My Story

Hello ladies.

This week’s blog post wasn’t a planned one. It happened a little by accident.

I am taking part in a visibility challenge this week with a coach that I follow. I’m part of her group that the challenge is taking place in and today’s challenge- day 1, is to write down ‘your story’ then share part of that in the group and on your FB page.

As I started writing my post in her group, I couldn’t stop and it turned into a blog post – so here we go, I thought I’d share here too, so you guys can get to know me a little better. It’s quite a vulnerable post for me and really got me thinking about where I am in my journey.

My Story

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I started my entrepreneurial journey young- my first business was at aged 18. I think I had always known this was the route for me and I loved it. I sold the business after 3 years and went into employment but toyed with coming back to self-employment constantly.

After a holiday, my now husband and I started another business- a guest house. After 5 years, 2 difficult pregnancies and 100’s of guests, the guest house life became too much and we sold up.

At this stage, we knew I would continue to run my own business, but didn’t know what. After much research, I decided that I’d start a Shabby Chic & Vintage Home & Gift online business and my ‘3rd baby’ was born.

This was started from our kitchen worktop, where I did everything by myself and grew the business using social media. The stock was small at first and was stored in my children’s wardrobe. Each day, I’d have 2 1/4 hours whilst the little ones were at pre-school to pack and post any orders that I’d received and work on growing the business.

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I had a phenomenal first Christmas thanks to a product that sold like hot-cakes and not many people were selling at the time and the business was really taking off. We moved to a bigger house- predominantly so I had more room to house the now growing stock and I had a large office and a stock room followed by staff. I moved twice more to a business unit, then another, double the size as the business continued to grow at a fast rate.

I started another side to the business- literally, overnight- a monthly box subscription that took off in month 1 and was going amazingly well. I won a ‘Mumpreneur’ business award and went on a business trip to China to start importing products direct, rather than through UK wholesalers and had an office in China, where they represented me and dealt directly with the manufacturers on my behalf.

So what happened?

So, it looked like the business was going great guns. But I wasn’t. Something had changed in me. To this day, I don’t know exactly what, but I felt like I’d ‘lost my mojo’.
This had been my baby for almost 5 years, that I’d literally ‘ate, breathed and slept’ and all of a sudden I wasn’t in love with it anymore.

This was a difficult thing to accept as I have always had that fear of failure niggling at the back of my head. I kept quiet for a while but could feel the stress building. The business started getting a little bit quieter- and that also made me feel extremely stressed. Looking back, I can see that it was predominantly my mindset that was affecting the business, but at the time I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. It was a downward spiral. I was completely overwhelmed, trying to do it all myself and not spending enough time On my business, but too much in the business. I wasn’t growing.

When I (finally) opened up to my husband – he was amazing. I had so many fears that he wouldn’t understand and would feel that I’d not involved him sooner in the way I was feeling. But he literally told me ‘just walk if it’s making you feel like this, it’s not good for you and we’ll deal with the consequences together’. I think it was knowing that I had that support that fired up something in me that hadn’t shown up for a while (the fighting spirit) and I decided that, hold on, I had a bloody viable business that I could sell- not walk away from! This was turning over multi six-figures and had an amazing following and good profit- I wasn’t walking anywhere!

The next step

So, I listed it on a business for sale site (still among feelings of failure, that nobody would be interested etc) and had around 40 enquiries in total. Those first few days I had 2 people come down and both wanted to make an offer. The first offer came the next day, I accepted and I pushed for a sale within a month!

It was one of the hardest months of my life but we did it. The business was all in my head, I didn’t have processes and systems written down, so all that had to be done, but after the month, I’d moved out of my premises and the new owner had hers. I worked closely with her for months making sure the handover went smoothly and spent the six weeks holidays just being ‘mum’!

Failure?

It took me the best part of a year to realise that actually, I hadn’t failed. I had started and sold a business for a profit.

