[53] How 6 Creative Business Owners Make it Happen in Their Business

How 6 creative business owners Make it it Happen in their creative business, Creative business tips, Kayte Ferris, Natalie Lue, Helen Bottrill, Lauren Aston, Supal Desai, Jessica Rose Williams | Episode 53 Make a Plan Make it Happen Podcast - Hosted by Josephine Brooks

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And after a short break, which flew by and felt more than a weekend than three weeks, the podcast is back! I’m using this ‘comeback’ as an opportunity to refresh things and bring a new flavour to the podcast, now known as Make a Plan, Make it Happen.

My mission with it is to continue sharing value packed conversations and helping side-hustlers build a business that can support the lifestyle they long for. But I’m also listening to my own advice and scaling the podcast back to fortnightly episodes so that I can really focus on sharing quality over quantity. 

That all starts with today’s episode which has; not just one, or two, but six guests. As the podcast has relaunched as Make a Plan, Make it Happen I’ve asked 6 past-guests of the podcast to come back and talk about how they make things happen in their business.


Kayte Ferris - Creative Business and Marketing Coach

Kayte’s always got a project up her sleeve and seems to make so much happen in her business from her blog and podcast to her coaching, courses and digital toolkits. I was especially surprised to learn that Kayte rarely works any more than 4 hours a day! We delved into talking about: 

  • How variety is something Kayte prioritises in her work

  • Managing those shiny ideas that threaten to distract us from the task in hand

  • Being your own responsible parent - I love this analogy!

  • Getting into flow with your work

  • Changing your scenery throughout the working day to recharge your productivity and refresh your mind-set

  • Kayte’s working routine where she rarely works more than four hours a day

  • When to stop for the day if you’re not feeling inspired and motivated

Links to resources we mentioned:

Kayte’s much applauded purpose kit

You can find more from Kayte over on her website and make sure you’re following her on Instagram too.


Natalie – Writer, Podcaster, Relationships expert

In our chat Natalie casually mentioned that her podcast has had over 1 million downloads, so it’s safe to say Natalie knows how to make sh*t happen in her business! We chatted about:

  • How structure has become Natalie’s friend

  • How having a dedicated workspace can inspire you and foster your creativity

  • Natalie’s podcast now having over 1-million downloads (what a win!) and what helped her make that happen

  • Overcoming perfectionism

Links to resources we mentioned:

Brooke Castillo on Amy Porterfield’s podcast, talking about why you aren’t taking action

You can find more from Natalie over on her website and make sure you’re following her on Instagram too.


Helen Bottrill – Of Creatival fame and founder of The Creative Business Network 

Helen is all about following her intuition when it comes to making things happen. She saw a need for a creative business conference that was all about community and collaboration, so she made it happen, you’ve probably heard of it, it’s called Creatival. In our chat we covered:

  • Helen’s approach to organising her event for creative business owners, Creatival

  • Following your intuition with planning and organising

  • Being honest with your audience and letting them in on the truth

  • Being driven and motivated by a border-line obsession with what you’re working on

Links to resources we mentioned:

Get your tickets for Creatival here – it’s a freaking brilliant day (I went last year) and this year it’s going to be even bigger and better with not just one event, but two. With Creatival Manchester on the 5th of September and Creatival Exeter on the 20th September. I saw Lucy and Yack and Leona Thrift Ola speak at Creatival last year and they were so inspiring! I’m also going to be running a planning workshop at the Exeter event which I’m really looking forward to, as well as seeing Sas Petherick speak - roll on Creatival! You can also follow Creatival here on Instagram.

You can find more from Helen on her website and make sure you’re following her on Instagram too.


Lauren Aston – of giant knitting fame and founder of Lauren Aston Designs 

I was really intrigued to chat with Lauren about how she makes it happen in her business, not only because she has a product-based business selling beautiful chunky knitting kits, yarn and giant knitting supplies, to name but a few of her many product lines, but also because her business goes bananas in the run up to Christmas, something that she starts preparing for in January… We chatted about:

  • Planning ahead for the busy times in a seasonal business

  • Running with ideas when you get inspired and following your intuition

  • figuring out which ideas are the goodies and which ones to let go of

Links to resources we mentioned:

You can find more from Lauren on her website and make sure you’re following her on Instagram too (especially for her stories, they with brighten up your day, guaranteed).


Supal Desai - Blogger and Political Risk Strategist

Calendar blocking is Supal’s go to productivity tool. Not only does it help her manage her time it also helps her see how much she’s achieving each day so that she can celebrate her wins. And that I LOVE. We went on to talk about:

  • Supal’s habit around calendar blocking each Sunday evening and how she approaches it

  • How Supal batches her tasks to make her time more efficient and her advice on building in some buffer time around your tasks to help you plan out your time realistically

  • How to have a chore-less weekend, every weekend

  • The importance of self-care and spending time by yourself

Links to resources we mentioned: 

Supal’s blog post on her calendar blocking technique

Supal’s blog post on how she enjoys chore-less weekends

You can find more from Supal over on her website and make sure you’re following her on Instagram too.


Jessica Rose Williams – Blogger and writer

I love Jessica’s ‘less is more’ approach to life in general and she’s shared some brilliant nuggests of wisdom in this episode around:

  • Prioritising and making time for the things you love doing, whether that’s the work you love or the totally disconnected-from-your-business hobby that brings you joy, helps you switch off and makes you feel totally fulfilled. 

  • Saying no and how it’s a muscle you build

  • How minimalism has helped Jessica prioritise in all areas of her life 

  • Figuring out how your energy levels ebb and flow throughout the day and creating a routine around your fluctuating energy levels

Links to resources we mentioned: 

The Grow With Soul podcast episode I did with Kayte Ferris, Simple and Season, on planning and productivity

Jessica’s friend Cait Flanders who wrote The Year of Less – which I highly recommend reading

Zadie Smith’s episode on the Touré Show podcast on How to be Free

You can find more from Jessica over on her website and make sure you’re following her on Instagram too.


A mega, HUGE thank you to everyone who took part in this collaborative episode of Make a Plan > Make it happen.

If this episode has got you inspired to make that next big project happen in your business, you can get your hands on my FREE workbook called Make a Start - to help you get started on that next big project in your business.

Planning & productivity tips from 6 creative business owners - Make a Plan Kayte Ferris, Natalie Lue, Helen Bottrill, Lauren Aston, Supal Desai, Jessica Rose Williams | Episode 53 Make a Plan Make it Happen Podcast - hosted by Josephine Brooks
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