All posts filed under: Taking Action

Strip Before You Stop

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Motivation / Productivity / Taking Action

You’ve got this thing you’re working on. That thing you really should do every day for maximum effect. That thing you talk about a lot. Writing blog posts; taking pictures; making art; practicing an instrument; contacting new people; reading books; learning languages and shooting videos. But little materializes, if at all. You love the idea of it, and you think about it all the time. You know you have the talent to create great things, […]

Why Your Main Mission Must Be Shamelessly Selfish

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Motivation / Productivity / Taking Action

There is a flaw with the idea that your purpose should be to help others. I say this not because it’s wrong and not because Satan has taken over my computer. ‘Flaw’ because it diverts your attention away from what is more important. We all want to make a difference in the world. We all want to contribute something amazing, inspire people, and leave a legacy. Read More

If You’re Worried About How to Make a Living from Your Creative Skills…

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Business / Motivation / Taking Action

A subscriber of mine told me that one of her biggest worries right now is that she won't be able to make a living as an illustrator. She is scared that she will not make it. Despite reading lots of blogs on the subject and listening to podcasts, she simply does not feel she has the courage to put herself out there and start working for herself until she feels absolutely prepared. Read More

Why Creative People Should Bother Adding to the Noise

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Creativity / Motivation / Taking Action

I was emailed by a subscriber recently who brought up, in my view, one of the most significant questions that we face as artists and entrepreneurs. All around us we see other great artists; other people starting businesses; people with incredible talent; beautiful products; people making average work; competition, noise. Stuff. Everywhere. People in every corner of the planet are this very second working away at something new to bring into existence. They are adding […]

How Several Creatives Are Using Social Media to Win Clients

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Brand You / Clients / Social Media / Taking Action

Editor's note: This is a guest post from freelance video creator and podcaster Steve Folland. He runs a podcast: Being Freelance - that discusses the freelancing life with a range of creatives. A lot of freelancers I talk to for the podcast find escape from the isolation of freelancing in social media. For them it really is a social experience. Twitter is a great way to chat to like-minded people. Likewise, Facebook groups can provide real support and […]

How to Dominate Your Market and Win as a Creative Freelancer in this Slow Economy

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Business / Motivation / Productivity / Selling / Taking Action

The message we’re getting about the global economic situation via the media is clear: it ain’t great. And it does not look set to improve any time soon. Particularly for the masses. The self employed, and small to medium businesses look set to struggle for the most part for a long time to come. For the most part. Read More

One thing you are not doing on Twitter every day that will change your life

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Clients / Social Media / Taking Action

I’ve been playing with Twitter for about five years (perhaps I should open the curtains now). I love it for its massive value as a tool for freelancers and biz owners. The one thing I love the most about it isn’t the ability to see instant trending news of celebrity meltdowns, or knowing what your friend Jemima had for lunch today (#delicious), though that can be fun. What I do love about it is the […]

Three ways you are needlessly pushing great clients away from your business

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Whether we actively pursue clients we want for our small businesses or not, there are instances when we may be repelling the people who could otherwise have worked very well with us. Often we are completely unaware of this negative dynamic. Quite simply, it is a shame if we are, because many of these actions are avoidable. Here are three ways many of us are pushing prospects and clients away: Read More