Being in that position made me think that I couldn’t be the only woman struggling with it all- the kids, the house, the business. I couldn’t be the only women trying to be the best at it all, but not actually believing in herself enough and what skills she could offer. I decided I wanted to help other women who were feeling that overwhelm, the pressure, the doubt, the lack of skills. So, I started another business as a VA.

As the year progressed I started thinking that maybe I could mentor women, but the doubt stopped me from doing too much about that. I love working as a VA and as I became more confident in the skills I could offer (and put my pricing up), I started to really attract my tribe. I changed my website to be a reflection of me- I’m girlie and wanted it to show that. I started being really strict with who I was working with. Female entrepreneurs only. As time went on, I started to naturally attract a few coaches. This is such a positive place to be – full of inspiration and motivation- I spend much of my days being surrounded by amazing, like-minded, kicking-ass women!

This made me realise that I can do this, I have plenty of experience and skills that women could learn from. I know I’m now on the right path, I feel it deeply and am so looking forward to the coming months and years. Continuing to grow as a person and continuing to help many women reach that same satisfied place.

Interested in working with me? Find out more here >>>

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Success?

I know success means different things to different people.

Let’s be clear, I am money driven.

But it’s more than that. This past year I have run a viable business that I love, doing something that makes me happy, helping female entrepreneurs, all whilst taking my kids to school every day, picking them up every day, never missing a school concert or event. I’ve travelled 6 times these past 8 months and managed my work around that. I’ve certainly drank more wine than I should have and eaten amazing food (hence the additional stone I’m carrying ;)).

I’m happy and loving life. And to me that is being successful and I know I have so much more to give. If you’d like to get clarity on your business, learn how to use certain tools and systems to grow your business and feel amazing about yourself, take a look at my package here >>>

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I hope you enjoyed reading a bit more about me. I know I love reading other people’s stories, so hopefully, mine can inspire one or two of you too.

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Thank you for reading! Katie x

 

8 Instagram Updates

Hey beautiful ladies.

Have you noticed the latest Instagram updates? Keeping true to form for 2017, they have continued with the regular updates of late.

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I haven’t done an IG updates post for a while. Read the last one here >>>

 

 Here are the latest IG updates:

  1. IG Poll

I love this feature. To access it go to your IG stories and add/take a pic as normal, then go to stickers. If you aren’t sure, this is the square smiley face in the top right hand corner when you have taken or added a photo.

Once you’ve clicked on stickers, you’ll see the option of POLL. Click here and you can add a space for a question and a choice of 2 answers, such as yes and no. Then click done. As your followers answer your question, you’ll receive the answers to your poll. So when you look, you’ll see the current score and who has answered.

2. New IG Stickers

We all know IG stories always have a good selection of stickers- such as location, temperature, day, time etc, but have you seen the new Halloween and Autumn selection? We’ve got pumpkins, eyeballs, devil horns and hands to name a few. The autumn selection include a cup of tea, leaves, acorns, a bobble hat and logs.

3. IG Stories Filters

Love the new Halloween style face filters. We have a blood dripping zombie, beat-up zombie, pitch black with light up face, alien style and foggy. As always my description of these face filters no doubt are completely wrong, but you get my drift!

4. Shared Lives on Instagram Stories

This is a biggy. You now have the ability to add someone to your live video- great for chatting and interviewing others. It gives you a split screen for you and a freind to love stream! I don’t have this feature just yet, but it’s being rolled out.

The ability to access IG Stories on your desktop too is also being rolled out!

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5. Creative Tools for Stories

Insta have launched a new alignment tool so you can line up your elements. When you add stickers, text etc you’ll see some blue lines pop up. They are there to help you centre text and other elements and let you know if any of the elements will be covered when people are watching your stories.

 

6. Improved Comment Controls

IG launched this a few months ago, but have improved the tools when people comment on your posts. For instance if they comment using bad language you have the ability to block them. You can choose which comments to allow.

