working and where the actions you’ll take should have the biggest…

  • Business & Optimization,  Strategy & Planning

    How to Identify Your Sales Goals for Product Based Businesses

    If you are struggling to identify realistic sales goals or to achieve the sales goals that you set, then this post series is for you!  It is the 1st of a multi-post Sales and Scaling Secrets Series on how to identify and achieve your sales goals for product based businesses. I have seen so many business owners use a “wishful thinking” approach to sales.  They arbitrarily set sales goals based on what they feel they “should” be making, as opposed to what they feasibly can make with the current products, systems, and approaches they have in place.  Some will look at last quarter’s results and proclaim that they will do…

  • Business & Optimization

    Feeling Stuck in Your Business? Try These 5 Tips to Get Unblocked

    Ever have one of those days where you feel completely stuck in your business?  Where you feel unmotivated, unfocused, or can’t seem to find the creativity you need to make progress?  Maybe you’re having one those days right now? We’ve all been there!  The good news is that you can get unblocked.  And sometimes end up even more focused, motivated, and inspired creatively.  They key is figuring out which ways work for you. Below are the top 5 ways that I have found to get unblocked and get back to being productive.   1. Complete Something. Finish something.  Anything.  It doesn’t matter what. It doesn’t even have to be business related.…

  • Fashion & Accessories,  Quotes & Inspiration

    Top 25 Iris Apfel Quotes

    Iris Afpel is the definition of style.  A savvy business woman and fashion icon, she is an unstoppable inspiration to female entrepreneurs and tastemakers. In her late 90s, she has recently been signed by IMG as a model and for appearances and endorsements.  IMG is quoted as saying “Iris is an icon with immeasurable talent. She radiates creativity and inspiration and we’re so excited to explore new and unique opportunities with her, where her natural gifts can be shared with the world. At 97 years old, Iris continues to prove that age is just a number and shouldn’t be something that defines you.” Here are some words to live by and quotes…

  • Business & Optimization,  Lean & Agile

    5S Your Workspace – How to Implement Lean Practices In Your Business

    Time = money.  And I guarantee there is hidden time and money within your current business in the form of waste. Also known as muda, waste is the killer of productivity and efficiency.  There are many forms of waste.   For this post, we are going to focus on wasted time, which in turn results in wasted money. How much time do you and your team spend searching for things?  Whether it be physical inventory to pack and ship an order, or digital assets like looking for that perfect picture for Instagram. When you do inventory, does it take you waaayyyyy longer than it should?  Because you can’t find things, or items…

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    Business & Optimization,  Strategy & Planning

    How to Choose Your Word of the Year + Make It Impactful for Your Business

    Not a big fan of new year’s resolutions?  Same here!  So ditch the resolutions and instead choose a word for the year.  A word, or phrase, that acts as a guide for the actions you take throughout the year in order to achieve your goals for your business and your life.  Consider it your mantra. Learn when and how to choose your word for the year, what to do if a single word feels too limiting, and most importantly, how to make your word more impactful for your business. ✧ ✧ ✧ How to Choose Your Word of the Year   When you choose your word of the year, my advice…

  • Business & Optimization,  Fashion & Accessories

    How to Optimize Your Fashion Production and Launch Calendar

    A big piece of planning out a new year is deciding how you will plan the launches of your new collections.  Even if you have decided to ditch the traditional fashion calendar and release your collections as “immediates” there is a still a lot of planning required for successful and profitable launches.  The first step is to decide how many collections you will be designing and launching, typically 2 – 6 collections throughout a given year. Will you be launching 2 major collections that align with Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter?  Or will you be releasing more frequent collections, such as Resort, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter?  Will you do any holiday…

  • Fashion & Accessories,  Quotes & Inspiration

    100 Best Quotes from Top Fashion Icons

    Looking for a little inspiration?  These 100 of the best quotes from top fashion icons should do the trick!  Featuring words of wisdom and fashion inspiration from Coco Chanel, Iris Apfel, Vera Wang, Oscar de le Renta, Gianna Versace, Donatella Versace, Miuccia Prada, Diane von Furstenberg, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander Wang, Marc Jabobs, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Rachel Zoe, Kate Spade, Giorgio Armani, Betsey Johnson, Sophia Loren, Alexander McQueen, Simon Doonan, and Donna Karen.   Oscar de le Renta Quotes “The great thing about fashion is that it always looks forward.” – Oscar de la Renta (tweet this quote) “Be the designer of your own destiny.” – Oscar de la Renta…