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January 24, 2019

Reading Time: 5 Minutes When do you find time to do all those “one-day” ideas on your list? I’ve found that downtime or offseason is a GREAT time for these—as long as you think they’re also fun! We talk a lot over here about taking time to rest or take that sabbatical—and enjoy your downtime. But some of us […]

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January 14, 2019

Reading Time: 8 Minutes Today, I’m sharing my review of HoneyBook—the client relationship management tool I’ve used since 2016! This little workhorse tool has helped me collect nearly $250K in my small business over the past 2.5 years. I tried loads of systems to streamline accounting and client workflow the first few months after I quit my corporate job. I’d been serving brides for years […]

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December 3, 2018

Reading Time: 10 Minutes Sabbatical? Check. Paid sabbatical? Check. But paid maternity leave? As an entrepreneur? With a team? Ay yi yi. Y’all have been asking how I’m prepping for Baby Carter, so in this post, I want to tell you what I’ve done each trimester along the way! Whether it’s extended leave, maternity leave, or just sabbatical, I hope […]

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August 17, 2018

Reading Time: 7 Minutes “Ashlyn, when do you know its time to hire an assistant? How much were you making on your own before you brought in help?” You asked, and I’m answering. This topic makes me so happy! So, you know that I like to talk about sales copy as a copywriter, and how to leverage your words to […]

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August 3, 2018

Reading Time: 6 Minutes Today, I’d like to share some of the automation workflows for your creative business that have helped ME things run on auto, even when I can’t—the things that allow my business to be productive and keep moving forward. Why? Because the other week I went to Paris to speak at The Signature Atelier photography workshop […]

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July 23, 2018

Reading Time: 8 Minutes Every “yes” must be defended by a thousand “no’s,” I’ve heard it said. Amen. And for many of us, that battle is fought out on the pages of our planners (Bob Goff quote). Today, I’m doing a video on how to plan your day—you could do this with ANY digital or analog solution! But specifically, […]

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July 13, 2018

Reading Time: 6 Minutes Let’s talk about how to “GSD” as the kids say: how to be more productive with one of my favorite business tools: a Trello tutorial. Getting sidetracked looking for something basic I need in my business—a password, my EIN, the HEX codes for the Veuve Clicquot-inspired orange I use—that drives me banana pancakes. Today, I’m […]

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June 26, 2018

Reading Time: 2 Minutes Author Laura Vanderkam stopped me dead in my page-turning by the pool in St. Lucia last sabbatical with thoughts on how to feel less busy. Ready for the zinger? When it comes to our busy-as-a-badge-of-honor, go-go-go culture, Laura’s response was worlds different: “You have more time than you think. In 168 hours in a week, […]

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June 22, 2018

Reading Time: 7 Minutes This past week we put out a survey, and hearing what y’all ACTUALLY want is always my favorite (plus, I lol’d on the couch reading some of your responses). Something that came up constantly? “I am amazed at how much you can get done! I love hearing about your processes, schedule, how you got to […]

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June 8, 2018

Reading Time: 4 Minutes In today’s post, I’ll be explaining a tool that I use to read each month: here’s my LeaderBox unboxing! So,I try to read 4 books a month, but sometimes it’s 3. MOSTLY I hit 4 however, and that’s been in big part to Michael Hyatt’s subscription box called Leaderbox. In the morning, after I finish […]