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7. Shopify Integration

This is by far the biggest update and is huge for those using Shopify. It allows Shopify users to basically use Ig as another selling platform. It currently uses Facebook shopping items and pulls them over to IG (easily set up with a few clicks). Then you can tag any items in IG with a product contained in your catalogue. This allows people to click on the picture and purchase immediately. You’ll be able to tell if a picture is ‘shoppable’ by a small white shopping bag icon in the top right hand corner of the screen. Tap to see ‘tap to view products’ then they’ll see the information. Click again to be able to purchase. All from Instagram! That is amazing and a really big deal.

8. Threaded Comments

This feature has been out for a little while now, but I thought I’d include it as it’s pretty cool!

Previously, IG would show all comments in a linear format. Now however, if you reply to somebody, it’ll show directly under their comment, (like FB) allowing an easier and more streamlined conversation to encourage engagement from your followers!

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How To Make Pinterest Board Covers

I’ve recently made some Pinterest Board Covers for a couple of clients of mine and am now in the process of finally getting around to making them for my own Pinterest account too, so thought I’d put a simple ‘how-to’ together for anyone else wondering how to do this for their Pinterest account.

Without Pinterest board covers

Without covers for your Pinterest boards, they can look cluttered and all over the place with no real consistency. I personally have always kept a colour theme in mine so that they were fairly cohesive, but not quite what I wanted. Since creating covers for two of my clients this past month, I thought it was time I did mine too. Here is a screenshot of before adding board covers.

 

Why do we need Pinterest board covers?

Branding! You have your website looking awesome, all your branding in place but what about Pinterest? To create an aesthetic and cohesive brand you need to cover all bases and ensure all your social media channels look inline with your brand and vibe. Making these covers is a quick and easy way to make sure your Pinterest account looks fantastic, professional and streamlined.

My Katie Colella Social board covers now show a pretty feminine vibe in my brand colours.

Pinterest recommend using a square image 800×800 pixels.

I’m using Canva to create my board covers.

Here’s how I did it.

In my Canva account, I selected the square 800x800pixel size template. I looked at the templates available and went with a stripe design.

I choose 3 of my brand colours over the 3 stripes. Then in the centre box, I added the board name in a brand font. I added my website at the bottom so that when someone clicks on the pin, they’ll see my website.

When you select the pin as a board cover, Pinterest will select the centre, so make sure any text is centralised.

Save your image and go to your Pinterest account.

Here’s mine if you fancy following me!

 

Once logged in go to the board that we are adding a cover to and copy the URL of this board. Then in the top right-hand corner select the + button and upload image.

 

Here upload your image and paste the URL for the board that you just copied.

This ensures that when someone clicks on your pin it’ll take them to your Pinterest board.

Select the right board for the cover and then click on the pencil/edit icon.

 

Click on the Change cover button. This will be the most recently added pin and I have noticed that it doesn’t always show when you select it. So even if the pin isn’t showing, it is the latest one there.Add a fab description whilst you are there too! Then click save.

Voila! When you go back to your boards you’ll now see the board cover in all its glory!

Note– you usually have to refresh your account once or twice to see the cover in place.

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Pinterest Board Covers

Here is a screenshot of how my account looks with covers in place. What a huge difference and you’d be surprised at how few people actually take the time to add covers, so by doing this simple task that you can get within a few hours, your Pinterest will look amazing and streets ahead of many other people’s accounts. Reflecting you and your business style and attracting more followers and subsequently more repins and web traffic-yay!

 

Have you updated your board covers? I’d love to see how yours look!

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Behind The Scenes At My First Branding Shoot

I remember not that long ago looking at other female entrepreneurs websites and thinking wow! I’d love to have a photoshoot with amazing pics of me to use on my website.

I love how branded everything is.

Then, last Friday the opportunity to have my very own branding shoot presented itself and I jumped at the chance to spend a day having my picture taken.

This in itself is a big step outside my comfort zone, but something I knew I had to do. I know that in order to grow my business, I have to up-level me first. Part of that is creating a better brand- that looks more cohesive and streamlined.

