Posts in Toolbox
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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A few ideas on how to prioritize.

Hands down, the question I get asked the most is if I can share / teach / talk about how to prioritize. At any point in time, there are a million and one things that we could do, ideas that we could pursue, articles and social media platforms and people competing over our attention - and I get it. It's really, really hard to decide what's important and what's not.

The truth is: I've put off writing about this topic week after week after week because it scares me. Because I don't have an answer to the question. 

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How to treat your customers with respect.

A while back I received a super interesting question from a newsletter reader who asked me to go into how to communicate and interact with other creatives - based on their experience with shops being super friendly until you purchase, but then turning into that non-service-minded beast we all know. 

I am taking a little bit of creative liberty here and slightly change the question - from “other creatives” to customers because I think how to interact with your customers is a topic that is so essential to running a creative business (and sometimes really hard). 

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How to set a good business goal

2017 is here, full force, and I bet you're doing the same as me - trying to figure out what the heck to do with these 365 (or a little bit less) clean fresh slates in front of you. A big, big part of that is setting goals for your creative business - something that I had not done at all for 2016 when my only goal was to be happy, but something that I have absolutely loved doing for 2017.  Now, goal setting can be hard sometimes. 

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My creative process - or make, test, abuse, make again.

I received a reader question through my newsletter recently (thanks @stephnappa!) how my creative process looks like and I thought I'd share that with you today as I've just released a new collection of knitting project bags (shameless plug - you can shop them here on Etsy!) and feel like I have a good grasp on how the process of coming up with that collection looked like.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE getting glimpses of other creatives' processes, so if you've written about it somewhere or you'd like to share your process, please do comment below! 

So - how does the process behind coming up with a new bag collection look like? 

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Maker vs. Manager Schedule

Over the last couple of days I've had an interesting realization: My schedule has changed. It's weird, and I don't really know why, but after my brief vacation last week I seem to have very very few meetings scheduled for these upcoming weeks. I think it might have happened unconsciously because I was getting more and more stressed by meetings and started regarding them as interruptions of my day instead of fruitful discussions. 

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Goal setting - or how to not lose your sh** when you’re building your creative business. 

I need to admit it - I’m a planning freak. I love making lists and checking off little boxes and typing out the packing list for the weekend trip in my bed the night before we leave. 

For the longest time, I used a combination of iCal and Evernote to manage my day-to-day planning - loosely based on “Getting Things Done” principles (you can read more about that here).

When I started my own business, I tried to continue with that system. And I completely failed. 

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How I grew my Instagram following by over 500% in five months.

Today’s blog post is inspired by a couple of newsletter questions I got recently - and also by the fact that I hit 800 (!!!!) followers on Instagram yesterday morning! 

To some, this might not be a big deal. To me, it is. Let me tell you why: At the beginning of this year, I set the intention to grow my Instagram community. It felt as if it could become a place for me to connect with like-minded Creative Bosses - and let me tell you, it has delivered. Oh boy, it has. 

On January 1st, I started with 147 followers. As of June 22, I’m at 813 - a growth of over 550% over the last (almost) six months.

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