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La Petite Peach_January Round Up

TGIF! This month on the January round up, I have compiled my favorite business resources into one short list. These are brands, companies and services that I have used and are using. I hope you enjoy!

1. The Quiet Power Strategy with Tara Gentile.

2. The Being Boss podcast. It’s all about creative entrepreneurs owning what they do and blending work/life. I love listening to these ladies while I am in the car or out for a walk.

3. In the process of creating a business plan? Or maybe you never made one for your business? You should! Here are all the essentials.

4. My favorite business guru Marie Forleo had David Bach on MarieTV, and it’s so worth watching. Check it out here.

5. I stumbled upon the Rising Tide Society this fall. A fabulous group for creative entrepreneurs.

6. How to write for dream clients, hosted by my new favorite biz lady Jen Carrington.

7. If you haven’t heard of Holly Becker from Decor8, then climb out from under the rock ASAP! Check out her amazing workshops and courses on Blogging Your Way.

8. Last year I did the Blogcademy, and I cannot recommend it enough. Such a great learning experience. You can take the courses online or in-person.

9. Awesome resources over on Xo Sarah, like how to grow your business and more.

10. One of my favorite sites is Design Sponge. More than the home makeovers, I love the stories about how business started and stay afloat in the Life & Business section.

11. If you have a WordPress website, aren’t the most tech savvy (ahem me) and can’t afford an IT employee (me again), then you need Chloe Digital ASAP.  For just 99$ a month I have all my minor tech needs met. I can’t tell you how much I depend on this!

12. Are you a digital publisher who needs help with content? Then you must have Erica Midkiff in your life! I worked with Erica on the guest post series I launched so I could take a proper maternity leave.

13. I know I have boasted before about how amazing Braid Creative is. They helped me develop my brand, find my voice and perfected my brand language. Not to mention boosted my confidence when speaking about my work!

14. If your a blog reader but don’t want your inbox blowing up with emails every day, sign up for Bloglovin’. You can follow your favorite blogs and then receive weekly emails with the posts by those bloggers all in one email.

15. I have been sweating Alt Summit since the first year it started. Someday I will make it there!

 

 

 

 

LPPFreelancing

Being a present parent and a productive writer is the hard, but achievable, balance I am striving for. I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say raising kids comes first, and so sometimes I have to say no to a really amazing project or that “I can’t” to a killer business trip. If I don’t keep that equilibrium that I love, I am just not positive and happy. Here are my best tips to be your most productive self while freelancing and being a mama.

1. Set Boundaries: Planning a career while raising children means that you are going to have to set boundaries. Working on your own time means that you need to be more clear on exactly what that means for you. For example: when you are working, you are working, period (see #3 for scheduling!). When you are with your children, you are being mindful, present, and in tune. This takes major practice and work on your part but you need to be present with work and with your family to be the most productive you can possibly be. Both parties deserve your undivided attention. Establishing boundaries may also mean something as small as silencing your phone on Mondays or not taking conference calls before 12pm. Whatever your boundaries are, make sure you stick to them!

2. Have a Schedule: It doesn’t need to be rigid, but it does need to be clear. For example, I work first thing in the morning, during nap time, and then late at night. The times fluctuate, but they usually fall somewhere between 7-8:00am, 1-3:00pm and 8-11pm. Notice that when my kids are home or awake, I am absolutely NOT working. I have to be a mindful parent, it’s so important to me. You need to be clear about your schedule, but also have wiggle room for life, children, vacations and of coursegirlfriends!

3. Be Productive: This seems like a no-brainer right? OK, well, it’s not that simple! Being productive means that you have boundaries, a schedule, and a plan-but MOST importantlyyou are PRODUCTIVE during these times. This is why I allow for some schedule wiggle room in the afternoon, because if I am going to web surf during the hours of 1-3 while the kids are at school/asleep, then this is not using my time wisely (I really sound like a mom here don’t I?). If I need that extra energy then I take that nap. I might have to put more hours in another time, but that’s OK. You may not have time to rest, but you CAN take that lunch break, go outside and enjoy some fresh air. Here is the best explanation about being productive by the amazing Marie Forleo, watch here.

4. Have a Dedicated Work Space: This could be at your kitchen table, a home office, a desk in the basement, it really doesn’t matter where it is, as long as it exists. I have a home office but that doesn’t mean I produce better work. The important take away here is that I have a desk, it’s quiet (well during nap time), I have all my supplies present, and I can sit there and work whenever I can. Having a space of your own is important for your brain, it lets your body know that when I am here I am productive and creative. Which leads me to #5…

5. Mix it up: Hit up a local cafe to people watch and get your creative juices flowing. The best type of work happens with a cup of coffee and the buzz of a cafe. Staring at your work space for months in a row is not going to get you fired up to produce. Get out there and find a local spot with great WiFi!

I hope these tips help you to be the best freelancer and creative you can be. Remember if you get stuck, tap into your tribe. Meet a friend or colleague to bounce ideas off of. Also, comment below, I would love to hear how you work!

Photo by Cambria from Cambria Grace Photography

 

 

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