Creative Business Posts
Blog posts about freelancing, productivity, and finding your passion.
Jamae is a writer, multi-passionate, and a fellow bullet-journalist. In this interview she talks about how minimalism supports her career as a writer.
JT is a software engineer who is passionate about dance, personal finance, real estate, and mindfulness via meditation and minimalism. Learn how minimalism and mindfulness improves his life.
I'm excited to announce this new interview series, Creative Minimalists. Every other week I'll introduce to you a minimalist who is also creative, and we'll talk about how living an intentional life can affect creativity.
Can blogging be considered writing? Or is it just graffiti and trash?
I'm so excited to present this roundup of information to you. I've made a few friends I've made through Skillshare and I'd love to know what advice they can give to newbies. If you aren't sure you want to post a Skillshare class yet, take a tip from these 5 ladies, and know that success can come to you via Skillshare.
In a soundbite and popcorn-brain technology-driven world, it can be difficult to be able to focus and to generate high quality content for your blog, especially when writing or mapping out a project plan or outline for something. While it's taken me quite a long time to be able to perfect my own blogging workflow, the process I've developed has been incredibly helpful for productivity. (Note: I know my process is far from perfect, but it's miles from where I started.)
A lot matters with your blog's SEO. Knowing how to implement SEO best practices can help your blog rank higher in search results. You put in a ton of work to write awesome posts, so it's best to go the extra mile and make sure your post is well-suited to get discovered by search engines! In this post, I talk about the importance of content, regularity, keywords, titles, headings, length, links, images, and networking in terms of good SEO for your blog.
Here's a small tour showing you what my desk looks like now. Later in the post I share my past workspaces, too. They all vary on art and technology, but the goal is always the same: have a minimal and clean desk that is functional to whatever I may be working on at the time (whether it's 100% computer work or 50% computer and 50% art supplies!).
So you won the lottery. What do you do now? What is your true passion?
I'm doing something a little different today and sharing how I record and edit videos for Instagram and YouTube. I've gotten a few requests and wanted to show you my setup in case it would help you record fine art videos for your Instagram, YouTube, Periscope and more. Check out the video at the bottom for a demo of the tripod and an overview of my setup; otherwise all of the important info is below!
I am keeping all of my life in one bullet journal, including personal, blog, and business stuff. If I had multiple bullet journals I feel like I would be overwhelmed! I'm glad to have everything in one place, so I hope it works out in the end. While I'm using my bujo for everything in my life, this post will be focused on how I'm using my bujo for my blog and business.
It’s important for anyone who creates original work to know the basics of copyright law in the United States (check out your county’s individual laws if you’re from outside of the United States). You’ve taken the time to create something unique and original and you don’t want others to just take your work and profit off of it without your permission, right? Of course not! So let’s learn the about copyright law for creatives now, so we can all keep our work protected.
In this week's quick tutorial, I'm going to show you how to make your blog header using existing illustrations/clip art and an existing font. The hand-drawn look is awesome, but I realize not everyone wants to make graphics from scratch!
I'm all about DIY graphics. Hand lettering is the perfect way to add a personal touch to your blog design which will help your blog stand out from the crowd. There are lots of places to use hand lettering in your blog design. Here are some of my favorite ways!
In the name of sharing everything that goes on here behind the scenes at Hello Brio, here's a post about updates surrounding the business, blog, and my personal life.
Creating your own hand lettered blog header is a lot easier than it sounds. Plus, it's fun! There's something super rewarding in getting your hands dirty and creating your own blog graphics. There are a lot of hand lettering styles you can try to create your blog header. For this tutorial, I'll be working with the popular handwritten style, because I think it's a great personalized option for lifestyle blogs. Learn how to add black and white lettering, or even colorize your work to match your blog's color scheme!
Whether you're just starting a blog or you're looking to redesign your blog, it's important to have a few basic graphics and images in place. After you choose your perfect color palette that truly represents who you are, you're ready to move on to your graphic suite. In this post, I'll go over 8 must-have graphics for your blog: header, logo (yes, these are different!) favicon, a blog stamp, a title image template, a blog post signature, a unique sidebar about box, and sidebar buttons for featured posts.
Color palettes are extremely important for the visual branding of your blog or website. It can immediately convey the mood of your site as well as hint at your target audience. A color palette can set you apart or cause you to blend in.
In this post, I'll share tips on how to choose a color palette for your blog that matches your personality, and I'll explore the reasons behind my own blog-recolor choices!
I've watched my email newsletter list grow by 10-20 subscribers daily since the beginning of 2015. In this post, I investigate how this is possible despite my erratic posting schedule. In the end—it all comes down to content upgrades! Read the post and download the free list of 15 content upgrade ideas.
Big changes are coming my way this fall: I quit my job, and I'm relying on my passive income plan! Read the post to see where I plan to focus my energy, what I intend not to do a lot of (client work), and what my financial goals are.
Everyone's got to start somewhere. You can't compare yourself to others who are months or years ahead of you.
If you're a designer, there's always room for you to improve. It doesn't matter if you work at an agency, if you work for yourself, or if you are somewhere in between; developing your skills and taste as a designer is important to maintain your value. Always be growing! Giving and getting feedback can be awkward or painful. Here are tips for giving and getting feedback on your creative work.
What’s the point of having a creative business? A side hustle? Pursuing your passions? Do you ever lose sight of why you do what you do?
Ambition is a curse, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
I recently published a post that was titled "What it looks like when you've found your passion". Let me be clear, my creative world isn't bundled up into a neat little package. I want to be real with you guys. While I've certainly found several things that I consider myself very passionate about, my creative future is still very hazy to me.
As long as we share valuable and real knowledge, we're contributing to the greater good of the community. We just have to remember that most people are in that fuzzy grey area and take it all with healthy skepticism. But that shouldn't stop us from learning and spreading knowledge when we can.
You worked hard to create your blog images. Do you really want someone stealing your hard work? It's a good idea to watermark your photos and images so that you will get credit for your images in the future.
Always wanted to get your beautiful face to show up next to your comments, but never knew how? In a couple of easy steps, you’ll be rolling in no time.
Many bloggers create product collages in order for an image to be shareable, especially on a visual social media platform like Pinterest. Here's how to create your own product collages quickly in Photoshop.