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New Year planning tools for creative businesses

New year planning tools for creative businesses

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the new year ahead and reflecting on 2017. After having my best year in business, I’m jazzed for what’s to come. So I’m filling out workbooks, writing on post-it notes, and mapping out how to make 2018 an even better year than 2017. Through my planning and preparing, I’ve found a few great tools that I wanted to pass along to you. I hope that the things on this list will help you to plan ...
My big business goals for 2018

My big goals for 2018

Lately, I’ve been writing a lot about finishing your projects, finding motivation, and breaking your goals down into actionable steps. It’s just my mind space right now, as I imagine it might be for you too. And with a new year coming right around the corner, I find myself reflecting on not just the past year, but on the past six years that I’ve been in business. I’m thinking about the goals that I’ve carried over, year after year, on ...

Where to find motivation to complete your difficult to finish projects

The universe has bestowed upon you the BEST idea ever. You’re sure of it. You’re excited to get started, and you know that this idea is going to propel your creative business forward. You take out your bullet journal, break the project down into small, actionable steps, and you get to work. At first, everything feels simple. You’re checking things off each day, and you think that this is the best idea you’ve had to date. Until one day you ...
How to embrace your website Brand Style

How to embrace your website Brand style

My style as a teenager was very eclectic. You may have described me as a hippie/ vagabond dreamer, who wore wanderlust on her sleeve. Or an eccentric artist who embraced her weird and didn’t care what others thought. I remember my brother asking me, “so, what are you? I mean, are you a skater-gothic chic or a cowgirl?” I looked down at my wide-legged skate pants, my brown polyester shirt that I got from my grandpa’s yard sale, and touched ...
10 Website Launch Ideas to promote your website after a redesign

Ten ways to promote your website launch

After weeks or months of pouring yourself into the creation of your website, you’re finally ready for launch day. You have a coming-soon page hiding all the work you’ve just finished, and you’re seconds away from hitting the button to take that page down. Your finger nervously hovers over the mouse, you breathe in deeply, and then you click fast and hide your eyes. Will they like it? Or will your followers think it’s a disastrous wreck? An hour goes ...

How to break your goals down into actionable steps

The new year is just around the corner, and you’re revving up to have a fantastic year. You’ve got your teal Inkwell planner and your Prismacolor markers ready to go. You look at the yearly spread inside of your planner and try to figure out how in the world you’re going to reach all of your goals or what to even put in the spaces on the page. There are the general goals: make money and then use said money ...
A Guide To Choosing Your Next Idea And Sticking To It

A guide to choosing your next idea & sticking to it

You have a zillion golden ideas. Ideas for DAYS! You’ve written them down in your bullet journal and even jotted them on the backs of napkins from your favorite cafe. Heck, you might even have an idea jar where you store your ideas up for rainy days. Coming up with the ideas, now that always seems like the most natural part of starting a new project. [clickToTweet tweet="Coming up with the ideas, that always seems like the most natural part ...

Do you know what your customer really needs? Here’s one easy method to find out today.

Sometimes my mini dachshund, Josie, sits next to me and stares. Minutes will go by, and she'll continue to point her sweet little eyes in my general direction. I'll ask her, "What do you want, Jo-Jo?" She, of course, never answers. She just sits and looks at me. She usually wants a bite of my food, or wants to snuggle under the covers next to me and she's signaling for me to move over, or she wants me to rub her head. I'm ...

Don’t Wing It With Your Brand. Do This Instead.

    My breath came out in short huffs after jumping around the room for fifteen minutes. It was early October of 2014, and I was checking my inbox when I noticed an email pop up from a CreativeLive production coordinator. The email said that I was selected to be one of the studio audience members for a course by April Bowles-Olin. The production coordinator asked if I would be there (um, heck yes!) and she also asked me to answer ...

10 Tools and Resources for New Bloggers

When starting your creative blog, it can be difficult to know exactly what you need and even where to start. You can rack up a pretty large bill, too, if you're not careful. Sometimes it's helpful for someone to simply let you know what you need. When I first started my business, I had a lot of time to hunt all over the Internet for the necessary tools and resources to get me going. I remember sitting down at my ...