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The Key to Creative Business Success

I have coached hundreds of creative businesses, and I can tell you that we all have one thing in common: we want success already

I was on a call last week with a creative business owner who said something that sounded very familiar to me, and if you’ve ever started a blog, Etsy shop or website, I’m sure you’ll recognize her desire too.  She wanted to build her online presence and increase traffic to her Etsy shop, so I asked her to start a blog. Her response:

“I tried that, but nobody visited the blog. I barely even have any interaction on Facebook! I might get like, 10 people to engage.”

She went on to further explain why my advice to build an online presence was a waste of time, because if she wrote a blog post, who would read it? I said to her:

“So, what you’re saying to me is that you want instant gratification, and you’re not getting enough of it.”

Because I get it! I want instant gratification too.

However, that’s not what a successful business is built on. A successful business is built one brick at a time. It’s built with a blueprint of your dream job, and a solid foundation consisting of commitment to work hard even when there is no recognition or reward. Each blog post is a building brick. Each Facebook engagement is a building brick. Each new e-mail on your list is a building brick. With out these bricks in place, you cannot build your empire.

To say you want the customers and traffic without the online presence is like expecting the palace of your dreams to appear in your backyard without providing any plans or materials!

The key to a creative business’ success is understanding the long-term build. Social media accounts, Etsy shops, blogs, and websites are part of an online web you create to funnel like-minded visitors to the hub of your business.

The hub is where you have products or services for sale. It’s where all of the relationships you’ve built on the web by giving your time, energy and attention can give back to you. The long-term build is always about relationships.

In the comments below, leave a few links to the web you’re building online for your creative business’ success so that we can support each other!

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Lisa Jacobs is creative biz wiz who teaches online sellers how to get more sales and professional recognition. She owns the Energy Shop on Etsy and writes the blog, Marketing Creativity.

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dinner ideas 4.11.14

April 11, 2014

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plant based recipes

this week’s meals were a mix of comforting (can you say mac and cheese anyone?) and healthful (yummy zucchini soup!) and both were deeply satisfying. i took a few days off from cooking over the weekend and it made me realize just how much i love being in the kitchen. ingredients, smells and tastes make me come alive and i love to serve up something tasty and nourishing to my loved ones.

monday: curried egg toast (breakfast for dinner!)
tuesday: mung yoga bowl
wednesday: vegetarian chicky parm
thursday: cauliflower mac and cheese yummy!
friday: herbed zucchini soup served with leftover mac and cheese

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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free sewing patterns from bonnie christine

i’m excited to share a free sewing pattern i made for you today! have you ever used mug rug? i use one every day! it’s one of those things that you don’t think you need until you finally have one and then you think, ‘how did i ever live without this?!’. i keep mine right next to my workspace and that’s where my coffee and tea lives every day. not only does it have it’s very own space on my desk, but it also gives my mug a silent landing spot. since bear is usually napping nearby, this is so helpful! i’ve too many times woke him by slamming my mug down on the table. not any more!

honeycomb mug home
every mug needs place of rest, a designated spot to call its own!

the details:

* patterns are a collaboration between fabric designer bonnie christine and pattern maker maxine ramey,      also known as maxie makes – a creative mother-daughter team!
* pdf pattern is a free instant download, ready to print on regular 8.5 x 11″ paper
* includes printable pattern pieces. no scaling necessary, just tape and go!
* fabrics used in this pattern are from my fabric line, sweet as honey.

COPYRIGHT: pattern is copyright bonnie christine | maxie makes 2014. all rights reserved. for personal use only. you may not reproduce without written permission. however, we would love for you to sell any items you make using this pattern. please convo if you have any questions. thank you!

for more patterns, visit sweet bonnie christine.

to download:

click HERE to view the pattern on issuu. to download the PDF + printable pattern pieces, click on ‘share’ below the publication and then select ‘download’. print on regular 8.5 x 11″ paper. have fun!

