Category Archives: Productivity

How to work less and make more

Having worked with creative business owners and freelancers for more than 15 years, I’ve learned that the path to entrepreneurship is rarely straight.  Many of us (myself included) fell into entrepreneurship and never went back; some were pushed via a layoff, and a scant few knew entrepreneurship was for them and had a plan. Is it any wonder the holy grail of entrepreneurship, the freedom to choose whom you work for, when, and for how much, feels like a pipe…

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3 ways to bring more freedom into your business (without sacrificing income)

  FREEDOM. Isn’t that one of the reasons you decided to go into business for yourself? Freedom to: Work with whom you want Work when you want Work the hours you want Work where you want Charge how much you want Grow as much as you want Did you said ‘yes’ any (or all) of the above, yet your reality tells quite a different story?  Perhaps you’re making great money, but you work ALL the time.  Or maybe you work…

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The 4 questions successful entrepreneurs ask themselves

Have you ever felt the intuitive nudge to take BIG action in your career or business?  Perhaps you’re feeling the call to re-brand your business, move your office outside of the home, hire staff or engage a coach.  Whatever the action, these surges forward typically involve a significant investment of time, energy and money. So why is it, even thought we know the time is right, we just can’t bring ourselves to pull the trigger?  It’s that inner voice that…

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5 ways to kick self-sabotage in the pants

As an entrepreneur, you’re wired to take risks and seek out new (and most likely, uncomfortable) experiences.  You see others doing great things and know that the success of your business depends on constantly pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone.    But that constant comparison and discomfort can be tough to deal with day in day out. On the days when we feel isolated, unsupported and defeated – retreating to a more comfortable place is sometimes the only choice available…

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How to resist the lure of a new creative idea (and make the ones you have happen)

Have you heard of “Bright Shiny Object Syndrome”?  It’s when the lure of a new creative idea pulls you, helpless, away from whatever you’re doing.  New ideas are sexy, full of promise and potential. They haven’t proved difficult or demanding and they haven’t yet asked us to compromise.  Who wouldn’t want to ditch the hard work and hassle of turning an idea into an actual finished product for something so shiny and pretty?   But here’s the thing.  Businesses aren’t…

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4 ways to harness the power of focus and achieve your goals

I recently watched an awesome documentary about Brazilian race car driver, Senna.  The movie is great for so many reasons, but what really stuck with me was golden rule that ALL race car drivers know   Don’t look at the wall.  Why? Because the car will go where you eyes are looking.  Instead, they are trained to defy their instinct and look at where they want to go, not what they want to avoid. If that doesn’t drive home (pardon…

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5 ways to take inspired action and get results

  I once went to a networking event where one of the speakers was a Facebook executive.  She said that the company motto was “Move Fast and Break Things”. They got new ideas out there as fast as they could, saw what worked and what didn’t, and fixed the problems as they went along. When I thought about it later, I realized that the trait was common to all of the outrageously successful entrepreneurs I could think of. The Richard…

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3 obstacles that hold creatives back (and how to overcome them)

Building a creative business that fulfills you and provides you with the lifestyle that you want and deserve takes equal parts talent, gumption and stick-with-it-ness. Forget about waiting for the muse to visit. We have to make it happen. Every. Single. Day. So what does making it happen actually mean?  It means committing to our dreams and doing our best to overcome the obstacles that threaten to delay the results that we want now.  The thing about obstacles is they’re much…

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7 ways to have a better Monday

By Justine Clay Do you ever get a case of the Sunday night blues?  Before the week even starts you’re wondering how you’ll ever get it all done.  The blues are a bore, so here are 7 quick tips for a better Monday.   1) Do something fun on the weekendBeing a freelancer or entrepreneur sometimes means working weekends. It might come with the territory, but it doesn’t make it suck any less.  So if you must work on the…

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