WHo are you?
Hi! I'm Victoria, I am a stationer, calligrapher and artist who has been in business for eight years (three of those successfully, as defined by profitability).
Why prep school?
I had the opportunity to teach in a well-received calligraphy summit along with eight other fantastic calligraphers last year. It was an amazing experience for both teachers and students, but with the focus mostly on teaching creative skills, there was a lack of instruction in the business side of owning a creative business. Once you've gained your butt-kicking calligraphy skills, how do you know how price it? How much is your time worth? Can you really charge that much as a beginner?
So I decided to teach it. These are all lessons I've had to learn the hard way, and when I was coming up in the industry, the lack of social media made it very difficult to learn from others. So I take a very honest and transparent approach. We launched Prep School last year to fill that hole in the industry, talking very openly about just how difficult it is to price creative work, remove emotions from the equation, value our time, build value in our products so people will pay us for them, and all those good things!
When do the courses start and finish?
Prep school is designed to allow you to design your own curriculum so you can work at your own pace. Every semester we release successive courses to help you move your creative business forward.
With that in mind, courses are released at the beginning of every Fall or Spring semester, but you can register, start and finish any released course at your own pace.
During the launch semester for each set of new classes, we will be offering extra perks to students who not only sign up during launch but complete their coursework within that semester.
How loNg do i have access to the course?
All Prep School courses are available for lifetime access! We understand that life happens and you may not always be in a place to take full advantage of a course when you first sign up. Work through your class on the first day, come back months later for a refresher... either way, all class materials will be here for you.
In addition, once you register for a course, you'll have access to the private Facebook group, school-wide live streams, and bonus videos!
Tell me more about these launch semester perks.
We want to encourage students who purchase classes during the launch semester to really take advantage of the material and work through it.
Here at Prep School, we really believe in not just taking the money to invest in ourselves and our businesses, but also taking the time to follow through on a monetary investment and actually take the classes we purchase.
We’ve all been there. You read a catchy launch email, you get inspired by the beautiful pictures of what you could learn… your credit card info is saved in your browser… And then real life happens and your online course just sits out there. On the internet. Waiting for you. And worst of all, you don’t learn what you wanted to learn in the first place!
With this in mind, we offer some super awesome perks for students who complete their coursework in a timely manner. If something happens and you can’t quite swing finishing the lessons within the time frame of the semester, no worries, you’ll still get access to the awesome courses, the Facebook group, school-wide live streams, and bonus videos.
However! Students who complete their courses* by a certain date in the semester—for Fall 2017, that date is November 16, two months into the semester—will get some perks.
*completed an entire individual course or at least one whole course in the class pass
No. 1 - Our eyes on your work
Anyone who posts theirs on our private Facebook group during the semester will get direct feedback and support from the DHPS team.
No. 2 - Special access
Students who have completed their courses by November 16th will get to participate in a Live Q&A session just for them! Less students in the Q&A means more time to go in-depth into your questions and issues with specific examples so we can really work through and try to find solutions. Prior to the Q&A, you’ll get the chance to send in your specific questions to make sure we answer everything for you!
You might ask, how is this different from our regular school-wide live sessions? We like to use those as a chance to make announcements, discuss the school, and get to hang out with you, our awesome students! In comparison, these sessions will focus on problem-solving and us being there to help you specifically.
No. 3 - Even special-er access!
Finally, finishing your classes by November 16 will automatically enter you into a random drawing for a 45 minute one-on-one mentor session with Victoria to ask or discuss anything you would like. Seriously, anything! Three lucky students will be chosen at random, and we’ll get the mentoring on the books for January.
What if I am unsatisfied with my purchase?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us within the first ten days and we will be glad to give you a full refund.
I'm not ready to start classes yet, is prep school still valuable to me?
Prep School courses are presented individually and priced affordably because we want all creative business owners have the right to further their businesses no matter what stage of their career they're in. Maybe you don't have hundreds of dollars to drop on a ten class bundle right now, but you probably have enough to invest in an individual pricing course that could help your business get there. Business education is valuable and we fully believe everyone in the industry benefits as we all grow. Cliche or not, a rising tide raises all boats!
In the meantime, you may also find useful information on the Prep School blog where we regularly share "Masterclass" posts teaching about various issues in the industry, or stay up to date with our latest Prep School projects and activities on the DHPS instagram. We love to interact with students and the community. Come say hello!
Where can I contact you with questions?
We'd love to hear from you! Click through to the Contact page on this website and drop us a line.