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These are 10 fantastic Female Entrepreneurs and founders you should know. These women have been influential in founding their companies and making them the success they are today. Take a look and see how many of these inspirational women you know.

 

Whitney Wolfe-  Founder Bumble

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Whitney Wolfe founded Bumble the US’s fastest growing dating app with a difference- Women initiate the conversation first. She was also the Co-founder of Tinder, however, her negative experience at Tinder inspired her to create Bumble. Bumble focuses on women’s experience within the mobile app dating game and is now a fierce competitor to Tinder.

 

Sheryl Sandberg – COO Facebook and Founder Lean In foundation

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Sheryl Sandberg played a crucial role in the success of Facebook as their Chief Operating Office. She is also the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board.  Her successful career includes working as the vice president of global online sales and operations for Google. On top of all this, she also founded Lean in Foundation which supports women by giving them a supportive inspiration environment to seek advice and motivation to help achieve their goals. She is an admired within the world of business for being one of the great Female Entrepreneur that paved the way.

Payal Kadakia Founder ClassPass

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Payal Kadakia if the founder of the successful fitness class booking company- ClassPass. ClassPass provides users with access to hundreds of classes in their city for a flat monthly fee. This was the perfect fitness motivation and solution for people who simply want to join the gym for the classes rather than using the gym equipment, or who wanted to try something different.

 

Kathryn Minshew – CEO and Co-Founder The Muse

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Kathryn is the CEO and co-founder The Muse, an online career website which offers people the chance and opportunity to progress in their career. They offer job listings, company reviews, Skill building resources and coaching services. Kathryn Minshew has been recognised for her work and as a result, was given the title of Forbes 30 under 30 recognition in 2011. Then in 2016 was named New York 50 award winner by SmartCEO magazine.

 

Katie Beauchamp and Hayley Barna Founders of Birchbox

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Katie Beauchamp and Hayley Barna founded the beauty subscription service called Birchbox in 2010 and within 5 years had over 1 million subscribers. Consumers sign up for a monthly subscription plan to receive a sample selection of beauty products. Due to consumers desiring to test out the products of various high-end beauty brands before committing to buy them this made their venture very successful.

 

Jessica Alba Co-Founder of the Honest Company

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Jessica Alba the well-known actress from Fantastic Four founded The Honest Company in 2012. The Honest company sells baby, personal and household products to consumers that don’t contain any unnecessary chemicals. Therefore you can see why they strive for renewability with ingredients that are plant sourced and to have sustainable packaging. An actress and part of our wonderful Female Entrepreneurs.

 

Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish – Founders of Not on the Highstreet 

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Holly and Sophie started the online marketplace where small businesses and entrepreneurs are able to sell their carefully crafted products to a global audience. The core of their idea is that they wanted to supply people with unique and wonderful products that could not be found on the high street. This website offers a lifeline of opportunity to small creative businesses and gives consumers something truly original and personal. These are two fantastic Female Entrepreneurs you should watch.

 

Michelle You Co-Founder of Songkick

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Michelle You is the co-founder as well the chief product officer of Songkick. If you’re a music lover then this online site where you can find tickets for the latest gigs and concerts. The company has grown massively over the years and now rivals Ticketmaster for concert information and tickets.

It’s Wednesday and you’re already fed up with your working week. Are you ready for a change? It’s time to start your own business. Have you been thinking about it, but still not sure you’re there yet? We, think you might be ready to take the plunge if you’re showing the signs below. Read below to see if you might be ready.

1.You’ve calculated the risk

You’ve already tested the water – you know what works. You may have even started your side hustle or maybe you’re making a few sales on your blog. Perhaps a number of people have said you need to take this passion of yours full-time. Start up’s are a risky business. Which is why researching your market, audience, challenges and potential rewards are key before you get started. You may already have expertise in the area you are going into or experience from an existing profession. This will lower your odds of failing as you’re more aware of your industry and market. You know it’s riskier than staying in your current job but where’s the fun in that?

