[16] Pivoting your Business and How to Take Beautiful Photos for Instagram

During her first year in business Olivia realised that wedding photography wasn’t for her. Although she was great and it and not having any difficulty finding work she decided to pivot her business into fashion and lifestyle photography where her passion really lies. In this episode Olivia shares her experience of pivoting her business.

We also chat about taking beautiful photos for instagram. Olivia shares loads of super actionable tips on how to use instagram for business as well as how to take beautiful pictures for instagram.

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[15] From Full Time to Freelance - Making More Time for Your Creative Business

On the Make episode 15 with Agnes Becker from We Are Stardust on her journey from full-time to freelance and making more time for her creative business

In this episode I chat with Agnes from We Are Stardust about her journey of stepping stones from working full time whilst side-hustling to going freelance to make more time for her creative business. Agnes juggles her freelance work, her creative business and being a mum.

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[14] Finance Basics for Side-Hustlers

If you’re feeling unsure about where to even start with finance for your creative side-hustle this is a must listen. In this episode I chat to Julia from Easy as VAT who shares a wealth of knowledge and so many useful tips on the basics of accounting for creative business owners.

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[13] 3 first steps to making your business idea a reality

I went to Kayte for business coaching at the beginning of 2018 with just a tiny new business idea. She’s helped me grow it into the business that you see now. in this episode we talk through the best place to start when you’ve got a new idea for a side-hustle and you want to make it real.

We go through how to find your Why to building a picture of your audience and coming up with content ideas for your business all in one whistle stop tour. If you’ve got an idea for a new side-hustle that you want to make real or if you have your side-hustle set up and you want to check back in with the foundations of your business this episode is a must listen.

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[12] How to be Consistent in your Side-Hustle when You're not a Robot

A while ago at a creative business event I went along to, called Creatival I listened to Leona Thfirt-Ola talking about what she’d learned from her super inspiring business journey. She said something that I’ve never heard anyone say before in a business context. To paraphrase, she said: don’t beat yourself up for not being consistent, you’re a human not a robot.

This completely changed my mindset around consistency and lifted a huge pressure off my shoulders that I’d been putting on myself. But having said that, I really do believe that consistency is important for growing a creative business. After some pondering I realised it is possible to be consistent without being a robot by using the 4 tools that I talk through in this episode of On The Make.

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[11] Making Time for Self-Care and Creating a Healthy Lifestyle When you're Growing a Business

On the Make Episode 11 with Jane from Snapdragon Studio on making time for self-care and a healthy lifestyle when you’re growing a business

In this chat with Jane we talked all about making time for yourself when you’re building a creative business. After celebrating her 100,000th sale Jane realised that she’d lost a lot of the creativity and excitement in her business and so decided to start a side-hustle in addition to running her main business. To get the creative things that Jane loved doing back into her life she set up the Snapdragon Studio membership.

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How to Make a Simple 12-week Plan For Your Side-Hustle

Having a 12-week plan for my side-hustle is something i’m pretty passionate about. For me it’s what drives my side-hustle forwards and helps me grow my business. I rely on my 12 week plan to guide my focus and stop me going off track.

In this episode I share how I create a 12 week plan for my side-hustle and how you can do the same. I take you through the steps you’ll need to take to create your own 12 week plan and get it up on the wall where you can see it every day!

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[09] On Making Time for your Side Hustle

Episode 9 of the podcast is all about managing your time when you’re juggling a side-hustle and a job. I had a side hustle for 7 years before I reduced my hours to part time, and even with working part time juggling my time between business and job is still a big challenge!

This week I’m sharing some of my best time management hacks and strategies that I’ve used over the years to make the time for my own side-hustle. If your dream is to build a business that gives you the freedom to do more of what you love, the time management tricks and tips in this episode will help you carve out more time to work on your business.

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[07] Opening a Shop and Growing a Sustainable & Eco-friendly Candle Making Business

This episode we cover loads of topics starting with where the idea came from for The Botanical Candle company and how the business has grown to where it is now. We also discuss the opening of their new shop in Shaftesbury and the decision behind opening a bricks and mortar shop and growing a team. 

One thing I really admire The Botanical Candle Company for is their branding and sustainably made products that are all wrapped up in eco-friendly packaging, all of which we discuss in this episode of On The Make. 

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[06] Teaching your craft: where to start and addressing common worries

In this episode I chat to Emma about running her curtain making and soft furnishings business, Emma May Stitching. A big part of her business is teaching her craft and in this episode we talk in depth about where to start with teaching and addressing some common worries.

Emma shares loads of advice and handy tips on teaching for anyone who wants to start teaching craft workshops and also talks about how she juggles her teaching and taking on commissions alongside being a mum. I hope this episode inspires you to give teaching a go!

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[05] Getting organised for the busy season ahead

This episode I talk about how you can get organised over the summer months to prepare for the busy season ahead. For most makers and designers the last four months of the year are generally the busiest. In fact, Amalia from the Botanical Candle Co. who I interviewed for episode 7 (coming soon) mentioned that 80% of their sales come in the last four months of the year, highlighting just how busy those last months of the year can be. 

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[03] Slow Living and Being Intentional about Creating the Lifestyle you Long for

In this episode Becky shares her journey to creating the slow-living lifestyle she dreamed of by being intentional about creating businesses and income streams that support her need for flexibility. Becky is a slow living expert, artist, mum and farmers wife - she's got a lot going on but she wouldn't have it any other way. All of these strings to her bow supports her in living the lifestyle she adores and her passion for this really comes through in this episode.

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