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Business Bites: Powering Through

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Photography: A Subtle Revelry

It’s been one of those treadmill weeks. I feel like I’ve been pounding one for 8 hours a day, just trying to keep up. If only my story was more literal than metaphorical, I’d be fit as a fiddle! Weeks like this one can feel like they’re sent to test us, but really, it’s just all part of the ebb and flow of running your own business. Sometimes it’s fun and frolics for days, and other times it’s all about getting your head down, powering through and doing the very best you can.

4 ways to deal with criticism 
7 mistakes every photographer makes
Stop glorifying hard work and long hours

“No one should glorify working long and hard hours. Working hard does not mean you are working smart or even getting more done. It might even mean you can’t figure out how to focus on the important stuff.”

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Business Bites: Working Like a Machine…

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Photography: Kitchen Konfidence

My feet have not touched the ground since I got home on Wednesday night… I literally feel like an old machine cranking back up to full speed… I’ll get there but it might take me a few days! I’m not going to lie though, I’m feeling quite overwhelmed and a little stressed out about everything I have on right now, but it’s all good, I’m just taking each day hour at a time! Sheesh maybe I need to write a blog post titled ‘How to get shit done in no time at all…’

5 ways to prepare your blog for affiliate selling
7 mistakes every photographer makes
Thinking about money

“Many marketers work overtime to confuse us about money. They take advantage of our misunderstanding of the time value of money, of our aversion to reading the fine print, of our childish need for instant gratification and most of all, our conflicted emotional connection to money,” Seth Godin

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Business Bites: Just Be True to Who You Are

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Photography: Via Elle Spain

As many of you probably already know, I’ve been over in my second home, New York City this week. Last weekend we taught a Blogcademy workshop to 30 incredible women in Brooklyn and yesterday we flew to Minneapolis to do this same again this weekend (if you’d like to come along we can totally squeeze you in by the way!)

The amazing but scary thing about teaching a workshop that travels all around the world is that every class is different – a different city, a different venue and a whole host of different students each time… But I never need to worry. The babes that come to our class are passionate, colourful and as Shauna, Gala and I said on the subway home on Sunday, just like us – like attracts like and all that! Oh we love them so but we adore them even more when they send testimonials like this one. Madelin you blew us away and I couldn’t help but share it here. Blush!

“The Blogcademy is fucking life-changing. I sold half of my wardrobe (no joke) in order to attend and I’d sell the other half and show up in nothing but my undies and black eyeliner ten times over: these women are legit. Their energy is through the roof. Their knowledge is powerful. Their commitment is palpable. And they will give you the necessary kick in the ass you need to own your identity, no matter how scary that might be. Between the sparkles, sea of hair colors, and resounding tribal spirit, I kept waiting for Jessie J to burst through the window on a Tarzan rope belting out ‘Just be true to who you are’. (I wouldn’t put it past these three. I believe them capable of anything). But all in all, whether you have to walk 500 miles, subsist on Ramen noodles for a month, or fly on a broomstick to get there…GO. Stop thinking about it. GO. I kid not when I say it will alter the course of your professional career and, by extension, your life”

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Business Bites: Motivation

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Photography: Food for my Family

Over brunch in Soho yesterday morning, Gala and I started chatting about motivation. It’s funny because I always figured that I was motivated by money, after all isn’t that why we run our businesses? But she commented that since I’d arrived in New York, less than 24 hours previously, I’d spoken about two projects that I am currently working on. Of both I’d then gone on to say “yeah but I’m not really doing it for the money. I really enjoy it and think it will make me really stand out from the other wedding blogs…”

I’ve always been very competitive. I always want to be the one winning the award, the one being picked for the magazine feature, the one doing all the new and innovative projects. I think, sometimes, acknowledging our motivations can be quite difficult because the things that ultimately drive us might not be the things we really want people to know about us. They are our strengths but, if exposed, could also be seen as weaknesses.

I always knew this about myself but never really thought about it as being a motivation. I figured it was just the way I was, an irrelevant character trait if you will. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I also recently took The Fascination Advance test. It’s about $30 but if you’re having trouble determining your strengths and weaknesses or you want to find out how you can use your personality and motivations to propel what you do, its well worth the investment. My result initially quite surprised me but after this chat with Gala it’s all starting to fall into place a bit more.

So I ask you, what are you motivated by? At it’s core and in your gut, what drives you to do what you do? Is it money, competition, security, being a leader, spending more time with your family, helping others, creative expression, experiencing new things… something else?

Anyway, that’s just a little sommat sommat for you to mull over. If you feel so inclined I’d love to hear about your motivations the comments. Enjoy this week’s links and have a great weekend. The Blogcademy kicks off again tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited!

♥ ‘Everyone is a photographer’: specialize or perish
Forget about marketing, concentrate on blogging
♥ What to do when you feel jealous of other business ladies
Photographers, are you struggling to set your rates? Read this…

“Whenever someone says they can’t afford us, we don’t believe that’s really what they mean. We present our value first, and if they don’t recognize that value, we gladly allow them to walk away.”

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Business Bites: Favourites

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Photography: Happy Living

Did I mention that I’m off to New York next Wednesday for the next round of Blogcademy workshops? Gosh where is the time going this year?! I’m so super excited. NYC might just be my favourite city in the whole world, and of course I get to see some of my favourite people in the whole world while I’m there too.

If you’re a last minute booking kinda gal we have a few spaces in the NYC class still available as well as some for the Minneapolis one the following weekend. We’d love to see you there!

Cripes, I have so much to do before then though, must dash. I’m a busy, busy, busy bee. I hope you enjoy this week’s links before you run off though…

♥ If you’re on the lookout for a new theme for your WordPress blog, this search tool is awesome
Facebook ads: good for likes, bad for sales
♥ The business of blogging
♥ The art of being a goal-getter

“So often people think that as soon as they set up shop (their website, a retail location, an ad in a magazine, etc.), the world will come knocking. But no one will know about what you do or what you have to offer unless you tell them and show them.” Joy Cho

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Business Bites: Instagram All The Things!

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Photography: Hungry Girl Porvida

Yesterday I was in North London shooting an editorial for the brand new edition of the print magazine. It. Was. Amazing. I had such an incredible team, two stunning models and the venue, Belt Craft Studios, was just… WOW. I really had to resist the urge to Instagram everything because there’s nothing worse than too many sneak peeks and when you see the final shots it feels like you’ve already seen it all! But believe me, this baby is going to be good. It’s definitely something you might not expect from me too, I can’t wait to hear what you all think.

Issue 3 can’t come soon enough, especially since we completely sold out of issue 2 recently. Can you believe that!? We’re still currently working to a mid-August deadline so fingers and toes crossed that it all comes together in time please!

So, how has your week been?

Why you should blog to get your next job
So you want to speak at a conference?
Why powerful women make the best friends
♥ Three ways to say no to people who want to pick your brain

“If you want people to value your time then you have to put a value on it” – Marie Forelo

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