7 creative freelance business transformations

7 creative freelance business transformations

Today marks the official shopping cart opening day (yes that’s a thing) of League Of List Builders Summer Semester. I’m literally jumping up and down!

Let’s kick things off with a bang!

These 7 alums of League Of List Builders have put their money where their mouths are, did my course, and took their creative freelance businesses to the next level. I could not be more proud of them. 

Since everyone loves a good before and after story, here’s a culmination of all 7 business transformations. 

If you’re on the fence about enrolling in the summer semester of League Of List Builders, stop what you’re doing, take a 3 minute break, and watch this video. 

It fills my heart to see other people using my tried-and-tested methodology to build a successful artistic and fulfilling life around their creative talent. 

I hope this video inspires you to take that leap as well. 

In gratitude,

WHY YOU CAN’T AFFORD NOT TO INVEST IN YOURSELF

WHY YOU CAN’T AFFORD NOT TO INVEST IN YOURSELF

Monday Numero 3 is here and it’s a whopper. 

Nothing like cutting the crap and getting down to the nitty gritty. I want you to live the most successful creative life of your dreams. And to do so, you have to ask yourself the hard questions and come up with the right answers.

(Yes it feels icky, weird, vulnerable… but once you go through it you feel so much better afterwards!)

Luckily, I’ve got something special for you that will help you get to those right answers super-fast and without as much pain and strife that you’re used to. 

Want to know what it is?

Watch Video #3 to get the inside scoop.

 

It’s time for you to go for it. Like reeeeeaaaally go for it. Remember, you can’t afford NOT to invest in yourself.

Join my FREE TRAINING SERIES of League Of List Builders and see what positive shifts it can make for your creative biz.

In gratitude,

 
 

WHAT NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT FREELANCING

WHAT NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT FREELANCING

Welcome to Monday Number 2. Last Monday I talked about investing in yourself because you’re worth it! 

This Monday I’ve got a deep-down, dirty secret that no one talks about. 

For some it may be eye-opening. For others it may be disheartening. 

But no matter how you take it, it’s the white hot truth. And you never go wrong with that.

 

Sign up to get more white hot truths from my Free Training Series of League Of List Builders. It’s 22 sneak peek videos from the actual course that shed some gorgeous light on how you can turn your creative biz around for the oh-so-good.

In gratitude, 

 

INVEST IN YOURSELF. YOU’RE WORTH IT!

INVEST IN YOURSELF. YOU’RE WORTH IT!

For the next 3 Mondays I’ll be shaking things up a bit. I want to talk about the business side of living a creative life and give you an inside peek into my journey. The ups and downs along with the lessons I’ve learned. 

It’s my hope that some of what I share with you will rub off and help you along your path. 

That’s why I’m giving you 22 sneak peek videos from my course League Of List Builders. Think of it as an appetiser platter for your creative biz. There’s lots of sweet morsels of goodness in every video clip. 

In gratitude, 

 
 

BRAND BOOK: ETSY BETSY

BRAND BOOK: ETSY BETSY

Inspired by my let's-fall-down-the-rabbit-hole-of-creativty-website-browsing I seem to be obsessing over things on Etsy.com. Screen-printed cactus tshirts, nautical rope doormats, and rainbow felt ball garland strung over the antlers of a stuffed animal deer. I enjoy seeing other people's creations immensely. 

But you don't get an inside peek to see what the creator is like. Who IS that person who had the genius idea to make a handbag out of Werther's Originals? I want to meet them! 

So I did what any personal brand strategist would do... I created a brand book on my imaginarey friend: Etsy Betsy. She's crafty, quirky, and creative. Her fonts are so adorable I kinda want to pinch her cheeks. And her color palette is a perfect pastel prism. 

As you can tell I love making brand books. They are a huge help when I'm branding a client. I've packed all my branding knowledge into my latest online course, Website Makeover Masterclass. I'll be doing a beta test on this baby really soon. Want to lock in the Early Bird Special and learn my secrets for a tenth of the price? Go to www.WebsiteMakeoverMasterclass.com to get on the exclusive Wait List. See you there!