2. You’re done with being a cog in a not so well oiled machine

Time and time again you hear of people who are not happy in their job. They feel like a cog in a machine, simply churning over the same work day in and day out.  Large companies who are unwilling to change for fear of disrupting their processes are not going to progress at the rate you are.  Start your own business and be your own boss- it can be so rewarding. Take control of the decisions you make, test out new ideas knowing that if it doesn’t work it’s ok- just go back to the drawing board. Your career is in your hands. You control how far you progress. You’re only limited by your own drive to succeed.

3. You want to love Monday mornings

You won’t be hitting that snooze button when you’re running your own company. Monday mornings will actually feel empowering as you can get back to working on what you love and start making progress. Think about it – you work for an average of 50 years of your life and spend about 40 hours a week working. So, why not love and enjoy that time and look back on your life thinking you lived it well, rather than counting the clock till you can go home each day. Make money from something you love.

4. You want to learn

If you start your own business it’s a constant learning curve as you discover all the things you don’t know (but need to figure out) in order to go forward. If you’re keen to start teaching yourself the tools you need to progress in your venture, then you’re ready. There are loads of great resources to follow that will teach you snippets of expertise to fill in the gaps that you currently have. To name a few, entrepreneur Tim Ferris and Hubspot are great to look into.

5. You’ve accepted failing is part of the journey

There is a difference between failing and being a failure. Failing is inevitable, it’s part of the path to learning. Your company fails when you have failed to acknowledge failing is something that needs addressing. Opportunities can arise when certain parts of your business may fail as you can assess areas you may have previously overlooked. In the words of Winston Churchill who, if he had given up when he hit failure, it would have resulted in us living in a very different world today – “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Start your own business.

Start your own business. Women holds a mug which read's 'Like A Boss'

‘Business’ and ‘inspiration’ are often not words that people would expect to see together. Oh, how wrong they are. It takes a lot to build something from scratch and develop it to the point where you’re not only living, but living comfortably while doing something you love. Below, you’ll find a list of resources which we think could help you to build your business into something truly special.

XOSarah

Sarah’s blog is specifically aimed at people who want to make money out of their blogs. It might seem like the lessons don’t apply to people with a very different business idea. However, blogs are a great thing to have for pretty much any business, so Sarah’s super-informative site is a great place to start. We especially love this post about how best to handle a really busy day.

Two Scots Abroad

While Two Scots abroad is a travel blog, we came across this post and we love it. It gives some great info that works for people who are just starting out, or for those who want to step up their game. Fine, you might not be promoting your own travel blog, but if you’re trying to sell anything online the tips they offer would be a great way to start.

Adore Creative Studio

Chloe is a freelance designer. She runs a beautiful website, as you would expect from a designer. However, we want to talk about her blog. It’s a fantastic example of how a business can use a blog to showcase their work, as well as creating a ton of business-related content which people will want to share. If people share your content, they spread the word about you. This post gives some great ideas for what to post on social media when you get stuck. And you will get stuck eventually. It happens to us all.

Living For Naptime

Living for Naptime is designed for mums who want to start a blog in their free time. But if you’re starting a business while dealing with something else that takes up a lot of time and attention (ie. that full time job you want to get rid of some day) we think there’s a lot to be learned from the brilliant time-saving tips on there. We particularly love this post about growing your Instagram. Give it a try!

Snap Creativity

Tauni Everett has an amazing ‘Blogging + Entrepreneur Tips’ section on her website, which is packed full of information which is really useful whatever your business. For those looking to increase their social media following, we particularly love this post about organically upping your Facebook likes. But, really, the whole blog is a treasure trove.

Nesha Woolery

Once you’ve got yourself set up and your website looking great, you’re on the right track. But it’s not enough to just sit there and wait for your clients to roll in. This post on Nesha’s blog is especially great. It provides a run-down of loads of ways you can go about attracting clients. It’s all about putting yourself out there, and that post will show you how.

