I can't believe it's the end of the year already. I hear myself stating this every year, and this year is no different. Now that my mind is reflecting on 2010 and looking toward 2011, I'm thinking of all the possibilities—the paths our business could take to get where we truly want to be. Begin with the end in mind, right? We're in a good place. There are great things ahead, and we've been nothing but blessed with experiences and challenges that will direct us.
We are so thankful for our 2010 clients. This year we got to work with some wonderful people who really get what we do, appreciate what we offer, and mesh well with us. They trusted us with their time, their money, and their memories. We can't thank them enough for what they have taught us—not only solidifying who our ideal client is, but how we want to serve them. Here's a quick recap of the year.
#61 completed - We became an LLC!
Here's a sampling of design projects over the year. It was neat to go through this year's photography and design files, see where we were at the beginning of the year, and see how far we've come. It's been a fun and full year. Thanks to those who made it so successful. We can't wait to see what 2011 brings.
Registering Rye Designs as an LLC is something Dan and I have wanted to do for a while. Our business was originally setup as a sole proprietorship, which has worked well for us so far, but we wanted the legal protection that comes with a limited liability status. When we met with our accountant earlier in the year, we asked him about the details of filing because it seemed like an involved process. Once we learned the requirements for registering in our state, the process was so easy a caveman could do it I wondered why we didn't file sooner.
I'll admit, this goal was actually accomplished a few days before my 101 in 1001 started. I completed the final step on October 27th, but we didn't get a copy of the filed document until last Wednesday. Next, I get to incorporate it into our branding, accounts, and other fun stuff. It feels good to cross this goal off the list, especially since it's the first one down (only 100 more to go).
Hello 2010, and hello to the readers of our first blog post! I'm excited to have this little space added to our website so we can share business updates with you. I hope to share some personal updates, too, for those who want to know what's happening in the Rye house.
First things first, I have to thank my web developer for making this blog—and the entire website—possible. I think you know who I'm referring to. Let's face it, folks. I can design my heart out for this site, but without Dan the designs never come to life. I know that I'm his toughest client, and I'm indebted to him forever. He is my favorite developer, business partner, and husband, so he gets the first and most important round of thanks. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
The second round of thanks goes to everyone who has supported us. You know who you are. Our family, friends, fans, followers, clients who have become friends, and those who are out there encouraging us and spreading the word. We are motivated by you, and our dreams are not possible without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
With that, 2009 was a great year for us. Here are some key things that happened:
• We revamped our branding
• We worked on establishing a look and style that's recognizable
• We launched a new website
• We worked to infuse our branding into new packaging, marketing materials, etc.
• We learned a lot about ourselves and business
• We had repeat business as well as new business
• We opened our Etsy shop
• We had some fun giveaways for our Facebook fans
• We had a great time establishing new relationships and nurturing old ones
That's seriously awesome! I put together a quick slide show to recap 2009. Even if you have followed us this year, there are some new images included just for you. :) If you haven't seen your session images yet (ahem, Joe and Maura) you may want to divert your eyes when your images appear, or watch later.
While 2009 was a great year, I'm ready to see what 2010 brings! Let us know how you like the new blog and if you encounter any issues. Also, feel free to subscribe to our blog, sign up for our newsletter, or suggest upcoming content while you're here. I hope you have a wonderful new year!