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Podcast Episode #157: Elise Blaha Cripe

In this podcast interview, Elise Blaha Cripe talks about how she built her creative business and the winding road she took that eventually led her to create the Get to Work Book and to publish a book about productivity with Chronicle Books.

How to Pack For Creative Travel

In an effort to learn how to pack better — and lighter — for her next trip, Stephanie Escheveste asked some artists who do work on the go about what they pack. She found that each artist has their own unique set of art supplies, based on their own practice. Instead of packing their whole studio, they each select only the essential items and have found that the limitations actually help them be more creative.

Putting the Kids to Work in Your Craft Business

The big order comes in and it’s all hands on deck to get it processed and out the door. Photographing, packaging, and post office visits. If you have kids in the house there is a good chance you asked them to help, just to get the work done and maintain a level of sanity.

Put Your Phone Down and Get More Done

Social media fatigue is hitting hard in 2018 as makers spend more time trying to “beat the algorithm” to connect with our community. Between our desire to reach our customers online, and the dopamine hit our brains receive each time we check social media, many of us are grappling with bad habits around screen time. Erin Dollar gives us some tips for carving out time to let our minds wander.

6 Great Apps for Boosting Your Productivity

As creative business owners, we have to keep on top of many things at once. Sometimes it can feel like we spend more time tied to the computer than crafting, and that’s not a great feeling! Fiona Pullen is the owner of The Sewing Directory and the author of Craft a Creative Business. She uses a series of apps to stay productive and organized and work more efficiently. Learn to use a few of these apps and you’ll free up the time to focus on what you really enjoy.

Don’t Quit: Why You Should Keep Your Day Job

Owning your own business is a dream many people share. But it also means taking on risk and giving up on positive things that a day job brings to your life. Here’s why it might be a good idea to hang onto your day job, at least for a little while longer.

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