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The many ways I failed this year….

The many ways I failed this year….

I was 17 when my mum threatened to never speak to me again. But it wasn’t my fault – it was Perfect Margot’s fault.* Perfect Margot had perfect scores across the grade. She spoke fluent Shakespeare and could calculate advanced algorithms on the fly. And she did it all...

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Three truth bombs about making money from ecourses

Three truth bombs about making money from ecourses

It’s the week after my latest launch of Design Biz Bootcamp (if it were a TV series, we’d be in season seven now!) and I’m officially doona-deep in celebratory Bed Week.   Ah, Bed Week. Not only is it my post-launch celebration and ritual, it’s also my pathway to...

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Shitty mindset flu

Shitty mindset flu

Four shitty mindset mistakes I’m making in my business right now(But that I really don’t want YOU to make.) Everyone has bad days. It’s a known caveat of this whole ‘life’ thing. But when bad days bleed into bloody horrible weeks, your chances of catching Shitty...

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How cake can help you build your design biz

How cake can help you build your design biz

Everybody knows that great branding, funnels and email marketing will help you grow and build your design biz.But the secret overachiever in my biz-building mix? Cake.MOTHER-LOVIN’ CAKE.Don’t believe me? Keep reading. I recently had the opportunity to chat to one of...

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40 things every graphic designer should know

40 things every graphic designer should know

I recently celebrated a BIG birthday: My 19th 21st .(For the mathematically challenged, that’s my 40th birthday.)And with this important day came the arrival of my Fully-Fledged, Responsible Adult papers. From now on, I’m a middle-aged mastermind with her shit...

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How to prove to your clients that your designs are awesome

How to prove to your clients that your designs are awesome

How to prove to your clients that your designs are awesome (And, like, require zero revisions but #alltheapproval from them.) Hold my hand. Take a breath. And let’s take an imaginary day trip back in time to your school days. You’re there, bright-eyed and optimistic,...

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Why you need to increase your prices – NOW.

Why you need to increase your prices – NOW.

I remember when I first charged $1,000 for a logo design. There was a sense of giddy euphoria - followed by a disturbing dumping of dread. What had I done?! I worried. … And was it about to ruin my business? The answer, in hindsight, was a big, “Hell no.” In fact, I...

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How to beat burnout and still get a sh*t tonne done

How to beat burnout and still get a sh*t tonne done

“How are you?”   This was the question I asked eight different lady bosses last week. And you wanna know how they all responded?   “BUSY!” Yep, I get it. We’re all super fricken busy. And sure, we could go into a debate about how busy we really are and how this is all...

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How to REALLY prove your worth as a graphic designer

How to REALLY prove your worth as a graphic designer

Three designers walk into a bar.   (And no, this isn’t a joke … or is it? Keep reading to find out,) Each of them has a paper bag on their head with a price written on it in black marker.  In front of them, their dream client must choose just one designer to go ahead...

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How to be a better designer

How to be a better designer

If you’re anything like me, you’re not willing to rest on your laurels iMac: You want to constantly grow and get better as a graphic designer. Still here? High-five. You’re my kinda lady. Now, I know I’m not the best designer in the world… but after 20 years of...

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How to tame the ‘f’ words wreaking havoc in your design biz

How to tame the ‘f’ words wreaking havoc in your design biz

Tired of wrestling with two choice ‘f’ words? No, I’m not talking about FUDGE … but yes, please, if you have some. And no, I don’t mean FUN … but yes, please, go ahead and have some. Instead, I’m talking about the infamous two ‘f’ words fuelling your entrepreneurial...

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