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{UPDATED} Like to be my mentee? One of my Set Up Shop students will get to work with me for 3 months – for free + get a financial grant!


UPDATE – Friday 29/3/13

I am very, very happy and excited to announce that I’ve been contacted by the lovely Renata Cooper from Forming Circles.

Renata and I have chatted a few times before, but her email to me was an unexpected and wonderful surprise…

She’s generously decided to offer my mentee a financial grant to help them grow their business!

Now, I can’t currently release the exact amount, but I will tell you that this grant will be a SIGNIFICANT boost to grow the business of the person who becomes my mentee.

Even better – Renata is happy to extend the funding globally – so it doesn’t matter where you are in the world – if you’re one of my Set Up Shop students, and I decide that you’re the one I’m going to work with, you’ll get the grant, no matter where you are. I think this is a fabulous example of the new global economy we are all building together!

If you’d like to be considered for this mentee position + grant, please make sure you don’t miss out registering for Set Up Shop – registration closes tomorrow evening.


For a while now, I’ve been thinking about how I can offer more to you – my creative community.

The creation of this site – and my new course – have all been percolating for a long time. I’ve been writing and speaking about how to grow a creative business for a few years now, and saw a yearning amongst you – a yearning for the right information, from the right people.

From those who had already trodden the path through the gnarly forest and made it a bit easier for you to follow it.

My writing team and I are here to point out that spider web in your way that you might not have seen. To break down those branches blocking the path. To tell you about the mis-steps we’ve made. To show you the short-cut you might have walked by.

It was only by relinquishing one of my babies (*bespoke* zine) at the end of last year that I created the time and the mental space to make this new online space a reality.

I’ve been LOVING the ride so far!

The comments and feedback I’ve gotten from you has far surpassed my expectations.

But I want to give more – in a deeper way.

Right now, I don’t offer ‘consulting’ or ‘one-on-one’ coaching. That’s just not something I want to do at this point in my life and my business.

However, I DO want to give something deeper to this community. And I think the best way to do that is one person at a time.

So, I decided to do something a little different.

Starting in May, I’ll be taking on one mentee – that’s you – every three months. For free.

This person will be passionate about their creative business. They’ll be dedicated to bringing their dream to life. They’ll take what I can teach them and RUN with it. They’ll have fresh ideas. They’ll have BIG dreams. And they’ll act despite the fear that they feel.

I will be choosing my first mentee from my Set Up Shop students.

Over 50 of you have already proven your commitment to your business by signing up for the course.

Thank you.

Thank you for taking that step. Thank you for putting your faith in me – trusting that I can help you take those next steps. I don’t take that trust lightly.

At the end of April, I’ll choose one of you to work with on a deeper level.

I’ll be at the other end of your email to answer any questions for 3 months. I’ll critique your photos, your blog, your online presence  I’ll tell you exactly how I do things. We’ll get together once a month via Skype or Google Hangout and just talk. I’ll be your sounding board, your cheerleader – your mentor.

Together, we’re gonna make big things happen for you. Promise.

If you’d like the chance to be that person, make sure to register for Set Up Shopregistrations close on Saturday evening AEST, so don’t hesitate.

I can’t wait to be your way-clearer through the forest.




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Jess Van Den is the editor of Create & Thrive, and has been a full-time creative entrepreneur since 2010. She makes eco-conscious, contemporary, handmade sterling silver jewellery under the Epheriell label, and blogs about her jewellery and other beautiful things at You can catch her on twitter @JessVanDen.



Wow Jess! What a wonderful opportunity you are giving someone. Thank you for giving us all the chance to work with you. I can’t wait for the class to start!


That would be awesome to have someone like you to turn to for help and guidance.

What say you?