Shop Independent This Christmas Directory/Gift Guide

Three years ago, I created this graphic that seemed to resonate with a lot of you all around the world.

My intention was to raise awareness on how important it is to shop independent, especially at Christmas where it can really mean make or break for the little guys. We’re competing against these huge department stores and high street chains who don’t really fret if they lose a couple of hundred quid, but for us, it’s incredibly damaging. I’m sure the CEO’s of these companies aren’t struggling to pay their rent, or are eating beans on toast every single meal because they can’t afford anything else. They’re not up all night with worry, wondering if going down this career path was the right thing (well actually, maybe they are, but that’s probably a tax-dodging anxiety rather than on-the-poverty-line anxiety!).

By supporting independents at Christmas, you are not only pumping money into that business, but you're also helping that maker live. Pay rent, pay all of those bills (maybe even on time), feed their families. It really is a big deal. Much bigger than giving that CEO of a large corporation some play money for their boat.

Preparing for Christmas Markets/Fairs

This year marks the first Christmas were I'm not spending my weekends in freezing cold halls or losing the will to live in 2 hour long post office queue. I shut down my design studio, LH design, in September so that I could focus on my coaching/OGB and although I'm thankful I won't be dealing with the Christmas Rush this year, I'm sort of missing it! My partner and I used to have so much fun at markets, after the initial stress of wondering if you're going to sell anything/is he going to throw up on a customer (he was ALWAYS hungover because it was ALWAYS his Christmas party the night before). 

how to run your business when life gets in the way

how to run your business when life gets in the way

No matter how well you plan within in your creative life and business, life will happen. Whether it’s an emergency of health, a problem with the house that needs sorting ASAP, or a new bundle of joy arrives-- the universe will throw a little spanner in the works that may mean that you’ll need to take time out from running your business on a daily basis.

So, how can we make sure our businesses continue to run when we need to take time out?

Affirmations for October

Hello October.

That means the beginning of bunkering down for winter with a warm blanket and copious cups of tea on the sofa. Or in reality, wearing the A/W look of the self employed (dressing gown + 3 pairs of socks), cowering over the only source of heat in the house- your laptop. 

It might be starting to get cold but I honestly adore this time of year. It's the time of year when you can start reflecting on how you feel 2017 has gone, and what you may want to change before the year is out. Remember the 'Plan Your Best Year Yet' post I wrote at the beginning of the year? I'd love to hear how that's going for you.

Here are your affirmations for October; if you feel they resonate, feel free to save to your phone or computer so you can remind yourself of them daily.

How to Create Content That Will Make Your Ideal Audience Swoon

How to Create Content That Will Make Your Ideal Audience Swoon

What you say is crucial, but how you say it can make all the difference.

By now, you’ll know how important it is to find out exactly who your ideal audience are. It can spell the difference between getting it bang-on and reaching your goals, or getting it slightly off and not getting the results you expected. It’s also about tuning into what makes your people tick - what are their views, beliefs, most inner thoughts, dreams or challenges? How do they view the world?

Affirmations for September

I love love LOVE September.

Maybe it’s because I’m still reminded of my school days; rushing to WHSmiths at the end of summer with my mum, getting new pens and pencils and all the colours of highlighters that would never be used for the impending new school year.

September, to me, feels like a new start; a clean slate, if you will. It’s a time where you can look back at the year so far and see if you’re going in the direction you want to, or realising if it’s time to change things up a bit.

4 worthy investments you shouldn’t be skipping on

(Heads up, this post contains some affiliate links which means I or both of us may gain a discount from the referral if you go ahead with buying the product.)

There are a tonne of free resources out there on setting up and running a business. I mean, this blog is full of them. You can type a few words into Google and easily find help in the practicalities of growing your business- but building a creative, purpose-driven business requires more than that. Your business is an extension of you so it makes sense that to build something successful, you need to develop and invest in your business and yourself. Your business is worth it.