Making That Project a Reality Before The Year's Out

As I write this, there are just a few months left of the year. The autumn term brings a lot of us those back to school feels and autumn always has a productive buzz about it for me. But also, it’s that time of year when you think back to those big dreams you had at the beginning of the year, perhaps a resolution you set or a ‘this is the year that I'…’ promised that you made to yourself. Perhaps you haven’t had a chance to make a reality yet.

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Josephine Brooks
Managing Comparison When You're building a Business

Back in September last year (2018), I’d found myself signed off from work due to some struggles with my mental health at the time. With it being September, and what seems to have become launch season for a lot of online businesses owners, all I could see online was other people launching their next big thing, a new course, new branding, declaring that they were fully booked out. Cue, all of the comparison feels.

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Josephine Brooks
It's Time to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone & Make it Happen in your side- hustle

The leaves are starting to turn, those back to school, freshly-sharpened-pencil vibes are starting to creep in and this is the time of year where we generally start to feel productive again, after a much needed break. You’ve got four months left of the year and now is your opportunity to make that project happen, launch that product or start that side-hustle before the year’s out. 

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Josephine Brooks
How to Talk to Friends, Family & Colleagues About Your Side-Hustle

I totally get why you’re keeping your side-hustle a secret, or at least not being overly open about it. It’s scary because we worry about what others will think. We don’t want to hear the negative feedback that might fuel our own fears and we certainly don’t want people to think we’re being selfish or getting too big for our boots by pursuing a creative dream.

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Josephine Brooks
3 of the Most Common Struggles When Growing a Creative Business

Let me tell you this. You are not alone in the struggles you’re facing with building your business.

We all struggle with the same stuff, and that’s something that running my workshops has repeatedly proven. In the conversations we have at my workshops, someone will share a current struggle and more often than not, everyone else will pipe up with a ME TOO! But it isn’t until we come together and have these conversions that we realise, we’re all struggling with the same challenges.

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Josephine Brooks
Living the Lifestyle You Long For Right Now

How about living the lifestyle you long for, right now? That’s just not possible you say, I can’t because of X, Y and Z. But, there will be some small steps you can start taking to move you closer towards the lifestyle you long for and adjust your mindset to one that says ‘this is totally possible’!

Every 1:1 mentoring client I’ve worked with has been working towards changing their lifestyle. How do I know, because it’s always one of the first things we talk about.

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Josephine Brooks
Simple Steps to Creating a Marketing Calendar

We’ve all written a blog post on the day it was due to go out, right? We’ve all missed our own deadlines when it comes to posting on social media, our blog, sending newsletters and it’s very easy to get into a routine of creating and sharing content at the last minute and then beating ourselves up for it!

The problem with this is two fold, firstly when we’re creating and sharing content from this list minute, stressed out headspace we’re not creating our best work and secondly beating ourselves up isn’t conducive to getting into a better routine moving forwards.

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Josephine Brooks
Planning for a Successful Launch

Have you ever launched a new product, service or website and everything’s felt last minute? There have been late nights, stressing over technology and a whole load of anxiety. Me too

Most of us have a tendency to get last minute with out launches, regardless of whether it’s launching a new product or service, launching a website, new podcast or even launching a business or side-hustle. We push the deadline back and back until it’s GOT to happen this week for whatever reason and everything is stressful.

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Josephine Brooks
Getting Past the Guilt of Investing in Yourself

I grew up in a family where you definitely didn’t treat yourself, you fixed and mended things until they died. And when they did, you bought the next car / dress / washing machine second hand. I don’t think this was because we couldn’t afford to buy new (but then I have no clue, we certainly didn’t talk about money), it was just how my parents did things. My mum would never book herself a spa day or go all out and treat herself to a new pair of shoes (unless they were comfy, practical and going to last, of course). 

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Josephine Brooks
Is It Time to Hit Refresh on Your Business? My Check-in Process

At the beginning of the year I set myself a word for 2019, that word was flourish. The intention behind it was to focus on bursting out of the chrysalis that I’d built last year, to stretch my wings, put out new shoots and grow. In other words, I’d spent least year pivoting my business, building up my content and nurturing my audience. I was ready to get on with doing the work I love, working with clients. 

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Josephine Brooks
Mailchimp Vs. Squarespace Email Campaigns - the pros & cons

This isn’t the sort of post I’d usually write, but seeing as I’ve now had experience of using both of these platforms I thought I’d share what I’ve learned about using Mailchimp and Squarespace email campaigns to get sign ups to my mailing list and to send out my fortnightly email, my side-hustle letters. If you’re trying to figure out what the pros and cons are between Squarespace and Mailchimp, this post should answer some questions for you.

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Josephine Brooks
Where to Start With Pivoting Your Business

I don't know whether there's something in the air at the moment, perhaps it's a result of that creative boost that spring brings, but I've been speaking to a lot of my mentoring clients and people online about pivoting their business. It’s the kind of project that can initially feel overwhelming and so huge that you don’t know where to start with it but whether the transition you’re looking to make is a small pivot or a huge about-turn it’s all about breaking down the process and taking it step by step, which is what I’m sharing in this post.

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Josephine Brooks
Getting Out of a Confidence Crisis in Your Business

Over the past month it’s been very busy and noisy in my head. Ideas come in like fleeting fireflies and if you don’t capture them when they appear that little spark of light goes out before the next idea comes in. Thoughts, worries and questions keep firing – ping, ping, ping!  They come in to my consciousness and leave quickly, as they get pushed out of the way by the next worry.

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Make a Money Plan to Take your Side-Hustle > Full-Time

So you want to take your side-hustle full time? You want to revel in the freedom of doing what you want, when you want and you want to do the work you really love. You’re aching to escape your 9-5 and be your own boss free to create the lifestyle you long for. I know, because I’ve been there too. When I took my side-hustle full-time, money was my biggest worry.

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Building a Business Alongside Mental Health Struggles - 5 Business Owners Share Their Stories

Back in the spring of 2018 I started to have regular panic attacks. To cut a long story short, they got worse over the following few months and I found myself in a particularly dark place, struggling with my mental health.

The nasty voice in my head told me I was useless, lazy, pathetic. Like a song playing on repeat it would say, what’s the point anyway, you’ve got no hope of building a business and pursuing the self-employment dream in your state. Depression is a total shithead like that.

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How to Get Started with Journaling

Journalling is one thing that has seriously helped me build my business and tap into growing a business that’s right for ME and not by doing all of the things we’re told we ‘should’ be doing to build a business.

By putting pen to paper something magical happens, it helps you to dig out the answers that are already inside you, it helps you tap into your intuition and find clarity in the thrusts and feeling you’re experiencing.

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3 Tips For Writing More Impactful To-Do Lists [video]

We all love a to-do list don’t we? It’s something that helps us feel that little bit more in control. The problem is, those lists can very quickly get out of control. For me that looks like having lists in my phone notes, lists in my weekly planner, lists on sticky notes dotted around the house and even more lists in a google doc I sometimes dump ideas in. It’s kinda messy.

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How to Set Up Theme Days and Batch Your Tasks

When you’re building a business as a side hustle you want to make the most of those pockets of time you’ve got outside of your 9-5 and other commitments to work on your business. One of the best ways to be more efficient with those small pockets of time is to set up theme days/ evenings where you batch your tasks together and get them done in bulk. 

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