Category Archives: Productivity

How to focus and get RESULTS in your creative business

One of the biggest challenges creative entrepreneurs tell me they experience is not knowing where to focus in their creative business. Whether you’re a one man/woman show, or you have employees to oversee, there are WAY too many things you could (should?) be doing and not enough time, energy, and focus to do it all. So, things go one of two ways: You try and do everything, run yourself ragged in the process, and still don’t see the results you…

Read More

Are you closing your eyes and hoping for the best?

If I told you that your business is always going to be in flux would you be (a) excited or (b) depressed? Your answer will tell you a lot about your mindset around change, potential, and your ability to thrive, no matter what. While we’d all love to say we embrace change, enjoy a good challenge, and see failure as a stepping stone to success (and all those other empowering rallying cries we see on Instagram!) most of us don’t…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

How to have more fun, work less, and make more in 2018

Just follow your passion!!! Find your life’s purpose and build a business around it (yes, just like that!) Be your authentic self (and everything will be fine) As a creative business owner, is there anything more unhelpful than rally cries like these? It’s like a therapist telling you “cheer up” when you’re feeling depressed and sending you on your merry way. When you’re struggling to figure out how to get from where you are in your business (stuck) to where…

Read More

How to make progress AND enjoy the process

Being an entrepreneur myself, and having engaged with hundreds over the years, I’ve learned there are two traits most of us share: Big ideas Impatience Now this is a pretty bad combination because, as we all know (intellectually, at least), turning a big idea into something that is of value and delivers results to our clients takes time and a LOT of practice. And who wants to do that?! At first blush, no one. But when you shift your mindset,…

Read More

5 ways to be more productive and less busy

Have you ever responded to the question “how are you?” with “I’m SO busy!!!”? I know I have. But really, when did our lives become so overwhelming that we’d offer such a poor answer to a genuinely nice question? All it does is force the other person to comfort or commiserate with us, and where’s the fun or value in that? As a default position, being busy is an alarmingly easy one to take. And we’re being enabled every step…

Read More

How to change your relationship to time (and get more done with less!)

Ever since I had kids, I’ve found myself saying one of the following way too much: Hurry up I don’t have time I’m too busy Let’s go!!!! Sounds fun, right? Always feeling like you’re running against a clock isn’t fun. Projecting that onto little people feels even worse. And being the personal development junkie that I am, I started reading up on time to see if I couldn’t get to the bottom of how it works, and more importantly, how…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More