I'm Dolly — a Nashville based family & branding photographer AND a systems + workflow educator (and Podcast Host) for creatives who want to be more streamlined and organized with Systems, Workflows & SOPS to better impact the backend of their businesses. I'm here to help you look awesome (for your photos) & feel great about workflows!
Have you been looking for a way to incorporate systems and workflows into your business, but you’re not sure where to start? I’ve got you covered! I’ve teamed up with 20+ creative business owners who are skilled in their own right for creating systems and workflows in their business, but they’re also going to teach you—for free. Make sure you listen in to hear all about the Systems and Workflow Magic Podcast, why I created it, who it’s for, and a teaser of some of the educators included in this bundle!
The Systems and Workflow Magic Podcast is brought to you by Dolly DeLong Education. This is a podcast for creative business owners who want to learn tangible steps to automate their business through workflows, systems, tools, and strategy in order to go from scattered to streamlined with purpose. Because even muggles can become automated wizards.
If you’re ready to streamline your business, make sure you’re on the waitlist for the Systems and Workflow Magic Bundle, where over 20 creatives and business owners have collaborated to create an exclusive collection of resources to help you start and implement workflows and systems in your business to go from scattered to streamlined! The Systems and Workflow Magic Bundle will be available January 24th-28th, so make sure you’re on the waitlist today!
Review the Show Notes:
What is The Systems & Workflow Magic Bundle? (2:42)
Who is this for? (5:08)
Why I Created this Bundle: (6:21)
Where to Grab The Systems and Workflow Magic Bundle (11:57)
Who’s Included in the Bundle? (13:02)
-Kat Schmoyer’s quarterly planning tips
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Welcome to the systems and workflow magic podcast where I help entrepreneurs go from scattered to streamlined in their creative businesses. I’m your host, Dolly DeLong, a wife, a mom and a photographer turned systems educator. Join me every week as we have conversations centered around creating tactical workflows, and automations in your business. Now, let’s make some strategic workflow magic.
Hey, everyone, and Happy New Year. If you are listening to this live, it’s 2022. And I am just so honored, you’re choosing to listen along to another episode of the systems and workflow magic podcast. Seriously, thank you so much. So now that the holidays are sadly behind us, I know as a creative business owner, this is around the time of year where I am putting on my planning hat and determining what my goals and dreams are for the year. So both personal goals and business goals. Now, I do want to clarify, I highly recommend doing an end of year assessment first to see what worked in your business and what didn’t work before you actually dive into planning. So I will link a resource in the show notes from Kat Schmoyer, who is the queen of quarterly planning, and my best friend and mentor. And she has taught me the value of actually looking back in order to better plan ahead. So I will link a great resource for you. If you’re wondering, well, how do I assess my past year? All right. Anyway, assuming you’ve assessed your past year, and you want to better plan your upcoming year, some of you may be listening and thinking right now. I’m Dolly, I hate creating goals. And I like to just let life happen to me in my business. And some of you may be in the other camp thinking Dolly, I have already played out 2022 When I was five years old, okay, because that is how future focused I am. So whatever camp you’re in, I’m happy you’re here. And honestly, I’m kind of in the middle of myself, though my close friends and family would disagree, because I’m always the one taking charge. And making most of the plans. Okay, so. But if I were to do a fair assessment, I would probably fall in the middle of both camps. And so the reason why I’m bringing up the topic of planning ahead, because you might be wondering, like, what the heck does this have to do with systems and workflow Dolly? Well, I promise I’m going to tie it so neatly. So just give me a little bit of time to clarify. So the heart of this podcast is centered around teaching other creative business owners how to find the joy and magic in all things systems, automations and workflows, and how to take baby steps into implementing strategic workflows and systems into your business. But what if I told you that there is a huge systems and workflow related bundle coming up at the end of this month, which is going to help you further dip your toes into more system workflow and automation education? And what if I told you this Mundel was intended to help you better plan and execute how you’re going to tap into those systems, workflows and automations into your business for this new year? Okay, so I told you, I would tighten planning neatly. And I’m going to me to take it further. And I bet I have your attention now, because I said the word free. So I have been working behind the scenes since August of 2021 on a new and free resource for creative business owners to dip their toes into systems workflows and strategic automation education. And because I love all things, Harry Potter, and I like a good pun here. And there. I decided to call it the systems and workflow magic bundle. And yes, I know it’s pretty much the same name as this podcast. But you know what? Systems are magical. And there you go. That’s my excuse. So let me tell you what this bundle is about. It’s a collection of exclusive and free resources to help the creative business owners start and actually implement systems and workflows in their business journey. I want the business center I want you to go from scattered to streamlined in 2022 and beyond, to actually create positive ripples in your small business, you’ll be able to sign up for the resources you want from some incredible educators who are actually experts in their fields. Now these resources aren’t available for free on these educators websites, they’re actually shop items. So you want to get them now since they are for free as a part of the bundle. So Make sure you sign up in the link in the show notes to be on the waitlist. So let me answer who is this for. It’s intended for creative small business owners who are running the show on their own. So they may feel like they’re wearing about 25,000 hats, or they are operating their business with one to two contractors. And they still want to learn systems and workflows of different tools in order to truly scale and grow their business. So it was really made with you in mind, because I know the majority of my listeners are solo business owners, and they are learning how to scale their creative business with strategic workflows and systems. And they honestly just want to learn more about workflows and systems and how to apply it to their business. In, I may be making a very bold statement here. But even if you are not a creative business owner, or you don’t consider yourself a creative business owner, I know you will still find value in this bundle, because it is a huge resource of tutorials on how to implement strategies and workflows into various aspects of your business. And I know I said this before, but it’s free. So it’s a free resource bundle. So I have three reasons of why I created this, I decided to keep it at three points, because I created it for so many different reasons. But just like let me give you the highlight reel of why I created it. So reason