How To Run A Creative Business: In-depth breakdown w/ Melinda Livsey

Join new co-host Melinda Livsey as Chris coaches her on how to run her creative business to achieve focus, raise her rates and delegate work to others. This is an in-depth breakdown especially for freelancers who want to start their own business.

Melinda Livsey (co-host)
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00:54 Meet Melinda Livsey
02:18 What did you study at California State University Fullerton?
03:42 How do you schedule time to filter qualified clients?
04:35 What’s taking up all of your time in your business?
06:59 Why are you accepting lower paying projects?
10:30 If a project pays you a certain amount, the amount of time it takes is your rate per hour.
13:47 Get some help: 40 Hours a week isn’t enough hours to start a successful business
15:48 I outsource work, but project management and explaining the process takes time.
18:49 Every night, I write down what I need for my team to get done on trello.
12:58 Work Longer24:37 How do you stay focused with task switching? Focus Sheets
13:20 How are you getting new business? Is this a priority for you?
14:20 How many hours can you expect to work per week when you are a business owner? 60? 80?
16:00 How can I delegate to others when it feels like it takes longer to explain it than just to do it myself?
20:00 Use Trello for project management with your team.
23:00 How Chris Do spends his day
25:00 How do you stay focused and on task?
28:29 Responsiveness
29:09 Role play Clients can’t afford your services.
37:00 If you say No to the smaller jobs, you are making room for the clients that can afford you.
37:52 Money only has the power over you that you give it.
41:30 Lift the Gates: Show that you work with larger companies, to attract bigger projects.
45:00 Recap

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