Tag: freedom

Too many ideas? How to decide which ideas to pursue first

You've got LOTS of ideas. How do you keep track of them all? Can they even be managed? How do you decide which ideas to pursue, and which ones to table for later (or even give away to someone else)?

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Nail Your Niche: How to find a profitable niche for your creative business in 8 easy steps

As a creative entrepreneur, finding a niche can feel challenging if you don't solve a "problem" or "pain" with your Great Work. In this episode, I'm stealin' a process from the manufacturing world to help you hone in on why clients buy from you and how to find more clients just like 'em.

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Charge More and Do Less: How to change your mindset around pricing your creative work

[Creative Freedom S5E7] If you're a heart-centered creative entrepreneur struggling with pricing, there's good news: you don't have to subsist on a survival-level income, and you don't have to price gouge your clients in order to be successful. There's a middle ground that's profitable and sustainable. Your pricing tells a story, and it's personal. For […]

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Get focused now! How to improve your 7 focus styles

Feeling like you can't focus? You're not alone. According to a 2015 research report from Microsoft, our attention spans are shrinking and may now be on par with goldfish. Since 2000, our ability to concentrate has shrunk from 12 seconds to about 8 seconds. A goldfish has a 9-second attention span. Citing a possible evolutionary response […]

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Setting goals for 2019? Answer these questions first!

If you're like a lot of creative entrepreneurs, you might still be scrambling to put your goals down on paper for the year. In fact, several guru-types are only just now getting around to leading those goal planning workshops. The folks in A-Club and the Incubator did their annual planning before December, so that they could […]

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Being Self-Made is a Myth [Creative Freedom S4E8]

This is the last segment on aspects of underearning, but I'm coming at it a different way. Forbes just launched their list of 2018's richest self-made women. I get where they're coming from, but the truth is that none of us is self-made. None of us just spontaneously appeared from the ether. Someone, somewhere had a […]

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Episode 5: 11 Signs You Need To Charge More

This is Season Four, Episode Five. This one's all about the dolla billz, baby! Whether you've raised your prices in the last year or the last month, it could be time to raise them again if they didn't go high enough in the first place. Many creative entrepreneurs get emotional when it comes to price increases. […]

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Book Review: The Hollywood Commandments by DeVon Franklin

Confession time: I have sort of a business crush on Mr. Franklin. I stumbled across his first book, Produced by Faith, just as I was finishing work on my own book, The Secret Watch. His collaborator, Tim Vandehey was a friend of my editor, and I was actually checking out Tim's work when I came […]

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What my photo shoot taught me about pricing (it's not what you think!)

This week I had an AMAZING photo shoot that's been several months in the making. I knew when I landed in Nashville, starting over would take up a good portion of my first year here. I also knew that I had projects that still needed to move forward: I've been sitting on Creative Freedom for a […]

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Why a hiatus might be good for your creative business

No sooner had I finished my lunch when the phone rang. It was my oldest. "Hey, are you okay?" "Not really, Mom. Aunt Dian died." Less than an hour later, I was on the road to Michigan. 9 hours later, I'm crashing at my ex-husband's house for the night. That meant I wasn't able to […]

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