In gratitude, 

 

 

 

WEBSITE REVIEW: MEG FOREVER

WEBSITE REVIEW: MEG FOREVER

Sometimes I stumble upon a website and it makes me scream YES! because it's so well executed. 
Today I have a website review that ticks all my boxes and gives me giddy goosebumps. May I introduce, MegForever.com. 

This website was created on Squarespace's Flatiron template. Personally this is one of my favorite templates for graphic designers, photographers, and anyone working in the visual arts. It's clean, clear, well organised and puts your creative work center stage. To see Meg's brilliance watch the video below.

But before you go... if you're pining for an awesome website like MegForever.com, don't have the resources to dish out thousands to a web designer, and want to learn how to create it yourself without it looking crappy -  then hop on the Wait List for my latest online course Website Makeover Masterclass. 

You'll learn all my secrets on how to create a gorgeous website that makes your dream clients scream YES! at their screens. And it's put together in a way that even a 93 year old grandma can understand and implement it to perfection. Say goodbye to wanting to throw your computer against the wall, Nana!

Go to www.WebsiteMakeoverMasterclass.com to lock in the Early Bird Special. 

In gratitude, 

 

PLAYLIST: CLEAN HOUSE

PLAYLIST: CLEAN HOUSE

Spring cleaning at my house (and office) is in full effect. I just recently moved my office to a totally new and huge location. This time I decided to sell all my old office furniture and buy totally new stuff. Out with the old, in with the new. It feels AMAZING! 

I even got my Feng Shui consultant to skype in from LA to tell me where to place everything. I don't do anymove without her. She's that good. (Reply back to this email if you want her deets.)

So during the whirlwind of it all I've put together a cool new playlist for the month of April fittingly called Clean House. 

Whether you're moving, renovating, or just doing the weekly bits and bobs - throw this playlist on and get your booty shakin' while you scrub-a-dub-dub. 

Happy Cleaning!

 

BRAND BOOK: BARBER

BRAND BOOK: BARBER

So a barber shop just recently opened up right down the street from me. Whenever I walk by it I slow my fast paced hustle down to a leisurely meander, peer through the big store front windows, and catch a glimpse of another time and space - when things were simpler, where people waited for a cut and shave, where solid small town communities were built. Then I walk past the front door and a waft of out-of-this-world high-end shaving cream hits my nose. Somehow I'm seeing everything through a vintage sepia filter. And no matter how stressed out I am I take a deep breath in and remember that life is oh-so-good. 

Today's brand book is dedicated to the barber shop down the street. Well done guys. I'm coming in for a tight fade and a close shave very soon. 

Enjoy!

In gratitude, 

 

BRAND BOOK: TEA-RISTA

BRAND BOOK: TEA-RISTA

We all know what a barista is. But what’s a tea-rista? 

It’s what coffee is to barista as tea is to tea-rista! (And yes I made that up). 

She’s floral, delicate, and she makes the most soothing cup of tea you’ve ever tasted. Her color palette is balsam for the soul. If she were to open a bistro cafe it would be booked out weeks in advance. You don’t know how she does it but she always makes you feel seen and heard, even when she’s serving a full house. 

Enjoy the Tea-rista Brand Book with a cup of tea!

 

In gratitude, 

 
 

WEBSITE REVIEW: MAKSIM ARBUZOV

WEBSITE REVIEW: MAKSIM ARBUZOV

Russian Graphic Designer Maksim Arbuzov knocked my socks off with his website. It was designed on Squarespace’s Avenue template which is perfect for photographers, illustrators, and graphic designers who have a portfolio they want to share in the best light. There’s a lot of stellar tips and tricks he uses to shine online. 

 

See how he rocked his brand in today’s website review. 

 

In gratitude, 

 

PLAYLIST AFTERNOON ACOUSTIC

PLAYLIST AFTERNOON ACOUSTIC

Take off your winter boots. Put the kettle on. Throw on your fav bathrobe / PJ bottoms / onesie.
This playlist is all about remembering to take it easy when times are rough.
A friend of mine asked me recently, “what if it were easy?” Then the stress falls away and we get things done effortlessly instead of frantically. 
So throw this playlist on (along with your bunny slippers) and whether at work or play…take it easy. 

