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Designer Strategy Sessions

Over the course of my years as a designer, I’ve learned that the road to being successful and turning my passion for design into a profitable and sustainable career is neither easy nor straightforward. From immediately freelancing as a designer fresh out of college, to now owning and running my own design studio, I’ve had my fair share of trial and error & successes and failures. Throughout it all, I’ve gained so many valuable insights that I wish I knew earlier on in my career.

Next to crafting intentional brands and beautiful websites for my own clients, my passion is to share what I’ve learned on my path to a fulfilling design career with others. Through one-on-one strategy sessions, I’ll help you gain clarity + insight into your own path as a designer, as well as partner with you to create a strategic course of action that will help guide you from where you are now in your journey, to where you are wanting to be.

 
 
 

An Inside Look into the Process:

1. Schedule your session.

Ready to talk through your design questions, receive a different perspective on your current business, and gain insight in how to best move forward and thrive? I’d love to work with you. Please reach out to me via the link below, and I’ll quickly respond and provide more information about my strategy sessions, answer any questions you may have, and book your spot.

2. Complete your homework.

Once everything is scheduled, I’ll send you a questionnaire for you to complete before our session. You’ll answer questions that will help me better understand you as a designer, your business goals, and what you’re hoping to receive from our session. I’ll review everything in advance and write down a few of my thoughts beforehand so that we can make the most of our time together.

3. Gain insight + take action.

We’ll hold our strategy session via a phone call, video call, or in person (if you’re local to Chicago). During this session, we’ll talk through the topics you’re wanting to discuss, set attainable goals, and create a few action items for you to work on. A few weeks later, we’ll hold a follow-up session to discuss your progress, answer any questions you may have, and readjust your goals as needed.

 
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Each session is personalized to your individual needs. Potential discussion topics include (but are not limited to):

BRANDING

Guidance on your own branding/website
How to set yourself apart from others
Setting goals + growing your business

WORKFLOWS + TIME MANAGEMENT

How I manage multiple projects
What organizational platforms I use
How to set up workflows

MY DESIGN PROCESS

An inside look into my design process
What tools / resources I use as I design
How to create a unique client experience

SERVICES + PRICING

How to refine services offerings
How to price your services
Tips on charging what you’re worth

RUNNING A BUSINESS

How to start a new business
Tips on contracts, invoicing, etc.
How to stay organized

MARKETING + FINDING CLIENTS

How to best utilize social media
How to find your first few clients
How to attract your ideal client

WORK-LIFE BALANCE

How to avoid burnout
Tips on creating and keeping boundaries
How to balance your time

GATHERING INSPIRATION

Resources I use for design inspiration
How to combat creative block
How to reignite passion in your work

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You’ll Walk Away With:

Clarity.

My experience in the design field and unique perspective will help provide you with a clear sense of direction in how to best move forward and accomplish your goals. Whether it be with the technicalities of the branding process, or the ins and outs of self-employment, I’ll help you gain clarity in the areas in which you’re needing help.

Guidance.

Not only will I help establish clarity in your work, I will also help you craft strategic, actionable steps that you can take to help you accomplish what you’re wanting to accomplish and reach your goals. As Joel A. Barker said, “Vision without action is merely a dream… Vision with action can change the world.”

Support.

Whatever part you’re at in your journey, with whatever pain-point you’re currently struggling with, I’m sure I’ve been there before. I’m a judgement-free, open-book friend and mentor. I know just how difficult and lonely it can be paving the path of self-employment, and I’ll be cheering you on right alongside you, every step of the way.

 
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THE INVESTMENT

 
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Initial Strategy Session: $275

Your first strategy session includes the following:


INITIAL SESSION:

1. Pre-session survey
2. 60-minute strategy session
3. PDF of session review, goals/action items, & resources


FOLLOW-UP:

1. 30-minute follow-up session
2. Review of goals/action items
3. Updated PDF of session review, goals/action items, & resources


Follow-up Sessions: $200

Any additional strategy sessions you book include the following:


1. Pre-session survey
2. 60-minute strategy session
3. Review of goals/action items
4. Updated PDF of session review, goals/action items, and resources