Meet Free Monday #46


Hello... how quiet it has been around here. It's been rather busy between moving into my new office and staying as up to date as possible with work. Today is my first official Monday in my new space. I kicked off working here last week, but I spent the majority of the time out and about which included an inspired day out at the Design Indaba Durban simulcast. I have decided to work on my blog posts in a new way that suits my schedule better, so there won't be a MFM post every week, but I will have them dotted throughout the year. Today's picture is a quick snap from my office - I'll be sure to share the final product once done.

The Working Week in Review / Last Week:
Simply put... last week was too busy. It was one of those weeks that was spent driving, dashing and rushing. The results... a very tired me. I also hosted a workshop on Saturday which went really well. Yesterday, I recouped a bit and also headed into the office to hang some frames (with a very patient Daniel to help). 

The Working Week Ahead:
This week is all about getting things done. I've ensured that the first half of the week is free - as far as consults go so that I can focus on admin, emails and getting projects done and ticked off. I have started my day off by planning out my day and several tasks for the rest of week. Feeling more inspired already!

Things I'm excited about this week:
Being in one place... my new office! It is so nice to be settled in. There are still a few small things to add like two more chairs, a rug and one or two small decor elements. 

What will challenge me this week?
Ensuring I don't over schedule. I like to really use my time to the max, but sometimes that leaves little time for other elements within my life and business that also need attention. 

A Few Notes:
Be sure to follow along on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Part of my blog post time is now being dedicated to sharing more regular snippets of my work days on social media, including updates about the wonderful clients I'm working with. 

In partnership with Decorex I am offering a workshop at the Durban and the Cape Town events. For details and tickets click here or here. I will be doing a blog post on this too.

On Friday the wonderful Kari of Lovilee featured me on her blog. Take a look at the interview and hear more about a few of my favourite things and my business tip for creatives starting out in busienss.

Have a great week!

Beginner's Guide to Creative Business: 28 February

TO BOOK: Click here to email me and reserve your spot.
DATE: 28th February 2015
FULL DAY COURSE: 9am - 5pm
COST: R950 per person
Space is very limited so don't delay.

Details:
The workshops are aimed at creative business owners in a variety of fields from photography and design to crafters or even bloggers. If you have your own business (or want to start your own) and want to learn and prosper, then the workshops are ideal for you. The topics range from social media to creative marketing ideas and there are two types of workshops – one for beginners and one for intermediates. The Beginner Workshops is ideal for business owners who would like to learn the basics. The Intermediate Workshops are for those who are in the industry and on the right track, but would perhaps like step it up a notch.

The workshops started in Durban with sold out dates and an amazing array of creatives joining in and in 2013 I added Joburg into the mix, as well as Cape Town in 2014. All the past attendees have given wonderful reviews. Creatives who attend can look forward to a day of learning with practical examples and case studies of successful businesses. The day is the ideal platform for networking within a creative environment. All the courses include a delicious lunch, snacks, a lovely goodie bag and a host of giveaways from wonderful brands.

How do I know I am a beginner? 
If you know social media is out there, but you don't understand its relevance or how it ties into your creative business.  If you find Twitter to be a mystery and think Facebook is annoying, then this is the course for you.  Sign up to get a user-friendly understanding of social media and creative business.

The Facts:
The focus will be on getting you acquainted with social media and how each platform is different, as well as how it works. We will cover Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, along with the difference between a blog and a website. I will also touch on creative and useful tips to progress and grow your business.

What does your hard earned money get you?
Creative Goal Setting:  
How to achieve your business goals and dreams by setting them out in a manageable and measurable way.

The Importance of Branding:
Why is it essential for your creative business and why you should invest in it.

Social Media:
The difference between the various platforms and how to use them for your business, including content and tone along with why they are important. We will break them down from logging in, to actually using them in a practical way.

Planning for Social Media
How to plan what to say and when to say it or share it on social media.

Understanding Blogging:  
An explanation of what blogging is and what its relevance is to your business.

Question and Answer Session:
A time for you to chat to me about your problems, new ideas or even plans for your business.

In addition you will receive a delicious lunch, snacks, the chance to mingle and make new friends as well as network. A beautiful goodie bag is also included.

How to sign up:
Email me (hello@nadiavdmescht.co.za) or call me (072 093 7730) with your full name, contact number and request to book your spot. I will send you an invoice and all the relevant booking details.

You can look forward to a day full of learning with practical examples and inspiration to allow you to flourish!

View past workshops herehere and here.

Tried & Tested: MFM Series #5 / Giveaway



It's the first Meet Free Monday of 2015! Things have been so busy as the year has kicked off and I have been trying to find a way to still do MFM posts, but make them work with my schedule. Last year I explored a range of lovely products via my review series. There were a few beautiful products that I wanted to share to round it all off. These are products that don't necessarily fit into only one category and they aren't only for getting organised, but work wonderfully for gifting too! They all have my seal of approval!

Featured are the following delightful local brands:
> Sequined Hanger from Lovilee / R155 and available in three colour options.

> Birthday Calendar from La Cartoleria / R122 and you can email Vicki for orders or visit her stand at I heart Market.

> Notebooks, pegs & magnets from Miss Milly  / email Theresa for prices and orders.

I wanted to share how I use these products in my office and home. The hanger proudly holds my calender from Bright Bazaar / Mollie Makes, paired with the birthday calendar on my home office wall. Both hang right next to my desk so I can glance over at any time. I just love the look of this and they both make me smile.

The Miss Milly stationery items have come in so handy with my snail mailing as they are easy and lightweight to post. Plus the colours are cheerful and ever so happy!

To to see more on these beauties - just visit the links above. Happy MFM!

Lovilee has offered a beautiful giveaway of one of the sequin hangers with clips. To enter is easy and you can select which colour you would like, gold, silver or black. I love my sequin hanger and have found it so useful for hanging pretty things in my office.

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Ideas Magazine - February 2015

If you've paged through the latest Ideas Magazine, I'm sure you'll agree it's a beautiful and inspired issue. It makes me so proud to have my opinion mentioned as one of the experts they consulted for their Entrepreneurs article on marketing (page 64). It goes without saying that the Ideas team offer something quite unique through all they do. I loved contributing a few of my key thoughts. 

It's a great starting point for all creatives who want to be inspired and to also learn a few valuable business lessons. Several awesome Durban locals were featured, including Max from Savior Brand Co and the What's Cutting team, who gave me a special shout-out (thanks guys). Another thank you goes to the editor Terena for a mention in the Editor's Letter too.

Besides useful advice there are several amazing DIY's which I can't wait to try my hand at. I wonder if Daniel will appreciate all the Valentine's goodies? Probably not, but I will love making them. Lastly, have you checked out their monthly Printable Paper Parcels? So pretty!
Be sure to snap up a copy of the colourful and creative February Ideas mag. 

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