Practical Steps to Creating a Support Network for You and Your Side-Hustle

Building a business as a side-hustle is like immersion therapy for dealing with a whole bunch of emotions and mental roadblocks. It’s part and parcel of the journey to go through tough patches, those times when you feel like you’re peddling at 100mph but not getting anywhere or those times when you feel totally lost and realise you’ve spent a month going down the wrong path.

In fact the whole process of building a business is an emotional rollercoaster. Your emotions can change by the minute. One moment you’ve had an enquiry through about your brand new product that you only launched five minutes ago, the next your website has completely re-arranged itself and you have no idea how to fix it. 

Let me tell you, you are not alone on this crazy loop-the-loop rollercoaster ride.  

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Josephine Brooks
How I review my business each month in 20 minutes or less [VIDEO]

You know how, when you’re growing a business sometimes it can feel like the growth is slow, or even that you’re going backwards sometimes. We’ve all be there! By taking 20 minutes to review your business each month you can start to build up a picture of how your business is growing and take a moment to acknowledge just how much you’ve achieved over time. I think we could all do with rewarding ourselves a little more and berating ourselves a little less so recording your numbers and how you’re getting on anecdotally each month can help you make more time for rewarding yourself and more reasons to stop beating yourself over the head with your un-finished to-do list.

Here’s how I review my business each month in 20 minutes or less:

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Josephine Brooks
How to Make More Time for Your Side-Hustle

We’ve all said it “I just don’t have any time for my side-hustle this week”. But what if I said this had more to do with your priorities than just running out of time? What if you were to replace that sentence with “working on my side-hustle isn’t my priority this week”. How does it feel to flip it on its head like that?

In this video i’m talking about changing up your priorities and sharing 4 tools to help you make more time for your side-hustle.

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Josephine Brooks
My big fat 2018 review (and my word for 2019)

2018 has been a real rollercoaster of a year. So many ups and downs. It was a tough year but what that meant was that I learned soooo much. I’m calling the year that was a ‘beautiful mess’. So much of that mess was necessary to grow personally and grow my business. I’ve spent the year really nurturing my business and my audience and I now feel like I’m ready for the next big step. But first, here’s what I tackled in 2018.

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Overcoming Overwhelm - My Go To Tools for Beating the Overwhelm Beast

The overwhelm has hit me hard this week. It’s something I’ve managed to avoid for quite a few months but inevitably, the overwhelm beast has made a return.

It’s had me feeling low, grumpy and it’s really fed my inner critic. Oh yeah, my inner critic has been in overdrive this week, screaming and shaking it’s fists with banana in hand (I imagine my inner critic to be a child-like screaming chimp - for anyone who’s read the chimp paradox you’ll get this).

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Why Prioritising your Self Development is so Important

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.

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5 ways to motivate yourself in your side-hustle

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…

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The Best Business Books for Creative Side-Hustlers

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. 

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Being Productive Doesn't Mean Being Busy - What I've Learned From my Struggle with Anxiety

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. 

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Why do Side-Hustlers Fear Admitting they Have a Job?

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. 

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How to Make a Timeline for your Creative Business to gain Clarity and Calm

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.  

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Why you need a plan for your creative business (but not a business-plan)

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. 

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