Why Prioritising your Self Development is so Important
What are you scared of? And how to crush those fears
After months of planning, writing and asking for feedback, my new course for side-hustlers Make a Plan > Make it Happen goes on sale this week. With all of this coming to a head I’ve been reflecting on why I bumped my own self-development to the top of my priorities list and why I think investing in learning is so important.
This year I’ve spent upwards of £2.5k on learning, all because I believe it’s so important to put my own learning first in order to grow my side-hustle into my full-time gig. In my experience, so far, that theory has only ever proved to be true.
5 ways to motivate yourself in your side-hustle
For so many of us fear holds us back from achieving our real potential, in life and in our side hustles. Have you ever held back from doing something you wanted to do for fear of what others would thing pr because you were scared you’d fail? I’m guessing most people would say yes to that. Here are 3 common fears for side-hustlers and how to crush them.
[Vlog] How to Change Your Plan for the Day When you Wake up Feeling Like Cr*p
Being able to motivate yourself is pretty essential when you’re a side-hustler, because no one’s going to do the work for you. Growing a business is a journey in learning about yourself and finding ways to motivate myself has been something I’ve learned a lot about myself this past year. By consciously keeping my eyes open to the things that motivate me to spend my spare time on growing a side-hustle I’ve created a few go-to tricks for getting my motivation going. And here they are…
The Best Business Books for Creative Side-Hustlers
We all have days when we wake up feeling like cr*p, when we're lacking energy or motivation and the reality is that we can't expect ourselves to have the same levels of energy on every day of the year.
Here are 3 methods for changing your plan on those days when you wake up feeling rubbish - because we all have those days!
Being Productive Doesn't Mean Being Busy - What I've Learned From my Struggle with Anxiety
Something I love to read is business books. Sure I love to loose myself in a novel occasionally but I love being able to learn something new from a book (or audio book) and put it into action straight away. Growing a side-hustle is one of the biggest journeys of self-discovery you’ll embark on and there are some incredible books out there that can give you a leg up on this rollercoaster journey.
I’ve taken so much from business books over the last few years, so I wanted to share my favourites with you. Most of these are available on Audible as well as in print. When I’m commuting or driving long distances I love to listen to my favourite podcasts and audio books, it’s one of the best ways to learn while you’re multi-tasking.
How to Make a 12 Week Plan for Your Side Hustle
This post is really close to my heart, I felt really emotional writing it because it took me back to those struggles I first encountered from dealing with anxiety. If for some reason you’re feeling less productive than you usually are, I really hope this post offers some tips to help you stay productive while you're working through a tricky time. Most importantly please remember that being productive doesn't mean being busy. It's focussing on the stuff that counts that makes you productive, not hours at a desk.
How to Break your Projects Down into Appetising Chunks
My 12 week plan is something I live by. It guides what I'm focussing on each week and breaks down my year into 4 chunks, making it less overwhelming and easier to plan for. 12 weeks (or just about 3 months) is enough time to achieve some big stuff but not so far away that it feels overwhelming.
Why do Side-Hustlers Fear Admitting they Have a Job?
You know those big, exciting projects that you have in mind for your business that you never start because they just look ginormous? The ones that would make a huge impact on your business but they just feel too big and you don't know where to start. Well, you can achieve those big dreams and goals, it's just a case of breaking down your projects into appetising chunks.
How to Make a Timeline for your Creative Business to gain Clarity and Calm
This is a post that's felt very vulnerable to write, what if no one else feels this fear? But I know in my gut that I can't let these silly fears hold me back, because we side-hustlers have an opportunity here to unite (more on that at the bottom of this post)!
Looking back, I’ve had a side hustle for the last 7 years. I started with blogging about making and crafts and after a few years of that I set up a home décor business and this year I've moved into what I’m doing now, helping creatives with planning and productivity.
Creative Business Planning - Where to Start
Are you feeling bogged down at the moment and overwhelmed? Do you know you've got lots coming up and not sure where to put your focus? This is exactly how I felt earlier this month, I was feeling overwhelmed about what I wanted to achieve in a relatively short amount of time. Taking 10 minutes to sketch out a timeline for the next few months really helped me get clear on what's coming up and instantly made me feel calmer and more in control.
Why you need a plan for your creative business (but not a business-plan)
If you're looking to grow your creative business, having a plan is essential to keeping you focused and making the hours that you're working on your business as efficient as possible. Here are my top tips for creative business planning.
My tips on recharging your batteries this summer
Some makers and designers aren't compelled to plan out their route to growing their business, and for some it works and they grow organically by following the opportunities and ideas that come up along the way. But, I still strongly believe that if you want to make something big happen in your creative business, whether that's launch a new website, create a new product line or introduce a new income stream, you gotta have a plan, ideally on the wall, somewhere where you'll see it every day.
Money planning & pricing workbook
Last month I had to get intentional about my self-care and make it a priority. It’s taken a good 5 weeks to get back to feeling myself again, in that time I've learned a whole lot about looking after myself which I hope you can take some value from too. In this post is a list of all of the activities I found helped me get my mojo back.
My Top Takeaways From Blogtacular
Product pricing and finances are a bit of an unknown, right? Is there a secret formula, how does everyone else work out their pricing and how many products they need to sell each month? How do they even know what they want their income goal to be and what to base it on? In reality there’s no secret formula or right answer, but I’ve created a free money planning and pricing workbook to help you set your income goals an product pricing.
The Best Podcasts for Makers & Designers + My Favourite Episodes
Blogtacular is the conference for makers, designers, bloggers and lots of other types of creative souls . I absolutely enjoyed every minute and learned so much from the speakers and also about myself. Here are some golden nuggets I picked up from Blogtacular that I'm sure will inspire you too
How to Plan Ahead for Breaks From Your Creative Business
Over the last year or so I've become a total podcast addict. Creative business podcasts provide a different way to learn about creative business or just to zone-out at the end of the day tom something purely entertaining. Here are some of the best podcasts out there for makers & designers + my favourite episodes
Journaling Prompts for Makers & Designers
When you're taking a break from your business as an independent maker or designer, it's not as straight forward as booking annual leave and putting on an out of office. Planning ahead for a holiday or break from your business will give you a better chance of being able to completely switch off while you're away, guilt free! Here's how to plan ahead for a holiday or break from your creative business.
How to Organise Your Computer Files
Putting pen to paper is something that always helps to clear my mind and make me feel more organised. I’ve found that keeping a no-pressure journal for my creative business has really helped me chill the hell out and find more clarity and calm when I’m feeling overwhelmed. Here are 35 Journaling prompts for creative business owners.
A lot of the creatives that I know find organising their computer files a complete nightmare. But, being able to find everything you need on your computer within a few clicks will save you time and mental energy. Here’s how to organise your computer files, documents and folders.