virtual assistants CAN help you

Hey friends! No, I’m not out of town again today. Instead, when I accepted Amber’s generous guest post offer, I started realizing that I would love to feature more guest posts around these parts. So, I did what anyone would do when they realize that. I started reaching out, first with Suzanna. I’ve been following her on Twitter for some time now, and I was so excited for her when she recently launched her virtual assistant services. I wanted to have her write a post to share how VA’s can help freelancers, too, and I think she did such a wonderful job. Without further ado.. Here’s Suzanna! 

virtual assistants CAN help freelancers
There’s no denying it. Freelancers have a lot to keep up with. From responding to the loads of emails in your inbox to invoicing clients, the list sometimes seems never ending. Not to mention, if you blog on top of freelancing… the whole thing can become quite overwhelming. With the increased use of technology, virtual assistants are becoming more and more common in the freelancing world.

If you’re like most of us, handing off a portion of your work to someone else is just plain scary to think about. However, the benefits of finding a VA are something you won’t want to go another day without.

Need help managing your many social media accounts? A VA can help with that. Ready to set up an email letter but aren’t sure where to start (or just don’t have time to keep up with it)? A VA can also help with that. The list of services is different for each assistant, however, those that specialize in blogging and freelancing will be able to help with many of the daily tasks you dread doing. Most people waste a lot of time putting off every-day tasks when they could hire a virtual assistant to do those things for them (and increase productivity in turn). What does that mean, exactly? More time to do the things you love. That’s what it means. Contrary to what people believe, you don’t have to love every aspect of owning a business in order to be an entrepreneur.

If you have thought about hiring a VA in the past, or are warming up to the idea after reading this post, I urge you to reach out and ask questions. Many times, you won’t even realize all a VA can do for you, until you ask. Let’s take my services page, for example. I list the things I am asked to do most often, but definitely not everything I am able to do or have done in the past for clients. The beauty of working with a virtual assistant, is customizing their services to fit your needs. This removes any gaps, and ensures you have a flawless system to help your business succeed.

She’s not done yet, though! Suzanna has decided to offer you guys 50% off a 30 minute consult session when you book between now and September! All you have to do is let her know that you were referred by me / the blog! Go here to book a session with her

moodboard | fashionably pink

moodboard: fashionably pink | by kory woodard

I know I just shared new work with y’all yesterday, but honestly, I just couldn’t help but to share this new moodboard with you guys today!

There have been a handful of times when I’ve looked a clients’ Pinterest board for this stage and just felt like it was so right. Like I totally and completely got it, and very rarely, like I don’t even need to add anything to what they already have. However, this project hit all of those. When I looked at this lovely young lady’s board last week, it was a wild feeling. I remember thinking, “I feel like she did all the work for me!” I searched and searched, but could only find a few things to add that she hadn’t shared.

So back to the project, right? Okay! This moodboard is for a young blogger ( think high school, which I think is SO cool! ) who is super into fashion, and well, obviously, the color pink. I’m super excited to pull everything here together and give her a sophisticated ( yet not too much ) look for her blog that I’m absolutely positive will set her apart from other bloggers her age.

P.s. I’m completely booked until mid-August! If you’ve been thinking about getting a new blog design or logo in time for fall, now’s your chance! Shoot me an email and grab your space while there are still openings! 

launch | short is the new black

short is the new black | branding + blog design by kory woodard

Happy Monday, my friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I’m am so excited to share the launch of Short Is The New Black with y’all! It seems like it was forever ago, but last year I worked with Justine to create a blog design for her beauty / fashion blog, and as I mentioned in the moodboard post for this project, it was such a cool honor when she contacted me a few months ago ready not just for a new look, but for the big move to a self hosted blog as well.

Last month I shared this process peek into the project. It was so fun to be able to experiment and play a little with my own handwriting for a design. Though I’ve done it before in a few previous projects, this time I pulled out the tablet and kept going until I found some pieces that I liked and thought would work well with the new look.

short is the new black | branding + blog design by kory woodard

For this project we didn’t just leave it at a new blog design though, we also worked together to create a cohesive design for her About page. I really love being able to work with people on their About pages as well because I think it’s a way to add a bit more flare to the very minimal designs that I create. For Justine’s page specifically, I love the photo we chose. I love seeing candid photos of people like this, so it was a no brainer for me to pull it out for her design.

We also added a shop page, a growing popular statement on fashion blogs. I had zero experience working with RewardStyle, but y’all, they make it super simple to put together and add to your blog. It’s also not super hard to customize, so I did a little extra behind the scenes work on that widget to make it look prettier!

short is the new black | branding + blog design by kory woodard

So what are you waiting for? Go have a look around!

weekend reading | 07.25.14

weekend reading | fun links for you to catch up on

Wow, y’all! Here we are at another Friday. I can’t believe that this time last week I was eagerly awaiting D’s bootcamp graduation to start. Oh the emotions! In a crazy comparison, this week I’m harboring an annoying cough and evaluating some things for the business.. the latter is obviously more fun! Today, though, I’ve got some more fun links that y’all are going to love. Ready?

Kellie wrote an interesting post on why your personal brand doesn’t matter. While our fields are a little different ( she’s PR while I’m design ) it’s still something to give a think about.

After a bad experience with her sites going down, Allyssa talked about the importance of backing your site up. I have to say, I definitely took her advice and got things rolling on my sites to keep them backed up!

It’s always fun to peek inside other bloggers’ processes, and for me, seeing how Melyssa keeps her posts and ideas organized was no exception. I work very similarly!

One of my favorite things about what I do is that well, I can do it anywhere with an internet connection, but most days I do it at home. So, I loved this post from Kathleen about working from home.

This post from Whitney on when owning a business sucks is amazing. It’s things like these that most people don’t share about and non-business owners don’t think about. I can definitely say I’ve had these self doubts before!

Happy weekend, friends! Don’t forget to share what you’ve been loving this week in the comments below!

#blisschat tonight

join us for #blisschat tonight on twitter! we'll be talking about sales emails!

It’s finally Thursday, and I’ve got some fun news for you! If you follow me on Twitter you may know that I like to participate in chats! I love doing them because it’s a great way to hear other peoples’ perspectives on things that we deal with regularly, and it’s definitely an amazing way to connect with new people you might not have met before.

So, when Charissa reached out last month asking if I would be interested in sponsoring one of her chats, I immediately jumped on board! In case you don’t know her, Charissa started House of Bliss, where she deals out words to help you with all sorts of things. You might also remember her from this project that launched last month.

So the point – tonight I’ll be sponsoring the Sales Emails #BlissChat, and I would love if you would join us! You never know what you might learn and who you might see there!