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EP 27 - Volcanos, the nice guy syndrome and hiring a developer

This week Marcus asks the question; "Are we screwing our business by being a nice guy/gal?". We also look at hiring... Is it possible to take on a new team member without messing up, and in my case, without playing the "manager"? All this and more on this week's episode of The Creative Business Podcast.


EP 25 - Airlines, Remote Working and Time off

This week Marcus and I talk about the power of airline companies, how taking a break from it all can leave you ready to come back fighting and the ups and downs of remote working. Is it all it's cracked up to be?


EP 25 - Customer Questions: GDPR & Proposal Terms and Conditions

Talk about the GDPR is everywhere at the moment, and with good reason. European businesses (and those who deal with Europe) are scrambling to be compliant by the May 25th deadline. We look at what Nusii is doing to be compliant and how this new law can affect even the most unsuspecting of businesses. We also dig into a listener question on rights and terms and conditions as they pertain to a proposal or contract.


EP 24 - Sales Proposals 101 pt. 2

This week Marcus and I continue the conversation about sales proposals. A few areas of special mention are: Perfecting your pricing and why listing your services is a bad idea. We look at 'Next Steps' and why your customer needs to know how to proceed. And always a point of contention... the design and layout of your proposals. Is it the be all and end all? Today we discuss this and much, much more.


EP 23 - Sales Proposals 101 pt. 1

It's all well and good to sit here and wax lyrical about building a better business, but if you simply aren’t winning that business in the first place then it's all for nought. Winning new clients is at the heart of any growing business. And in today's show, Marcus and I discuss some of the most common mistakes we see in the world of sales proposals. We want you to win more business!


EP 22 - How to fire a client, the right way.

Have you ever had the feeling that a project just isn't going as it should? Is the work becoming a chore? Is your client becoming plain unreasonable? And perhaps more importantly, is the relationship slowly deteriorating before your eyes? These situations happen more often than we care to admit. Often things are left unsaid and eventually the walls come crashing down. So what happens when you need to fire a client? Today we answer a listener’s question about just this topic and discuss our...


EP 20 - Confessions of a workaholic and how we quit

Being addicted to work is not a badge of honour many of us enjoy wearing. Unfortunately it's a badge that both Marcus and myself have worn over the years without even knowing it. An obsession with work creeps up on you. In fact the ones who usually see it first are your friends and loved ones. So in a society where success is so closely associated to long hours, what can we do to escape this need for more?


How to get the best from your creative employees and contractors

Running a creative business can be challenging. Throw into the mix the fact that your team members can come from any number of technical or creative backgrounds and things can get downright tricky. In today's show we talk about how to get the best out of your creative team members and the lessons we've both learned as creatives and team managers.


SaaS 101 - Just how hard is it to build and run a successful SaaS?

Have you ever dreamed of building and running your own SaaS? For some, the promise of recurring revenue is just too much to bear. They throw their heart, soul and not to mention their savings into building a product that could well fail within months...Today we talk about what it means to run a SaaS. The ups and downs, the good and the bad. Our own SaaS, Nusii has been helping creative business owners write and manage their client proposals since 2014.


How to gain Authority for your creative business, and why you'd want to

In this week's episode of The Creative Business Podcast we talk about what it means to build Authority for your business. We look at why you'd want to be one in the first place and what it can mean in terms of growth. With real world examples of how others have carved a name for themselves and some of the ways in which we've gone about it ourselves. In short, if you want your business to flourish, you need to be seen as an authority!


CBP - EP13 - How to set realistic goals for your business and personal life

This week I'm joined by my new co-host, Marcus Blankenship. We talk about setting realistic goals in both our professional and personal lives. Not as easy as it might sound... We also look at over-reaching and how Nathan's addictive personality has spread him thin over the last couple of years. Oh, and Marcus spills the beans on his personal goal for 2018.


CBP - EP12 - How to Thrive in Client Interviews

This week David and I talk about how to survive and thrive in Client Interviews. While often an overlooked area of any creative businesses workflow, they can make the difference between winning a project and going back to your day job. Plus, don't miss out on all the awesome resources that accompany today's show.


CBP - EP11 - Generating Leads for your Creative Business

This week David and I talk about the odious task of generating leads for your creative business. When leads dry up, things can go sour very quickly. With so many ways to find new work, we look at some of the best ways you can stand out and be "heard" above the noise...


CBP - EP10 - Building Better Client Relationships with Marcus Blankenship

In this episode of The Creative Business Podcast I speak to Marcus Blankenship about building better client relationships. A 'bad' client can be incredibly depressing and really dampen your enthusiasm for future projects...but more often than not, it's through our own actions and systems that a client goes 'bad' in the first place. Listen to today's episode to see how you can avoid ever having a 'Client from Hell'.


CBP - EP09 - Moving Beyond Freelance with Marie Poulin

In this episode of The Creative Business Podcast I talk to Marie Poulin. Marie has worn many hats over the years... She's been a designer, digital strategist, a mentor, branding specialist and founder. But like most of us, Marie began life as a Freelancer


CBP - EP07 - How to better organise your freelance finances with Ryan Battles

Keeping your finances in order can be a pain at the best of times, but if you're a freelance consultant or running an agency, then the pain can become too much. In today's episode I talk to Ryan Battles of Harpoon, a financial goal‑setting, time‑tracking, and invoicing app. Ryan talks about some of the areas we all struggle with when it comes to finances, and how we can better resolve these problems.


CBP - EP03 - How to run a remote creative business

When launching a creative business it makes complete sense to start locally. Local businesses are easily accessible, and friends, colleagues and even family members can be invaluable when it comes to finding those first clients. But what happens when we start to gain more experience? What happens when the pond becomes to small? What happens when you want to work with clients on the other side of the world? Remote work is the dream of many... In this episode Laura tells us how we can...