Before law school, I was a wildlife biologist. And after nearly a decade of counting birds and rodents, I was ready for a change. But I wasn’t sure what that change was. At the time, I was showing my nature photography in galleries and I debated trying to go full time. But law school had […]
Running a creative business
Elizabeth Hahn is the designer behind Cow and Rooster Design, a firm with a hyper-local focus and personal touch. In fact, she primarily serves small local businesses within two California counties. And she tries to meet each client at their place of business so she can get a feel for their businesses before diving in. […]
In my late 20s, I worked at an environmental consulting firm. When I first started I had a boss that believed that he was the only one that could look good. He took all the credit for good ideas and passed all the blame to us. Needless to say, it was a very unhappy team […]
LegalZoom is cheaper than a lawyer, but you’ve heard good and bad stories about it. When should you run far away? When might it be okay to use it? Before you use LegalZoom make sure you check out this week’s episode of Ask Kiff. Watch the video | Listen or download an audio-only version | […]
In the past few months, I’ve been a test knitter for two different patterns. Both patterns had mistakes and confusing sections. But as of last week, both projects are blocked and finished. One designer, I’d happily test knit for again. And the other I’d politely decline if she asked me. The big reason is that […]
Want to tame your inbox by delegating it to your virtual assistant? Would you like them to answer emails, book appointments, or respond to customer requests? Then you won’t want to miss this week’s episode of Ask Kiff. Watch the video | Listen or download an audio-only version | Read the show notes | Read […]
Writing a business plan sounds like business basics, not legal. But it is because some legal projects waste your time and money if they don’t move you forward. Click through to read why and grab a FREE 1-page business plan.
Two weeks ago, I woke up to an ominous email in my inbox. It was from Google Search Console saying that a new website owner had been added to my account. I logged in and quickly realized that my website had been hacked. This is never the kind of thing that you want to happen. […]
This summer I took July and the first week of August off. I traveled and spent time with my family. And there was plenty of laughter and tears as we said goodbye to my Papa. The past several weeks hanging out with my niece, I learned the basics of juggling. Although I still can’t juggle […]
Ready to turn your traffic into sales? Then you won’t want to miss the replay of this In Session workshop co-hosted with Arianne Foulks of Aeolidia. She shared the double whammy of how to get traffic to your website and convert it into sales! Arianne will help you understand: how to decide if your focus […]
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In Issue No. 1 of the artist’s Journal, I answered the following question from Joan, Legally, how important is it to have a business plan? What are the pros and cons of developing a traditional business plan for a small/just-starting business? I feel like I need one, but keep putting it off. – Joan Goodspeed, […]
Discover what legal tasks you have to do PRACTICAL ONLINE WORKSHOP + WORKBOOK Learn the 5 must-do legal tasks every creative business should tackle. And how these tasks will set your creative business up to achieve your big goals. Your privacy is important to us. Learn how we protect it here. I commonly get asked, What legal […]
Hate your to-do list? Then your first step is to decide where you are headed. And then eliminate everything that won’t help you get there. Click through to read the three swift kicks the universe gave me before I learned my lesson.
Having a bad day? Learn why you shouldn’t just create a plan but plan for curve balls. So that you can have a plan to power through the bad days.
Knowing your business values is one of the keys to reducing overwhelm and filtering out the noise. Click through to grab a checklist you can use to determine your creative business’ values.