[167] Art & Travel with Alice Tams

 

In this episode, you’ll find out how a joke turned into a micro-niche… and then into a successful full-time business for artist Alice Tams!

Alice sells prints of her iconic birds in hats, as well as doing custom artwork, and currently, painting murals in public spaces as she travels around the world.

In this episode, she shares how her art career evolved from drawing funny pictures for friends into a successful business over a period of 5 years.

We talk working in your pyjamas (and why she’s not a fan); how to grow slowly by re-investing into the business; why word of mouth is so important; and much, much more!

 

 

 

Quotes and highlights from this episode:

  • “It is really good to have a project, no matter how small it seems, to begin with” {Alice}
  • Chipping away with a project allows you to really quickly build up a body of work.
  • As soon as you can separate your work space from your home space.
  • A change of scenery can help energise, focus and refresh you.
  • “There is a different energy when you get out of your own space” {Jess}
  • Alice utilises a fulfilment business to check and packs orders. This allows her to work remotely, spend more time on the creative and travel.
  • It took five years from Alice’s first sketch to illustrating full time. She started with weekly markets and reinvested all her profits straight back into the business.
  • At the end of the day word of mouth is a keystone to marketing. Recommendations help build a strong following.
  • “Everyone makes mistakes, everyone feels really unpopular. They just don’t talk about it that much” {Alice}
  • It is essential to get your accounts in order no matter how small or large your business is.
  • “It is better to put your prices up to an amount that is fair for you and have less orders. You’re going to do less work for more money and that makes sense” {Alice}
  • Carve out time and space for your creativity.
  • “Your work will stagnate if you are stagnant” {Alice}
  • Find Alice on her website here.

 

[158] 10 Steps to Put Boundaries Around your Work

 

Do you struggle with putting boundaries around your work – especially if you work from home?

Maybe you have trouble setting working hours and sticking to them… or getting friends and family to respect them.

Do you find yourself checking your email at 11pm and then having to go into work mode because you’ve read an email you feel like you need to answer right now?!

Do you find it hard to get stuff done because people are always interrupting your work time?

Do you get started… then suddenly remember the washing that needs to go on?

There are a lot of things that can get in the way of getting our work done – some of them are in our own minds, and some of them are external… but no matter what, you are the one with the power and responsibility to set boundaries that ensure you get done what you need to get done.

In this episode I outline 10 steps I recommend you follow in order to get your work done in a more calm, productive way!

 

 


 

#MakingItPodcourse: Mindset | Lesson 7: How to Make It

 

As we reach the end of a week of #MakingItPodcourse lessons on Mindset – what have we uncovered?

Mindset issues are at once incredibly common across the board, and also very personal.

Today, I summarise mindset issues for makers, and add a few new strategies that will help you to craft a positive, pragmatic mindset that serves you and your business development.

 

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What is the Making It Podcourse?

Over four weeks in July 2018, I’ll be releasing an episode/lesson of this course every day via the Create & Thrive Podcast (30 in total) on the topics of mindset, money, marketing, and business management.

I’ve created this course specifically for makers – those who create handmade goods to sell.

To create this FREE course, I’ve drawn on my 10 years of experience running my own successful handmade business, coupled with over 5 years of teaching other makers about handmade business right here at Create & Thrive.

I wanted to create something that was actionable and practical for all makers, no matter what stage of business you are at, and that would allow you to dig deep into 4 key aspects of the crafty biz journey.

I hope it helps your handmade business to thrive!

If you want to take your learning to the next level, the course conversation is happening daily over in my private membership community for makers – the Thriver Circle.

You can find out more about the oodles of benefits of membership right here.

Jess x

 

#MakingItPodcourse: Mindset | Lesson 6: The Pull of Procrastination

 

How often do you find yourself procrastinating?

It’s something we all do – but why? Is procrastination getting in the way of you achieving your handmade business goals? Are there particular jobs that you keep avoiding?

In this lesson I discuss the pull of procrastination, and outline a few strategies you can try to overcome it where necessary.

 

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Listen to Lesson 6:

 

 


 

 

What is the Making It Podcourse?

Over four weeks in July 2018, I’ll be releasing an episode/lesson of this course every day via the Create & Thrive Podcast (30 in total) on the topics of mindset, money, marketing, and business management.

I’ve created this course specifically for makers – those who create handmade goods to sell.

To create this FREE course, I’ve drawn on my 10 years of experience running my own successful handmade business, coupled with over 5 years of teaching other makers about handmade business right here at Create & Thrive.

I wanted to create something that was actionable and practical for all makers, no matter what stage of business you are at, and that would allow you to dig deep into 4 key aspects of the crafty biz journey.

I hope it helps your handmade business to thrive!

If you want to take your learning to the next level, the course conversation is happening daily over in my private membership community for makers – the Thriver Circle.

You can find out more about the oodles of benefits of membership right here.

Jess x

 

#MakingItPodcourse: Mindset | Lesson 5: Overcoming Overwhelm

 

Overwhelm – that feeling that everything is just too much. That we are swamped, snowed under… and we can’t see a way to escape.

Where does it come from? And more importantly – how do we overcome it?

That’s the topic of today’s #MakingItPodcourse lesson.

 

Want a weekly lesson summary – including a list of all the action steps for that week in a handy downloadable and printable pdf?

 

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Listen to Lesson 5:

 

 


 

 

What is the Making It Podcourse?

Over four weeks in July 2018, I’ll be releasing an episode/lesson of this course every day via the Create & Thrive Podcast (30 in total) on the topics of mindset, money, marketing, and business management.

I’ve created this course specifically for makers – those who create handmade goods to sell.

To create this FREE course, I’ve drawn on my 10 years of experience running my own successful handmade business, coupled with over 5 years of teaching other makers about handmade business right here at Create & Thrive.

I wanted to create something that was actionable and practical for all makers, no matter what stage of business you are at, and that would allow you to dig deep into 4 key aspects of the crafty biz journey.

I hope it helps your handmade business to thrive!

If you want to take your learning to the next level, the course conversation is happening daily over in my private membership community for makers – the Thriver Circle.

You can find out more about the oodles of benefits of membership right here.

Jess x

 

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