Now. Real talk time. Did we miss any amazing sources of business inpiration that you think we should know about? Where do you turn when you need a kick up the backside? If you take away one tip from all of this, what will it be?

 

So, you have your class up and running, and it’s looking great. But how can you get the word out and start to increase your booking numbers?

Add a Call to Action button on Facebook

If you have a Facebook page, you have everything you need to add a Call to Action button. This is a way to send people directly to your classes. You have the option of seven different CTAs (that’s right, we’re abbreviating) and one of them is, conveniently, ‘Book Now’. All you have to do is enter the link for your class and you’re away! Additionally, since you have your Facebook page set up and looking awesome, you could also consider paid ads or promoted posts on Facebook too. They’re a great way to increase the numbers of people seeing your content.

Get Tweeting

If you have Twitter, start tweeting about your classes. The key to remember with Twitter is that you can’t just do it once. There’s an average of just under 10,000 tweets published every second, so you’ve got a lot of competition. Once your tweet has been out there for 18 minutes, the likelihood is that its been buried on everybody’s newsfeed. What that means is you really need to be tweeting about your classes at least once a day. Now, that sounds like a lot, but don’t panic – there are awesome sites like Buffer, Tweetdeck, and Sprout that allow you to schedule your tweets. Just line ’em up, and these services will send ’em out. There’s also the option of promoted tweets, but if you’re a paid advertising virgin you might prefer to do that on Facebook – it’s much easier to pick the right audience.

Add a link to your site

If you have your own website, add a linked image to your sidebar to say ‘hey, I teach online classes’. That way, whatever page a potential student is on, they’ll always see the option to book. If your site gets a lot of traffic from people who aren’t local to your in-person classes, this is a great way to increase bookings from that audience. In fact, feel free to use the embed codes below for a stylish way of linking your website visitors to your classes.

For a navy blue background:

<a href=http://learnhownow.com><img src=http://imgur.com/ttg7zrWtitle=”Learn With Me on HowNow” width=”270″ height=”290″ /></a>

For a white background:

<a href=http://learnhownow.com><img src=http://imgur.com/4dNCkzRtitle=”Learn With Me on HowNow” width=”270″ height=”290″ /></a>
These can be pasted anywhere on your site. Don’t forget to change the URL in the code to the URL of your class, and get in touch if you have any issues!

Tell your mailing list

Do you have a list of customer emails? Let them know about your classes! If you want to increase the quality of the emails you send you could try using a service like Mailchimp to make them look super-slick. You can even add a button to your email which takes a user straight to your class booking page. After all, you want to make the process as quick and easy as possible. You could also try sending out promotional codes to get the ball rolling with your bookings. We send them out in the newsletter all the time, or we could always help you by

Use word of mouth

Got a student who’s mentioned going away or moving? Remind them that they can keep up their classes with you!

Mention your classes in other professional profiles

Do you write a column in a newspaper? Speak at events? Make TV appearances? If you have to provide a profile about yourself, mention that you teach on HowNow. If your work is being seen you might well be attracting people who are interested in learning from you. Letting them know that they can find you on HowNow is a great way to capitalise on interest, especially if the geography won’t work.

Extra special bonus suggestion!

If you’re looking to increase your mailing list or your social media following, a giveaway is a great way to do it. There are great applications like Gleam or Rafflecopter which make it super-easy to set up a prize draw where a user gives their email address or follows you on social media in order to be entered into a draw. An online class is a great option for a prize because it doesn’t depend on location and there’s no financial outlay for you. You’d just need to contact the winner afterwards to give them a prize code (contact us if you ever need this) and voila! You’ve run a competition!

Please note that we do not advise waving your profits around willy-nilly, no matter how much this stylish photo may suggest otherwise.

Don’t forget, if you do need any more advice, it’s always worth getting in touch to ask – we might just be able to help.

