Creative Hobbies Outside The Office Can Help Towards Your Work Goals

At the moment I’m working towards having various streams of passive income set up. I’m writing, designing for print on demand sites and am working on setting up a printables Etsy store and at the same time writing a book for Amazon KDP.

So, I have to be quite creative in varying ways for both designing and writing.

My hobbies only add to my creativity and I even write about some of them on Wordpress blog. …

The dilemma of a Print On Demand designer

I am relatively new to the idea of Print On Demand (as a seller I mean). In fact, I only opened my RedBubble shop in March of this year.

But I’m no expert in the design process.

I can do the basics on Photoshop, I’m quite proficient with Procreate and I can definitely use Canva. But I struggle with one concept and that is the idea of repeat patterns.

I learned how to make a repeat pattern in all 3 of the software programs above this year and, as with anything, it’s…

Being Accountable For My Progress Towards Passive Income

Lately, I’ve been floundering a bit. Like I talked a bit about in my last post, I feel a little lost, unmotivated and unproductive.

Well, that’s about to CHANGE!

From now on, at the end of every week, I’m going to talk about what I've achieved, set a couple of goals for the next week and talk about any failures and successes of the week just gone.

This is going to be me being accountable for what I do towards creating a liveable Passive Income. It’s more a journal for myself to…

5 ways to get back on track when you feel a little lost

Lately I’ve been feeling sluggish and slow and like I’ve completely lost the plot!

I was ill a few weeks ago for a couple of weeks, ending up in hospital and am now waiting for a little operation (nothing major). As a result, I feel like all of the momentum I had built up since the end of March has completely disappeared and I’m struggling to get back into the swing of things.

I’d been working at getting a few streams of passive income set up since March and was almost at the finish line for a couple of them…

The Trick Is To Actually Set It Up First…

Since the end of March this year, I have been a busy, busy bee!

I have been setting up various streams of Passive Income such as opening an Etsy shop, joining Amazon KDP, opening a RedBubble store, joining Medium, and a few other bits and pieces here and there.

Basically, I had a period of productive…what I can only describe as manic motivation and joined everything at once, had nothing ready to go…and then joined something else!

I had been working on creating Digital Downloads for my digital Etsy printables store…and at the same time organising them into chapters so…

Another Stream of Passive Income

The rise of Low Content Books on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing has been meteoric since the beginning of the pandemic, but are they any good?!

This time last year I had never even heard of the terms No or Low Content Books…now they seem to be everywhere! Maybe because I’m actively looking at creating multiple streams of Passive Income, I don’t know, but I can’t seem to get away from Youtube channels promoting these as a quick and easy way to make money.

I didn’t think anything regarding Passive Income (or Amazon KDP to be honest) could be classed as…


Sharing the love! Youtubers I Can Recommend.

Let’s finish this mini series off with a bang! I’ve been watching some really inspiring people on Youtube lately, some who I’ve just discovered and some who I’ve followed for ages.

We’ll have a mix of artistic channels, small business related channels and more. I think Youtube is a great place to advertise your business.

Also, I think the trouble is, that people see going on Youtube as a way to make money FROM Youtube…I disagree. Yes, you can make money from the platform itself…but I prefer to think of it as a…


Avoiding Burnout

When you’re doing everything yourself it can feel like you get no time for yourself. Creating a good balance between your work and personal life is key.

What do you to relax? To switch off? I like to read or make stuff. In particular, I like to knit, sew, crochet, bake, blog, write, make other random things such as candles, soaps, macrame etc. Basically, I like anything crafty or creative.

What I make might not be very good! But it’s the making I like more than the finished object in many cases anyway!

Some poeple like to hit the gym…


Graphic Design (and other useful places to go)

What apps or websites are available for wannabe graphic designers?

Quite a lot as it turns out! Some are free, some are paid and some are paid with free options.

At the moment, I use Procreate, Photoshop, Vectornator and Affinity Designer. I’m not great with the vector software yet (a button, a heart and a cactus are literally the only vector designs I’ve made so far!) but I’m getting better. It’s one of those things that the more you actually play around the software and use it, the better you understand it.


Planning and Productivity

Not every second of every minute of every hour has to be productive…but it feels like it sometimes.

Whilst it is good to completely switch off sometimes and let your mind drift, when it comes to your small business, it often feels like you have no time for dreaming!

Being productive is working smarter and having good systems and processes in place to streamline your workflow. It is not getting easily distracted. It’s not wasting your time.

It’s having a way of working that gets things done efficiently. Whether you ise the Pomodoro Technique or you Task Batch/ Time Block…

Sarah Minnis

Hi, I’m Sarah! I love crafting, especially knitting, crochet and sewing and I like to read about digital nomad living. My new hobby is creating digital artwork!

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