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WDA Live Strategy Call 06-01-2021

This’s Weeks Questions


00:01:14 Lori Reeves: Personal WIN: I felt like life was finally getting back to some semblance of “normal” over the weekend because I performed to an actual LIVE crowd!!
00:01:36 erika: I think I got my Dubsado forms all figured out!
00:01:37 Barb at Infinity Brand Design: Win: I’m meeting with lead generation companies to outsource my lead gen + closing!
00:01:39 Parisa: I did my first podcast interview this week
00:01:40 Erica Nash: @Lori YAY! That’s so freaking exciting! No doubt you had a blast.
00:01:52 erika: @Parisa, that’s awesome
00:01:59 Erica Nash: I binged Chillpreneur yesterday and it was GREAT for my brain.
00:02:07 Valicia France: Win: Getting my processes into Dubsado. learning curve for sure lol
00:02:09 Lori Reeves: @Erica it felt AMAZING!!
00:02:15 Roman, Jana: I definitely feel like making to a call live is a win!
00:02:28 Parisa: wohoo
00:02:49 Laura Kåmark: Win: Being on this call. My 5 year old is home sick and that has thrown a wrench in my work day.
00:02:53 Cory Peterson: Win: I’ve had a couple good consults last week and lots of fun networking opportunities coming up.
00:03:11 Barb at Infinity Brand Design: Win: I didn’t WORK this weekend! I stayed present with my husband and didn’t give work a single thought!
00:03:27 Parisa: @Barb! That is a WIN!
00:03:43 Cory Peterson: So cool Lori!!!!
00:03:59 Barb at Infinity Brand Design: Thanks @Parisa! I agree! And I have SO MANY creative ideas because of it!!
00:04:15 Laura Kåmark: Lori you’re a rockstar
00:04:32 Erica Nash: Parttime rockstar, NBD
00:04:32 Valicia France: Very cool Lori!
00:04:38 Lori Reeves: LOL Erica
00:05:52 Erica Nash: Way to go husband! haha
00:05:59 Wendy Coop: Win: feeling excited for redrafting my offers.
00:06:11 Kim: My win: I’m here! I’m rebooting my web design biz, making plans, kicking butt, taking names, etc 😊
00:07:19 Wendy Coop: Woo hoo!
00:07:33 Valicia France: Awesome!
00:07:34 Barb at Infinity Brand Design: I’ll MOST DEF be applying!
00:07:49 Mariela Cabezas | Web Designer – soulbusinessdesign.com/week: I will be applying, too!
00:08:15 Lori Reeves: I’m applying, too!!!!
00:09:46 Cory Peterson: Chillpreneur is SO good – one of the best I’ve read
00:09:52 Wendy Coop: That was such a great book! Thank you, Laura, for sending it to me!
00:09:52 Mariela Cabezas | Web Designer – soulbusinessdesign.com/week: I started to listen to Chillpreneur yesterday, too! For the second time, of course.
00:10:07 Erica Nash: Seriously so good. Such a mindset shift.
00:10:14 Valicia France: ha!! It is fun.
00:10:23 Mariela Cabezas | Web Designer – soulbusinessdesign.com/week: Yeah, Dubsado is on my list, too.
00:10:32 Wendy Coop: Is anyone using Honeybook?
00:11:33 Mariela Cabezas | Web Designer – soulbusinessdesign.com/week: Win: I found an easy to implement content strategy for social media and I’m posting micro-blogs on LinkedIn. Today was my second day and I have over 6.000 views already!
00:11:36 erika: @Wendy, I tried HoneyBook but it wasn’t as customizable as I wanted.
00:11:40 Barb at Infinity Brand Design: I didn’t like Honeybook from a client perspective @Wendy, so I didn’t mess with it.
00:11:43 Parisa: I used to @Wendy but moved to Dubsado a while ago
00:11:58 Kim: Love YNAB! I’m a big YNAB dork if anyone needs help
00:12:11 Wendy Coop: Thanks, Parisa! I’m just looking at a good intro to get everything set up.
00:12:28 Wendy Coop: I’m starting to use YNAB but I’m getting lost, ha ha!
00:12:46 Erica Nash: Budgeting is seriously the best, lol I love it
00:12:48 Wendy Coop: @Erika – thank you for letting me know!
00:13:35 Wendy Coop: @Mariela – that is amazing! Please share your magic!
00:13:54 Wendy Coop: @Barb – sounds like I should be using Dubsado then!
00:13:59 Barb at Infinity Brand Design: Oh! Win! I have 2 discovery calls today! 1 in 14 mins (so I’ll have to hop off early)
00:14:11 Valicia France: Amazing @mariela
00:16:43 Erica Nash: That is so awesome!
00:17:29 Wendy Coop: Also a win: I have an appointment with a literary agent at the end of the month and I’m about to submit my one-sheet proposal!
00:17:55 erika: Agh! I forgot I have another win. I managed to draft a month of Instagram posts and scheduled a week of them.
00:18:03 Erica Nash: @Wendy, how awesome!! Congrats
00:18:06 Wendy Coop: @Erika – woo hoo!
00:18:10 Wendy Coop: Thanks Erica!
