If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen heaps of pictures tagged #designervaca late last week.
Designer Vaca is a time and place for lady designers and girl bosses to gather at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA and tell tales and dirty secrets of the trade. It's a great time to connect with gal pals from across the country. While there were insightful round table discussions, and a great interview with Jessica Hische, time was mostly spent lounging by the pool and talking about good music*, good running shoes* and big dreams.
I'm excited to re-shift my focus for the coming year. I have some personal goals that I'm excited to share with you next October. I don't like to say too much too soon, as I don't want to let myself off easy before actually doing the work. Here are some resources from the past week. Ladies who were there, let me know if I missed any and I'll add to the list.
At the office:
Scanner Pro (AMAZING scanner from your phone)
Stocksy (great stock photos, great prices)
The Noun Project (vector icons)
IFTTT (automates Instagram to Twitter)
Wordmark (pulls all font from your system to preview text)
Peek (free 5 min. user testing + affordable testing with more targeted demographics)
Bookkeeping + time management:
Timetrade (scheduling service, so you don't have to go back and forth to pick times for calls)
Harvest (time tracking)
Solo (time tracking)
Any Do (to do list)
(also, just search "creative virtual assistant" or "design virtual assistant")
Books & articles
Breaking the Time Barrier by Mike McDerment and Donald Cowper (I read this on my flight home and I can't recommend it enough. It's a must read for all small business owners)
The Art of Earning by Tara Gentile
The Art of Growth by Tara Gentile
Why Women Don't Ask for More Money by Ashley Milne-Tyte (article, NPR)
*compliments of Megan Gilger