How to run a creative business while having a day job: Saskia Maas from Ovis et cetera

I am thrilled to be welcoming my friend Saskia, the wonderful dyer behind Ovis et cetera, for our third interview of the series. Saskia dyes the most striking colours on her (mostly) Dutch, non-superwash bases and has a full-time day job to boot as well. 

I loved Saskia's honest, refreshing take on how her day job allows her to figure out how to run a creative business - and I hope you'll love it too!

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Quick tip: How I plan my Instagram these days (spoiler alert: it's super low key!)

Today's topic is all about Instagram - I've been mildly obsessed with figuring out ways to make Instagram fun and productive again lately, and during this time I've started to plan out my Instagram posts and now recommend this to all of my coaching clients. Why? Because it's taken away all of the impromptu decision making (which I find quite daunting sometimes!) of posting. This in turn makes posting regularly and very frequently so much easier! 

Here's what I do:

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How to run a creative business while having a day job: Stephanie Win from Ruataniwha Dye Studio

The guest for today's second interview is Steph Win, the dyer behind Ruataniwha Dye Studio. I enjoyed her interview immensely, not the least because Steph has a refreshing take on what her business should do for her (spoiler alert: it's not about the money!) and I loved learning about how her scientific work informs her dyeing and vice versa.

Here's Steph about herself and her work:

Ruataniwha Dye Studio is a small, indie yarn-dyeing company; here we find respite from all of life’s bustle in the immersive world of colour and fibre. We dye sustainably produced, traceable wool or wool-blend yarns from New Zealand or the UK with the utmost scientific rigour.

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My Month in Review: June 2017

Welcome summer!! Welcome July - although I can't believe we're into the second half of 2017, but that's how life goes. I'm excited to update you on the last month because June was filled with a lot of work, but very good work! July will likely be a little bit slower because there's going to be a lot of prep and behind the scenes work - but let's not get ahead of ourselves!

First up, here's what went down in June:

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How to run a creative business while having a day job: Sophia Wiik from Stichfest

Hello and welcome to a new Creative Boss Interview series! I'm so excited to be talking to other creative business owners again - and this topic is super special! It's something I know a lot of you are interested in, but where I can't really speak from experience so I decided to ask people who are doing a damn good job at it: How to run a creative business while having a day job.

First up is Sophia Wiik, the owner of Stichfest, her blog and e-LYS ("local yarn store"). I loved her interview not only because of the super interesting combination of very female- and very male-driven industries she works in, but also because of her wonderful advice on knowing your worth.

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How to engage your audience (aka Instagram is kicking my butt right now). - Part IV (the final one!)

Over the past few weeks, I've been sharing my progress on experimenting with quite a lot of different things on my Instagram account - after I noticed a massive drop in engagement, presumably because of a change in Instagram's algorithm.Now, during the last two weeks - since my last progress report - I tried to get back to a normal Instagram routine because I figured running the experiment forever and ever would a) get boring, b) not get more conclusive and c) not be manageable anymore! After all, there are only so many hours in a day, and I desperately wanted to find a way to back to an Instagram routine that worked for me AND made my posts visible.

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