Posts in SIDE HUSTLE
Calligraphy from a hobby to a home business - insight into my personal journey

Everyone’s journey is always so different and inspiring. I thought I’d share this lengthy post about how I got started with lettering and calligraphy as a hobby and a love for writing, and how I turned it into a home based business. Sit back, pour yourself your favorite bevvie and allow me to share with you my journey along with some practical advice!

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Back to school sale means 50% off all online classes!

Back to falling into routine and getting ready to learn!

It’s the perfect time to offer you 50% off all of my online classes!

Now is the perfect time to learn a new creative skill or take an entrepreneurial leap with classes ranging from…

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Learn about my Top 5 Ways to Make Money with Calligraphy/Lettering from Home

Teaching others how to start a home-based creative business has been something that I’ve wanted to do for years. I feel very fortunate to have been able to work from home while my kids were growing up. Working from home allowed me to have independence, to keep a part of who I was, and it gave me a break from being a Mom along with all the other jobs that go along with staying home.

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Advice to fellow creatives entrepreneurs who are struggling to grow their business

If you are a fellow creative entrepreneur and are struggling to grow your business, then read on!

What I’ve learned most over these last few years of being a creative and building my online business is; how to focus on important tasks, managing my time so I’m not working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and lastly how to rely on those around me for support and advice!

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Cracking The Code! Fixing Your Website To Communicate Your Business Personality

Some may argue that there are more boring aspects of running a business than there are exciting ones. Running a business these days means we have to create a brand, which is, essentially, the personality of the business. Where's the most important place to communicate this? Your website.

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Dealing With The Dull Business Things

In reality, the business path can be both rewarding and challenging. When you’re keen to engage with your creative ideas and let the inspiration flow through your mind and body, the last thing you want to be doing is to manage a business.

Who says business management is all about responsibilities, administrative tasks, and plenty of documentation. It’s fair to say that as a creative entrepreneur, you want to lose yourself in the artistic process of giving life to your ideas.

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Six Podcasts that have helped me in my creative business

At any point in starting, growing and running a business, I feel like we need inspiration, information, a fresh perspective, and motivation to push through when we need a little boost. Podcasts for me serve all of those purposes and more. So I thought I’d share with you Podcasts that have helped me in my creative business.

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Balancing Creativity and Business As a Creative Entrepreneur

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you’ll know that I balance being a creative and being an entrepreneur, wearing many hats in-between. Becoming a creative entrepreneur can be an interesting clash of two worlds. On the one hand, you have a creative skill that you want to market, whether it's decorating people's homes, producing music or making jewelry. On the other hand, you need to put your business hat on, and get to work promoting your creative skills or products. Growing a business while also carrying on with your creative work can be tough, and require a lot of work. So how can you balance your creativity with your need to grow your business? Take a look at some of these tips.

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Six years ago today, I began a new journey and never looked back

In a very random but powerful aha moment, I knew that I wanted to create art, share art, and inspire others to surround themselves by art. I knew that I wanted to continue to work from home, on my terms and with freedom to choose, when I worked and how I worked {My kids were still young, but didn’t need me as much}. I knew I wanted to maintain my independence while earning my own money and still be able to contribute to the family budget. I knew I was happiest when I painted, blogged and created.

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Why take online courses?!

I believe in taking online courses so much so, that I have taken time away from my art and creative practice, to create courses to help others achieve their personal goals. I’m excited to share everything that I’ve learned over the years in the hopes of inspiring, empowering and saving you time and money! No matter what your goal is. [More about life i design online in another post]

Here are the reasons why I think taking online courses is the way to go! Read to the bottom to see my top online class resources.

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How done is better than perfect!

If you've joined me on my last blog post, you'll know that I had a BIG goal to create my very first online class on the Skillshare platform.  Well, I managed to hit "publish" almost a week before my scheduled deadline!!!

I am not a perfectionist by any means, but I do dwell on details a little too much some times.  I have learned over the last few years, that done is better than perfect.  Agonizing over the details of a plan is necessary sometimes, for instance, when building a structure, or planning a Will, however,  agonizing over the details of an online class... not so much!

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A very personal anniversary introspective

Starting a business, career, venture or adventure is not easy.  The ideas may come easy.  The enthusiasm and the excitement may come easy.  But the daily grind is something that you have to get through no matter how shitty you are feeling.  No matter how defeated you are.  No matter how many other obligations take priority.

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7 Podcasts for Creative Entrepreneurs!

It wasn't until recently that I discovered a few great podcasts that I now tune-in to regularly.  Some I'd recommend specifically for creative entrepreneurs and some are just fun and interesting stories that inspire creativity in other ways. 

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Where Women Create Artist Feature - Nicki Traikos

Earlier this year I did something that terrified me.  One morning, when I had trouble focusing on what I needed to do next in my day, I sat with a cup of coffee in hand, eyeing a magazine that is never far from me. Then bang! something hit me.  I needed to express gratitude.  Something inside me urged me to send an email to the editor of one of my favourite magazines

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