Some of you may have seen that as well as VA services I am now also offering business mentoring. This is something I feel I have been doing naturally for many of my friends in business and clients, and I wanted to make it official. I love helping female entrepreneurs improve their online presence. Last week I finally went ‘live’ with what I’m offering by getting a new logo designed and I was in the middle of up levelling my brand and what I’m doing in my business, so this was perfect timing for me.

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Anyone who knows me well will know, I’m not a fan of having my picture taken. I’m one of those people, that as soon as a camera is on me, I can’t help but blink, pull a strange face or just look plain awful. It’s gone as far as being a joke within my group of friends that I just don’t take many good photos. So actually putting myself up for this in the first case was a big step.

However, it was an opportunity I really couldn’t turn down. So, I thought I’d write a blog post about my day.

Personal branding is marketing YOU

When I was told I could have my branding shoot, I had 3 days to plan.

Before the Branding shoot

My branding specialist was Nigit Begum– and I was having the VIP experience!

She was amazing before we’d even met. She helped me decide what clothes to wear, what to bring with me and what to expect.

She created a mood board for me which contained ideas of poses and shots, ideas for clothing and locations for the shots.

Although she said I could wear whatever I felt comfortable in, in whatever colours, I wanted to stick on brand as much as possible. This was fairly easy as my colours are black, white, grey and blush and nudes, so all easy colours to wear!

Given that time was tight- I literally had 1.5hrs to go shopping after dropping my daughter to a party Saturday lunchtime (usual mum juggles!). I grabbed a few things (Ok, a lot of things), that I liked and hoped they looked good on.

Then had an afternoon of trying outfits on to check they fitted and I was happy with them. I wanted the outfits to reflect me and who I am. I am not a corporate girl, so anything like that, just wouldn’t have felt good for me- I feel my best in clothes that are me. Nigit encouraged me to bring clothes that I like and feel authentically me.

Good old next with next day delivery was also a God-send for last minute bits and pieces.

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What i took for my branding shoot

Here’s the list of what clothes I took with me for my branding shoot.

Jeans x2 – I’m a jean and heels girl – paired with a cute blouse or blazer and this is much more me than anything too corporate.

Blouses x4- mainly in black and cream/white. Teamed with a statement necklace

Blazers- to go with the above

Skirt- flair skirt that cinches in at the waist

Dresses x 2- I’m also a dress girl, so I took two of my favourites along

Heels- killer heels are a must for me to feel at my best, so I took black and nude

Coat- in my brand colours- of course, but never actually wore it in any shots in the end

Hat, scarfs, gloves- the weather ended up being warm, so I didn’t need these on the day

Nigit also asked me to bring any small items that were either important to me or reflected me.

So I brought along some makeup, perfume, picture, mugs, jewellery, notebooks. pens, books, laptop, flowers, crystal, plants. All items that still kept in mind my brand colours too.

The fantastic photographer that was being used for the day was Jenny Giles and she happens to be a friend and client of mine, so that made things a little easier- having her nearby throughout the day. I’ve known Jen a while so it was great to have her there. I trust in her abilities and knew she’d tell me if she wanted me to do something different.

Nigit had also booked a videographer-Liam, who was there to record some of the day.

The day of the branding shoot

The day started at Nigit’s salon in Clifton, Bristol with coffee, orange juice, croissants and chocolates- always a bonus!

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Then I had my nails done, whilst relaxing in a fluffy dressing gown. I chose a pretty coral colour.

When nails were done, Nigit curled my hair for me, ready for the shoot, then moved onto my makeup.

Throughout the day I had two looks- one more natural and one a slightly heavier look with a red lip. Nigit uses very high end, beautiful quality makup-making me feel like a star!

Throughout this time, the photographer had been snapping away and the videographer filming – but as Nigit had put me so at ease, I hardly noticed them- we just chatted away the whole time.

The branding shoot

Next up it was time to get dressed and start the main shoot.

This was pretty crazy. I think most girls had a secret childhood ambition of being a model, so I knew it would be fun, but I also knew I wasn’t the best at having my photo taken.

