Today I paid a visit to the bank to sit with an advisor. My current work as a part-time Professor at a college does not have a pension scheme and I wanted to open up an investment vehicle in which I could stash a few dollars each month towards buying myself diapers and gin […]
Can We Ever Really Come Home?
I’ve been asking myself that question for much of the past year. If you don’t know my story, I grew up in Canada. In 2002, I moved to the UK. In 2018, I moved back to Canada. I was gone for 16 years. In that time, I built a new ‘home’. I became a citizen […]
It’s Time To Dissect Working for Free
Recent research published by IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed found that 43% of their workers had worked for free. This rose to 86% of those in the creative industries. Now it doesn’t specify the timeline, i.e. is that 86% who have EVER worked for free or 86% who have recently […]
Being an Introvert in Business
I’m teaching an entrepreneurship class right now to University students on a performing arts degree course. There’s 19 of them in the class and they’re all in their early to mid-20’s. They’re bright, conscientious, and sparky. Some are goofy and loud and extroverted. Their personalities shine through, they love to talk up in class and […]
It’s OK to be small
I see advice all the time on ‘how to play big’ or ‘how to up your business game’ or how to ‘scale your business up to the next level.’ But what if that doesn’t interest you? What if you want a happy life instead of a busy life? What if you want ‘just enough’ instead […]
Can’t Pay! Won’t Pay!
How do you deal with customers who don’t pay? At some point in their careers most artists run into a customer who owes them money. So what do you do about it? An Ounce of Prevention First, let’s talk about what you should be doing to minimise your risk in the first place. Here’s some […]
Creative Entrepreneur -vs- Creative Intrapreneur
This post has two inspirations: 1) a discussion I had with Sian Prime – one of the lecturers in the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths College, University of London where I am doing my PhD. I was saying to Sian how I sometimes felt I wasn’t really a creative entrepreneur, especially as an […]
Entrepreneurship Often Starts With Crazy Ideas
I spent a recent weekend working on one of my essays for my MA in Creative Entrepreneurship. We had to write a proposal for a project, with a budget and identifying target sources of funding. I struggled for a long time about what to write about. Then I came up with the idea of doing […]