new at d*s: consulting services

by Grace Bonney

today i’m happy to announce a new project i’m starting here at d*s: one-on-one consulting services! i can’t tell you how excited i am to get started because one of my favorite parts of running design*sponge has always been the connections i get to make with other bloggers, designers and business owners.

in many ways, this going to be even better – because now we’ll get to connect one-on-one and come up with specific plans to grow and improve your businesses and blogs.

this all started because over the past seven years (i can’t believe it’s been that long!) i’ve been working behind the scenes with fellow bloggers, business owners, artists and designers – sharing ideas, learning from mistakes, and finding new ways to get past the hurdles that can hold us all back. and i’ve loved it. the problem was that as the site has continued to grow, so have the demands on my time. this has left me with only a couple of hours per week to answer questions, and it feels like i’m spreading myself too thin and not giving the detailed advice that i would if i had more time.

i’ve had to face the (frustrating) fact that i can’t help everyone who asks, at least not all at once. so if I’m going to take the time to help anyone, i want to make sure I do it right. with personal, one-on-one attention that is solely focused on taking your business and blog to the next level.

if you’re interested in hearing more about d*s blog and business consulting services for hire, please enter your email address below (in the form field below, not the comment section). you’ll receive a follow-up email with a short survey and if you take the time to fill it out by friday at 11:59pm EST you’ll be eligible to win a free consultation session.

right now i’m in the final planning stages, and want to hear what you guys want or need the most help with: advice about blogging? help with product lines from an editorial perspective? pr advice for your blog or business? building traffic for your blog? finding ways to increase revenue for your blog? hiring contributors or new team members? my ears are wide open, and after hearing your questions and suggestions i’ll be rolling out the full list of services available.

with the exception of this post and the announcement when we launch, i won’t be talking much about this here on the main blog, as i know this isn’t the reason the majority of you read d*s. so rest assured this is a brief mention and then it’s back to design ;) thanks! xo, grace

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  • Congratulations on this new endevour! It’s so wonderful that you are willing to help fellow bloggers! I signed up for your e-mails, I would love to hear your views and advice on blogging, building traffic, and how to approach the issue of sponsors and revenue for your blog.

  • Grace, this is really great. I’m definitely interested! To answer your question, the one thing I’m most interested in is the PR aspect.

  • This is fantastic, kind of a dream come true for those of us that love the advice you’ve been able to share! congratulations on all the recent growth at d*s!

  • This is exciting news. I’ve always admired your whole empowerment philosophy, and what a generous spirit to help the rest of us explore the blogosphere.

  • I’m excited that you have decided to offer your expertise to your readers. Congratulations and much success! To answer your question, I would like to hear advice about blogging, building traffic and establishing revenue opportunities.

  • lovely timing, grace! count me in as another longtime reader who would love to learn all you have to share (particularly pr advice).

    hooray on your new adventure!

  • Congratulations! I’d love to hear more about your perspective on featuring designers/products etc.. and how you like to be approached if at all. If someone is looking to get noticed – whats the right way without looking spammy?

  • How exciting! d*s is definitely the standard for which I measure all blogs, so you must be doing many things right.

    • thanks guys!

      i’ve had so much fun reading through all your responses on the form page so far! i can’t wait to get started working with people one on one :)


  • This is such a fantastic idea! I love the generous and creative spirit behind it, too. Personally, I’d love to hear your two cents on generating traffic and encouraging commentary.

  • Grace, I get the feeling you will have even less time as many of us rely on you for so much now, and that’s without even speaking to you.

    To have an opportunity for you to guide us and get your feedback will be very, very helpful, so thank you so much. I’ve learned so much from your Biz Ladies feature, but yet, I am still stuck….so thanks again!

  • I’m so excited to hear that you’re doing this! I’ve learned so much through your Biz Ladies series – but to work one on one would be a dream come true!! I would definitely love some help and feedback on the business I’m starting. This is just wonderful news!

  • Congrats on D*S Consulting! This is such a great idea and a wonderful opportunity for us bloggers! As I am new to the blogging world, I am so excited to hear your advice about creating a successful blog! Thank you!

  • Even without the consultation, the survey questions were very helpful to me in figuring out what I truly want to accomplish with my blog, so that was an unexpected eye-opener. Still, I am crossing my fingers to win that consultation! And even if I don’t, I would definitely pay to learn from someone with your experience and foresight, Grace!

    • meg

      i’m only taking a few sessions a month, so i promise i won’t let it take away anything from my time working on the blog- that is, and always will be, my main priority ;)


  • Good for you, Grace! I attended one of your Biz Ladies Meetups and found the evening very helpful. I think you’ll be a great success at this new venture. Best of luck!

  • Grace,

    What an excellent idea! You have so much knowledge about the creative business, and I admire that you have been able to make D*Sponge a design Mecca. Having been a reader for years, I understand why. :) Getting advice from you would be incredible!

    Hope I get to talk with you!


  • Perfect! I’ve always wanted to hire a PR professional, but have heard so many horror stories. With you, we know your own track record and I’ve enjoyed your blog and admired you for so long that this is a “no brainer”!!

  • Yay! I’m excited by this! I’m an avid reader of the biz ladies and would love some advice geared directly towards developing a product line. You’re awesome Grace! Looking forward to seeing how it develops (smiles!)

  • I for one would love to have advice from a successful blogger who has been around longer than I.

    I suppose our biggest need at the moment is traffic increase. PR advice would also be helpful as we build, ways to make connections with related businesses, etc.

  • Just catching up on the last couple of days emails – I would LOVE the opportunity to hear from a more succesful blogger – I really like your style and content! Thanks for the opportunity to win…and for sharing!

  • i’m so happy you are doing this. i’ve been an advid ds reader and respect your experience. you are the person that inspired me to start my own blog.
    i would love to hear more about pr and ways to increase traffic.

  • My house is the scenery of my life.
    It is full of memories. It creates new stories every day. I would be delighted to make you part of that very special part of me.

    • shelvia

      please shoot me an email at designsponge at gmail dot com. i’d be happy to add you manually but don’t want to do so without your permission :)

  • I’m in the process of developing another blog that I’m really, really excited about and will begin publishing it this fall. It ‘s tied into a big project and other work that I do, I would be interested in your services but the form wouldn’t take my e-mails address. I hope you will contact me!

    thanks grace…

    • laurie

      sorry about that- we’ll check on it. if you’d like me to add you manually just shoot me an email at designsponge at gmail dot com :)


  • Hi Grace,

    How can we use your consulting services? I signed up to hear about them but have not gotten any updates.

    I think we could really use your help getting LauraBCarraro out there in the world.


    Liz Kaplan

    • hi liz

      when you signed up you didn’t get an email back with the details? let me know what happened- you should have gotten a confirmation email which signs you up and then you should have gotten an email about the waiting list. (the sessions are currently sold out)

      grace :)

  • design sponge is a good consultancy and they way they are presenting the things is wonderful, specially images putting in this blog is beautiful along with informative info.

    • thanks yvette!

      if you sign up for the email here you’ll get the news first about any new open slots for consulting. right now we’re sold out, but should be taking new sessions in a month or so :)


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