I did my best but still found it cringe-worthy at times. Thank goodness Nigit was there to help me relax and feel at ease throughout it all. It was actually really fun, as having Nigit there was like spending time with a friend. At times you could see people slow their cars or turn and watch as they thought that the photographers could be snapping a celeb! Nope, just me!

We went to various locations and had various outfit changes in quick succession- I can’t believe how fast the day flew by!

Overall, we had a fantastic day. I truly felt like a VIP for the day.

Thank you to Nigit, Jenny & Liam for making this a great experience for my first branding shoot.

I look forward to sharing more pictures with you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Top 11 Business Tools That I Use Daily

 

We all have our favourite tools that we use daily in our business, so I thought I’d list my current most used tools for you.

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  1. Canva

I love Canva.. To the extent that I don’t know how I managed before it. This is constantly open on my desktop and I use it, without fail every day.

I use it for myself and for my client work. I create simple but gorgeous graphics for use on my website, on my social media, any presentations I need to put together and any freebies that I need to create. The selection of free or low-cost images is fantastic.

Top Tip- set up the branding options for yourself and any other brands that you manage to make it much easier. All the colours, fonts and logos will then be stored for you.

Watch my Canva video- how to make simple yet stunning graphics >>>

 

  1.  Asana

I put off using management systems for quite a while. For no real reason. Then it was the Trello Vs Asana debate. Now, I use both with various clients and I still don’t have a huge preference over the other. However, I’m currently using Asana more to keep in contact with clients. It’s a great tool when you are working as part of a team on a project, so you can all see what has been done or is yet to be done. I find it helps in mapping out your goals and plans, so you can see them at a glance and break them down into more manageable chunks.

 

  1.  Leadpages

Again, for a long while, I put off using Leadpages as I thought it was unnecessary. However, now I have it, I use it all the time. I’m certainly going to get my money’s worth, so I’m always thinking of new ways to set up landing pages and making them look pretty. I also have access to a few client’s leadpages accounts and enjoy creating amazing landing pages for them. Leadpages is easy to use and offers a great selection of templates to get you started.

 

  1.  WordSwag

I adore wordswag. This is actually an app on my phone, but it’s so handy. If you love Instagram, then this is a fantastic app for you to use. If you are a fan of the odd inspirational quote or text on an image, then this really is perfect for creating a graphic in a matter of minutes. If you are ever at a situation where you don’t have your social media posts scheduled and want to create something quick- this is the one. Great backgrounds, colours and fonts, with an amazing selection of quotes to get you started if you aren’t up to thinking of one yourself.

 

  1.  Dropbox

Dropbox has been around a long time but still one of my favourites. I’ve upgraded to the business version so I have extra storage and ask clients to share all large file with me here. This saves me using space on my desktop. I also use it to store all my stock photos, fonts etc.

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  1.  Buffer

I have over the years used Hootsuite, Post Planner and Buffer, but for now Buffer is winning for me. I use this to schedule my own social media and client’s social media, so I don’t have to wing it on the go! I also use Later for client’s IG accounts.

 

  1.  Paypal

I use Paypal for client payments and for receiving payments for all digital guides etc that I sell.

I’ve been using Paypal for years with previous businesses, so it’s a tool that I trust.

I find it easy to add payment buttons or links to websites and landing pages and when I want to withdraw the money, it’s usually in my bank immediately.

 

  1. Mailchimp

MailChimp, for me is a great easy to use email marketing tool. I’m a fan of sales funnels, and this integrates with leadpages making it easy to feed any sign ups into my lists so I can send out automated email sequences, save me having to remember to email any new sign-ups manually.

 

  1.  Wave

Wave is a free accounting software. I’m pretty sure, I don’t use nearly enough of it’s tools, but I couldn’t be without it. I use this to send branded, professional looking invoices to clients, set up automated reminders, send receipts once paid and keep on top of all my incomings and outgoings. If used correctly, this will also make your accounting much easier!

 

  1. WordPress

I built my WordPress site from scratch, so what I know is self – taught. WordPress is a little marmite- people tend to love or hate it. Personally, I find it really easy to use, I love how many plugins are available and how good you can make a site look.

