Posts Tagged ‘advice’

10/01/13

5 things that will make running your business easier

This contributor post was written by Tiffany Han.

1. Some people on the internet are full of sh*t.

A website (even a beautiful one!) does not make someone an authority on your business (or your life!). There is an endless number of experts on the internet, all trying to get your attention and give you their best tips. It’s up to you to know who to trust and who to listen to. Let everyone else go.

Better yet, start with listening to and trusting yourself. Helpful information is not hard to find. It will be there when you need it.

2. You only need to pay attention to what YOU are doing.

It’s been said before: keeping your eyes on your own paper is the best way to move your business forward. You don’t need to collect inspiration anymore. You need to move. And act. And create. (Stop stockpiling inspiration and get to work.)

3. Your creative genius is not found in your gmail inbox or on facebook or someone else’s blog.

Creative businesses stem from creation. Not social media. If you’re feeling uninspired or having a hard time staying focused, step away from the computer and make something! With your hands! (I don’t think Excel was created to help inspire.) Tip: Need to get some stuff done? Make it your priority and tackle it first thing in the morning, before you turn on your computer (or check your smartphone!).

4. The success of your business does not determine the success of your life.

Likewise, the success of your life is not determined by any of the success of any of the following: your diet, your marriage, your job search, your online dating hunt, your marathon training, or that scarf you started knitting 9 months ago.

Trust this. You are more than your business. When things don’t sell or go as you’d hoped, it’s okay. Keep going.

5. Fear is a reality of playing a bigger game. As is doubt.

Learning to accept this, roll with it, and not let it stop you is one of the biggest game-changers you can make. Yes, fear feels really intense. Yes, it’s hard to move beyond it. But figuring out how is what makes the difference between people who make things happen and people who only dream about it.

Which camp do you want to be in?

Tiffany Han, CPCC is a coach for highly-creative people who want to wake up happy. If you’re feeling the growing pains of running your creative business and are ready to STOP spinning your wheels and actually get stuff done, her Good Morning Glitterbomb daily inspiration emails  are sure to light your fire.

09/17/13

Keep It Simple

This contributor post was written by Tiffany Han.

The other day, I was cutting apples (I eat a lot of apples these days, because: twins) and I decided that my snack time warranted two apples instead of one. Double apples. Good.

Except that I have a bowl I like to eat my apple slices from. It’s a pretty hand-painted turquoise bowl that my good friend brought me back from France. And it’s the perfect size for slices from a single apple.

{Wondering what this has to do with your business? I promise, I’ll get there.}

At first, I spent a couple of minutes trying to tetris the slices into my apple bowl. I even ate a couple of slices quickly, hoping to decrease the load and therefore be able to fit everything. And then it hit me: Tiffany, just get a bigger bowl.

Oh. Right. I was spending all of my energy *trying so hard* to make this solution work that I completely neglected the easiest way to solve the problem: a bigger bowl.

And then I started to think about my business and how I often try to make things fit when they obviously don’t or keep trying the same thing when a very simple solution is available.

Your challenge for today: Take a look at something that’s been frustrating you with your creative business – is there a straightforward fix for a problem that you’ve been overcomplicating? 

Are you overthinking? Sometimes, taking a step back from the frustration can help you see the problem in a new light.

Also: let’s help each other out! If you’re super stumped on something that’s holding you back, leave a short description of your problem in the comments and crowd-source some potential solutions. Together, we can find you a bigger bowl.

image credit: Keep it Simple by Hantverk Collective 

Tiffany Han, CPCC is a coach for highly-creative people who want to wake up happy. If you’re feeling the growing pains of running your creative business and are ready to STOP spinning your wheels and actually get stuff done, her Glitterbomb Your Biz group coaching program is now open for registration and is sure to light your fire.

08/20/13

managing transitions (biz tips)

This contributor post was written by Tiffany Han.

The internet is full of really good advice, huh? Even here, I’ve written about many helpful and useful biz tips: how to say no, how to take a break, how to let things go, how to focus on what you reallyreally want to do.

While all of this advice is fantastic in theory, we hardly ever talk about how to go from Point A (I say yes to everything!) to Point B (I only say yes to things that make me feel really awesome!). In fact, we hardly ever talk about how it’s not Point B at all, but more likely Point X, with intermediaries between beginning and end.

Transition. It’s not a very sexy word, but working out the details of your transitions from where you are to where you want to be is the key to actually getting there. Otherwise, we find ourselves surrounded by a ton of other people’s good ideas with no path for ourselves. (Hint: you ALWAYS have to figure out your own way. Always.)

Here are 3 quick steps to help transition (HA!) you into your own transition:

1. Know where you want to go.

When working with my clients on goal-setting, the first step is to get crystal clear on what your end-goal is. Do you want to have a healthy 3-day a week relationship with Facebook? Do you want to stop saying yes to high maintenance freelance clients? Are you ready to walk away from your day job? Is it time to (finally!) start trusting your intuition?

Identify where you want to land (this could be measurable or not) and dig into that scenario. What would it feel like to give your notice to your boss? What would your day-to-day reality be if you were only doing work you loved? How great would it feel to say goodbye to the friendships that no longer serve you?

I know this sounds hippy-dippy, but focus on the feeling of your goal, so that you can understand why it is so important.

2. Focus on the veryfirstnextstep.

Once you’ve gotten clear on your goal, shift your focus to the right now. Often, when the goal in question feels too far away, paralysis is the direction we trend towards. Instead, figure out what the first thing you should do is. Then do that and repeat.

Easier said than done? If you’re having a hard time figuring out the verybeginning starting point, take 15 minutes and do a brain dump of everything that you’ll need to do. Then, assign an order and priorities to each one. Then start, do one thing, and repeat.

If you’re still stuck on this one, start anywhere. Do one thing. I promise, you’ll feel better afterwards.

3. Embrace the transition.

I know you’re impatient. I know you want it now. I know that it feels like forever before you’ll be able to see any change.

So what?

Yes, transition sucks. But so does staying in a place that’s not serving you. It’s up to you to make the choice to make a change. Once you’ve made the choice and decided to prioritize your goals, getting started is much easier.

Question for you: What transition are you on the brink of right now? Where are you getting caught up? Are you willing to take the “do one thing” challenge this week? Let’s hear all about it in the comments!

Tiffany Han, CPCC is a coach for highly-creative people who want to wake up happy. If you’re feeling the growing pains of running your creative business and are ready to STOP spinning your wheels and actually get stuff done, her blog is sure to light your fire.