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Chris has been running one side hustle after the other his whole adult life. These days, amongst other things, he’s a well-known author, blogger, and the host of the Side Hustle podcast.
I met Chris at a Problogger conference many years ago – and in fact, a conversation with him at that conference was one of the key moments that helped me decide to start Create & Thrive!
So it’s quite poetic that I am now welcoming him as a guest on the show to talk about business, life, and the power of having a side hustle.
Don’t miss this episode – Chris is full of awesome wisdom and knowledge from the thousands of small business owners he’s talked to, interviewed, and worked with in his career.
I’m giving away 2 signed copies of Chris’s new book. There are 2 ways to enter:
It’s back! I’m once again running a month-long Instagram #photoaday challenge in August – #CTMonthInTheLife
I had so much fun last time I ran it – and I know so many of you really enjoyed it, too.
I know how much I love seeing behind the scenes of other creatives’ lives and work, and I know I’m not alone in that bit of loving voyeurism, am I right?
So, I created this challenge as an opportunity for you to share all sorts of behind-the-scenes snapshots of your work life with us.
I want to see a month-in-the-life of your work. I want to see your space, your materials, your life, your passion. I want to see what motivates you, what your materials look like, what you DO every day!
1. Share the image below on your Instagram feed. (And why not share it on FB to your Page… and on Pinterest or Twitter, too? This isn’t compulsory, but it will help to get your friends playing, too!).
2. Follow @CreateAndThrive on Instagram. I’ll be posting each day’s prompt to the feed to remind you to take your photo!
3. Post your response to each day’s prompt on your own IG feed (and some folks are creating a #CTMonthInTheLife Pin board, too – and you can push the photo through to your FB page).
4. Make SURE to tag every challenge image @CreateAndThrive AND #CTMonthInTheLife – I’ll be choosing my 4 faves and re-posting them to the C&T IG feed each day.
I’ll be posting each day’s prompt on the Create & Thrive IG account throughout August with a little blurb that explains a little bit about what it is. Most of them are pretty self-explanatory though!
Please be aware that I’m running on Australian Eastern Standard Time – so for those of you on the other side of the world, we’ll be a little ahead of you time-wise – but just play when each day rolls around in your timezone!
I mean, really thought about it?
Where could your business be one year from now?
How much could it have grown?
How many pieces might you have sold?
How confident will you be about your branding, your ideal customer, and your website?
How much might your social media profile, your mailing list, and your traffic grow in a year?
Do you feel confident you know what you need to do, and when you need to do it, to grow your business in the direction you want to go?
Or is it all just crazy-overwhelming, and you end up getting stuck because you’re not sure what to do next?
I get it – I’ve been there.
And I want to help you break through the overwhelm. To knock down the fear barriers holding you back. To give you the map and be your guide on the path.
I’ve created a lot of guides and courses over the last few years, but none of them bring everything together.
I think it’s about time I changed that. For you.
So, I’ve created something epic that will help you not only figure all of the above out – it will help you make your goals and dreams a reality.
I have created a year-long (yes, a whole year!) program to guide you on your handmade business journey.
It covers everything you need to do and know to start (or revitalise!) and grow your handmade business – from foundational vision and planning; through brand and product development; venue testing and selection; your online presence; your copy and photography; marketing; social media; time management & self care, and much, much more.
In this course I have pulled together everything I have learnt over the last 8 years – it covers everything you need to learn and do to make your business a success.
This program is also deliberately designed to fit into your busy life – with one lesson on one topic every week for a whole year, it is at a pace you can actually enact, and will help you to make informed, epic progress on building your business.
Say goodbye to wondering ‘am I missing something’? Or ‘am I doing this right’? Or even ‘is this even possible’?
Yes. It is possible. I did it, and so have many, many others. You can, too.
This is the course I wish existed during my first few years in business.
So, how can you take part?
(Spoiler, it’s WAY more affordable than you might think.)
At first we think we think we can figure it all out on our own, but where can you turn when you need the mental, physical or emotional help of others?
Sometimes it’s as simple as finding someone who will tell us that we actually can do what we dream of.
In this episode I share where I get support and help with my businesses (and how much that help has impacted the success of my endeavours). I also outline 8 sources of support that you can turn to, which are fantastic for starting, growing or strengthening your support network.
So, if you’re not sure where you can turn to get help, I hope you find one or more ideas in this episode to help you.
(You can also subscribe to the podcast and listen to this episode on iTunes + Stitcher – just search ‘Create & Thrive’.)