It’s always difficult to decide whether we should take the leap and turn our passion into profit. Work takes up a lot of our time, but more often than not it’s the things we do in the spare hours before, after, and at weekends that really make us happy. You might be an accountant with a penchant for painting, a barista who hula hoops on the side, or maybe you work in sales and have colleagues queuing up for your cupcakes. But what if you don’t want to do it on the side any more?

The option that a lot of people choose when they decide to start turning their passion into profit is to teach. Teaching your hobby can be really rewarding. It’s a great way to meet new people who might be into the same kind of thing that you are, or to pass on what you know to total beginners who end up loving the thing you love too. It can be a daunting prospect, but we’ve put together a few tips to help you get started.

Think about how it could fit in

I’m not suggesting that you jack in your high-flying career in neurosurgery straight away. In fact, as a high-flying neurosurgeon, you’re probably smart enough to realise that. I’m sorry for insulting your intelligence. It might be that you don’t want to teach full time. You might just want a little Saturday gig to make a bit of pocket money. Or you might have a total career overhaul and world domination in your sights. Anything goes. Plus, if you decide to teach online you’ll have way less to organise before you can begin.

Do your research

Maybe you have a friend or acquaintance who’s already teaching something. Awesome. Take them for a coffee and have a chat. It’s amazing how good meeting an actual person who’s done the actual thing you actually want to do can make you feel. You might just realise that it’s a totally do-able thing for a person to manage. If you don’t have a useful friend, reach out to other people who run classes. It’s amazing how many people are willing to meet up if there’s a free coffee in it for them. If you can’t meet up with someone in person, we have this super-cool thing called ‘the internet’ now, and you’re bound to find people who are willing to share tips if you look hard enough.

Try holding a test workshop

Before you take to the internet, gather a group of your nicest, least sarcastic friends, and try out your ideas on them. If you want to teach a specific craft, for example, you can make sure you’re able to explain the stages as easily as possible. You can also use your willing volunteers to try out yoga routines, dance steps, or anything else. You’ll get feedback on what you could do better, as well as a chance to practice being in front of real people who view you as an authority figure.

Don’t be freaked out by practical considerations

Yes. You will need a plan. You’ll need a webcam. You’ll need to be able to stand in front of a camera and tell up to ten people what to do. The likelihood is that the people who already do this are no cleverer than you, and they all managed, so you know it’s possible. Make a list of everything you’ve found out in your research that you need to organise, and then work through it point by point. Try not to skip ahead or let yourself get overwhelmed. Point by point. That’s all you need to remember.

Take the plunge

Sometimes this is the hardest part. You’ve done all the legwork and you’re totally ready. You’ve got everything you need. You’re awesome, basically. You’re an organisational wizard. It would be so easy to stop at this point. If you stop now you’ll have a 100% success rate and never have to face failure. But this is the time to take a deep breath and dive in to actually teaching strangers how to do the thing that you love to do. After all, you’ve come this far. Every class you teach might not be perfect. You might have no-shows or uncooperative students. Those things happen, and they happen to everyone. We guarantee the good will outweigh the bad, though. You’ll feel the joy that only comes from sharing something you love with other people, and watching them fall in love with it too. You’ll meet new people. And most of all, you’ll be able to go to sleep at night knowing that, for once in your life, you put yourself out there and made it work.

passion

So. Real talk. Do you fancy sharing your passion whilst making money? check out HowNow and starting earning from the thing you love doing. All you need to do is bring your passion. Team HowNow can bring the organisation, and we’ll meet you on the internet.

Why should anybody learn new skills? After all, we’re all adults here, and there’s that whole adage about teaching old dogs new tricks. That didn’t just come from nowhere, so what’s the point? Right? Well, first off, that’s quite a negative outlook. Learning new skills can be hugely beneficial for a whole host of reasons. Here are just some of our favourites.

