Posts Tagged "creative"

Business Tips From A Fashion Designer

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Blog

Business Tips From A Fashion Designer

Entering a crowded market and finding a way to compete is difficult, especially when your core business involves one of the creative fields where you actually make, create or build something. Creative types, however, can gain an edge over their more established competitors that follow more traditional business models. They just need to take their unique way of looking at the world and apply it to the way that they do business. In a recent Open article, the internationally known fashion designer Annie Thompson shared her secrets to making a creative business thrive, despite being in a competitive space. Try some of these strategies to increase your success in a crowded market. Do It Your Way – Craft Your Business Model Around Your Passion and What Feels Right to You When you start a business, there is a lot of pressure to copy what others are doing, but this can make it difficult for creative types to compete against larger operations that can churn out a larger number of items more cheaply or that have a larger number of locations from which to sell their products. Thompson is passionate about designing and creating limited runs of clothing with a...

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Is Stress Ruining Your Creativity?

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Blog

Is Stress Ruining Your Creativity?

“The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation.” – Robert Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Company As you go through any given day, think of all of the technological wonders, gadgets, and even simple creature comforts, like gourmet chocolate and a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, that simply would not exist if it wasn’t for someone else’s creativity and innovation. Without creativity and innovation, we would all still be huddled together in the back of a Stone Age cave desperate for a way to feed ourselves and stay warm. Ironically, the advancements that spring from our creativity and innovation often become a source of new, added stress, which is actually lethal to the creative process. News reports of the effects of stress are quite common. In 2011, the CIPD/Simplyhealth Absence Management Survey revealed that exposure to stress is listed as the most common cause of employee absence due to illness. A well-known 2012 study at Carnegie Mellon University reports there is a direct link between exposure to long term stress and inflammation that leads to illnesses such as heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. While you might be well aware of stress’s physical effect on...

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