DIY Digital

Digital Life Coaching as Assisted Self-Service

For creatives, solopreneurs, and small business

Q: How long will it take?*

A: An hour. Two if you watch, four if you help, eight if you do it yourself.

* usually takes 1-2 hours to agree on any given definition of "it." That definition will expand before the first "it" is Declared Done.

Free, direct-to-consumer, no-code digital business tools are everywhere. They're simple, easy to use, and incredibly powerful. You might be using a slew of them, or you might still be in Excel and email. But what will make your life easier?

It's never been easier for individuals and business users to manage data: and data is your personal and business value. Your digital data and tools will grow organically as your business grows. Starting small, managing your own content, and learning new processes hands-on is the key to making digital business work in your real-world life.

Are you a creative, solopreneur, or small business? Are you outgrowing Excel and email, but don't know what to choose next? Have you started using the cool new tools and now want to connect them? Want to do it yourself but don't know where to start? Do you need help NOW, so you have time to think about the right thing later? DIY Digital can help.

Lynn Noel is a data strategist, information architect, certified user experience designer, former director of Collaboration Services at NTT DATA, and small business owner who does all her own tech and knows when free is good enough (and when it's not). Lynn will be your mentor, coach, and personal trainer to get your data in shape and get you and your tools fit for purpose: to showcase your work on the web, make your life more efficient, and grow your business at digital speed!

DIY Diagnosis: Free Assessment & Strategy Consult

Drowning in data? Lost in your inbox? Can't find anything? Googled "how to do X" already, realized you'll never learn it all?

Reach out for a free consult on what you need right now to organize your digital life, and what's practical to learn as DIY.

Based on what we determine you need first, we might talk about one or more of the following DIY Digital projects. Coaching services are offered on a sliding scale, based on a personal rate of $60/hr and a household/business rate of $95/hr. Limited pro bono coaching is available for emerging creatives and women in transition toward fiscal independence.

Like a personal trainer, DIY Digital does not do the exercise for you. DIY Digital is designed for clients ready to put in some sweat equity and learn new skills to become more digitally independent. For clients needing hands-on implementation and technical support, Lynn can refer you to a network of freelance designers and developers.

DIY Digital Task Management for Mobile

  • Scrambling through lists and spreadsheets?
  • Dashing around with slips of paper and scribbles and notes on your phone?
  • Wish you could just tell Alexa or Siri to organize your life?

Let’s talk about free mobile and cloud apps to get you organized on the go and keep you focused on Getting Things Done.

DIY Project Management

  • Shaving a yak by starting one thing just to find out you have to do six other things in the right order first?
  • Overwhelmed with all those to-do lists you created and don't know what to do first?

Let’s talk about how to structure and organize tasks in sequence to plan your work and then work your plan.


DIY Digital Content Management

  • Drowning in paper? And/or attachments?
  • Can't find anything on your hard drive?
  • No idea how to sync (or NOT sync) Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and OneDrive?
  • Got duplicates everywhere on all your computers and cloud services?
  • Want to organize, digitize, and archive your personal and financial records?
  • Want to do it yourself but don't know where to start?

Let’s talk about how to select the right free/low-cost cloud platform for your needs and set up a digital content management system (CMS) for your documents and records.

DIY Digital Customer Mgmt (CRM)

  • Want to get your mailing list out of Excel?
  • Address books a mess and don't know how to create a master without duplicates?
  • Need a web marketing and customer relationship management (CRM) system?
  • Want to do it yourself but don't know where to start?

Let’s talk about how to select the right free/low-cost cloud platform for your needs and set up a mailing list, e-newsletter, and/or CRM with your data.

DIY Social Media Management

  • Accounts scattered all over the web?
  • Wonder whether you should focus on a website, a Facebook page, a group, a Twitter feed, a YouTube channel, an Instagram account, or all these?
  • Want to monitor and measure your following on social media, and add analytics to your web presence?

Let’s talk about how to organize your social media and use it effectively.

DIY Digital Home Inventory

  • Downsizing, moving, or clearing out a family home?
  • Need to know what's got resale value and which far-flung relative wants which treasures?
  • Wish you could dig out from under all your paper without going completely paperless?

Let’s talk about how to help you and your family plan, sort, inventory, claim, and organize furniture, housewares, books, media, and family keepsakes.

Are you a digital executor? Should you be one? Who is yours? We can talk about that too!

DIY Media Management

  • Documents scattered all over the web?
  • Wonder whether you should focus on a website, a Facebook page, a group, a Twitter feed, a YouTube channel, an Instagram account, or all these?
  • Want to monitor and measure your following on social media, and add analytics to your web presence?

Let’s talk about how to choose and use free tools for digitally cataloguing books, movies, music, and photos, and organizing your stuff so you can find it in ways that make sense to you.

DIY Digital Tools for Writers and Storytellers

  • Gearing up for NaNoWriMo?
  • Want to organize your research?
  • Need the digital equivalent of looseleaf binders?
  • Overwhelmed with web bookmarks and manual bibliographies?
  • Wish you could present your work with interactive maps, timelines, mindmaps, charts, images, and data graphics?
  • Want to do it yourself but don't know where to start?

Let’s talk about how to make your research and writing visual and interactive.

DIY Digital Media Management

  • Documents scattered all over the web?
  • Wonder whether you should focus on a website, a Facebook page, a group, a Twitter feed, a YouTube channel, an Instagram account, or all these?
  • Want to monitor and measure your following on social medind add analytics to your web presence?

Let’s talk about how to choose and use free tools for digitally cataloguing books, movies, music, and photos, and organizing your stuff so you can find it in ways that make sense to you.

Want ALL OF IT NOW? Let's talk about designing a personal digital strategy and roadmap to put first things first to make your digital life work in the real world.

Enterprise/corporate clients may be referred to Data Blueprint, where Lynn is a leadership member of the DBP Brain Trust.