It’s been a busy December over here at our Sip & Scrip HQ! We turned three, we reached another state (CHICAGO!), our squad has grown, and we aired on our first LIVE TV segment!

So naturally, with all of these major accomplishments happening, we celebrated in style by heading to Miami for the Create & Cultivate Vision Summit. And of course for some MUCH needed sun, salt water, and rosé sails!

The C&C Vision Summit was the most insta-worthy, foodie-approved, girl-boss-powered event, and we’re still buzzing with inspiration!

For those who don’t know, Create & Cultivate is an online platform, and IRL (in real life) conference, that takes place in different cities across the country. Started by founder Jaclyn Johnson, her mission is to bring together “the next generation of curious creatives, entrepreneurs and bosses to spark conversation around the topics that they are passionate about.” (Create & Cultivate)

We spent the day learning from some of the most successful and inspirational women who spoke on topics such as the power of positive self-talk, building a brand, handling failure and valuing yourself.photos by create and cultivate

Our biggest takeaways from the weekend? For starters, Venus Williams is a total badass. When asked about what truly drives her, she responded with, “well, I hate losing.”…Same girl, same. But most importantly, as women, we need to start recognizing our accomplishments and continue to show up for ourselves and our businesses.

Oh, and that we DEFINITELY see a Sip & Script boat in the future!

We can’t wait for all that is to come in 2019! Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

 

So you’ve taken a few classes (bonus points if it’s one of ours!), practiced your drills and are feeling ready to take on your first client…now what?

We’re sharing are our TOP 5 things to know before you book your first client!

1. Do your research and plan.

Okay, so you haven’t booked your first real client yet, but let’s pretend that you did for just a second. What would be your next move?

Before you even begin to take clients on and fill up your schedule, think about the logistics of it. What are you charging? What is the timeline, and how long will it take you to complete it?  Do you need a contract? Does sales tax apply? Shipping and postage?

You may not have all of the answers, and that’s okay, but do your research and plan as best as possible! 

2. Get social and start marketing yourself!

If it’s not on the ‘gram did it ever really happen?? But seriously, if you haven’t started showing off your work, go take photos and put it out there! You don’t need fancy equipment, just grab your phone and snap away, HELLO PORTRAIT MODE! Spread the news that you’re taking on clients! Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter….whatever social media you have, start marketing on it!

The easiest thing to do is sit back and play the comparison game with the thousands of other’s using #calligraphy, but don’t let that stop you from sharing! We all start somewhere, and whether you’ve been lettering on the sidelines for a while, or just picked up the pen yesterday, you can learn so much from the community around you. Learning to grow with the community versus seeing it as competition will keep you motivated and hella inspired!

3. Show off what you can do!

Think about your DREAM client…we’ll wait.

What does your dream client want? What can you do that is different from the other calligrapher’s out there? SHOW UP FOR THEM!

 Create a portfolio! Show off what you want to offer and what people can expect from you. If you want to focus on weddings, start creating examples of wedding suites and envelope addressing. More interested in home decor? Always stay a season ahead so your products are ready at the right time!

4. Know your worth.

Know that your time and talent are worth something whether this is your first client or your thousandth, and never undersell your work for the sake of keeping a sale. If something doesn’t seem right, it’s okay to politely decline from working together. Keeping your work priced fairly and truly knowing the value of your time will help you attract your ideal client. 

5. Stay motivated!

Just like learning calligraphy, building up your client-list takes TIME! Be active in the calligraphy community, keep marketing yourself, and stay focused! If you’ve taken one of our classes before, you’ll know our mantra at Sip & Script is “Don’t stop till you’re proud” – and we really mean it! We love support from our moms, neighbors and besties, but it feels DAMN GOOD to book your first real client! Keep hustling and you’ll get there!! 

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For more on running a creative biz and to grab your FREE copy of our Calligraphy Tip Guide, click here! 

To see more of what we do or to say hello, head on over to our Instagram, and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to get 10% off your next class! Happy Lettering, Friends!

 

We took a trip to Brookline, Massachusetts to the studio of Angela Liguori, Studio Carta. We spent our Saturday there holding a dual-session modern calligraphy workshop alongside of Angela and her husband, Mohamed.

Studio Carta may just be the dreamiest space we’ve ever seen…I mean, the front door is BLUSH PINK….Do we even need to say more?The bright, sunlit studio had walls full of colorful Italian Cotton ribbon, desk accessories that made you REALLY start to question those good #targetfinds, and an Espresso bar that kept our creative buzz going! Mohamed, Angela’s husband, had us sipping on his signature Caramel Macchiatos all day!

We love having cozy weekend classes, especially when we get to have two back to back at a place like this! We had people who were there who were brand new to calligraphy, others who wanted to advance their practice, and a few couples on sweet Saturday morning dates. We lettered, we sipped on warm espresso, ate specialty chocolate and got to know one another!

We are always so grateful for our collaborations with Angela and Studio Carta, and we can’t wait to go back soon! With the holiday’s coming up we already know we will be making an appointment so we can purchase all of our gift wrapping goodies!

For more events like this, head on over to our events page to see where we are headed next. To book your own Sip & Script, or to suggest a venue near you, fill out the form here!

*Studio Carta is open by Appointment Only!
Located at 97 Boylston St in Brookline, Massachusetts, 02445.
For more on Studio Carta, check out their website, and keep up with them on instagram

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