Going on hiatus: How to take a vacation from your business (without losing any business)

One of the big reasons you started your creative business was so you’d have more freedom, right? Me too! Yet the reality is we all too often burn the midnight oil, work on weekends, and generally think about our work non-stop. It’s not you, it’s the nature of the beast. Unless you actively create structure, boundaries, and support, you WILL be at the mercy of your clients and business. You just will. But that’s not how we do things around…

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3 strategies to help you WIN the day

Have you ever: Got to the end of your day and wondered where it went, or what you achieved? Had a slow start and never really recovered the day? Sat down at your desk and thought “Now what?” My friend, you’re not alone. When you’re the boss, the buck starts and stops with you and that’s a pretty weighty responsibility. I’ve felt it too. When I started my first business, a creative management agency in 2006, I was living alone…

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What to do when business is slow in summer (hint: the answer’s not panic!)

Ahhh, it’s summer! The beach, the lake, or just sitting outside with a cold one. Is there anything better? Not in my book! But there’s a dark side to summer too. For independent creative professionals and business owners, things can get pretty quiet. And I mean, crickets quiet. We all know it happens, yet we still get freaked out by it. I know I’ve been there and I bet you have too. Wouldn’t it be great if there were something…

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The 3 C’s of a thriving creative business (and you already have them all!)

If you’ve ever felt that: your creative talents aren’t as needed or appreciated as they once were the heydays of being paid well to design/draw/write are truly over the future belongs to digitally savvy millennials You’re not alone. In my work as a business coach for creative professionals and business owners, I’ve learned that one of the most confounding and upsetting challenges they face is not knowing how to adapt to an industry that (rather unfeelingly) appears to no longer…

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Big leaps are scary: 3 ways to overcome the fear ALL entrepreneurs face

Do you remember the moment you decided to go out on your own? I do. And it was terrifying. I was 35 years old, in a relationship that, instead of heading towards marriage and babies, was in its final death-spiral and coming to the realization that I’d gone as far as I could in my job as a creative rep. I was settling for a small life that I didn’t want and knew I had to do something drastic; to…

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Why clients aren’t buying your high-priced services + what to do about it (hint: it’s not lowering your prices!)

Do you remember the days when clients paid top-dollar for branding and design services? I do! Wasn’t it great? We all knew the rules of engagement and it was simply a matter of connecting the right client with the qualified creative professional or team and boom. Problem solved. But things have changed, right? With new technologies developing at a dizzying rate and clients having options that are faster and cheaper than ever before, the new landscape can feel confounding, challenging,…

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My top 5 takeaways from HOW Design Live

We all like to think our problems are unique, don’t we? If you’re honest, I bet you’ll admit to having responded to a well-intentioned suggestion with “Oh yes, but that wouldn’t work in my business.” Am I right? Here’s what 15+ years of working with creative entrepreneurs (12 of those as an entrepreneur myself) have taught me; we all share the same handful of problems, we simply experience them differently. Here are a few oldies but goodies: The industry is…

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Are you leaving money on the table? 3 ways to close the sale with confidence and ease.

How do you feel about sales? You want them but don’t want to “do” them, am I right? Now, let me ask you this. How does your ambivalence or lack of process around sales impact your business? Right?! Lack of attention or process when it comes to sales leads to unpredictable results. And unpredictable results lead to the dreaded feast or famine cycle. So, today I’m going to share my tried and tested sales and on-boarding process that will help…

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5 ways to set your creative business up for financial success

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a free training called 3 Ways to Make More Money in Your Creative Business, and boy, was that a hot topic?! One thing’s for sure; we have a whole lot of hang-ups around money, what we can charge, and how much we believe we can make doing what we love. The belief that creativity and making lots of money don’t mix is one I’m on a mission to dispel. Not because I never…

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Let’s talk money + your FIRST step to financial freedom

If I were to channel Oprah (and why not!), here would be a few things I know for sure: Everyone is good at business when they learn how to do it their way Money is good, and abundance is everyone’s right Most of the limitations we experience are self-created and maintained (I know, ouch!) Life and business aren’t as hard as we make them out to be We have the ability and power to change our story, our actions, and…

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