All tagged self development

5 Lessons Learned from Building a Creative Business in 2016

I’ve heard it said, creating your own business is like the biggest exercise in self development you can take on. In this post, I want to share with you some of the key lessons, situational takeaways, and solutions to problems that I learned in 2016 while growing a creative business. Because building a business is a creative act, just like building a shirt, building a wardrobe, building a family, relationship, or friendship. Its an act of making, and I feel like a lot of these lessons are helpful even if you aren’t running a small business yourself. They apply to any creative thinker, project or endeavor. People email me and tell me, “Hey Andrea, you know how to get things done.” Well, trust me, I’m not special or have some secret super power (magic wand). I have strategies. Let’s dig into some of those today :)

Professional Practices : My 10 educational and business investments that paid off exponentially.

Last month, in my last professional practices article, I discussed 10 ways that I created income streams that paid off my student loan debt in 2 years. I also mentioned that it took a lot of personal and professional development to create the necessary mindset to even think of these ideas! While I am very fortunate and grateful to have the education that I do have, I invested in several other education programs and services to grow Fair Fit. Today, I share with you these resources, programs, and people who helped me learn the personal and business practices that are prospering me now. They might be good resources for you too!

A #FairFitDailySew Update

I created a Fair Fit Daily Sew challenge for myself and a few students who were really interested in sewing, but needed a way to find time for their practice after I read a post by sewing blogger Christine Haynes about finding time for your sewing. I decided to give it a try and see what happens. Here is what I learned about the process and some steps for moving forward.