{grow your online presence with Indie Shopography! a feature + giveaway}

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…I would guess that you do! ;] Today’s fabulous giveaway is from Emily of Indie Shopography, a 4-week ecourse that’s focused on small biz owners who want to develop and/or grow their online presence. Emily has 7 years of experience as a small business owner {amazing!} and has put together course content in the form of lessons, videos, printables, podcasts + community. Indie Shopography is awesome stuff ~ take a peek at this video to see what I mean:

Indie Shopography from emmarie Designs on Vimeo.

♥ Read on to learn more about Indie Shopography and how you can strengthen your biz with the help of this ecourse. Plus, there’s a giveaway at the end {a $99 value}!

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In the two years that emmarie Web Design has been running, I have helped well over 100 small creative businesses with branding and website development. I quickly became aware of a gap in knowledge where these business owners and the actual nuts and bolts of getting and running an online shop is concerned.

Indie Shopography is my attempt to educate small creative business owners about the ins and outs of starting and growing a business online.

It’s about discovering your online purpose, finding a content management system that works for you (also, explaining what a content management system even is), and lots of other topics you need to know before pouring in a crazy amount of money and/or [wo]man hours into building an online shop.

Indie Shopography first launched in August of 2011. The first round of this 4-week course began in September, and was both a blast and a hit. The second round is now open for registration and will begin on January 30th.

My biggest accomplishments with regards to my business are seeing clients’ businesses grow. When I can see a client, with whom I have developed a business idea into something wonderful and effective, take what we’ve created and all-out run with it, surpassing both their goals and my expectations, I sometimes just want to cry big happy tears.

Looking back at the last two years of my life, both personally and businessly (don’t worry, that’s a word), it’s that you have to take chances. You have to do things you aren’t positive about and you just have to take the risk. I’d rather regret doing something than not doing it. You’ll never succeed by not trying, and even if you fail you’ll have a good story.

For those wanting to open an online shop, know all your options. Even if you don’t commit to Indie Shopography, do your research! I cannot stress this enough. No business decision of this caliber should ever be made on a whim. I’m all about taking risks, but taking uneducated risks is not a smart move, more often than not.

A bit of research can give you the knowledge and confidence boost to go into this successfully. And success is goooood.


Here’s how to enter:
Leave a comment below telling us why you’d love to win! {required}

For extra entries:
* Tweet this giveaway {then come back here and let us know you sent a tweet}:

    Want to grow your creative biz? Learn more about Indie Shopography + enter to win: http://bit.ly/tZSGP7, via @gussysews & @emmariedesigns

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This giveaway will be open through Friday, December 23 and the winner will be announced the following week. Good luck! xoxo

PS. Can’t stand the wait? Register for Indie Shopography now!

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  1. 101


    I’d love to win this! I’ve had my shop for about 8 months now, and I’ve learned a lot but I am ALWAYS eager to learn more and more and more!! :) In my opinion, you can’t continue to grow as a business owner unless you keep learning.

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    EFY says

    I think Shopography would be wonderful to win. I desire to start an online shop but need to research more before taking the plunge. Looks like it would be a perfect opportunity to learn. Blessings

  3. 107

    JESSICA says

    Shopography would really help me! I am afraid I need to learn EVERYTHING about running an online shop.

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    Wendy says

    i would love to win this. I have just dipped my toes in and opened an etsy shop. I have a blog that I just started as well. I would like in the new year to make this my business and to be able to quit my JOB. Gussy Sews is one of the reasons that I have done this in the past month. I have read blogs for years and thought to myself, that could work for me. Just now is the season in my life opening to make it happen. I will be making it happen! Thanks for the giveaway! I also blogged about it. http://uniquebywendy.blogspot.com/2011/12/i-said-it.html

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    Jaimie says

    This giveaway would be absolutely amazing for me. I mean a. maze. ing. I’m just starting out with an online biz and I would love to learn from a seasoned pro! I’m a bit scared and want to do things right… But I’m not sure what “right” is. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  6. 112


    I would LOVE to win this package!! I really need the help, as I don’t have any business experience (except as a consumer of course). Need help badly!

  7. 113


    Would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this! I’m anxious to learn more about growing my business! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  8. 115


    I would love to win this because I have been contemplating opening an indie business for some time I just feel like I don’t have enough knowledge about the basics to make it successful.

  9. 118


    Oh ma gosh! I NEED to win this. I have had a shop and blog for about 9 months now and I could really use some direction. My goal is to quit my day job and do what I LOVE while getting to enjoy time at home with my two sweet little girls.

  10. 120

    Jenni says

    We would love to have our shoppe online….but we are hesitant at times. Would love to win this to kick us in gear:) Jenni K.

  11. 122

    Erin says

    Santa please bring me this for christmas, if not I want to win this sooo bad! I have had my shop for a year now and I really want it to become the success that Gussy has had and many more like her. I need some help and direction on how to build shop and what I can do better! :)

  12. 127

    Cindy @ Creating at Home says

    I would love to win this prize! My goal for 2012 is to have a successful online business and I have a lot to learn!

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    I would love to win this so that I can learn some new stuff (we are always learning!), network with like minded individuals and get motivated by people that may have the same goals as myself! I love taking courses to pick up a few pointers and get a new fresh perspective on things =)

  14. 131


    This would be fantastic! I’ve had on online shop for a while, but would like to focus a bit more on it in 2012. My business is more than just about me, but also supporting orphan care. I would love to be able to grow that and take it further!

  15. 135


    I would love to win this cource b/c my online jewelry biz is currently in a rut. I want to grow & find success, but seem to just keep spinning my wheels.

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    Julie F says

    it would be sooo wonderful to win this cuz my sister and i have had a local shop for about five yrs now and at the beginning of the new year will be closing it and going online! sounds like an awsome course!

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    Heather D says

    Just started my website/blog and trying to decide in which direction I should move. There is so much information that it is almost overwhelming. The I.S. video repeated all the same topics that I have had questions about. This e-course would definitely help answer some of my questions, AND Emily looks like a fun person to work with. :)