Gift Box + Small Biz Planner + Canvas Print Giveaway

Congratulations Ashley R. on wining the Gift Box +Small Biz Planner + Canvas Print!

To end a wonderful Influential Gal launch week (seriously though, I am amazed by all the support you have shown!), we are giving away a beautiful gift box from With Grace and Gold that include the cutest little champagne candle, handmade notebooks and beautiful pens. Writefully Simple is giving away, the perfect small business planner. If you are starting a blog or business this product is a must! Primavera Studio is giving away this handmade “Trust” canvas print. The blue is absolutely beautiful! This is the last giveaway of the week so be sure to look back through and enter into all 4 giveaways while they are still live!

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I want to introduce you to the first brand, With Grace and Gold (p.s. they will be on the IG podcast in the coming weeks!).

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1.Tell us a little bit about your blog/business and how you got started?

With Grace and Gold is a branding boutique dedicated to creating purposeful and authentic branding for small businesses. The idea for our business is rooted in our faith and friendship – and our shared goal of serving women in business. One half of our team is an experienced small business owner, while the other is an experienced blogger. Combined, our skills and experience prepared us for our journey as a small business and have allowed us to be set apart in our industry.

2. What do you enjoy most about what you do?

We enjoy having an opportunity to serve women in business – to provide encouragement, to make an impact in their work and everyday living, and to learn a lot along the way! Through our business, we have an opportunity to connect with women and businesses all over the world. We enjoy sharing our hearts and sharing what has helped us to grow and be successful in our business.

3. What is your advice for other entrepreneurs and small business owners?

Our advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners is to get started now! Often times, we can feel overwhelmed or worried about what to do next, but we promise that everything will fall into place once you get started. For us, the result has always been better than we planned or imagined – all because we stepped out and got started.

Lindsay from Writefully Simple is the second brand I want to introduce you to.

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1.Tell us a little bit about your business and how you got started?

Writefully Simple got started completely as a fluke.  I have always enjoyed creating something out of nothing, so when a girlfriend of mine was talking about how she wanted to save money on her wedding I offered to design her stationery.  Once I began I completely fell in love with it – everything from the fonts, colors, design and paper.  The next thing I knew I was dreaming of everything that I could offer other couples and found myself in a constant daydream.  My husband, who is extremely supportive, signed me up for a PhotoShop class and encouraged me to pursue and create a heartfelt business.  So after designing stationery for friends & family, I started to get inquiries from people I did not know and it just took off.  One of the best things is when I am able to design wedding stationery for a couple and they come back to me for baby announcements and then birthday party invitations for their children.  Other than wedding and event stationery I also design personal stationery (notepads, planners, etc) I also design marketing materials and advertisements and recently started to offer the whole branding package from logos, marketing materials to website design.

2. What do you enjoy most about what you do?

Designing something beautiful, unique and meaningful for each couple for their wedding or for their special events, or to help create the unique identity of a business.  I have always loved keeping hand-written notes, journals, address books…anything that shows the true beauty of paper and stationery.  The different textures and colors of paper, the endless array of fonts and captivating colors – each design tells a story and I love being the one to bring that story to life.  Plus a huge bonus for me is that every day, every job is so different from the last – I never know what to expect and love to get to create something completely out of the box my and comfort zone!

3. What is your advice for other entrepreneurs and small business owners?

One of the most important things I have done is network – locally and online.  I have found an amazing local network of wedding professionals who meet once a month.  I have met so many amazing people, gained new friend and it’s something I look forward to each month.  And I have found an online community of such amazing, talented and supportive woman.  Even if we never meet I feel as though I know some of them, and enjoy working with them, bouncing ideas of one another and helping each other out when we have questions.  It’s awesome to know that you have people that know what you are going through, especially on those really difficult days, that can throw words of inspiration or just be there for you.  Networking should be something much more than selling yourself; it should be about building relationships!

Last but not least, Erin from Primavera Studio is the the third brand.

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1.Tell us a little bit about your business and how you got started?

Primavera Studio is a design business that aims to encourage and equip creative women in their pursuit of passions and business through branding services and a shop full of helpful (and pretty) tools for the every day. I especially have a heart for other mamas who run their own businesses because motherhood is hard work and doing business on top of that can feel like pure insanity. Creating helpful resources to simplify and inspire that process is really where my heart is. I got started in design through blogging, actually, customizing templates for myself and friends. It grew into something I really loved doing beyond the blogosphere, and so when I had the chance to do design full time, I took it. Being able to walk alongside other women in their business dreams by creating custom brands and helpful resources is really the greatest job on earth for me and I’m so thankful I get to pursue that full time.
 
2. What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I enjoy seeing women, especially mothers, spurred on to pursue their biggest dreams and passions. When I get to be a part of the process of turning those into a reality, I feel so fulfilled. When I see the end result of a branding project or send off items from my shop, it makes my heart beat a little bit faster.
 
3. What is your advice for other entrepreneurs and small business owners?
It can be such a struggle at the beginning of starting a business to get things going and see the fruit of all the hard work you’ve put into it. Remember that if you are going after what you’re passionate about, and you strongly believe in the work that you are doing, it will bear fruit and others will want to be a part of that. Never be discouraged by how much you sell or don’t sell, or how many people you get to work with. It’s a process that takes a lot of patience and endurance. Do the best that you can with what you have and let that be enough. 

Thank you to With Grace and Gold, Writefully Simple and Primavera Studio for their generous giveaways! 

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