11 Facebook Communities for Big-Hearted Business Gals

11 Facebook Communities for Big-Hearted Business Gals

Every morning I wake up, wash my face, brush my teeth and step onto my yoga mat. Then I take a moment to thank the Universe (usually while lifting weights or in a down dog) for the privilege to be able to work from home. I live in a tiny flat under tall acacia trees and I don't get much sunshine but my French windows, the little table my boyfriend made for us and the hand embroidered (by my mum) tablecloth is my perfect working spot. Add a steaming Italian coffee to that and I'm ready to conquer the world.

The opposite of this dreamy home office is the open space office almost all creative agencies embrace these days. They are a true nightmare for me. All those people with all their energies, stories, and emotions buzzing around, hustling busily — I have no idea how anybody can get anything creative done in such chaotic beehive, but maybe it's just my introverted inner nerd talking. (Is it, though?)

That being said, there's one thing I miss about having colleagues and being part of a team - 

7 Books Every Creative Solopreneur Should Read

7 Books Every Creative Solopreneur Should Read

2017 has been (and still is) my year of learning. I paid good money for a couple of amazing courses and devoured a bunch of books that changed the way I do business and my view on success, money, creative work and being an online entrepreneur.

And because I just know you’ve been panicking like there’s no tomorrow about those unreached 2017 goals on your list (it’s that time of the year, love, we all are hustling and bustling) I’d like to give your beautiful brain and ginormous heart something better to do — learn, grow and think ahead.

Here they come, 7 Books every creative solopreneur should read…

Video Tutorials: Design Your Logo Using Your Favourite Fonts

Video Tutorials: Design Your Logo Using Your Favourite Fonts

Last week I listed five ways to design your logo on a budget and today, as promised, we'll get up close and personal with the first one: using your favourite fonts. But first, let's see

Why is that even an option?

The most important thing when starting a business is to test your idea, find your people, make that first sell and find out if you actually love doing that passion of yours day in and day out.

Or in other words, the most important thing is to start NOW.

And for these first few steps, that can take a few weeks or sometimes even months or years, you need a logo and a few brand elements that can help you stand out while you're testing the ground and finding your feet.

Why this might be a good option for you?

In a perfect world of pink pixies (pinxies?) and never-ending nice cream, you could hire a designer from day one and have a beautifully designed custom brand before you even have a business to speak of.

But in the real world, the one where you have to work out to stay fit and share your dark chocolate with your boyfriend (because sharing is caring, they say), custom brand design can wait.

Building your brand should start with telling your story, finding your customers and testing your awesome idea. All these things are much more important than nailing the perfect visuals from the beginning of your business journey.

That being said, you cannot start without having at least a logo and a simple website (a couple of colours and images at least). Black and white, if done right, can be very appealing, indeed (just look at all minimal brands on Pinterest), but more often than not your website might end up looking like the obituary pages in a newspaper (ooops!)

So today, I'll show you how to start small, design a beautiful logo using only fonts and start building your creative online empire without having to break the bank.

Let's do this!

5 Great Ways to Design Your Logo on a Budget

5 Great Ways to Design Your Logo on a Budget

Have you ever had a brilliant idea you knew in your bones it’s a game changer, for you and for the world? Your whole body itched with excitement from the creative fire inside, only to collide head first with the million little details that need to be done before you've even started doing YOUR thing?

I imagine there is a lost treasure of unwritten books, jewellery not made and never started businesses because of that paralysing feeling of overwhelm, not having everything figured out and not knowing where to start.

Well, today I’m here to help you overcome some doubts and fears. Tell me, if any of these sound familiar to you:

  •  I want to make a living by sharing my passion for cooking / jewellery design / yoga / teaching people how to be successful online / reconnecting people with themselves / (put any other creative endeavour you can think of here),  BUT don’t know where to start.
  • I don’t have the money to start a business just yet.
  • I’m not very tech-savvy and I don’t know how to do any of the branding, designing and all the stuff required for an online business to be successful.

Today I'm starting a series that’ll help you make the first small steps of your long journey as an online entrepreneur. You’ll learn five ways to design a beautiful logo for your blog, business or project on a budget, so you can test your idea and focus on the content, not the packaging. Remember:

Start now, use what you have, do your best and when you can, do better.

There are many ways to go about branding and logo creation on a budget, but I’ve gathered my favourite five for you. Here they come…