Social media is exhausting as a creative. We have to balance what to post, how to post, where to post, who we are talking to, how often should we post, and how everyone else’s stuff looks better than ours.
From woodworking to graphic design, one could say Christopher does it all. And does it all really well.
Anoo Vyas braved all of our questions regarding contracts, internet law, copyright, and more. Luckily for us he was a natural teacher.
For our upcoming July 6th meet-up, we are delighted to have Anoo Vyas join us for the last AMA (Ask Me Anything) of the year! It's rare enough to talk to a lawyer outside of an actual legal case that may have come up, but even more rare to have that lawyer be one who just happens to specialize in working with small business creatives!
In July, he will be sharing his expertise and advice on how to adequately protect our work and intellectual property, as well as how to read contracts. You will have an opportunity to ask him any questions that you've always wondered about but never knew the right person to ask. Running a business comes with a lot of stress and anxiety, but understanding the legal side of it shouldn't be one of them. Anoo will be here to give us some simple but important steps we can take to build a more sustaining business!
Anoo Vyas: lawyer, professor
Anoo Vyas is a business lawyer and the current Co-Director of Center of Experiential Learning at the University of Akron. In previous years, he has taught Business Planning Law, Internet Law, and the Small Entrepreneur and Economic Development (SEED) Legal Clinic through University of Akron. With his work at the SEED clinic, he was able to help small businesses and nonprofits navigate through business and intellectual property legal matters. In addition to his many academic merits, he was also part of the nineteen-attorney team representing Obama-Biden 2008 in Ohio litigation related to the United States Presidential Election!
His work as Supervising Attorney at a Legal Aid Domestic Violence Clinic also advocated on behalf of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. His law review article on reforming patent law was named one of the best law review articles in the nation related to intellectual property law in 2015.
Yao & Danielle
Work/life balance: a really juicy carrot hanging just out of our reach. We tell ourselves it’s right after we finish x project or get out of y job or make a process for z.
Our first Spotlight: Rachel’s journey began by saving up for her first camera while working at the family restaurant. Now she is taking stunning photos of families, at weddings, and for small women-owned businesses.
We dove deep into how we can turn our awesome ideas into alternative revenue streams so we don’t have to solely depend on client work.
Lacey Picazo of ZoCo Design graced us with her presence at April’s Rise & Design to brave all our hopes, dreams, and fears of what it’s like to start your own agency.
The first Friday in April is going to extra exciting this year, everyone.
Making that jump from a solo creative genius entrepreneur to an agency is a pretty giant leap. Like, Niel Armstrong level. Or at least it can seem like it. There are a ton of things to think about: management, processes, client acquisition to sustain employees, office space, rebranding, hiring, trusting your staff, payroll...shall I go on?
But that leap to an agency can help you level up. Having a team will allow you to focus on the parts of the business that you totally love. You can land bigger clients all while (hopefully) working less...and see people more often in real life because you're not just working from home all the time...
Luckily for us, Lacey of ZoCo Design has made that giant leap and she's willing to come to Rise & Design to let us poke her with all our questions. It's one small step for a solopreneur, one giant leap for creative kind. Yeah, I got cheezy.
Who is Lacey?
Lacey is the Founder and Principal of ZoCo Design, a brand strategy and user experience agency in the heart of Grandview.
A small shop, Lacey has experienced first hand the change that happens while evolving ZoCo from a studio of one to a studio of a dozen—feeling the pressures of wearing every hat and the dangers of owning roles you don't love, all while trying to stay true to the values that brought ZoCo to life in the first place.
Five years in, Lacey finally feels like she's found her sweet spot and is excited to share her experiences with the Rise & Design community!
See you April 6th!
At March’s Rise & Design we gave each other a massive boost, reminding that yes, we are totally awesome and we deserve fair pricing for the great work we do. We discussed value pricing, product pricing, hourly vs project prices, and oh so much more.
February’s meetup covered copyright infringement. It was a Rise & Design that was yes, filled with a few horror stories, but also loads of great tips and tactics to defend your work.
Due to the popularity of our meet-ups and because of spacial restrictions, we've maxed out our monthly events at 30-35 attendees; this size keeps our conversations group-centric, allowing everyone to participate in the primary discussion.