Increased self esteem

You’re awesome. We already know that. But sometimes it can be difficult to keep in mind. One way to remind yourself exactly how great you are is to learn new skills. After all, who would have though that you’d be speaking five languages in your thirties when you spoke none as a kid? Amazing. There’s nothing like taking on challenges and smashing them to make you feel like a badass.

The chance to get in the zone

Learning new skills gives you the opportunity to get in the zone. The zone is a great place to be. For the uninitiated, it’s that moment where you’re concentrating so hard on the task at hand that everything around you ceases to exist. That means all of your stress, distractions, other people, everything. It’s almost like magic, but a magic you can recreate any time.

Increased satisfaction

Can’t get no satisfaction? Maybe you need to make a positive change in your life. If you feel stuck in a rut it can be difficult to see a way to improve things, but learning a new skill is a small step in the right direction. Maybe you usually go home and log straight on to Netflix. It’s not so different to go home and then join an online class. The only difference is that you’ve suddenly become super-productive with no extra movement involved, and that’s an achievement.

Increased creativity

You might become an amazing creative genius as you continue to develop in one particular discipline. However, you might also find that adding to your roster of skills can give you a chance to work out problems in another area of your creative life. For example, suffering from writer’s block? Pick up a ukulele or learn to cross stitch, and stop worrying about it for a while. You might be surprised how much it helps.

Improve your memory

Learning something new is a great way to keep your mind active. This is especially important as we get older. Sure, you could just do a bunch of Sudoku puzzles, but wouldn’t it just be that little bit cooler to become a badass guitar-playing rockstar instead? Thought so.

You could literally change your life

Always fantasised about moving to Italy? You could start learning the language. If you do that, you’ve just taken your first step to actually living the actual dream. Similarly, if you’ve always wanted to be a chef, you could start with a few basic cookery classes. The world is so well-connected these days that you can find somebody who can teach you all of the new skills you’ve ever wanted to learn to change your life.

Higher income

Maybe you want to make more money. Firstly, we do not blame you. And secondly, it’s all about adding value, and new skills can do that. Learning a second language, picking up some writing skills, or improving your public speaking could all help you on the road to earning more. And if your current employer isn’t bothered that you’ve gone the extra mile, you might find somewhere else that appreciates your increasingly-abundant talents.

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So what new skills are you raring to learn? At HowNow we’re making it possible to learn awesome stuff from experts all over the world. We can’t wait to see what you choose.

You might think email marketing is the preserve of big businesses. Think again. Technology has levelled the playing field for businesses great and small, so it’s easier than ever to create slick email marketing campaigns that look as though you’ve paid thousands of graphic designers to help. But what should be considering when you start your campaign?

Keep it regular

Pick a day of the week, and a time in that day, and stick to it. That’s when your users should expect to hear from you. By giving you their email address they’ve basically trusted you. If you abuse that and send too many messages, or send emails when they’re not interested, you’ll find yourself relegated to the junk folder before you can say ’email marketing’. If you don’t have enough content to warrant a weekly newsletter, remember you could always just make it fortnightly or even monthly. It’s better to send one great message than five rubbish ones.

Make sure it looks appropriate

You say a lot about your company before you’ve even said very much in the body of your email marketing. The look of your newsletters can give your mailing list an idea of exactly what your business is like, so make sure it suits what you. For example, if you sell floral vintage china and your key demographic is grannies, your emails probably don’t need to look slick and minimal. Appeal to your demographic.

Make it engaging and informative

Try to let some personality come through in your emails. You might always include a link to a funny news story, or always have something motivational to say. It’s a little thing, but it makes people more likely to read your next message. On the flip side, don’t send out a marketing email for no reason. Keep things informative. Let people know about company updates, new products, or any press. Don’t email ‘just to chat’. That’s a bit weird.

