Vivienne K Neale undertook a 360-degree life turn. This book outlines how you can create a new life, fulfil ambitions and lead a more creative existence. Feel there’s more to life than what’s on offer? Start earning a living through your creativity now.
It’s important you can define who you are and what you do (or Want to do)
Before you start thinking about marketing yourself and/or your business, you must believe in yourself.
All the accouterments that surround this process are an important aspect of this said creativity.
Vivienne’s book has proven to be a valuable piece of reflective material during my time deciding where to turn my attention next after 4 years at a startup building a bank. And continues to do so. One option was to set off on my own and return to consultancy as a freelancer or start my own business. The case studies presented in the book provide insights from down to earth individuals who present warts and all picture of their journey, to which I can relate in a previous life. But interestingly the book helped keep my perspectives much broader and explore other options and ways of achieving a similar goal in the first instance as an employed consultant but based out of home / fully remote.
In the immediate term, this is the direction I chose, selecting the opportunity that was right for now, with a view to continuing developing a business of my own longer-term. This combination ultimately providing an element of security for my family.
So Vivienne’s book was instrumental in keeping it real with some great case studies and lessons learned. Highly recommended for people at a crossroads in their career or even wondering where to start.
Vivienne’s writing is first class. She can flex to suit any topic and manages to understand the audience regardless of industry sector. The writing is always lively and engaging with a pace that makes the reader want to act. This is a perfect writing style for the web where attention spans are low and competition high. I would highly recommend Vivienne for your next writing project.
What I like the most about Vivienne is how flexible she is when you need a job done. Being an artist you are not always in control of your timetable`s activities but she understands your needs and she will do her best to help you out. Vivienne knows how to listen to every word that you are saying then she transforms it magically, into movie text sceneries. I just love how she expresses herself in her writings and it is a joy for me to work with such dedicated and talented writer.
Vivienne answered my desperate call for help and took me in as a personal project. Her vast knowledge and understanding of social media isn’t like one of those young smart ones who were born into the world of computers, internet and social media, but acquired out of grasping change as inevitable and a good part of evolution. With Vivienne’s help and teachings (she didn’t spare me of some stinging criticism and I thank her for that too) I adopted the right attitude toward my candle making business and the blogging and social media related to it. I already see results of our work together and can’t thank her enough. Thank you Vivienne.
DEGANIT GANNON CANDLES BY DEGANIT
I have been working with the wonderful Vivienne for a while now, and to be honest for everyone reading my words, she delivers a portfolio of spectacular work including script writing, blogging and social media management. Vivienne is more than a freelance writer; she has the capacity to build the portfolio of your organization with strategic planning. I can tell for sure, she has the upper hand in establishing THANKS initiative. Million thanks Vivienne.
ABDULLAH AL SALEH THANKS INITIATIVE
I’ve worked with Vivienne for well over a year now. She produces high quality work all the time and delivers way beyond expectation. The ideas she has generated are unique and have helped Leadamo get to where it is today. She takes full ownership of work which is hard to find from a freelancer. She is available via email and skype, which has made my life even easier!
HITESH MISTRY LEADAMO
Vivienne has a clear and professional approach to writing. She uses an authentic voice and is passionate about telling stories to diverse audiences
Vivienne was very helpful and provided me with engaging tweets for my site. She went over and beyond what I asked, offering extra advice and support. I look forward to working with Vivienne in the future and I am sure that she will provide an outstanding service to anyone requesting her services.”
HM MLFUENTES HYPNOTHERAPY
Vivienne is fantastic with social media and even for slightly tricky clients comes up with some excellent tweets that get noticed. She is also very nice to work with and always endeavours to make sure that everything is perfect.
Vivienne has been a powerful tonic for me and our team. Her ability to grasp our business, understand our vision, and see our weaknesses was impressive. What really made a difference though, was Vivienne’s honest and forthright feedback, combined with incredibly creative ideas coming from someone so new to our business. She has really challenged us to make big changes to our business, and has done so in an extremely efficient manner. I am so glad we discovered Vivienne, she is a very rare find.
MILES CAMPBELL GENERAL MANAGER TEACHER TRAINING AUSTRALIA
Thought leadership starts with insight and the confidence to challenge the status quo. Vivienne has this in abundance! Great insight, creative flair and delivers ahead of schedule. Look forward to a long and prosperous partnership.
RON GODDARD TECHVENTURES, LONDON
Very rarely do you find someone who not only understands the art of great communication but also has a clear view of the technology and platforms to deliver the message correctly. A highly talented digital strategist, she has a calm view in a moment of crisis and is a fast-paced decision maker when you’re up against deadlines. Vivienne delivers every time.
CALUM BRANNAN, CEO, NO AGENT
Sometimes it’s impulse that is truest action
Elation usually follows when you make a creative change that matters
What I truly believe without any doubt whatsoever, is that this IS your time
Never underestimate the power of the journal even for people who do not want to write.
