[165] 10 Things I’ve Learnt in 10 Years in Business

 

This month marks my 10-year business anniversary!

I wanted to celebrate the milestone by sharing 10 of the many, many lessons I’ve learnt over my 10 years in business.

From the importance of self-motivation; the natural waxing and waning of enthusiasm and passion; the non-linear march of progress; and the joy of self-direction, I discuss the things about being self-employed that I love – as well as the things that are an endless source of challenge.

I hope you enjoy this look at my own personal business journey, and that you might see some of your own experiences reflected in what I have to share.

 

 

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[141] Grow your Side Hustle with Chris Guillebeau

 

In this episode I talk with the master of the Side Hustle – my friend Chris Guillebeau.

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.

 

 

Win a signed copy of Chris’s new book Side Hustle!

 

I’m giving away 2 signed copies of Chris’s new book. There are 2 ways to enter:

  1. In the Thriver Circle – just search #Chris to find the entry post.
  2. During my monthly public live Q&A on the Create & Thrive Facebook Page. RSVP here to join in, and be in with a chance to win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Quotes and Highlights from this episode:

  • You don’t have to quite your day job to launch a creative business.
  • There is value in building security before leaving your day job to start your side hustle full-time.
  • “There is nothing wrong with keeping the day job and slowly building this business on the side” {Jess}
  • A day job will allow you to try different things and experiment rather than putting too much pressure on your new venture.
  • “Be willing to take action even when they are no guarantees” {Chris}
  • Your first side hustle may not where you ultimately end up. Don’t be afraid to ty new ideas and discard those that don’t work or feel like a good fit.
  • Chris shares a story for his first side hustle.
  • When selling your goods promote the benefits of your product before the features.
  • “What emotional need does this purchase meet for someone?”{Chris}
  • Everyone is capable of starting a side hustle – if you don’t have all the skills required you can learn these.
  • “You don’t have to pick the content or topic that you are most passionate about. You can just be excited about learning how to do this (building a business)” {Chris}
  • Investors and starting capital are not essential to start a business.
  • “You don’t have to live your life the way others expect” {Chris}
  • Find Chris online here.
  • Check out the Side Hustle School and book!

 


 

#CTMonthInTheLife – A Photo-a-Day Instagram Challenge for Makers – Starts August 1, 2016!

#CTMonthInTheLife is happening in August.

 

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.

This challenge is for makers, artists, and creatives of all stripes.

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!

Who wants to play?

 

Join us for #CTMonthInTheLife!

 

How to participate:

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!).

 

#CTMonthInTheLife Shareable

 

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!

We’ll kick off on August 1st, and play through till the 31st.

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!

 

Make sure you’re following the @CreateAndThrive IG account.

I can’t wait to peek inside your creative lives… will you be joining us?

Where could your business be one year from now?

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Have you thought about it?

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?

How much closer will you be to achieving success – whatever that means to you?

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.

 

Introducing – Your Year to Thrive

 

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.

 

Your Year to Thrive will begin Monday July 18.

 

So, how can you take part?

(Spoiler, it’s WAY more affordable than you might think.)

Find out here.

 

Keep thriving, 

Jess 

 


 

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