Don’t be too ‘salesy’

Picture the scene: Someone turns up at your house trying to sell you something. You’re not interested. You close the door in their face. You feel a bit guilty, but there was no other way to deal with them. Email marketing has the potential to be a bit like that, except without any guilt about getting rid of you. If you’re emailing people and trying to aggressively sell something, you’re going to rub them up the wrong way. There’s a big difference between saying ‘here’s some things you might be interested in as a previous client’, and saying ‘Hey. You’ve shown a vague interest in me before. Buy all of my stuff. BUY IT NOW.’.

If you’re still on the lookout for a way to make great email newsletters, we recommend Mailchimp, which is versatile enough to do pretty much anything and also has a free subscription below a certain number of subscribers. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

 

Mondays are the worst. If you’re dreading going back to work it can easily be the most miserable day of any week. On top of that, the dread can actually start setting in any time from about Sunday morning onwards. That means that it’s not just one bad day – it’s a shadow cast over what should be the best part of the week. So how can you change the pattern of Monday dread? We have a few suggestions.

Set a good alarm

Firstly, if dragging yourself out of bed is particularly difficult on Mondays, make sure you’re doing it to something great. Whether your jam is the Top 40, grime, or the cheesiest showtunes around, start the day off right. You can make pretty much anything your alarm tone these days. It’ll be easier to avoid snoozing twenty times which will, in turn, help you to feel a bit more awake. Plus it’s a spirit-lifter first thing which’ll set you on a more positive track.

Have a great breakfast

So, you’ve woken up to some great tunes. Now what? We suggest rewarding yourself for being great at life by having your absolute favourite breakfast. You might make it at home or buy it on the way in, but it all still counts. If you’re a hardcore fry-up fan this might not be for every day, but if it puts a smile on your face first thing on Mondays, we say go for it. Plus, you won’t find yourself getting hangry in that mid-morning meeting, either, so your boss’ll thank you.

Work through a list

Make a list of everything you have to do on Mondays and work through it systematically. It’ll be a visual indicator of the progress you’re making, which is a good thing to keep track of. On a slightly less professional note, it will also give you an idea of how much work you have left to do before you can call it a day.

Have something to look forward to

If you struggle to make it through Mondays it can be a great idea to give yourself something to look forward to. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn a new skill, or want to book in a relaxing meditation session. You might even want to learn a new language so that you can take a trip abroad in a few months. HowNow is full of great options to give yourself something to look forward to of an evening after a long day.

Consider making a more permanent change

If you have a case of the Mondays every single Monday, could it be time to think about doing something different? Maybe you have a passion that you’ve always wanted to make Money from but could never think of how to do that. By signing up to be an expert for HowNow you’ll be able to set your own hours and earn as much or as little as you like. It could be a great stepping stone to a fulfilling freelance career.

Mondays

Mondays can easily be the worst day of the week, but they don’t have to be. By making a few little changes you can easily find yourself looking forward to the start of every new week. What little changes will you make to help you change your outlook?

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably discovered HowNow. We’re giving everyone the chance to learn from experts in all kinds of subjects from all over the globe. We’re also giving everyone the chance to teach others what they know in online classes. But why should you start teaching classes with us? Well, let’s start with these reasons.

1. A worldwide audience

The fact that HowNow classes take place online means that your potential students could be anywhere in the world. If you want to teach around a full time job there’ll be people up for taking classes at pretty much any time that is convenient to you. There’s no need to spend loads of money on travel for either you or your students, which means it’s super-easy to keep them coming back.

2. There’s no need to hire a venue

When you’re teaching from the comfort of your own home there’s no need to worry about finding the perfect venue for your HowNow classes. As a result, there’s no stress about how students will find you, and you’ll also never have to worry about the risk of spending loads of money on a venue only to have nobody turn up. With the financial risk removed, you’re free to make your classes as regular as you like. In fact, the more the merrier.

3. You can be your own boss

There’s nothing quite like being your own boss. You don’t have to answer to anyone, there’s no need to explain yourself, and there’s no pressure to work set hours as requested by somebody else. You might choose to start teaching part time for some extra pocket money. However, you’ll have the potential to grow your business and take it full time, so being your own boss is genuinely within reach.

