Blogger Series: Tips for starting your own creative business

Today we are introducing a super exciting new series on the blog, where we will be sharing lots of amazing tips on how to start your own creative business. But it's a series with a difference! We have teamed up with 7 other South African women who already run their own creative businesses (and blogs), and together we are going to bring you a hugely exciting, daily blog collaboration series. Together, we'll be delving into nine different topics and sharing tips about doing what we love!

Are you excited? 'Cause we are!

If you dream of starting your own creative business, but have no idea about where to begin, just remember that we were in the exact same positions that you are in - and now we are going to give you tips on how to get started!

We started Ruby+Swallow in 2012, and looking back, it has been one of the most exciting times of our lives - with so many learning curves along the way. Ruby+Swallow started as both a business and a blog, and we are so proud of where we are now. We are by no means experts... and while we do have a lot of 'tips' to share that we've learnt through our journey, we are still very humbled by the fact that there is still SO much to learn in running a business.

The line up of bloggers for the series is below:

Monday, 18th November

Caitlyn de Beer will answer the question, ‘What’s the most important question to ask yourself before starting your own business’

Caitlyn de Beer Life Coaching

Connect with Caitlyn on Twitter @caitlyndebeer

Tuesday, 19th November

Megan Galloway will be addressing the question, ‘Should you combine many passions or just choose one?”

Megan Galloway Growth Coach

Connect with Megan on Twitter @meganjgalloway

Wednesday, 20th November

 Ilze Louw Schlebusch will write on ‘The importance of Professionalism – website & photos’

Ilze Louw Photography

Connect with Ilze on Twitter @ilzelouw

Thursday, 21st November

Roxy Hutton will write on ‘Blogging – where to begin’ 


Connect with Roxy on Twitter @roxypearce

Friday, 22nd November

Kelly Lubbee will be writing ‘How to use Social Media to promote your business”

Sunflowers and Spears

Connect with Kelly on Twitter @Kellytromp

Monday, 25th November

Fathima will be writing on ‘Creating an online store’

Happiness Is At

Connect with Fathima on Twitter @noodlesndoodles

Tuesday, 26th November

Phillipa Rowney will be writing on ‘Networking’

Coffey and Cake

Connect with Phillipa on Twitter @pipsrowney

Wednesday, 27th November

Kim & Fil will be writing on "Bridge jobs (the secret to financing your creative business)"


Connect with Kim & Fil on Twitter @Kim_RubySwallow & @Fil_RubySwallow

Thursday, 28th November

Nicola will be writing on ‘Creative or Critic: Who’s driving your business venture?’

Loving Mondays

Connect with Nicola on Twitter @TheCareerCanvas

The lovely Caitlyn de Beer is the blogger who organised this collaboration, and we're so glad she thought of us to be a part of this series! She started her own business a year ago, and is a life coach who is passionate about getting people to step out of their comfort zones and actively pursue their dream jobs. Her aim is for this series to spark that dream in your hearts again - and we do hope that it does! In her words..."Expect to be challenged, inspired and motivated to get going with creating your dream job!". Visit Caitlyn's blog to read her ten reasons for following our collaborative series.

Lastly - join us for the next two weeks as we get stuck in to this topic!

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