Self-belief is very important when developing confidence to pursue your ideas. Learn to listen to yourself instead of always listening to others. Remember, people may not have an appetite for risk and will persuade you not to jump into your dream. I believe that if your take an artistic leap the net WILL appear. I cover this question in the book Create, Work, Earn so why not grab a copy today.
Sometimes we find that we are close to our goal but not quite close enough. I have often worked alongside my dream but not quite in it. Like the time I spent editing other people’s work rather than writing my own. So, when the going gets tough there is always time to reappraise where you are and where you want to go and in fact, where you should be. Take time out to focus on your own talent. Take photos for yourself, write, draw, paint, make. Always build in time to nurture your own creative spirit and needs. Creatives cannot simply keep taking water from the well without replacing it with refreshing rain.
There are all kinds of ways that work. Getting a website and profile and portfolio are all good ways to prove you are who you are. What really worked for me was creating a profile on a freelancer site. It can be hard work to set yourself up and be taken seriously as a newbee but I slashed my prices to rock bottom. This way I pretended it was an apprenticeship. When prices are low people can’t help but take a risk and try you. Once you are established with a few jobs under your belt you can raise your prices.
This is where workers support themselves. There are no traditional benefits and thus costs are slashed for employers. You might think that sounds rubbish but as a freelancer you can create the life you want. By 2016 there were 2 million workers doing freelance gigs in the UK so you will not be alone. It means workers are more agile and flexible and their contribution to the UK economy was £119 billion. So you can stand on the sidelines or jump right in to a very important part of the economy. There is a whole chapter on the freelance economy in the book Create, Work, Earn. Grab a copy today.
Creativity is just that, creative. It doesn’t come out of a tap. However, neither is it all genius! Looking after the way you view life is important. Taking time out to smell the flowers or whatever can help you recharge. Creativity comes from deep within and it can be knackering to constantly pull stuff out from the depths. Try and take time out to refill the creative well. Think of it as a child. If you keep promising to take them to the beach but never do it think how they will feel. It is the same for your creativity. It’s part of you, it’s part of what makes you tick. Look after it.
Create, Work Earn will show you how to develop the confidence to jump into the freelance economy. It will give you case studies by people who have done just that. Create, work, earn will also help you maintain techniques to help keep your creativity flourishing. It will also help you exploit opportunities and thrive doing what you really want to do. The first step is to pick up the book and start reading.
There are so many ways to exploit your creativity. Look at your strengths. Maybe you see the world in a different way to others. Perhaps people say things like ‘Oh your kitchen is so organised’ or you outfits are so well coordinated or even, your home is amazing you could market that. Your creativity might exhibit itself in the way you design birthday parties or events, repair cars, do gardens, draw, whatever. You have to work out what you want to do and how you want to exhibit and sell your creativity. That might be through freelance websites, portals, a website, leaflets, workshops. There are 101 ways to move forward.
Yes, most definitely. Most of the freelancers I know spend a lot of time on their own offices and workshops. With a smartphone you can achieve anything. It is your mobile office. I have stopped feeling guilty replying to emails or dictating copy when I’m sitting in the sunshine. However, don’t dismiss the idea of working in a co-working space a few times a week or even going to a coffee shop. It does help the creative juices flow and sometimes, home working can feel a little isolating. But the answer to the question ‘can I earn a living from home’ is a resounding Yes!
There are all kinds of ways. First of all evaluate what your skills sets really are. Then think about your target audience. Maybe create a YouTube channel to demonstrate your skills or become a vlogger elsewhere. Try Etsy to sell your home made items, that might be sewing or photography, printmaking, candles, baby clothes….almost anything. Why not teach online classes, there are always people willing or needing to learn something you might thing is easy! Run workshops in your town, approach schools or colleges, run a workshop in a pub or a coffee shop for example. These are just a few ideas to start with.
Monetise your creativity through:
• Selling on Etsy or other portals like ebay
• Set up local workshops using Facebook for example
• Design an online course. You can upload to Udemy and the whole world could sign up.
• Join a freelance site like People Per hour, Fiverr or many others on the market.
There are many ways to turn your creativity into a career. You need to see yourself a s an independent creative. Do some research see if there is a market for the kind of products/services you want to offer. Connect with people. Join networking groups online and offline. Build relationships with customers and learn to upsell to people you have already dealt with successfully. Surround yourself with the right people who will nurture and support you…it might be other artists. Ask for help, collaborate. Keep growing, keep learning, do courses, keep believing and work like your life depended on it.
Great sites to sell creativity are people per hour, freelancenearme.com, freelanceportal.co, freelancer.com, upwork.com, toptal.com. A full list appears in Create, Work Earn. Grab your copy now.