Batching Hack: Setting Up Canned Emails in Gmail

If you listened to the last Q & Albie episode of the season, then you know it was all about batching with e-designer and content creator, Heather Hess. After a long season of sharing insights and tips for elevating your design business, it seemed only fitting to end with an episode all about productivity.

Q: Are there any batching hacks that you can recommend?

A: Canned emails!

Canned emails are perfect if you find yourselves, as noted by Heather in our Q & Albie, writing the same emails over…and over…and over! These can be emails to questions you get frequently asked (tip: setting up a frequently asked questions page on your site can also be a great resource for you as well) or for instructions you send to clients often. This brings me to today’s tutorial: How do you set up canned emails using Gmail?

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Lessons from the Fyre Festival Documentaries

A few months ago the internet blew up with news about the Fyre Festival documentaries that were premiering on Netflix & Hulu — same topic, different documentary. In case you missed it, the Fyre Festival was slated to be a massive music festival intended to be the modern-day luxury Woodstock. 

It wasn’t. 

The documentaries, each in their own unique style, illustrated how this event, and the aftermath, played out. After watching both, and having a hearty laugh, it hit me that there were many lessons to be learned from what transpired, especially for those of us in the entrepreneurial space. 

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How I Secured Six Brand Collaborations With Less Than 1,000 Followers

Let’s talk about that time in 2018 when, four months into the year, I returned from a yearlong social media sabbatical and over the next eight months I secured speaking opportunities and sponsored collaborations, and put into motion launching my own sponsored platforms. While I am immensely proud of those accomplishments, what I am most proud of is the circumstances under which I hit those milestones — I did all of the above with less than 1,000 followers/subscribers across any of my social channels. So how did I secure interviews and collaborations with a small audience? 

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20 Books to Help You Launch & Propel Your Interior Design Business

We’ve all heard the debates on whether or not you should go to school & get formally trained as a designers, or if being self-taught will suffice. While I can’t answer that for anyone but myself, what I can say is that no matter which path you choose, you never really stop learning. To help you on this journey of never-ending learning, and ultimately on your designpreneur journey, I’ve compiled a list of 20 books to help you launch and/or propel your interior design business.

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News: We've Got A New Downloadable Template Shop!

One of the major tenets of running a design business is ensuring that the back end of the business runs as smoothly & looks as good as your creative assets. To help you with that we decided to launch something we’re really excited about — a new template shop! I want you to stop winging it with your clients — whether it’s your 1st project or your 100th, you should have all of your ducks in a row so that you start treating your business like an actual business!

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New Year Digital Purge Challenge

Do you tend to end the year with a purge so that you can start fresh in the new year?

You do a deep clean of everything from the pantry to your wardrobe, donating, gifting, and/or tossing as needed, and when you're done you feel freer, lighter, and excited that you've made room for all new things. BUT WHAT ABOUT A DIGITAL PURGE? Think about how much digital clutter we hoard between our computers & phones as business owners & entrepreneurs. We're in a new era of technology, so we didn't grow up thinking about doing a digital cleanse — I know that it certainly wasn’t top of mind in my household as a kid — but how about we start a new tradition, k? 

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Favorite 2018 Resources That We're Taking Into 2019

From new platforms that needed decoding to new resources we didn’t even know we needed, 2018 was definitely the year of a lot of tech! After 12 months of continuing to use old faithfuls from 2017 and diving into the new goodies of 2018, these are the resources we loved from 2018 that we’ll be taking into 2019. Are these the only 8 resources I used in 2018? Not even close! But these were 8 of my biggest game-changers that’ll definitely be going into 2019 with me.

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Why The Name Change From The E-Design Experience to The Design Influence?

In spring 2018, The E-Design Experience was launched as a passion of mine because as an e-designer I noticed very early on that there was a huge void in the industry when it came to dealing with e-design. While the name made perfect sense for the conference, as the mission continued to evolve, we quickly realized that "e-design" wasn't just about designing online. Yes, it will always, first & foremost, be about the online designer, but the bigger picture has always been about being better online — as a designer, as an influencer, as a brand.

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High Point Market: Fall 2018 Noteworthy Events (That You Won't Wanna Miss!)

Whether you’re going to market for the first time, still pretty new to market & getting your feet wet, or a seasoned market veteran going for the umpteenth time, navigating which events are happening when & with whom can be a pretty daunting task. As an e-design community and designpreneurs looking to elevate in the online space, it was amazing quite a few events that really catered to the current industry landscape — tech savvy, social media inspired, systems driven, influencer friendly, and overall really future facing. 

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What You Need To Know About Web Based Design Tools: Roomstyler & Homestyler

No matter if you're an in-person designer or an online designer, deliverables are a huge part of our client experience, and for many of us, rendered designs are often part of those deliverables. For creating renderings there is no shortage of amazing resources. There are also two web-based platforms that are super affordable (how does free sound?) and all things considered, easy to use.

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How To Choose The Best System For Your Business

When you're working for someone else, there are a lot of business responsibilities that you don't necessarily have to worry about -- things like administrative systems & back-end operations -- but as an entrepreneur, all of these are up to you to coordinate, which can be overwhelming & intimidating. As part of our initiative to educate designers & provide them with curated resources, we hosted our Savvy Systems Week with 5 platforms that could suit your unique business model.

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