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...]
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!
It’s December, a time to look back over the achievements and mistakes of the last twelve months, and vow to make it all different or better or less sucky next year. It’s a time to reflect on the things you did well, a chance to kick yourself for the things you stuffed up, and a time to wonder if … [Read more...]
We all do it – you might be doing it right now! Procrastination is the act of putting off tasks or activities that you should be focusing on now, usually in favour of doing something more fun, or more comfortable, than what you’re supposed to be doing. It’s a clinically observed behaviour in most … [Read more...]
I first started having the Monday Morning Meeting when I was still at university, and discussing the idea of setting up a film business with two friends. Every Monday the three of us would meet in the local café and work out what needed to be done during that week to realise our goals We would … [Read more...]
I owe my whole business to a dodgy contract. When I was 23 I directed a telemovie for kids (the name of which I can’t share) which had the potential to become a feature film. It was my first big filmmaking gig, after years of studying film, freelancing on crews and making a few shorts and music … [Read more...]
Even though it’s an old chestnut, I’m a huge advocate of working on your business rather than in your business. Having said that, I can talk about this stuff all day long but for some people it just doesn’t resonate. The idea of choosing to shun paid work in exchange for creative business navel … [Read more...]