number one is I strongly believe that systems and workflows are essentially essential, essentially essential for pretty much any type of business owner. And again, I will go out on a limb and I will boldly say that many traditional creative minded business owners aren’t the best at systems. And although they are very talented in their craft and business, they may often lack the skills and discipline to dig until truly learning about systems and workflows. Or they don’t have the time to become experts, even if they do dig in. So this is where this bundle comes into play. A second reason I created this is because I am a creative business owner myself. And I truly believe that systems can change the face of your business in some incredible in amazing ways. You see, I see firsthand the disconnect that many creative minded business owners struggle with. Honestly, I get it systems and workflows. It’s not a sexy topic, it’s it’s kind of boring sometimes. And I bet you are most likely not thrilled to dig into the data of your business in order to make more informed decisions on how to set up workflows and strategies that work for you. Or maybe you are, but again, a lot of creative business owners, you didn’t start your business to dive into data or systems or workflows. But I know that every business owner wants to see growth. So by creating this bundle with some amazing like minded business owners, I am wanting to help you find small tangible things you can do, again, baby steps to keep you and your business on track. Again on track when it comes to systems, workflows, and strategies. The third reason why I created it is because I failed miserably in 2020. And not because of the pandemic or anything COVID related. But because in 2020, I was in the mindset of I could do everything systems to everyone, everyone, meaning I needed to be or I could be the all encompassing systems and workflow educational resource for creative business owners. And I even created a mini course on different systems and workflows that one can would need to run a creative business. Now I did have some buyers, but overall it was a flop and a total failure. Not because of anything monetary. But because I wasn’t humble enough to admit that. I don’t know everything. But I’m here to tell you, I don’t know everything. I really don’t. And as a creative business owner who is making my mark online in order to create a positive ripple for my family. It’s really hard for me to admit that because I want to know it all. Are there any other No at all? Raise your hand if you want to know at all. Okay, but if you’re driving just keep your hands on the wheel. Okay.
So going back like, I want to be a nodal. I want to be the go to expert in my field of systems and workflows. Mostly because I want people to trust Me. But because I had that awful mindset of, well, it’s only me that can offer this, I need to be the go to expert. It totally just like, made it, I didn’t fail. And I don’t want you to hear that I failed in 2020. But I had because of that mindset, it really derailed my 2020 because I thought I had to be all to all four systems and workflows. And I do want to say, I think and believe I am great at systems and workflows, but only certain aspects, certain programs, because I’m still learning. And I think it’s okay to refer to others who are actually experts in specific fields, and to work alongside other people to bring answers and resources. But that took me two years to realize, isn’t that embarrassing? So I created this resource to point other creative business owners to actual industry peers, who are experts in workflows and strategies in these specific programs and fields. And you know what, that was so relieving to me, it truly is so relieving to work alongside other industry experts, and to bring great workflow and automation strategy. And I’m just laughing because this explanation took longer than I anticipated. But I just had to let you in on my faulty thinking and let you know that it took me a long time to figure out that I cannot be everything to everyone, especially when it comes to systems. That’s literally impossible. So now that I’ve answered the question of what, why and who? Let’s dive into the question of where can you access this bundle. So I teased at this the very beginning of the show I shared you can find it in the show notes. But the systems and workflow bundle is going to be live from January 24 through January 28. So the last week of January of 2022. If you are listening to this episode live, you can actually visit the show notes and click the link to join the waitlist to be notified when it opens up. And you can simply go to www dot systems and workflow magic.com And you can also join there. And if you are listening to this episode after the fact meaning the live dates have passed, then you can still click the link and join the waitlist for 2023. Yes, I’m planning on making this a yearly thing, Lord willing and hopefully I’m really hoping it will help many business owners out for this year so that I can plan on something bigger for 2023. And if you’re wanting a teaser as to what types of systems and workflow related items will be in the bundle, I’m gonna I’m gonna name a few right now. So I have a system and workflow strategy for your Instagram reels by the Queen of reels herself Stephanie case, I have a system and workflow for simplifying outsourcing by Jill GM education. There is a resource called a system and strategy and using honey book by VA educator Dalia Orth you will have a resource on how to use air table by Ashley of do the damn thing, you will have access to a full course on how to use click up for creatives by tech savvy, creative, or Don Richardson. And another teaser I have for you is a system and strategy on how to build out your UTM. Using Google Analytics by brilliantly visible again, I’m only skimming the surface, there are over 20 different resources and I’m only going to give you a teaser of six. So these again, these are just a few I wanted to share because I know many creative business owners struggle in finding a system and workflow and they don’t know where to begin. So I can go on and on and on about all these resources and I could have listed out all 20 But I didn’t want to bore you. But again, I wanted to remind you again, these are not just freebies on these business owners websites, they’re actual products which a customer has to pay for. So this is going to be a valuable resource and you are definitely going to want to be on the waitlist. Either way, even if you’re not a creative business owner, you most likely know of someone who owns her own business and who needs help with workflows automations and systems for their business. Or at least you know somebody who wants to take baby steps towards better implementing systems and streamlining workflows and their business. So if you can please share this episode with them and send them a link to the waitlist that would mean so much to me. Again, thank you so much for taking the time to join me today. I hope to see you at the systems and workflow magic bundle in late January. And as always, I will chat with you next week.
Bye. Thank you so much for listening to the systems and workflow magic podcast. You can find full show notes from today’s episode at dolly DeLong photography.com forward slash podcast. If you’re loving the podcast, I’d be so honored if you’d subscribe and leave a review on your favorite podcast player. Be sure to screenshot this episode, share it to your stories and tag me at dolly DeLong education over on Instagram. Until next time, go make some strategic workflow magic
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