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thought provoking

April 9, 2014

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jennet hand lettering (3) i fell in love with jennet liaw’s work for several reasons this week. most obviously, her hand lettering is stellar and seems to be an endless source of inspiration. i also absolutely love how much thought has gone in to each one of her illustrations. they are clever, witty and thought provoking. some are funny and cute while others are motivating and encouraging.

i especially love the one above. many of you know my story, but for those of you who don’t i’ll tell you one of my secrets to living my dream (hint: it’s illustrated above!). several years ago i decided that i wanted to be a surface pattern designer. about 6 months went by and i still had the same dream, but i was still sitting at my same job doing the same thing every day. it wasn’t until i realized that someday had to be TODAY that i began making progress. i decided to start doing just one thing every single day in the direction of my dreams. some days it was simply writing an email, other days it was learning a new skill. i did this every single day and after 18 months landed my first job as a surface pattern designer. oh my goodness, it worked! i still use the same philosophy today (in fact, i just started towards another goal yesterday with this same concept). dreams just don’t come true unless you start making things happen. they’re big and scary when you look at the big picture, but if you break them down into daily bite sized chunks you’ll accomplish so much. call one person, write one email, sketch one drawing, look at one video lesson, do one page in your portfolio. how many ever months or years it takes you doesn’t matter, the point is that you’ll accomplish BIG things if you start doing small things!

so that’s why jennet’s illustration meant so much to me when i saw it. be sure to follow her on instagram for more goodness as well!

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to the sea

April 9, 2014

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to the sea

shown above clockwise: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

a good book recommendation and a the slightest of warmer days and my bones are aching to visit the sea.

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vegan southern biscuits

April 8, 2014

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biscuits. they’re one of my all time favorite sides. i love that they can be made savory or sweet. sometimes we eat them with honey, jam and jelly while other times we eat them with vegan gravy, tofu scramble and soysage. one of our favorite meals to make for guests is a ‘biscuit bar’ served with all the fixin’s!

it’s no secret that tofutti is one of my favorite go-to brands for vegan substitutions. you just can’t beat their vegan sour cream, ricotta and cream cheese! so when they recently asked me if i’d like to make a recipe for their website, i of course said yes! i decided to make these delicious, fluffy and moist southern style biscuits, and i’m so happy with how they turned out! they didn’t last long (less than 24 hours, in fact) and my husband said they were hands down the best biscuits he’d ever had. (!!)

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if you make these biscuit, i know you’ll love them! head on over to tofutti to get the recipe!

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25 sweet as honey projects

the sweet as honey blog tour ended last week and i have to say, it’s been a little bitter sweet {as honey}. for 25 days, i woke up each morning anxious to see what each maker had featured on their blog. from quilts and pillows to pinwheels and tote bags- every project was so pretty!

i want to send a huge thank you to each of the lovely ladies who participated. you are all so talented and creative and i was honored to have you on the sweet as honey tour. it’s a very special feeling to see something made with my fabrics and you all went above and beyond with your projects. i’m grateful for each of you and so inspired by your creativity! xox, bonnie

here’s a recap of all 25 of the projects!

1) hexagon beehive mini quiltJennifer | Hopeful Homemaker
2) divided basketJessica | Haile and Co
3) harvest apronMeg | Milk and Rhubarb
4) bowed bandanasMeghan | Eat Live Make
5) paper pieced mini quiltSarah | Crinkle Love
6) bee skep pillowAmy | During Quiet Time
7) flower hexagon pillowCorey | Little Miss Shabby
8) starflower quiltAmanda | Material Girl Quilts
9) feathered arrow quiltSarah | No Hats in the House
10) quilted ipad pouch Caroline | Sew Caroline
11) rose starsAle | Golden Willow Quilts
12) painted fabricEmily | Beautiful Hello Blog
13) scalloped tea napkinsMelissa | Lulu The Baker
14) courthouse steps pillowNancy | Owen’s Oliva
15) pillowcasesBonnie (that’s me!) | Going Home to Roost
16) granny’s pocketbookCindy | School House Patterns
17) table runnerMelissa | Missouri Mel
18) bonnie drawstring project bag Shannon | Very Shannon
19) knitting needle caseHeidi | Hands Occupied
20) fabric covered chairsBarb | Knack Studios
21) tote bagCaitlin | Salty Oat
22) spring pin wheelsKaren | Celebrate Life With Us
23) patchwork quiltKellie | Craft Nurse Quilt
24) hot/cold packs Krista | Everyday Miija
25) fabric covered notebooksApril San Pedro | I Am Artisan

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plant based dinner ideas yeasted biscuits with vegan gravy | shaved cauliflower salad | butternut bliss fall salad

this week’s list of meals are a little shorter than usual as we ended up eating out one night and devouring leftovers another night. the three meals we cooked though were amazing, i hope you’ll try one!

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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