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Eleanor Snare

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What can a values-led brand help me do in my creative business?

Building a strong, values-led brand sounds great. It sounds exciting and interesting. And it also sounds expensive, time-consuming and a lot of work. So why would having a values-led brand be useful? What can a good brand help you do in your business? 1. It helps you make more effective decisions. With the right brand, the biggest impact you'll see on your busin[...]

Exploring the barriers to an artist’s personal growth

Recently I shared a writing concern on Twitter, asking “Is there a word count at which you start feeling like you’re wading into custard?”. At around 25,000 words into my book, I felt as if I was running out of steam. My natural inclination was to go back and start tinkering with what I’d already written, but the advice from an excellent writer-friend of mine[...]

My three principles of growth (that go against popular opinion)

I’ve grown a lot over the last six to 12 months as I’ve encountered and begun to overcome one of the larger obstacles in my psyche: being comfortable with interdependence. I’ve written before about my obsessive requirement to be independent, and both the benefits and deprivations it’s resulted in during my life so far. Interdependence is astonishingly dif[...]

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Client Story: Hayley Mills-Styles, Thread Artist

Hayley approached me about working together after recognising that her own creative practice had taken a backseat. Her time was filled with community workshops and she often felt at the whims of other people's creative needs. Hayley is a thread artist specialising in story-telling through textile art. She has a distinct and beautiful visual identity - but despite h[...]

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Client Story: Frances Hansom, Holistic Therapist

Frances is not only a wonderful therapist specialising in reiki and massage, but a brilliant friend too. She got in touch with me to see if, through coaching, I could help her find the joy and energy in her business again. Frances had recently decided to leave salaried employment so she could focus on developing her holistic therapy business and building it into so[...]

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Client Story: Jennifer Cockcroft, Creative Mentor

Jennifer and I got to know each other through Instagram, where we connected over our mutual love of colour and appreciation of joyful moments in life. Jennifer describes herself as a multi-passionate creative whose business has emerged from a decision to live a life more in line with what's important to her. Starting out as a crafts-based business, Jennifer has dev[...]

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Client Story: Maryanne Scott, Branding Photographer

Maryanne and I worked together after meeting through a networking group. I love the combination of her energy and enthusiasm for what she does and the down-to-earth nature of how she does it. When we first spoke, Maryanne's photography business centred around weddings, but she wanted to do something closer to what she really enjoyed doing: photographing business wo[...]

Four reasons why small business owners get rewarded for being busy all the time, and how it doesn’t serve you

When I attended the One Woman Conference in October 2018, the founder asked us: “Who here wears busy as a badge of honour?” Awkwardness. A little silence. And then a lot of nodding and ‘uh-huh’ing. Because you know what that means. Busy as a badge of honour is “I’ve just got so much on right now” said with a humble smile “Oh, it’s exh[...]

How perfectionism holds you back as a business owner

As you're trying to carry too many things up the stairs at once, you feel a notebook slide … sense an awkward balancing act … and – too late. Your favourite mug has met a bitter separation with its handle (and several other pieces). So what do you do? Do you bin it? Fix it with superglue? Or do you 'kintsugi' it? Let me introduce to kintsugi. It roug[...]