In gratitude, 

Jo
 
 
 

WHAT'S YOUR FONT PERSONALITY?

WHAT'S YOUR FONT PERSONALITY?

I've got some exciting news that I've been working on for over a month now. I'm super-psyched to share it with you today. 

It's my new ultra-fun quiz called "What's YOUR Font Personality?

How did this come about? Well I was working on my latest online course for you WEBSITE MAKEOVER MASTERCLASS and was taking a good two weeks working on just one module: Fonts. Yes it was a lot of information but it was also a bucket-load of FUN! 

2 weeks of serious analysis and research on the energy and personality each font has, where they came from, how some modern fonts are spin-offs of 16th century print fonts, and continually typing my name in each font just to see how it felt. 

#seriousfunoverload #nojoke!

When meeting with friends I would go off for at least 30 minutes about what their Font Personality was and what font pairing would work best with their branding. I literally had to hold myself back from jumping up and down like I had unlocked their personal branding treasure chest. And yes, half way through my excited blab-fest I started to get a bit of crazy eye. 

So I channeled that font-tastic energy not only into the new online course, but into my newest QUIZ! After you do the quiz there's a personalised brand book with all the font pairings, best uses, and other wicked cool stuff in there to implement into your website and branding. 

Once you've done the quiz then come on over to my Creative Circle Facebook Group and tell me what you got!

In gratitude,

 

SO.      EXCITED.      CAN'T.      BREATHE.

BRAND BOOK: YOUNG LOVE

BRAND BOOK: YOUNG LOVE

Remember when you were a late teenager and you would hear Debbie Gibson’s LostIn your Eyes and your entire body would melt into gushy goo? Remember the butterfly feelings you got holding your first love’s hand? Remember how innocent it all was?

This Young Love brand book is for all the lovers out there who would blush when they got passed a note from their special him or her in the hall between classes and dream of marrying them in fields of gold.

Ahh to be young again!

Credits deathtothestockphoto.com and pinterest.com

In gratitude,

 

WEBSITE REVIEW: TEN TWENTY ONE

WEBSITE REVIEW: TEN TWENTY ONE

I do love a good wedding. But what I love more are the wedding pictures that last long after the happy couple’s special day. I stumbled across a pair of wedding photographers who have turned the typical and boring black and white classic wedding pictures into a trendy, hip, cool, chic, urban visual experience.

They are very “now”.

They used the Pacific template fro Squarespace. A good choice for a solid one pager that scrolls like a dream.

Check out my website review for Ten 21 Wedding Photographers below.

In gratitude,

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SOUNDCLOUD PLAY LIST IN THE ZONE

SOUNDCLOUD PLAY LIST IN THE ZONE

Happy February! It’s been really cold here in Stuttgart, Germany. I’ve been huddled under scarves, hats, blankets, and wool-lined boots the past few weeks in a creative hibernation.

Loads of creative stuff going on here behind the scenes: updates, upgrades, blissful writing spurts (new book about creative failure and how to embrace it), gorg-a-lina new brand books for you, and creating my new online course Website Makeover Masterclass.

CLICK HERE to get on the wait list for the course and lock in the Early Bird Special.

What’s been playing in the background the whole damn time? This month’s playlist IN THE ZONE.

Calm. Instrumental. Focus music.

Enjoy my creative friend!

In gratitude,

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MARRAKECH BRAND BOOK

MARRAKECH BRAND BOOK

Morocco was amazing! It was all I expected and more. The food, the souks, the riads. It was as if time stood still and I was transported way back to an ancient land.

I was so inspired that I created a Marrakech brand book based on my experiences.  What’ s a brand book? It’ s kind of like a behind the scenes look into the bare bones of a brand. The fonts, the colors, the inspirations... basically the “gist”. I create brand books for clients when I am doing their website makeover. It gives me a guide to go by and the client a structure to what I’ m doing. Usually brand books aren’ t shown to the public. Only the website when the work is finished. So take a sneak peek and enjoy my Marrakech brand book.