 

  1. Hello sign

I haven’t long actually come across Hello Sign, as it was recommended to me not long ago. But it’s a clever tool- perfect for clients digitally signing your contracts- which I’ll be using from now on!

What’s your favourite business tool that you use daily?

How To Be Productive Whilst working From Home

 This weeks blog post is a guest post from the amazing Alicia Grace

 

As creative entrepreneurs, most of us work from home, which is absolutely brilliant – yay for not having to commute! – but it can also be really dangerous for productivity. One of the biggest hazards is that there are lots of distractions, from Netflix to unexpected visitors.

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So, what are my top tips on being productive while working from home? Read on to find out.

Wake up early

Just because you don’t need to commute to work doesn’t mean that you should wake up 10 minutes before. Studies show that your brain takes a full two hours to wake up. Be sure to wake up at a decent time each morning (a bit earlier than noon please).

 

You don’t have to jump right into work the moment you wake up, unless you really want to. Instead, use the time to prepare a healthy breakfast, get your blood pumping with a workout, or even catch up on the news. Your brain has been asleep for the best part of eight hours, and it needs some time to warm up (and caffeine!).

Create a solid routine

One of the good things about working in an office is that you have quite a set routine. When you start working from home, however, that’s all suddenly thrown up in the air.

 

That’s why you have to take control of your day and set your routine straight. Plan out the times when you want to work, what you’re going to focus on during those periods (email? brainstorming), and what time you’re going to take lunch.

 

Having a routine in place means that you’ll be able to resist temptations to do things you really shouldn’t be doing throughout the workday, so this is a really important step.

Set working hours

When you’re working from home, it’s so easy for your personal life to spill into work, but the opposite is also true. Set working hours for yourself, and check out of work outside of those hours.

 

This is something that I’m working on myself. Especially when you’re working on your own hustle, it can feel like you’re connected to work 24/7, and that’s why it’s even more important to set boundaries.

Remember to shower!

Not having to see people (who actually care if you smell) every week day is no excuse to let your personal hygiene slip. Dressing up for work, whether at home or in an office, is important psychologically because it sends a signal to your brain that you’re serious.

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Create a specific workspace

Make sure that this is separate from your places of relaxation, like your bedroom. Set up a desk somewhere with good lighting where you can concentrate on your work. If you don’t have space in your home, get creative, and think about whether you can get out and go to a public library or coffee shop around the corner. The goal is to have a specific space where work is your main focus, and distractions are kept down to a minimum.

Use a different browser for work

This is a method I devised several years ago. Using a different browser can completely shift your mindset – similar to having a separate workspace. Make sure that you don’t use social media on this browser, and that you don’t have personal bookmarks or links here.

 

I like using Google Chrome, where I can sign in with different accounts, and always have one window logged into my personal account, and another for work.

Plan out what you’re going to do

The thing about working in an office is that you always have someone reminding you about what you have to do, whether it’s sending you an email, or adding something to your calendar. When you’re on your own though, that’s all up to you. Write down your schedule and your tasks the day before so that you always know what you have on your plate.

 

  1. My Productive Life Kit has everything that you need to organise your workday!

Alicia is the founder of Alicia Grace Co, where she designs printable planners that enable women to achieve their goals with productivity, planning, and time management tools. She has a Law degree from the University of Cambridge and enjoys engaging with goal-getters, especially creative entrepreneurs. In her free time, she is either digging into a good book, food hunting, or snuggling with her very fluffy puppy.

Links

Website: http://aliciagraceco.com

 

Instagram: http://instagram.com/aliciagraceco

Facebook: http://facebook.com/aliciagraceco

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/aliciagraceco

How to make simple yet stunning graphics with Canva

This week is a video recording for you for Canva.

I’m sure lots of you are familiar with Canva already but for those who aren’t I’ve recorded a quick tutorial of the basics to get you started.

