Business & Careers

Build your dream business and make living doing something that feels meaningful for you. Thoughts, research and ideas about businesses and careers, and tools to improve your creative business.

When I was a kid, I recall having this odd confidence. I was going to live forever. I was going to be whatever I wanted to be. I was the centre of my little universe, with sun and everything else revolving around me. I guess all the kids come with it, that sort of confidence which comes from ignorance and innocence. Since then, it's been a long and bumpy road. The more you learn about life and...

Creating a business plan may seem like overkill, or just really boring, when you are running a small creative business. You think business plans are only for big businesses or flashy startups looking for investors and loans and whatnot. It is true, a business plan is mandatory if you want investors to take interest in your business or when you are planning to approach a bank for a loan. Often,...

Business overwhelm and burnout don't discriminate. You can be a very successful person, as well as someone who barely makes any money with your business. You may be just starting out, or you may have been in business for years. The pressure of succeeding and being perfect, whether it's something you have brought on yourself or it comes from outside, is heavy. The overwhelm and burnout may hit...

Coming up with creative business ideas is easier said than done. Sure, you can always pretty easily come up with all kinds of bogus business ideas, like a Shai-Hulud Wrangler. But when it's a serious business, your ideas run low. You can always look at what other people have done, but blatant copying is hardly a viable option. Whatever those others have done probably won't work for you anyway....

Lately I've started to feel a bit overwhelmed every time I stumble upon a blog post boasting about how this blogger built a six figures blog or that virtual assistant makes five figures a month. As if those figures really meant anything. Don't get me wrong. Six figures is nice. Seven figures even nicer. You have to pay your rent or mortgage, buy food and clothes, keep the electricity on and so...

I always find the "how to start a blog" type articles funny. I mean, don't you just start one? Free WordPress.com or Blogger. Or a self-hosted one, like mine. You publish your first blog post, and there you are, blogging. Then again, it's easy to feel like you cannot publish a post if your blog doesn't look exactly the right way. Or start a podcast without an expensive microphone. Not to mention...