Virtual Coffee Dates

Having your own sewing business is great.  But it’s SEW important to find your tribe!

Join us for monthly video discussions and stop feeling so alone out there! Grab a cup of coffee and start your day off talking shop with other sewing teachers and sewing business owners!

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This is your chance to:

        • Connect with other people who teach sewing & run their own sewing business, people just like you!
        • Seek support about issues you’re facing in your business.
        • Connect, chat, laugh, etc.
        • Feel inspired, supported, energized & motivated to do what you do!

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      Upcoming Schedule

      Wednesday October 25th, 2017 11am eastern time – Sign up here
      Topic of discussion: Finding business mentors
      What are your thoughts on finding and/or having an experienced mentor to help you with your entrepreneurial life? Where do you find one? How do you approach someone about mentoring you? Have you ever mentored someone else?

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      Thursday November 30th, 2017 11am eastern time – Sign up here
      Topic of discussion: Work & Life Balance: Is this really a thing?
      It’s hard to say if balancing work & life is really even possible when you work for yourself, but I’m sure we’ll find lots to chat about around this topic.  Be prepared to share your tips and tricks for finding more balance in your life. How do *YOU* draw the boundary between work & personal life? 

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      Friday December 22nd, 2017 11am eastern time – Sign up here
      Topic of discussion: Email and how to not let it rule your life
      Anybody spend way too much time in the email inbox? If you just answered with a resound “heck yes”, I think you need join us for the discussion. Why does email take up so much of our day and how can be we make it take up less of our day?

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      Monday January 29th, 2018 11am eastern time – Sign up here
      Topic of discussion: Setting goals and following through
      Happy New Year!!! What goals have you set for yourself for 2018? What are some of your proudest accomplishments from 2017. In this chat, let’s discuss accountability for following through with the goals we set for the new year. 

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      Tuesday February 27th, 2018 11am eastern time – Sign up here
      Topic of discussion: Productivity & Motivation
      How do you get and stay motivated in running your business? What are the tools you use to stay excited about doing the work? Are there things you do to up your productivity? Be prepared to share with the group your secrets to staying excited about what you do every day, even when you’re not feeling it.

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      Wednesday March 28th, 2018 11am eastern time – Sign up here
      Topic of discussion: Instagram as a tool for promoting classes
      Instagram is super fun! It’s visually appealing and can be a huge time suck  if you’re not careful. Sure we all want to get more followers, but Instagram popularity doesn’t pay the bills. How do you use Instagram to promote your sewing classes?

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      Thursday April 26th, 2018 11am eastern time – Sign up here
      Topic of discussion: Customer Service with a smile
      I think for most of us, were the business owner, we teach, we promote our classes *AND* we do the customer service! I don’t know about you, but this last one can be tough job!  We’ll be sharing our tips for keeping our customers happy and providing customer service with a smile. 

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      Friday May 18th, 2018 11am eastern time – Sign up here
      Topic of discussion: Summer Camp Prep
      It’s getting to be that time of year. Kids are not in school and in need of something fun and creative to do all summer! Did you know that Summer camp business is roughly 1/3 of my yearly business? NO JOKE!  If you’re not already teaching kids sewing summer camp, you probably should!  In this discussion we’ll talk about all the things you’ll need to do to get ready. 

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      Monday June 25th, 2018 11am eastern time – Sign up here
      Topic of discussion: Bookeeping
      Your books aren’t going to keep themselves. For this group discussion we’ll be talking about keeping track of the money coming in and going out of your business. Is this somethng you keep track or yourself or do you have a hired bookeeper? Get ready to talk about the thing nobody wants to talk about: Money.

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      Upon sign up, you’ll be emailed the link to join the meeting. Keep in mind if you haven’t joined a video coffee chat before, you’ll be prompted to download/install the Zoom meeting room software so please give yourself a couple of extra minutes. 

Past Discussions:

Video recording of the September 2017 Discussion
Topic of discussion: Local Guerrilla Marketing Tactics

Video recording of the May 2017 Discussion
Topic of discussion: User experience on your website.

Video recording of the April 2017 Discussion
Topic: Our Top 3 Favorite Tools for Making our Jobs Easier

Video recording of the March 2017 Discussion
Topic: Supplies & Materials<

Video recording of the October 2016 Discussion
Topic: Hiring & Managing Employees

Video recording of the September 2016 Discussion
Topic: Email Marketing

Video recording of the August 2016 Discussion
Topic: Our Very First Virtual Coffee Chat