I must admit, I use Canva most days for myself and clients, so I am a huge fan. I often wondered what I did before Canva existed. You can create simple graphics, quickly and easily using various colours, logos, images and fonts. They offer 1000’s of free images and templates helping you get started.

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If you are looking for amazing quality images to use take a look at Creative Market, they also offer 6 freebies each week on a Monday. These can be images, templates, fonts etc.

I also have a short video showing you how to create a simple logo with transparent background in Canva

If you have any questions, let me know! I hope you find it helpful.

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Rebecca Lockwood’s interview with Laura Bartlett

This weeks post is a video interview with the wonderful Rebecca Lockwood interviewing Laura Bartlett.

Laura Bartlett appeared in front of millions of viewers on Dragon’s Den just a few years ago and was told that her business – a travel/fashion magazine was IMPOSSIBLE!

House of Coco which is now available to buy in Harrods, Selfridges and other high-end stockists has taken her all over the world. 

She has recently released a travel vlog which follows her across the globe inspiring entrepreneurs and giving you a sneak peak into what Laura’s life looks like behind the scenes.

 

In our interview we talk about her journey, how she created the success she now has through determination, ‘just asking’ and creating contacts in the right places.

About Rebecca.

Rebecca is a success coach and founder of The Success Tribe. A membership for female entrepreneurs that includes training, workshops, group coaching and lots more.

Take a look here 

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Amusement Park Entrepreneurship

This week’s blog post is written by the wonderful Melissa Fragomeni.

Are we crazy for chasing our dreams? I mean, what were we thinking when we started our own business? Who in their right mind would subject themselves to discomfort, bizarre mental games, and a plethora of unknowns more than once per day?

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You are constantly asking yourself, at least multiple times daily, without fail: Is entrepreneurship at all for me? Am I even qualified? All the scary investments and draining bank account horror stories, not to mention the no-end-in-sight view when it comes to decisions that you need to make and haunting criticisms coming from unexpected sources, can make you really think twice about the leap you really want to take.

 

Imagine entrepreneurship as a real-life amusement park. It will be filled with thrilling rides and terrifying ones that leave you feeling nauseous. It can be unpredictable most of the time, no matter how much mental preparation you have done. Or it can be tame and easy for a short amount of time before you are back on your toes, alert and ready for action.

 

I have to be honest with you. There will be rides we sometimes don’t want to take. And that is fine. We will often be pushed out of our comfort zones. But there will be moments when the rides are just not for us. Not because we are afraid, but because we know it is not the right fit for us where we are right now.

 

There will be temptations, those sweet cotton candies and aromatic buttery foods. In the early stages, chasing the shiny objects and doing all the things will burn you out and create heaps of accumulated doubts, fears, and frustration. But, pretty soon, you learn to discern when to say no, and when to get a taste of something. But you never go overboard because you know it will do you more harm than good. You have learned to be smart and know your limits.

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Just like amusement park themes, entrepreneurship has its seasons of flow, of ups and downs, of growth, of focus. Depending on what you desire for each season, your business will reflect that. Sometimes you need growth so there is a season of making more connections than usual and penciled-in podcast opportunities. Other seasons you need to let go and focus on your zone of genius, so in order to do that you seek support through VAs and team members. The year-round rides that never close represent moral and loving support you always need, such as family, friends, business besties, and perhaps, coaches. Hold on tight to those.

 

At the end of the day, it has been a fun ride. But is it worth it all? If you have read this all the way through and felt more excited than nauseous, I’d say are in it for the long haul. Successful business owners have shared the same challenges and come out on top. Sure, it requires a whole lot of faith and some confidence. Even one tiny drop of each is enough, especially because you will eventually learn and grow every step of the way, and you will build up all the good qualities you need to succeed, too. There is no doubt in my mind about that, no matter how silly or unqualified or unprepared you feel. Because truth is, we are all three when we start.

 

So, yes, to answer the most asked question, entrepreneurship is pretty much worth the roller coaster adventure. Our dreams are worth it. So strap yourself in and let the journey unfold.

 

 

Confidence and Empowerment Coach

 

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