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    Dearne’s business tips

    At out last Creative Women' Circle, Interior designer and Mainichi jeweller Dearne Herrenberg gave a fabulous talk about the hows and whys of establishing and running her two creative small businesses.

    She peppered her talk with lots of good tips for the attendees, and has graciously summarised them below for anyone who missed out.

    Here are Dearne's tips for a successful creative career (with or without little one/s in tow!):

    MENTORS: Whatever stage you are at in your career, or even in something that you have chosen to pursue or excel in, find yourself a mentor or a benchmark and let them inspire you to greater heights.

    CONTACTS: Be aware that you may find potential contacts wherever you go. You may not immediately be aware of their importance, but one day in the future that business card you stowed in your bag may be helpful.

    CHANGE: Something that is inevitable in business big or small. It may involve scaling up or down, but whatever it is that changes, be willing and open to it and ready to embrace all that it brings.

    TALK: With everyone about what you do. Research, attend networking opportunities, surround yourself with people doing similar things to you. Spruik yourself, your best advertisement is YOU, especially if you are creative, your enthusiasm for what you do will rub off on others.

    BE ORGANIC: This applies to business but also to motherhood, some days will be great, and you will achieve much, other days will be very ordinary and you will feel like you are chasing your tail. Accept this and know that tomorrow is another opportunity.

    Dearne is also having a book giveaway on her blog! Details here.

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