Let’s Chat: How to Hire Successfully

How to Hire Successfully [Grab this free printable here!]

You did it. You got to the place in your business where you’re ready to hire. Helllllllll yes, CONGRATS! Celebrate the shit out of that fact! Then… keep this post in mind so that those warm fuzzy feelings stay. Oh and before going any further, I should make it clear that I am talking specifically about contract and part-time creative work (i.e photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, etc) in this post. If you’re hiring full time employees, then I owe you a glass of champagne because that’s amazing. Okay, let’s chat.

So as it turns out, hiring for your business is tricky. As if getting to the point where you were making enough extra money to hire wasn’t hard enough, right? When you put all of your time and tears into something, you very rightfully so become very protective of it. And to be honest, you probably have a vision of perfection in your head that may not even be obtainable. And that’s okay, it’s what pushes you to do better and better. But it’s important to manage your expectations as much as possible to avoid any disappointment. After all, you’re hiring, it’s exciting. It should be a win-win for you and whoever you choose to work with.  Continue reading…

Let’s Chat: Nurturing your Creativity

Nurturing your CreativityAlright friends, we’re going to kick Monday off with some real talk: it’s been a while since I’ve felt creative. I know right now you’re probably thinking, umm girl you run a DIY blog for a living, what are you talking about?! But hear me out.

I love being a blogger more than I can honestly express. I love and am proud of the content that has been produced here over the years and it has pushed me to be better as a photographer/stylist/etc. But with that being said, there is strategy and reason behind every post. Before I hit publish I have to ask myself a series of questions, do the images relate back to my brand? how does this tie into my long term goals? is it okay to say fuck in a blog post? If you’ve ever turned a hobby into a job, I know you know the feeling.

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Let’s Chat: Making Progress

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MAN has it been a while since I’ve done a Let’s Chat post. I’ve really missed creative writing, so what the hell, I’m bringing it back!

After all the new years reflections and resolution setting, I was feeling pretty good about The Crafted Life. I saw work in the archives that I haven’t for years and it left me wondering why I don’t feel that good on a day to day basis.

And I think it comes down to this– we’re over stimulated. Perhaps it’s just me, but the days often feel like endless scrolling through gorgeous feeds. And to be perfectly honest, it’s been leaving me with this empty feeling. The one where you put yourself down a bit because your life doesn’t measure up or feel as calculated. Somehow, it makes me lose sight of everything I’ve ever done and how far I’ve actually come. Woof.

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Let’s Chat: Finding Your Crew

Let's Chat: Making Friends When You're Self Employed(photo taken at The Hello Sessions)

There’s a lot of great reasons to network when you’re self employed. Not only will it lead to new business opportunities, but it will give your cat/dog a break from hearing you talk at them all day because nobody else is home. For me, one of the best reasons to network is to form a support system.

I’ve met some wonderful friends through blogging and can’t tell you how much their support has kept me going over the years. They’re the people I go to to chat about project ideas, business goals, and what to charge for my work. More often than not, we are offered the same campaigns, so if we aren’t talking, we could be making drastically different amounts of money for the same work. Without a doubt, we are stronger when we work together.

If you are looking to form a support group of your own, here are some tips for making new friends:

1. Conferences. Although sometimes a bit of an investment, conferences are by far the best way to meet new people in your field in person. For me, the ones I’ve attended are less about the sessions and workshops and more about the conversations that last until 2am in someones room. Check the hashtags before the event and try to connect before the event starts.

2. Social Media. I can’t tell you how many of the relationships I have with great friends all started with a tweet. Social media is one of the most powerful networking tools out there because you can reach anyone from any part of the world. Be active and engage with others! You never know when they might be in your city for an event and ask to meet up for coffee.

3. Email. Scary, right? Sometimes all it takes to get a conversation going is a simple hello. If you feel like you need a reason to send the email, or have to have a question, you don’t! A nice compliment goes a long way.

4. Meetups. Depending on where you live, there might already be an organized group of creatives (Etsy sellers, bloggers, etc) that get together. Search and ask around on Twitter and Instagram.

5. Workshops. If you both buy tickets to an event, you already have something in common. Boom, instant ice breaker. If you can’t find any workshops you like in your area, consider hosting one! You never know who is out there wanting to connect as well.

And let’s all just admit it. It’s hard to make friend as an adult and it’s scary to put yourself out there. Be kind to one another and get chatting!

xo