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‘T ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it: debunking strategy

Aim High And Be Smart

Topic Intro

For us, rule number 1 of business planning for artists and creative freelancers is that your plan should reflect what YOU want, for your career or business AND for your life. We’re going to show you the power of a good story when you’re thinking about strategy, plus how to identify some aims to work out where you want to go and some milestones to keep you on the right track. 

Aiming high and being SMART: getting inside aims and objectives

Working out where you want to get to, and how to get there.

It’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it

Mindmap, list or table? Find a way of recording your thinking that works for you.

From aims to actions template – translating your thinking to doing

Use this super useful template to move yourself from big picture thinking to specific actions.

Strategy – Sorting The Shoulds From The Coulds

Topic Intro

The good news fellow creatives is, that ‘strategy’ is just a fancy word for how you are going to get something done. Better news still is that we’re all about making strategic thinking as simple as possible! Check out why we think strategy is simply about sorting the ‘coulds’ from the ‘shoulds, and why it can help to think of it as being in a changing room and trying on lots of outfits. 

Why creating a strategy is a bit like going into a changing room

Making strategic decisions? Trust us, it’s very similar to trying on different outfits!

Could vs should: strategy and tactics

Strategies are about sorting the ‘could dos’ from the ‘should dos’; tactics the steps you’ll take.

Messy thinking – working out which way to go

You can’t do everything, so here’s how to work out which are the right strategies for you.

Oh oh – Risk And Failure

Topic Intro

Being creative is a risky business, right? The chances are that, like us, you’ve made a few mistakes along the way. What artist or creative freelancer hasn’t? So it’s belt and braces time, as we share some common reasons creative businesses fail, along with ideas and tools to help you avoid making those same mistakes and dial down your risks. 

It wasn’t meant to be this way

Some common reasons why creative businesses fail.

Belt and braces – managing risk

Be prepared! All you need to know about managing risk (and avoiding sleepless nights!).

Putting it on the line – risk register template

This little beauty will help you identify all your risks, and what to do if the s*** hits the fan.

Money, money, money: making the money stuff work

Getting started – the basics and budgeting

Topic Intro

Money makes the world go round, whether, as artists and creative freelancers, we like it or not. And to have a successful career it’s also true that you need to budget rather than ‘fudge it’. Don’t worry though, we can explain why budgets are actually stories and how to make friends with budgeting, plus help you build an annual budget and get you inside some key budgeting truths. 

Some key money questions to ask yourself

Financial planning isn’t rocket science; just think about these key questions and you’ve cracked it.

Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity – a golden rule and key definitions

Busting more finance jargon and sharing a truth you need to take to heart.

How to make friends with budgeting

Why budgets are actually stories, and how to make budgeting much less scary.

Building a budget – a quick how to guide

Practical steps to help you build a budget.

Budget not fudge it budget template

Use our template to be sure you are more budget not fudget!

Looking to the future – projections and cashflow

Topic Intro

Did you know that in reality business planning is a lot about making the most educated guesses you can about the future? It’s true, especially when it comes to trying to predict and project how much money you might earn and spend, and when. Stick with us to get inside how to make sure all your financial guesswork is bang on the money. 

Project The Future – how to financially plan for different scenarios

How to take the guesswork out of financial planning (or make it as educated as possible at least).

Cash flows are the way forward

A cash flow forecast helps you predicts your ‘ins’ and ‘outs’, and tips on how to keep yours healthy.

Cash is King template

Building your cash flow.