Wanna give your creative business a HUGE boost?

Wanna give your creative business a HUGE boost?

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You’ve got to subscribe to ‘tickle the imagination’ TODAY so you don’t miss out on this one!

For under $50 you get your crafty BFF the gift that keeps on giving all year – and it’s a great excuse to catch up!

Get together each issue and get crafty and creative together. You can pre-organise yourselves, pop down to Spotlight to grab your supplies and then have an afternoon of crafty goodness. Or you could get the plans for the next kiddo’s birthday party done and dusted – and impress all of the other Mum’s! Ahhh…

campfire recipes
S’mores recipes and fun things you can do with the kids to enjoy yourselves a little campfire party…
pom pom pillows
Jazz up the loungeroom with some cute pom pom pillows!
strawberry layer cake
Strawberry layer cake recipe and inspo! Just gorgeous!

 

 

Ooh, wait, the best part is, if you’re a crafty yourself and you’ve been looking for that little boost you need to make your dreams come alive then you need to get onto this TODAY!

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You see, you’ve got to be a ‘tickle’ subscriber to enter and that, my friends, is why I’m seriously hurrying you along – Forming Circles are offering three grants of $1000 PLUS an additional $1000 of advertising (seriously, guys, this is what I do for a living and that’s a great start!) to get your dream soaring.

I don’t want you to miss out because, frankly, I love chatting to you all and adore that you bother following me and reading this! And also, I’m really super keen for the winner to tell me all about their dream and why they took the plunge and entered – there’s an interview in that – just lemme know or I’ll chase you up! 🙂

But, you’ve only got until midnight on 23rd November because that is when the applications close.

So kids, get off your butts, dig deep and remember your dreams and why you keep thinking about that while you should be finishing the books for your boss!

Good luck possums!
Mrs Jones x

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Regarding vacations…

Regarding vacations…


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So, I realised that it’s actually been more than 12 years – seriously, OVER twelve years since I had an actual vacation. Yes, I shall admit that I’ve travelled but it’s been for work and frankly, as you’ll know, that pales after a while and you don’t get time to relax, which is EXACTLY what I need.

This year has been absolutely TERRIBLE for me on the health front and I’ve had to change a lot of things around in my life. But, you know what? It feels like I’m coming through the other side. Each week there is a setback and be it minor or major, I’m 100% done! Done, I tell you! People talk about how health is the most important thing to them, and I’ve always thought ‘yeah, yeah, I agree’, but it’s not until you’re stuck in hospital, or at home and unable to look after your family that you really take stock and decide to give yourself a kick up the bot-bot and do something concrete about it….

I shall hold myself accountable to you, my cyber-friends, you! I have started a 100-day journal for this blog so that I actually turn it back into a proper website that details all of the services that I shall officially have back on the market come, January 2015! Yay! I’ll be offering photography for all of you delightful ‘vintagey-indie-gorgeous type product’ selling people; personal ‘small-home-based business’ mentoring to the same type of clients – but with a twist! – and workshops for all of you guys who are running small (in fact, let’s call them what they actually are,  MICRO-businesses!) micro craft or creative businesses. A business where it’s just YOU, well, there is probably a partner, friend or love who is on hand to help out when things get busy, or perhaps they’re not so busy? Well, that’s where I come in!

We’ll have fortnightly mentoring sessions, just you and I, over a cuppa and discuss vintagey/crafty/creative things and how they are going to make your business some money. Yep, you read right, M.O.N.E.Y!

We’ll also work on putting business goals into action and getting you ‘out there’ and by out there, I mean out in the marketplace, where and when it works for you. Do you need to work around family? You know what, if you’re going to get serious then we need to take very clear stock of exactly what can be achieved, in what amount of time and at what sacrifice to your family. Yep, you can have just about anything, but you cannot – I repeat – CANNOT have everything! Anyhow, we’ll chat about that kind of thing too.

I’ll also take some time to go over your marketing, PR and advertising – and we’ll work out just why you’re not getting the type of business you need, or not getting enough.

Oh, and we’ll talk about strategic planning for your business – you know what are you going to do to prepare for Christmas? What if you’d like to take a holiday every now and then (yes, I expect that once we’re on track with your business, you’ll have the time and money to take one of those!), and what should you do if things start growing and you’d prefer to stay small…

Basically friends, when it comes down to it, running a small, creative business is darn hard work and while ‘makers gotta make’ there is other stuff that YOU SIMPLY MUST get done if you’re going to have clients to sell your gorgeous goodies to.

So, there it is – Mrs Jones Vintage, may have a tiny, wee, rebrand come December, but I’ll be bringing the above to the amazing micro business ladies (oh, and of course guys if there are any who need help, but mostly we’re talking mamas here!) of Melbourne in January 2015… And I cannot wait! I really look forward to getting to know some of you better and bringing the skills I have to more people, more often.

Anyhow… back to the fact that I haven’t had a vacation in forever… well, my gorgeous husband suggested that I take the kiddos up to the Gold Coast to visit his family so I can have a break (they cannot get enough of their grandchildren!!) and I have a feeling he’ll be getting one down here even though he’ll be working each day! A holiday apart isn’t ideal, but it’s all we can manage this year and I think we’ll both be refreshed, miss each other and revived both personally, family-wise and professionally.

Love, Mrs Jones x