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March 3, 2017

62 Creative Biz Resources I Used in Year One

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This week I hosted a one-year business birthday party and chatted through “9 Messaging Secrets I Learned in Year One” on a webinar (grab the recording here!).

‘Twas just a blast hanging out with internet buddies and talking creative biz life — I mean, it helped I had a glass of champagne poured into the good crystal in hand. 😉

“Don’t wait to celebrate,” my friend Katherine Wolf has taught me over the years. Pull out the good china, ’cause life’s too short — can I get an amen?

Then, cue last night, as my friend Kaylen came over and we curled up cross-legged on the couchand she asked me about small business life.

62 business and blogging resources I used in the first year of my creative biz

Have you heard of the curse of knowledge? The concept that you — the expert — operate at a 9 on a scale when your audience sits at a 1.

That was me talking to Kaylen: How quickly I forget the things I learned in one year! This week, I’ve spent some time reflecting on the tools & resources that propelled my business in year one, and without further adieu, here is a business start-up resource list for you to plow through if you’re thinking of shifting vocational gears and steppin’ into some dreams!

Disclaimer: Y’all. 25 KAZILLION resource lists for creative small businesses exist on the internet. I just counted. This is in no way a comprehensive resource. This is the unedited, raw list of podcasts I listened to with earbuds tucked in my ears at my corporate desk, websites I stalked, and the apps and tools I actually use in my business.

Over the year, I’ve sent a LOT of emails to women who ask me what I listened to or read … and here’s the list!


Websites I Turned To

Elle & Co. to learn how to build a Squarespace website

Megan Minns to learn how to systemize things

Kristin Kaplan to learn how to price my services

Amber Housley to learn about the creative mompreneur (Dog mom. It counts) niche

Mariah Coz for blogging

Melyssa Griffin for marketing

Heather Crabtree and Reina Pomeroy for … well … I don’t think I knew why I was listening to them. Now I know they’re coaches, but back then I just found their posts helpful.

Rising Tide Society for community


Podcasts I Listened To

(I now subscribe to like, 42 podcasts, but those were the only 4 I listened to before I quit my job and during my first month)

Being Boss

Amy Porterfield

Seth Godin Start-up School

Smart Passive Income


Tools I Invested In

So, I went all out and made a whole resources page here, which I hope helps you! On my new resources page, you’ll find:

16 entrepreneurial essentials for small businesses

And a partridge in a pear tree.

Freshly sharpened pencil bouquet ready, I'm here to make sure your words sell. I help women like you steward your story well, so you can work from a place of rest—not hustle.

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