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Working Less and Making More: A Practice in Patience, Systems and Trust

You’ve heard it a million times. “I want to work less and make more.” But do you actually know what it takes to make this happen? The entrepreneurs who are making bank are NOT lazy. They are strategic, methodical, and extremely patient. 

  • Do you think Pat Flynn went from being laid off to earning over $100k per month revenue overnight?! Are you kidding?
  • Do you think Oprah went right from waitress to world-recognized thought leader?! Heck no.
  • Do you think Marie Forleo rolled out B-School her first year in business?! Absolutely not. 

Their careers didn’t fall out of thin air. They spent years perfecting their craft, tweaking their processes and making shifts towards their big dreams.

We’re no different. We absolutely want world domination (for all female creative business owners). But we know the tide won’t shift overnight.

We want to retire our husbands and support our families in ways our parents never could for us.

We know that this won’t just fall out of thin air. We know we have to put in the work, but we also know overworking ourselves doesn’t serve us any better.

You’ve heard it a million times. “I want to work less and make more.” But do you actually know what it takes to make this happen? The entrepreneurs who are making bank are NOT lazy. They are strategic, methodical, and extremely patient. Their careers didn’t fall out of thin air. They spent years perfecting their craft, tweaking their processes and making shifts towards their big dreams.  We’re no different. We absolutely want world domination (for all female creative business owners). But we know the tide won’t shift overnight. | Think Creative Collective

The Raw Truth
Emylee and I never work 40 hours a week. We start late on Tuesdays and Thursdays so we have time to workout and catch up on our favorite podcasts. We have half days on Friday’s because… LIFE. This doesn’t mean we aren’t working our booties off. Instead we are focused on the tasks at hand. When they are done, we shut it down. 

Burning the midnight oil may have helped us grow an extensive blog archive, but it wasn’t sustainable and it made us very crabby people. 

Systems Matter
We spent a TON of time figuring out the necessary pieces in our business. We rely on a ton of systems to make this whole thing work like a well-oiled machine! Ready? Want to know what is absolutely necessary to make our business function? Here we go:

  • Trello - The ONLY way this all WORKS together!
  • Teachable - Where we host all our educational opportunities for our tribe. P.S. Want to try it for a month for free? Click here
  • WebinarJam - We teach multiple trainings online every month. WebinarJam makes this possible;
  • Leadpages - How we capture all your pretty faces; 
  • ConvertKit - How we send you all the awesome emails. Hello, marketing;
  • Squarespace - You are reading the blog here;
  • Later - Pre-scheduling content for Instagram is a total lifesaver; 
  • Tailwind - Pinterest drives nearly half of our traffic. This is why; 
  • PostPlanner - Our newest addition to the scheduling family; 
  • An Editor - Sarah keeps us in line; 
  • A Copy Queen - Sabrina makes sure we are actually funny and adds her own little sparkle; 
  • A VA - AllieDanae runs the entire blog and all our guest contributors!
  • A FB Ad Specialist - Kelsey is our analytics geek. She knows how to target like nobody's business; 
  • A PR Director - Can’t say enough good things about Dannie, and 
  • 3 INCREDIBLE TCC Ambassadors - Meet Sam, Jenny and Nicholette

What works for us may not work for you. But this recipe of people, software and systems did not just pop out of thin air. We spent weeks testing, trying, failing. We fell in love and we fell out of love. This is our magic sauce, but it didn’t happen overnight. 

A Sprinkle of Woo-Woo
As much as I would like to say doing #AllTheThings will make this thing a success, I totally believe a dash of woo-woo magic and a heck of a lot of faith and gumption plays a big ‘ol role. 

If you are constantly a Negative Nelly and are telling everyone you are “kinda sorta doing something” you are always just gonna kinda sorta make money. If you tell the universe, what you want and you take the steps necessary to make it happen, things tend to fall in line.

Now, no one said it would be easy. Or there wouldn’t be obstacles or roadblocks. But first and foremost you have to believe whole heartedly you are cut out for this. AND you have to make everyone else believe you are too. 

No easy feat, but we know you can do it! 


Do you fill up post it notes, notebooks and that dreaded iPhone Notes app (blergh!) with “things to remember”, but then somehow you never, um, know where they actually are? Do you have a metric shit ton of biz tasks to accomplish, but constantly feel like you don’t know what to work on next? Then you need this. Check out Trello for Business today.


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