The most popular post on this site to date is The Most Dangerous Threat to Your Etsy/Zibbet/Artfire Business. It's the one most often linked to in the forums of those sites, and the one I get the most questions and feedback about. I love that people are finding it so helpful! Recently, someone posted the link to a frustrated Etsyer in the forum, who claimed she was going to quit Etsy after four months without a … [Read more...] about 5 Additional Streams of Income for Artists. I’m Working on #3, Myself.
As some of you may know, I've worked with Fortune 500 companies just as much as I've worked with individuals and small businesses. I've dealt with extremely creative people and extremely "corporate" people. Guess who I resonate best with? Not that I can't work with corporate people. I totally can, and I blend in quite well. But my heart absolutely swells with pride, joy, and complete awesomeness when I get to … [Read more...] about Stepping Off Point – Making A Choice & Sticking It Through
This post is probably going to come off as more of a 'rant', but I assure you it's not. I'm simply trying to hammer this through so many heads right now, that I felt the need to explain it in writing. You have to have something to market before you can market what you've got. Period. Don't come at me asking to help you build/market a website so you can make millions and then you'll give me a percentage. … [Read more...] about Build First. Grow Later.
YOU DESERVE MORE THAN MEDIOCRITY! I know it's "comfortable" and "safe" - but you are an amazing human being, with a brain that's capable of so much more! I've been fortunate enough to meet some truly amazing people in my life. Both online and in person. Some are CEOs of companies they built from the ground up. Some are worker bees. Some are women who choose to stay at home and work on the side. Some are men … [Read more...] about Facing Your Entrepreneurial Fears – Part 1
I hope you had a wonderful holiday! First, I want to say something to those of you receiving this in your inbox. It's been almost a year since I wrote here, and for that I apologize. (You'll learn more about that if you keep reading...) But you DID in fact, voluntarily subscribe to receive these emails from me. I am not spamming you, and I want to let you know that if you choose to unsubscribe, I totally understand. … [Read more...] about It’s Time To Start Thinking About 2013
CLICK HERE: UPDATED for 2014/2015 and beyond!!! I honestly can't believe that 2011 is about to end in two weeks. I know, you're probably sitting there thinking, "Lara, let me get through the holidays before you start talking about the New Year!" No. Sorry, but nope. When you're in business for yourself, you've got to be thinking ahead. Much farther ahead than two weeks, and if you … [Read more...] about How To: End of Year Reviews and Planning for Self-Employed People