4. Share your knowledge

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a whole new influx of people who were just as interested in Polymer Clay modelling as you? Well, when you start sharing your knowledge you might find you start inspiring people. You’re the best advocate for the thing you love to do. If you want to get more people involved, teaching them how is a fantastic start.

5. Turn your passion into profit

Pretty much everyone has a passion. Relatively few people get to actually profit from theirs. For most people, their passion is a thing to be indulged in after work, or at the weekend. We want to see more people taking the leap and starting to make money doing something they really love. We think that teaching classes is a great way to start doing that. Who knows where it could lead?

6. We’ll take care of everything

All you need to do is let us know what times you’re available to teach classes by adding your availability to a dedicated Google Calendar. After that, users can book hour-long slots without you needing to worry about any complicated scheduling. We’ll also email your students to confirm their bookings, and we’ll give you a dedicated dashboard so that you can keep track of what’s working and what could be improved.

Once you start teaching classes on HowNow we’re willing to bet you’ll get the bug and want to teach more. And who could blame you when there are a whole host of great reasons to get started. First of all, think about what first inspired you to do what you love. Now, how can you pass that on to other people? You practically have a lesson plan already.

Once upon a time, people decided what they wanted to do, and then they’d go ahead and get a job doing that. Unfortunately, in this day and age, jobs in certain industries are more difficult to come by. However, if your full time job isn’t what you want to do forever, there’s no need to feel downhearted. With a little work in your free time it’s possible to complete amazing projects. That could be producing theatre, making films, or starting a new business. It’s a lot to take on, but there are things you can do to make sure you’re prepared.

Make a list of steps

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you think about what you’re embarking upon. Yes, taking on extra projects is a big undertaking. But humour us, and make a list of all of the steps you’ll need to complete to get there. We’re talking about really breaking it down. That way, when you get home at the end of the day you don’t have ‘plan a huge event’ as your one task for the evening. Instead you’ll just have ‘find five possible venues in East London’. By following a list of small steps you can make any projects seem much less overwhelming. You’ll also be able to keep track of everything you’ve already accomplished.

Do one productive thing every day

In the spirit of not being overwhelmed, think about doing one productive thing every day. It could be sending an email on your lunch break or designing a logo but, however tiny, at least you’re actively working towards your goal in your spare time. So many people fall at that first (and very obvious) hurdle, and this way, you won’t be one of those people. You’ll probably find that once you’ve done one thing you’ll have the momentum you need to do a bit more too, because you’re brilliant and an overachiever.

Think about everything you need and how you’re going to pay for it

It might be that you don’t need much in order to complete your projects. But if, for example, you need equipment, or a set, or a space, do your research about what that’s going to cost you and think early about how you’re going to pay for it. You might have the savings, or you might need to pursue funding, but forewarned is forearmed. There’s no shame in putting things on hold for as long as it takes to acquire what you need – better that than losing out later on.

Make the most of networking opportunities

Yes, it’s a pain to leave work after a long day and then have to go to a networking evening or some other similar event and pretend like you’re not knackered and desperately in need of some dinner to soak up the free wine you didn’t really fancy. And it’s not  ideal to have to spend your weekends travelling far and wide to hear advice from people in the know. But if the alternative is not making connections or missing out on some valuable information, then it’s definitely worth the minor inconvenience. Plus, it totally counts as your one productive thing per day.

Go easy on yourself

Just because you’re basically working two jobs doesn’t mean that you never have time for a social life. What it does mean is that you might feel a pang of guilt if you spend an evening in the pub when you had a budget spreadsheet to fill in. But at the end of the day you’re not a machine. It’s essential to take a bit of time out occasionally to avoid burnout so don’t beat yourself up.

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So, what kind of extra-curricular projects are you working on in your free time? Don’t forget, if you need advice on anything, it’s very likely you’ll find an Expert who can help on HowNow.