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    Making plans (and money): a business plan template review

    The lovely Michelle and I were chatting the other day about our respective businesses and their varying states of overwhelmingness. Several conversations, cups of tea and baked goods later, we decided ‘organic food = good, organic business plans = bad!’.

    What we really meant was that when starting a business, sometimes we decide that its course should develop ‘organically’. And while that might sound awesome and the complete opposite of the perhaps ‘corporate environment’ most people leave to pursue their dreams of working for themselves… actually it’s not that wise. Or rather, without structure, goals and targets, it’s easy to become reactionary and follow opportunities that arise as they do, which – without a roadmap – might lead you to nowheresville or worse, in the wrong direction completely.

    At our February CWC event, our speaker Ming-Zhu Hii talked about her passion for helping artists, artisans, makers and creators be smart about the business side of their work. Because even as creative people with big ideas, to make money (decent money) there needs to be some business skills and plans in place.

    It took me a while to realise this with my own businesses. But lately I’ve been working through Ming-Zhu’s e-book, Build your own awesome: The ass-kickinʼ creative business plan template and the ideas that have been running around my head are now falling into place (or rather, onto paper). The business plan template is more than just a template – in her unmistakably Ming-Zhu way she asks you questions about your passions, your skills, your processes, and most importantly, how are you going to make money from those great passionate skills you have?

    By the end of it, you don’t feel like you’ve done a laborious multi-page document that you’ll never look at again, but rather had a super-productive brainstorming session with a friend. Highly recommended!

    Check out Ming-Zhu’s Build your own awesome: The ass-kickinʼ creative business plan template. And if you’re loving the momentum built by that, try The Creative Business Kickstart or perhaps some one-on-one mentoring sessions with the lady herself (note, spaces are limited!).


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    Member news

    Love this behind-the-scenes video from Maria and Nicky of Leoni & Vonk from their recent photo shoot.

    Did you see the cheery Madeleine from Made By Mosey and her ‘happy hanky’ work in the paper this past week? Congrats Madz!

    A bold and important website by Penny from Pocket Carnival – What can we do to help the plight of asylum seekers? Thanks, Penny, for publishing this easy guide to taking action.

    And on the same topic, MARS Gallery are hosting the upcoming You’re Welcome show. You’re Welcome is a charity art raffle where every ticket wins an original artwork! All proceeds go to the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. Tickets and details can be found here.

    Madeleine Stamer is having a sale this week! Get in quick for beautiful work at a discount.

    Check out this funny and heartwarming blog post from Cheryl, six years in the making.


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    RMIT Textile design and development on YouTube

    The Textile Design and Development department at RMIT are big supporters of the Creative Women’s Circle. They’ve recently released this short video and from the looks of it, the courses they offer seem like so much fun…


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    High five! Member and sponsor news this week

    Tonight, popular local artist Miso reveals her installation/exhibition Les Lumieres at the No Vacancy Project Space (Federation Square Atrium). The exhibition runs until April 17.

    If you’re keen to get out of Melbourne this weekend, artist/graphic designer/photographer Heidi Romano is opening her studio as part of the Castlemaine Arts Festival. Located at 26 Lawrence St, Waldon, Heidi’s studio will open 10am-5pm Wed-Sun during the festival. She also has a great art/photography blog!

    Jessica Jean from Buttons Jean has some lovely new fabric design works in progress on her blog.

    Lisa Madigan has a great recent post on her blog called ‘Don’t throw it, rethink it‘, about decorating and styling with used and reclaimed materials.

    Harvest Textiles are hosting a pop up shop for their artist-in-residence Dawn Tan this weekend. Opening night is Friday April 1 at 6pm and the shop is then open on Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm.

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