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Graphic Design & Planners
After 20+ years of running my own business, I realized a better understanding of marketing was needed to take my business to the next level. I chose B-School for both Marie’s insightful straight talk style and great content. I love how the courses are presented so you could decide to do a deep dive or slow burn, depending on your learning style and schedule. I found keeping up with each week’s release and digging into the fun sheets in the early hours put me in the right mindset for the day.
"I have been artist, writer and business person for over twenty-five years. It took me a long time to decide to take B-School but I am glad I did. It was expensive but it was worth it.
I learned a lot. I started doing things differently and those changes worked in my creative business. I took it through Janine from UPPERCASE and the extras she gave were really helpful. I am glad I took the course."
Rug hooking artist, author, teacher
Inspired Felt Creations
I joined B-School because as an artist I felt as though I was floundering. My work was being well received but I knew nothing about the nuts and bolts of running a business and didn’t know where to start.
I was loving the work and what I was doing but wanted to feel like it was a sustainable way to be spending my time. I was really feeling like it may not be financially responsible to continue with the work I loved to do.
Making the financial investment felt tough when I was already struggling to make my business profitable. Although in the end, I felt it was good value and a resource I could continue to tap into.
It’s difficult to be an artist and to find the time to make your work let alone do all the other things that need to be done to make your business viable. There are many days where I feel like my skills are lacking in so many areas. That being said, B-School helped me to prioritize and set manageable goals.
I would say that if you are looking for some guidance in growing your business and understanding where you should be prioritizing your time effectively B-School is a great experience and good value.
One of its greatest strengths is that you can continue to revisit it again and again as you and your business continue to evolve.
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Rug Hooker, Dye-Maker
My business was floating along but with decreasing altitude. I needed a fresh way to look at things.
I wanted to feel more firmly in charge instead of being blown off course by every wayward wind or trend. I also needed a community of business owners for support and encouragement.
I set some pretty lofty goals but to my surprise achieved them.
I upped my income substantially—it happened before March was over! I moved the bulk of my business out of my house—and achieved this by year-end. I am far more direct in my sales copy. These things alone have made enormous differences in my life and I’ve learned many, many more.
In this economy doing things old school doesn’t work. Scattering yourself everywhere on social media doesn’t work. Having focus, goals, a targeted audience, joy in your work by does. So does authenticity.
B-School helps you gain the traction your great ideas deserve. It will mature your hopes and dreams into a profitable business.
I have been an illustrator for more than 20 years and have recently become a teacher of online creativity classes.
I learned about B-School when Janine told the story how it helped her business to increase and become sustainable. It took me more than a year to have the courage to pay the amount of money for tuition. But now I know it is absolutely worth it. First of all it is an investment in yourself but B-School is also amazing, and I highly recommend it. It's full of content, insights, tips and things to think about. That might be overwhelming at the beginning but you can totally do it on your own time.
One of the greatest things about B-school is that you can revisit it again and again every year and there is always something new.
B-School helped me to get a clearer vision of my business. I learned about the importance of being in service for my customers and finding the purpose of my business.
Now I can say where I stand for and what my core values are: sustainability, creativity and women's empowerment.
I single-handedly run a silk-screened apparel company called Mumble Tease using my own original artwork and ideas which I silk-screen by hand onto a colourful variety of apparel for men, women and kiddos of all ages.
I began my creative business very much from the creative side of things and have stumbled my way through the business side for close to ten years. And while that's worked out fairly well so far, I recognize that to take things to the next level, I need to learn about and embrace things like marketing (a term I didn't understand and was revolted by, prior to B-School), profit plans (planning?!) and communication plans (wait, more planning?!) I was hoping to gain knowledge that would help me to grow and expand my business in a way that was right for me.
I've learned a whole lot about marketing, something that I really didn't understand prior to taking B-School. One of the most helpful things I took away was the importance of sending a regular newsletter and gaining subscribers, and of how to do those things in an effective and classy way. I also watched a few videos on productivity that really changed the way I thought about and approached my daily habits and that helped me examine why I was doing the things I was doing, and how I was spending my time. It's definitely still a work in progress, but most days I feel like I'm using my time effectively, and that feels good!
Throughout the course there were some really big questions that I was asking myself, which could be very uncomfortable. But starting to think about those questions, and to work on answers, will lead me to more meaningful work on the things that I value and in the way that makes sense to me.
I found it to be a useful program, and would recommend it to other creative businesses. With so many new ideas and things to implement, I'm still working on my list of things to do from last year's B-School!
“B-School helped me get focused, and prioritize. I was able to get clearer on my language and rebuild my web site. I also feel like it moved me to the next step over really treating my dream like a business."
— Damini Celebre
"B-School helps you gain the traction your great ideas deserve. It will mature your hopes and dreams into a profitable business."
"B-School helped me focus on doing what I love in the most effective way possible. Having Janine on my side as a mentor made all the difference. She gives invaluable, spot-on, no-nonsense and kind feedback, sharing her business experience and gentle sense of humour generously. With Janine's help, implementing what I learned in B School seemed tractable, even fun! It boosted my confidence and my bottom line and transformed the way I do business."
Textile artist and entrepreneur
"I'm looking forward to going over the lessons again this year. I learned so much and improved so much in how I run my business—and now feel ready to refocus and do more!! I'm very grateful for this forum where there are more like-minded creative indies!"
Artist and Creative Entrepreneur
I love B-School! I have made use of so much of the content from the modules, it’s hard to summarize how important this course has been to me.
I started B-School in March 2020, right before the pandemic began. B-School helped me to stay positive, to find community, to pivot my thinking around my business and to keep moving forward. Marie and Janine were encouraging instructors, mentors and role models for the type of business I hope to have one day.
The biggest lesson I learned from B-School was to embrace #progressnotperfection and to #keepshowingup. It also provided me increased confidence in both myself and my ideas. Through videos and work sheets focused on planning and marketing, I am steadily moving toward the place I have dreamed about. For instance, considering my ideal customer at each twist and turn of this fun entrepreneurial journey has been eye-opening and critical to the success of my marketing materials.
I quit my full-time day job in January 2021 in order to pursue my dream of running my own creative arts studio and making more art. I am grateful that I now get to share my passion for all things creative as a way to be well and happy on a daily basis through Ply Studio. @plystudio613
“As a creative, the business part of working for yourself is often the hardest part to get right. B-School breaks down all the essential steps to running your own business in a way that feels manageable, applicable and exciting!”
— Bonnie Christine
Surface Pattern Designer
The Pavlova Project
B-School is amazing, and I highly recommend it. It's extremely content-heavy, but don't let that overwhelm you. You can complete it on your own time, as I have been doing myself, and I find that Marie comes up with just the right post, podcast, or lesson, just when I need it the most. Last fall, when I was preparing for an exhibit eight years in the making, I stumbled upon one of her podcasts about focusing on what's most important, and I was able to reset my daily activities, concentrating on what needed to be done just that one day, and things really did fall into place!
Having our own circle on Janine's website is a really nice bonus.