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Small Business Creativity: Thriving on Limited Resources

Creativity for Small Businesses
If you are a small business owner, you know how challenging it can be. Trying to fit into a community while standing out from the crowd. And always, with an eye on attracting more customers. You’ll know how important it is to manage your time, money, and energy. And all the while, balancing your personal and professional life. How can you do all that and still be creative?

That’s the wrong way of thinking. You need creativity in abundance to do all that.

Creativity isn’t a talent that some people have and others don’t. It is a skill that you can learn and practice, and it can help you grow your small business in many ways. Here are some benefits of creativity for small businesses: Continue reading “Small Business Creativity: Thriving on Limited Resources”

Creativity and Intuition for Professionals

Vet using technique, creativity, and intuition with a cat
When you think of creativity, you might imagine artists, writers, musicians, or inventors. But creativity is not limited to these fields. Personal care professionals – massage therapists, dentists, veterinarians, opticians, and others rely on creativity. The very best also use intuition to provide excellent service to their clients.

Creativity is the ability to produce something new and valuable.

Intuition is an inner sense of knowing what to do without conscious reasoning. It is often based on subconscious cues, patterns, feelings, or impressions. It helps guide the decision-making process and enhances the creativity of the professional.

Both creativity and intuition develop from training, experience, and instinct. Continue reading “Creativity and Intuition for Professionals”

Prospecting for Creative Success

Pitching for Creative Success
Whatever your field – writing, illustration, design – there’s one universal truth. Creativity is your superpower. But all creatives need to harness their bravery when it comes to prospecting for new business. From there, they need courage to turn clients into satisfied partners.

The Journey of Courage

Prospecting is the gentle art of seeking new business opportunities. It’s an essential first step to creative success. Some people love the process. They see it as an adventure that requires both creativity and courage. The journey sometimes begins with careful identification of potential clients or collaborators. Other times circumstances means you have to dive headfirst into the unknown. You swallow your fears and you present your ideas with no prior planning – the famous elevator pitch. Continue reading “Prospecting for Creative Success”

Making changes: From Freelancer to Employee

Embarking on a creative freelancing journey can be an exhilarating experience, filled with dreams of independence and artistic fulfilment. Yet, not all paths unfold as expected. If you find yourself transitioning from freelancing to seeking traditional employment, know that you’re not alone, and this shift doesn’t diminish your creativity or worth. It’s a chance for growth, learning, and a renewed perspective on your creative journey.

Initially, freelancing might have seemed like the perfect platform to showcase your talents and carve your niche. However, challenges in client acquisition, inconsistent income, and the business side of things can sometimes overshadow the creative joy. As you reflect on this transition, remember that setbacks are part of any creative venture. They don’t define your artistic abilities or creative potential.

It’s okay to feel a tinge of embarrassment or uncertainty as you consider traditional employment. But rather than letting this emotion overshadow your next steps, use it as a driving force for self-discovery and reinvention. Remember, your creative skills and experiences gained during freelancing are invaluable assets that can enrich your new professional endeavours.

Here are a few strategies to embrace this transition: Continue reading “Making changes: From Freelancer to Employee”

Unveil the Secrets of Master Chefs: Harnessing the Magic of Creative Inspiration


In the world of culinary arts, master chefs are renowned for their seemingly magical abilities to concoct exquisite dishes that tantalise the senses. As creative professionals and business leaders, there is much we can learn from their approach to creative inspiration. Just like their gastronomic masterpieces, creative ideas can come from any source. So, let’s take a peek behind the kitchen doors and explore the secrets that fuel the creative prowess of master chefs. Continue reading “Unveil the Secrets of Master Chefs: Harnessing the Magic of Creative Inspiration”

Financial Stability for Creative Professionals

As with most creative professionals, your work is your passion. There’s always a ton of work to be done – jobs large and small. But getting paid for your work – now that’s another story. You either already know that it can be difficult to make a living from your art, or you’re bright eyed and bushy tailed. Pro-tip: Take cash over a promise. Many creative professionals face financial instability due to irregular income, gig-based work, or difficulty in monetising their skill set. Finding ways to achieve financial stability while pursuing creative passions is a common struggle.

Here are a few tips for achieving financial stability as a creative professional: Continue reading “Financial Stability for Creative Professionals”

What is the real difference between your business and your competitor’s?

The main difference between your business and your competitors is, and always has been, creativity.

There you go – straight up, simple, no frills.

If your business is in front of your competitor(s), you and/or your team are more creative. If they’re in front of you, they are more creative. Any business leading the way is more creative than its competitors.

Here’s a quick acid test: Were the last employees who left your organisation disruptive and/or disenchanted? How about you – do you feel disruptive and/or disenchanted? If so, that’s a sure sign that talents are not being exploited. Creativity is walking out the door. In some cases, they are walking off to your competitors. And it’s not just all about the money.
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Business Success: Unleashing Creativity in Small Enterprises


Are you ready to discover the secret ingredient that can elevate your small business to new heights? It’s time to unlock the power of creativity. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned business owner, harnessing creativity can make all the difference in your journey to success. Let’s explore how small businesses can use creativity to thrive in the competitive world of commerce. Continue reading “Business Success: Unleashing Creativity in Small Enterprises”

Expressing Creativity through Trades

Photo by j.mt_photography: www.pexels.com/photo/man-forging-metal-3680094/Creative expression is not limited to traditional art forms. Painters, sculptors, and musicians are not the only people who can express themselves creatively. People who work in what used to be familiar and traditional trades such as potters, blacksmiths, woodworkers, and glassblowers use their skills to create works of art.

Today these ‘tradespeople’ are artists in their own right. They use their knowledge and expertise to create objects that are both functional and beautiful. They are constantly pushing the boundaries of their craft, and they are always looking for new ways to express themselves.

Today our everyday tradespeople can develop and use their skills to create artfully, and bring a touch of joy to their work lives – and to ours.

The plumber who devises a way to drain your basement. The panel beater who makes your car smooth again. Even the kid who serves your coffee in a delightful way. People who work with their hearts and hands in a way that they’re not just creating objects. They are also creating a sense of community. They are sharing their skills with others, and they are inspiring others to be creative. They are showing us that creativity is not limited to a select few. It’s something that we can all experience.

Looking for way that people express themselves creatively. You might feel inspired and ready to bring a new touch of creativity to your world too.


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