00:18:18 Erica Nash: @erika, that’s definitely a win
00:18:51 Leslie Zemenek: Win – I started working on my own web site. Finally.
00:19:06 Wendy Coop: @Leslie – that’s how you get stuff moving!
00:19:30 Wendy T.: Awesome, Leslie! That’s the next step for me.
00:22:07 Lori Reeves: @Barb And make sure it’s not so low that there’s no way someone could make enough money if you REALLY want them to work for you.
00:23:42 Lori Reeves: You may need to restructure your pricing so you can offer your “closer” more and you’ll still make enough. It may need to be much more than 10% so you have someone who will put the time in and it will be worth it to you.
00:24:08 Parisa: Have you got a quote yet @Barb?
00:24:39 Wendy Coop: I’m definitely jacking up my prices!
00:24:59 Erica Nash: DDT says pricing is a made up number, so choose what you want 😂
00:25:56 Wendy Coop: I remember when I first saw $5k as my top price and it freaked me out. Now it feels low for what I’m going to offer.
00:30:12 Wendy T.: Question: As a new designer, where can I find inspiration for different layouts/sections of websites? How can I use inspiration without “stealing” people’s ideas? How can I ethically use themes (changing them up enough, etc.)?
00:30:39 Erica Nash: I definitely had a shift when I realized that I needed to be willing to pay those higher prices if I wanted clients to be willing to pay those prices with me.
00:31:04 Parisa: Oooo good question
00:31:20 Lori Reeves: Wendy T have you ever read “Steal Like an Artist”?
00:31:28 Erica Nash: YES
00:31:31 Wendy T.: I have. Loved that book.
00:31:44 erika: I love looking at Behance
00:32:10 Lori Reeves: Look through several sites. Make notes about what you like and combine.
00:32:37 erika: I also like looking through pay templates on sites like Creative Market to see what functionality they have that I like
00:32:41 Lori Reeves: Different elements from different sites put together NEVER looks like you’ve copied someone else’s site.
00:32:50 Erica Nash: So much of what is out there is similar. You’ll probably find that the sites you like have a lot of the same features.
00:33:38 Lori Reeves: The imagery and branding you use makes a BIG difference, even in a template.
00:33:55 Mariela Cabezas | Web Designer – soulbusinessdesign.com/week: I follow the Storybrand method and found this today: https://www.sbwebsiteexamples.com/
00:34:20 Lori Reeves: Remember: There are NO new ideas. Everything out there contains pieces of other things that already exist.
00:34:24 Wendy T.: That makes sense. So look for pieces/parts that work with my intended goal for the site and go from there. Thank you, everyone!!
00:35:16 Mariela Cabezas | Web Designer – soulbusinessdesign.com/week: https://knapsackcreative.com/work
00:35:43 Leslie Zemenek: There is a percentage. When the copyright office looks at cases where someone claims copyright infringement, they have a percentage.
00:37:00 Lori Reeves: I have a hard time believing that you could get in trouble for using a LAYOUT if you’re not copying images or text. Lots of websites use a very similar layout. But they can’t use the same text and images. THAT’S what is considered copying (I would imagine – I’m NO lawyer!).
00:37:21 Erica Nash: It might take a lot of time to develop from scratch up front, but if you’re in litigation, you’ll be really short on time and money.
00:38:07 Barb Henry: Agree, Lori. Layouts today are all pretty much the same. Images, font, colors can make any design unique.
00:39:06 Leslie Zemenek: It kinds of needs to be obvious for someone to make a fuss.
00:41:22 Lori Reeves: If you buy it, there could be code (just as Shannon said) that is behind the scenes that “gives it away” that you bought and resold.
00:42:05 Mariela Cabezas | Web Designer – soulbusinessdesign.com/week: I would recreate the parts I like with Divi or Elementor, never just use the element
00:44:26 Ruha Thurairatnam: At what point during our 12 months here do you expect most WDA-ers to be ready to implement the scale module?
00:45:18 Kim: Yesss I’m going to be ready for it this time!
00:45:48 Mariela Cabezas | Web Designer – soulbusinessdesign.com/week: Yay, I look forward to the new directory!
00:48:17 Mariela Cabezas | Web Designer – soulbusinessdesign.com/week: I just saw that we have a WDA spotify playlist!!
00:48:30 Lori Reeves: Yes we do, Mariela, and it’s JAMMIN!!
00:50:30 Mariela Cabezas | Web Designer – soulbusinessdesign.com/week: How do you know if you should create a course or a membership? Memberships are all the rage right now, it makes me a little insecure…
00:53:15 Mariela Cabezas | Web Designer – soulbusinessdesign.com/week: All right, thanks.
00:54:36 Shannon Mattern: Nacondra Moran
00:54:43 Wendy Coop: Gotta hop on another call. See you all in the group!
00:54:50 Shannon Mattern: Girija Patel
00:55:06 Shannon Mattern: Autumn Witt Boyd
00:55:10 Lori Reeves: I have to run to another meeting, too! Have a great week friends!
00:55:37 Mariela Cabezas | Web Designer – soulbusinessdesign.com/week: Do you mean policies?
00:55:47 Mariela Cabezas | Web Designer – soulbusinessdesign.com/week: Termageddon does also policies for Canada
00:56:15 Valicia France: bye!