Welcome to my Corner of the Internet

Creative at heart generalist by trade.

Hi! I'm Sara.

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Connecting with others through community, design & podcasting.

Life is a journey, not a career path.

Likes

Authenticity, dogs, running, hiking, surfing, humor & a good beverage.

Dislikes

Exclusivity, hate racism, homophobia, transphobia, reply guys, & red beets.

After 17 years in corporate healthcare I was burnt out and felt the creative pull. l quit the corporate ladder to ride the creator wave in December 2019 in search of something more fulfilling.

Part community builder, part designer, part podcaster, all operations and full human. Using my corporate past combined with my creative soul to show how operations can help creators succeed.

I started to openly talk about my journey on Twitter and to my surprise it resonated with so many. I created the Helping Creatives community and newsletter to share my story and to connect & support others on their own path.

Short story of my journey

Professional Work History

17+ years in corporate healthcare
Business Healthcare Operations | Oncology Nursing | Operations Manager | Product Manager

Community

Dec 2020 - present

Founder, Helping Creatives
Newsletter, Podcast, Community Findr

Jan 2021 - present

Design Full-time
Community Manager, Operations & community set-up

March 2021 - May 2021

Rosieland Adventure
6 week community building course

July 2020 - Jan 2021

Pixel Geek Community
Volunteer assisting with moderation & beta course

Podcasting

Mar 2019 - present

Can I Tell You Something Funny Podcast
Creator, Co-host & full production

Jun 2020 - present

Talks With SaraNoSocks Podcast
Creator, Host & full production

Mar 2021 - present

Creator of Podcast Ops
Tutorial and template package to help automate podcasting

Design

Jan 2021 - present

Freelance UI Designer

Oct 2020 - present

Mentorship with Dann Petty
Design Full-time community member

Mar 2020 - Jun 2021

Freelance Webflow Developer

Feb 2017 - Dec 2019

Product Manager and Jr. UX Designer

Nice things people say...

Candace Nicholson
Candace Nicholson

Sara was immensely helpful when I designed my new Webflow site last year, even going above and beyond to help me

Des Clarke
Des Clarke

Sara's not afraid to ask tough questions to ensure the best final product, and does so in a collaborative and thoughtful way.

Erin Mikail Staples
Erin Mikail Staples

Sara is a community ops WHIZ

Frank Margotta
Frank Margotta

Sara is an absolute delight to collaborate with. In addition to having a wonderful attitude, she's extremely sharp and attentive to details.

Marian Knopp
Marian Knopp

Sara can give you great insights into your unique context to your community operations as a creator

Amanda Milo
Amanda Milo

Sara eloquently balances her expertise at the intersection of business, technology, and user experience, and employs radical candor to truly get the job done and done well.

Jeff Border
Jeff Border

There is a balance between management, technology, and design, and Sara just gets it.

Rosie Sherry
Rosie Sherry

I recommend chatting to Sara

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some things others have asked before working with me as a contractor

What is a generalist? 🤔
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If you're looking for a formal definition, I've got you covered here and here. I define myself as a creative generalist with the below skills and interests:
🔸 Diverse and excellent skillset in operations, business management & strategy.  
🔸 Current Focus: Community
🔸 Previous focus: Product Management, UI/UX Design, corporate healthcare, Nursing
🔸 Toolkit in no code, automations, content creation and design.
🔸 Drive to continuously learn something new and seek out patterns.
🔸 Big picture thinker and connector of dots to build the path forward for founders.

Who do I work with? 👋
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🔸 Early stage founders focused in community, design, media or the creator economy.
🔸 Small startups (less than 20 employees)
🔸 Those looking to leave or have left corporate within the last 2 years who aren't sure what's next.

What can I help you with? 😊
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🔸 Community Building/Operations
🔸 Product & Business Strategy
🔸 UI Web Design for one page marketing sites
🔸 Video Tutorials for No Code Tools
🔸 Podcast Consuting for those looking to start
🔸 Coaching for those leaving corporate

What can't I help you with? 😩
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As a creative generalist I'm able to help with a lot, but not everything. While I might not be able to help with these things, I can help connect you with someone who can!

🔸 Marketing
🔸 Branding
🔸 Visual Development
🔸 SEO
🔸 Transcription
🔸 Written content
🔸 Live , 24/7 support or being an embedded team member

What is working with me like? 🦄
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A dream come true with a sprinkle of humor and a ray of sunshine. Okay, maybe not all that but I do try my best. While each client and project is unique there are a few things I keep consistent for project work.
🔸 Asynchronous communication via email and video updates.
🔸 Initial meeting and wrap up will be via 30 minute max video call
🔸 Design work includes organized Figma file and PSD files as relevant
🔸 Video walkthroughs of all project handoffs

If you still have questions... 👇
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No problem! If you aren't sure fill out the contact fowe're not a good match I'll do my best to get you in touch with someone who can help!

Let's chat about how we can work together!

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