In gratitude,

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16 SONGS TO START 2016 OFF RIGHT

16 SONGS TO START 2016 OFF RIGHT

Once your hangover subsides, you might be filled with a fresh energy that always comes with a new year. Then by January 5th you’re back to same-old-same-old. I get it.

That’s why I created this UP-N-AT-‘EM playlist. It’s bursting with 16 energetic songs for 2016. Paint, draw, mop, dance, clean, cook, and create to this groovy playlist to clear out the old energy and bring in the new.

Speaking of new, I’ve got a ton of new things up my sleeve for you in 2016 to take your creative freelance business above and beyond. So stay tuned.

In gratitude,

 


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GIVE BACK

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GIVE BACK

I’d liked to share with you my special end of the year gift giving treat to my top clients. It wraps up the year nicely and is all about saying thank you and giving form a place of abundance.

And I’d also like to say thank you to you. Thanks for following me and being part of my tribe. It means so much that you save some space for me in your life. To that I am truly grateful.

As a gift to you I’d like to share something that is universal – music.

Here is a playlist of some Happy Holiday songs that I enjoy listening to this time of year.

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season full of love and light.

In gratitude,

 

WHY YOU CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO INVEST IN YOURSELF

WHY YOU CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO INVEST IN YOURSELF

Remember how I told you that in 2006 I maxed out my credit cards twice and invested $4000 into myself for a new website, brand, and demos?

Remember how I told you that at the end of the year I made over $100,000 from that $4000 investment?

Remember how I said that I invested 4% of my annual income into marketing myself and my creative voice over business and it paid off tremendously?

Lemme ask you this.

How much have you invested in yourself as a creative person this year?

And I don’t mean the mani-pedi, the new clothes, and the new MacBook Pro that you use to check Facebook than to actually do your work on. That’s all fluff.

I mean how much have you REALLY invested in yourself as a creative person this year? In your art? In your networking? In your business side of things?

What if I gave you an insider’s tip on only one thing to invest in this whole year that would help you on all aspects of your creative freelance business, with absolutely no risk, and a 30 day money back guarantee, would you do it?

Of course you would. You can’t afford NOT to invest in yourself. It’s your job to keep your inner artist alive.

That one insider’s tip is my course League Of List Builders.

Is it worth it? You better believe it.

Are you worth it? Of course you are.

I look forward to greeting you on the other side.

 

WHAT NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT BEING A FULL-TIME, FREELANCE CREATIVE PERSON

WHAT NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT BEING A FULL-TIME, FREELANCE CREATIVE PERSON

So let’s say you enjoy a fun trip through right-brained creativity where you are being wacky and wonderful, singing in the karaoke bar, dancing the night away, drawing masterpieces, shooting awesome pics, moulding sand on the beach into The Little Mermaid, stringing words together into epic poetry, you get my drift.

Then the end of the month comes and rent is due. How do you fix this problem?

You go to work… for someone else and someone else’s dream, doing boring, left-brained stuff.

And it sucks. Like really sucks. But you do it anyway to pay the bills.

And you feel stuck between doing what you love for free and doing what you hate for money.
If only you could make a living from singing in the karaoke bar dancing the night away, drawing masterpieces, shooting awesome pics, moulding sand on the beach into The Little Mermaid, stringing words together into epic poetry, you get my drift.

But here’s the thing that no one tells you about being a full-time freelancing creative person…

The left-brained boring stuff doesn’t go away. The only thing that changes is that you are working for yourself.You are working for your dreams. And not for someone else’s.

That means the more you work for yourself to get those gigs, the more money you are going to make. The more time you will have in your right-brain being creative. The more fun you will have.

But the work still needs to be done. And you do it anyway. It’s your job, after all. Because you’d much rather pay the bills with your art, singing, dancing, acting, performing, writing, designing, and being your own boss, than helping someone else’s dream come to life.

 

It’s time to stand up for your inner artist.

It’s time to reach out to your dream clients.

It’s time to share your talent with the world.

 

The League Of List Builders Winter Semester registration closes in 3 days. Don’t miss out on my tried-and-tested methodology that authentically gets you gigs and get results.

 

It’s time.

You know what to do.

In gratitude,