We all do it. I did it last week. I’ll probably do it again before the week is over. On Monday I didn’t send an email I was supposed to send, even though it could have led to interesting opportunities in the future. Last week I was supposed to commit a day to developing a new project for my … [Read more...]
Creative Plus Business blog
Our doyenne Monica has been self-employed in the arts for almost three decades (yikes!), and has a literal lifetime of personal experiences in juggling creativity, business, family life and friends. She's very well versed in the triflings and trivia of creative self-employment, and writes about everything from her own tips and tricks (the MMM), the boring everyday (cleaning up her office to attract more work), her lively adventures (making a documentary in the USA) and those things that make the creative life so unique (her obsession with having two doorbells). Read on for more!
Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua "I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past" I fell in love with this Māori whakataukī or ‘proverb’ when I first heard it at a conference. It refers to time as a kind of endless river, where the past, present and future are all … [Read more...]
We highly recommend conducting the S.W.O.T analysis around here, as considering your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats is a great planning tool. We also like the imaginative combination of pen, paper, drawings and words as we consider the needs of creative business. It’s kind of like … [Read more...]
Like many people, I’ve taken the New Year as an opportunity to come up with a few personal resolutions and business goals that I want to achieve in 2018. I’m keen to make some differences, overcome some disappointments from last year and build on our successes. I find that setting goals is easy - … [Read more...]
I‘ve been working a lot lately with creative practitioners who are really struggling with client management. They’re either attracting clients that micro-manage, or they’re dealing with clients who are incapable of describing what they want, or their clients are simply frustrating the hell out of … [Read more...]
I have been writing and talking about business plans to creative people for a very long time, but recently (with the help of Linda Hailey), I’ve come to understand that the traditional business plan is actually dead. Creative people still come and see me because they think they need a business plan, … [Read more...]