Cheerleading and Truth-telling

Photo source: Mommy Om A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to be part of a fantastic event here in Portland; the Mother of Reinvention conference for female entrepreneurs. As a panelist, the topic totally captivated me; the notion that as women, we constantly reinvent ourselves; as wives, mothers, friends, or as entrepreneurs. We […]


Increasing Sales- A Common Sense Approach

The Strategy – Target the people who can afford your stuff – Forget the rest for now – Hone your product offering to these people – Tell them about it – Close the deal The Detail It’s tempting to try and attract as many different types of people to your website or shop as possible […]


Grow Your Creative Business: March Theme

March is Grow Your Business Month on The Academy blog! After my trip to the Houses of Parliament I realised that more than ever we need to be proactive in growing our creative businesses. For the rest of the month the theme will be growth strategies for your business, your blog and for you! Growing […]


Creating A Vision Board Using Pinterest

Last week we started the SIMPLIFY challenge. We’ve read how we can become lean, mean, creative machines, decluttered our workspaces and decluttered our inbox, now it’s time to start rebuilding our new simplified businesses from the ground up. The first step in the REBUILD process is to visualise what it is you are aiming for. […]


Weekly Blog planner


Head on over to Oh My! Handmade Goodness to download this blog planner I designed with Spring in mind! You can also find tips on how to Spring Clean your blog design and content.


Become your own publicist

pr noisette marketing

photo credit: ClassicCopenhagen PR for small businesses generally involves getting the word out about what you do. You don’t need to spend money on PR as it is all about providing a story for people to write about. Hopefully your story will inspire them to write about you, and then before you know it you’ll […]


To-do list- free download

to-do-list--template Noisette Marketing

Yay! I’m finally able to bring you a downloadable freebie! I’ve been working on a few pretty things to help make doing mudane business tasks that little bit…well prettier. And here is my first offering. It is a printable to-do list. There are two lists on an A4 page and can be printed as many times as […]


Creative block…and tips to smash your way out of it

creative block

photo credit: Sasha Wolff We are midway through February and with the dreary weather and cold nights it can be hard to get motivated. Call it a creative block, lack of inspiration or motivation, every now and again we all need a bit of help getting re-inspired. Here are a few tips that have worked […]


It’s ok to grow your business organically

grow your business organically

photo credit nathalie.derain I’ve been thinking a lot recently about growing my business and how hard it is to find the time to market and promote myself the way I would like. I don’t like spamming and try very hard to come up with ways to market myself and my business without having to shout, […]


Why you need to buy your domain name now

yellow vintage dress

Picture the scenario. You have found the perfect vintage dress to wear to the party of the year. It’s one of a kind. You will not find another one like it. It’s in impeccable condition, you try it on and it fits like it was made for you. You place it back on the hanger […]