No, I don’t breed poodles -or- pick up dog pooh.
2013 was actually better than I could have guessed, although personally rough with the birth of a grandchild I’ve only seen once, a few deaths, and a seriously screwed up neck (having no insurance), and having a strange breakdown after I decided to quit smoking, all in all I have to say 2013 surprised me as I look back.
One thing I’ve learned is that I NEED to start spending time with family and find me again. (Read my interesting take on priorities here) I also learned that Yoga Nidra can literally save your life, and that I am worth so much more than I ever realized.
I do want to take a moment to apologize, I had to raise my rates for 2014 –hoping that I won’t have to do it again in 2015– unfortunately the new Afordable Care Act has forced me to review my pricing and find an extra $350/month to afford the mandated health insurance, I’m sorry and I tried every other avenue before going this route. You can check out the new prices here. I am not unreasonable, if you are struggling financially, CALL ME I am willing to work with you occasionally if needed. Good News I am still WAAAAAAAAAAY below average for my skillset and what I offer, specifically in my retainer pricing. My retainers offer you the ability to utilize massive discounts by prepaying for my services –highly recommended at this point — Most typical VA’s charge anywhere between $75 and $90/hr, my highest hourly for VA work is $65/hr (without a retainer) $30/hr with a minimal retainer, and many have no clue how to enter a blog post, update facebook, create a sales page, or start a new mailing list (all that is typically left to a webmaster) well GREAT news – I am BOTH VA AND Webmaster capable. I can do just about anything you ask me. I can typically figure out new software in a matter of minutes, not days. I’ve added working with Hubspot, Infusionsoft, and Greenrope to my list of known CRMS. Obviously 1sc, Wishlistmember, WordPress (obviously), mailchimp, aweber, constant contact, myemma and so much more – I really can do it all.
I’ve learned so much this year as a person, I’ve learned immense love of a grandchild (even if only briefly), I’ve learned that stress can nearly eat you alive if you don’t have an outlet to get rid of it, I’ve learned that Yoga Nidra is AMAZING for the mind body and soul (check out my clients new offering it is AMAZING and honestly saved my life! (BOLDTranquility), I’ve learned that those who love you will tell you the brutal honest truth and STILL love you at the end of the day, I’ve also learned that we need to get back to our family roots, less social media, less dependence on internet and dependence on electronics and more time soaking up the love of our families.
I’ve also met some amazing new people this year, worked with several new clients and I am excited to see where things are going as of January, there are some really cool, big projects on the horizon and I am honored to have been apart of many of these. Can’t give out any details now, but when I can I will post to facebook.
I’ve learned that I am a true-blue animal rights activist at heart. I am working on creating a non-profit organization to help save cats and dogs from untimely euthanasia in our county. I really want to see our shelter become a no-kill shelter and my goal is to start making more progress on that in 2014. (Taking donations both monetary and supplies for the shelter, email me if you want to contribute.)
2013 seems to be the year of re-invention, newer technologies, out-of-date branding, increasing social media markets and so much more. As an artist, designer and web-developer I actually find it horrendously difficult to work on me and my own projects (my clients are always so much more important), but this year I have decided I need to really find my brand, my identity. So, I’ve spent the better part of the last six months asking myself questions, paying attention to my likes, loves, dislikes, and hates.
I never have been “normal” and one thing I learned during this re-invention is that I don’t operate my business “normal” either. I am so over-dedicated to my clients and their needs, that I have worked 36+ hours straight to hit a deadline. I believe in being honest and real, there is nothing “normal” about being honest, and I certainly respect people who don’t sugar-coat things and “keep-it-real”. Now, I’ve always been “me” in my business, but I allowed the customary and business “norms” to represent me in print, online and in any outlet that was “business related”. Anyone who has completed a project with me will understand what I mean.
For a long time, I didn’t allow clients access to my personal facebook profile, someone might find out I like guns and hunting and I’m a girl with (sometimes) pink hair. – oh the horror! haha.
When in reality, social media has helped me learn that most people have a sick sense of humor, have causes they love, and politics they hate. Business should not be driven by personal feelings and opinions, if my work is super awesome and I can deliver your message the way you want it and on time, then that is what matters.
The social media take-over is making it harder and harder to keep business and personal separate anyway, and with Google and Facebook alone I can find out just about anything I want to about you unless you have NEVER touched a computer or digital device, even then I can probably find something. Finding that balance between personal and business is this generations newest challenge and I would like to think I am embracing it the best way I can.
My original logo and name was literally thrown together in about 10 minutes and while I still love my original logo, my name just didn’t seem to reflect what I did and who I am (though it made perfect sense to me). Poodles Doodles makes too many people think that I breed poodles, sadly, no I don’t breed poodles ~ matter-of-fact poodles aren’t even on my favorite dog breed list. I am actually quite partial to Dachshunds, Labradors, and Rotweilers.
So where did your name come from?
The name “Poodles Doodles” came from a friend of mine when we were discussing business names and that the number one rule for business is being memorable. My nickname for years has been Poodle, I made the mistake of having my long hair cut short when I was a kid and little did I know (although I was warned) that when my long hair was cut, the curls would appear like springs. My hair is so incredibly curly that my ringlets were tighter than Shirley Temples and was eventually compared to having “poodle curls”. That name stuck!
As an artist, I am constantly “doodling” little drawings when I am on the phone, when I’m bored, or even just to practice my own handwriting. Thus “Poodles Doodles” was born.
Who are you now?
I am, and always will be creative, be it art, music, design or even technology (yes I consider technology an art). So I’ve decided that by adding the word “Creative” to my name it would help people better understand who I am and what I do. That, and I am so in love with my original logo I knew I had to keep at least parts of it. From here out, Poodles Doodles will be known as “Poodles Doodles Creative” and/or “Poodles Creative Doodles”. Yes, I purposely designed the logo so that you aren’t sure which way to read it.
Side Note: I know I created this logo using the “dreaded rainbow gradient”, but this is MY personal style, as I’ve mentioned I am far from normal and as such I like things a little out of the norm.
I remember when I started college and told my dad I was going to major in design, he laughed and asked me how I would ever have a career or make any “real” money, that I should consider Business Administration (apparently I am better than an art degree). He changed his tune and even told me he was impressed when the first book I was involved with was published
I get you’re creative, but, what services do you provide?
What do you need? I am an artist (painting, drawing, sketching), graphic designer (print & web), a web-developer, an established virtual assistant, certified in countless software titles, from Adobe to Microsoft to Peachtree Accounting. I can do just about anything. Sorry NO FLASH! I DO NOT AND WILL NOT do Flash. –There was a time for flash, but the newer technologies and the inability for many new platforms to display flash makes it a dying and necessary art.