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EP 19 - When is it time to go all in on your creative business?

Running your own business is the dream of many. And often this dream begins whilst working as a full time employee. Perhaps you find your first freelance client, word gets out and before you know it you don't have a second to breath...but it's not always so easy. Working 'on the side' can sometimes go on for years! So how do you know when it's time to go all-in on your creative business? Listen in to this week's episode to hear our thoughts on the subject.


EP 18 - If we could do it all over, what would we change?

Regret is not something we should dwell on. By definition it's a negative emotion. But what if we could take what we've learned over the years and apply our findings to the past? Would we be in a different place right now? In today's show Marcus and I reflect on what we would like to have done differently and go deep on some of the biggest lessons we've learned over the last decade (or so) as creative entrepreneurs.


EP 17 How to ensure project success through better client interviews

Asking ‘difficult questions’ while talking to clients can be scary. So scary in fact, that often we fail to ask them at all. In today's episode we discuss some of the essential questions we use in our own interviews and how we get clients to open up to 'sensitive' subjects such as the 'Why' behind their project and how much they're willing to invest!


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...