My book aims to help creative entrepreneurs create an online shop that is distinctly and authentically their
own. With bits of my own experience and tips learned from hours of research, I share information to help
others turn their talents into a successful shop. Additionally, I’ve included fantastic insights from shining
stars in the creative world (like Bridgett!) on various topics like identifying a core concept, developing a
cohesive brand, telling your story, and growing your business. I am extremely proud of this book; it is a
culmination of many hours and drafts over a period of several months. I really hope that it inspires others
to shine in the creative world!
Today, I’d like to share some tips on tackling big projects I learned while writing this book. And I’d also
love to offer a limited time discount for Perideau Designs readers! Until November 14, 2011, you can purchase
my book for 40% off the regular price with this code UX99B.
Tips on Tackling Big Projects
Tell People About It: Whether you intend to redecorate the living room, head back to school, or start a
creative business, telling people about your goal establishes it as an official project. Plus, once you start
talking about it, it becomes easier to actually fulfill it. Early on, I told friends, family, and my blog readers
about my big idea. This not only kept me accountable, but it also provided a lot of support and motivation
along the way.
Be Firm: Switch your mindset from thinking, “this is something I’d like to do” to something more
permanent: “this is something I will achieve.” Give yourself concrete deadlines and a structured plan like
a specific to-do list or goal tracker sheet. Once I made up my mind that a book, in some form, would be
produced, it made the path getting there so much clearer.
Be Flexible: As much as we need to be firm, we also need to be flexible when tackling big projects.
While writing the book I had to adapt several times to address other aspects of life: my pregnancy,
business priorities, family needs, and life with baby! It would’ve been easy to stress about these
demands, but the process would not have been very enjoyable…or successful.
Celebrate: Bask in the rewards of all your hard work! Give yourself permission to really soak it all in and
enjoy the moment. I also suggest celebrating all the little milestones and steps along the way because the
process is part of the product. For me, this meant a little treat after printing off my very first draft – it was
very rough, but it was a draft…it was a start!
Many thanks again to Bridgett for contributing her valuable insights for my book and having me here to
share all about it!