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Letters From A Hopeful Creative is a fortnightly podcast brought to you by Sara Tasker and Jen Carrington. In each episode they answer a letter from a hopeful creative who is looking for some guidance, support, and encouragement in their journey, and share some of the lessons they have learned along the way as creative coaches and online business owners. Each episode is like a mini coaching session and pep talk all rolled into one - tune in every Monday morning for brand new episodes.
 
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In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling to feel confident in their new business. Together they dive into the different ways we can all find courage and confidence in our own journeys, and share some encouragement for today’s letter writer moving forward too. Links to the pages and articles mentioned are at: www.…
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is finding more joy, ease, and freedom in their business and life during this time of forced lockdown and is wondering how they can bring this into their daily life when they’re back to business as usual. Sara and Jen dive into how we can bring more freedom, ease, and joy into our busin…
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling to decide whether to focus on creating products or building a community first. Today’s letter writer also shares a whole lot of fears that are holding them back at the moment too, so Sara and Jen dive into how today’s letter writer can feel confident and courageous in the …
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is wondering how best they can refocus and adjust in their business during this world health crisis. Sara and Jen explore how we can feel grounded in this time, how to re-route some of the goals and intentions that we set for ourselves this year, and why they believe we all still have p…
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is wondering how (and if) they should sell in this time while we all navigate this world health crisis. Together they explore how to make business decisions from a place of integrity in this season, how to navigate any feelings of fear and shame that comes with selling, and how they’re …
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling to decide where to focus next in their business. Together they dive into the lessons they’ve learned about finding focus in their own businesses and explore their advice and encouragement for today’s letter writer too. Links to the pages and articles mentioned are at: www.…
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who wants to take the freelance career they’ve built and turn it into a thriving business instead. Sara and Jen explore the difference between being a freelancer and a business owner, how you can start to develop a vision and a plan for your business, and the mindset shifts necessary to go …
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is battling with burnout in their business and is struggling to show up and run her business in this season. Sara and Jen share their own experiences with burnout, the lessons they’ve learned, and their advice and encouragement for today’s letter writer too. Links to the pages and artic…
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling to find focus in their work and is curious as to whether or not they can still build a business on Instagram. Sara and Jen encourage today’s letter writer to think bigger than just Instagram when it comes to building their business, and share how they encourage them to get…
 
We’re coming back from our break with another ask us anything episode, diving into topics like how to deal with a bad client experience, how to prepare for starting a family when you’re self employed, whether or not to put your prices on your website and lots more! Links to the pages and articles mentioned are at: www.lettersfromahopefulcreative.co…
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling to decide what to automate, eliminate, and delegate in their business. Sara and Jen share their own approach to this in their business, the lessons they’ve learned, and their advice for anyone else struggling with this too. Links to the pages and articles mentioned are at:…
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling with their work being copied online. Copycats is such a tricky subject that so many of us have to navigate along the way, and in this episode Sara and Jen share their own experiences of being copied, how they deal with it, and the mindset they embrace when it comes to the …
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen are diving into more listener questions, from our thoughts on Instagram potentially hiding like counts, our advice for being organised, how we motivate ourselves when we don’t feel like doing the work, navigating trolls online and more. Links to the pages and articles mentioned are at: https://www.lettersfromahopeful…
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen are answering listener questions, from our advice for starting something new, navigating quiet seasons in business, how we approach setting short and long term goals, how to deal with people who don’t understand your business and more. Links to everything we mentioned will be on our website https://www.lettersfromaho…
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is curious about what it actually looks like to build a community online. Together they explore the biggest lessons they’ve learned about building community online, why they don’t believe in trying to hack your way to audience growth, and why they believe the most important part of buil…
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen are talking all things mailing lists and newsletters. Together they dive into building a mailing list, opt-in incentives, subject lines, how to decide what content belongs on your newsletter and more. If you’re thinking of starting a newsletter or want to be more intentional with the one you’ve already built this epi…
 
In today's episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is unsure as to whether or not to invest any money into their business before it makes a profit. They share their own experience of choosing when and when not to invest in their business, why they believe all investments in business are a leap of faith, and their advice for how to make …
 
In today's episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is hoping to build her creative business during her upcoming maternity leave. Sara shares her own experience of starting her business while on maternity leave, and Jen shares the lessons she's learned from seeing many of her clients go on this journey too. Together they explore why show…
 
In this episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is feeling anxious about becoming self employed because of the financial uncertainty that comes with this path. Sara and Jen share their own experiences of navigating financial uncertainty in their business, why we need to talk more about the financial reality of being self employed, and t…
 
In today's episode Sara and Jen are celebrating the launch of Sara's first book, Hashtag Authentic, by diving into listener questions all about Instagram. Together they explore topics such as losing followers, the new rules for sharing ads and gifted products, whether a consistent style and grid is actually important, having clearer boundaries onli…
 
In today's episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling to build their dream business because they're so busy doing the work that currently pays the bills and provides for their family. Sara and Jen explore why we need to stop believing the lie that building a business is quick and easy, why we need more advice that recognises …
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is asking whether or not they have to be authentic and deep on Instagram if they want to grow their community and achieve their goals online. They share whether or not they believe that you have to share intimate and vulnerable stories to succeed on Instagram (spoiler alert: you don’t),…
 
In today's episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is feeling burned out with blogging and is unsure of what they want to next. Together they explore how to deal with losing followers when you start to make a change, why we have to give ourselves permission to evolve and change, and their advice for how to uncover what it is you truly w…
 
In today's episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling to decide whether or not their business should be more niche. Together they explore why they don't believe in forcing yourself to find a niche, and instead why they believe in leaning into what makes you and your work special and unique. They share their own approach to ni…
 
In today's episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is afraid that they'll never actually make their business happen. Sara and Jen explore why so many of us can get stuck in that fear, why embracing being a beginner is the key to moving forward, and why they don't recommend falling into the trap of buying all of the courses and books and…
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who isn’t enjoying working from home as much as they first thought that they would. Sara and Jen share what they’ve learned over the years about how to make working from home truly work for you, why they believe giving yourself permission to work from home in whatever way works best for you…
 
In today's episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling with comparing herself to other people in her industry, even though her business is thriving. Sara and Jen share their own relationship with comparison, why they don't believe it can ever serve us as business owners, and their advice and encouragement for moving past it to…
 
In today's episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who has been offered an exciting in-house role and now has to decide between that and her thriving business. Sara and Jen share their thoughts on how they would navigate this choice, their suggestions for how today's letter writer can make an intentional decision, and why there is never a r…
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who has dreams of starting a podcast but fears that there is no place for her in the podcasting world anymore. Sara and Jen explore why there is always space for you and your creative work, what they’ve learned from creating their own podcasts, and their advice for anyone who wants to bring…
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is feeling disappointed after launching their first e-course and making less than 10 sales. Sara and Jen break down the myths around creating courses, what they’ve learned from launching their own, and their encouragement and advice for anyone who wants to create courses to sell in thei…
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who asks, once we have established a business how do we stay devoted to it? Sara and Jen explore their own experience with reaching their business goals and discovering what’s next, how they continue to stay devoted to their businesses, and their encouragement for today’s letter writer movi…
 
In today's episode Sara and Jen respond to two letter writers who are struggling with their money mindset in their business. Sara and Jen dive into their own relationship with money and how it has evolved over the years, their encouragement for anyone who battles with fear, guilt, and imposter syndrome when it comes to money, and their advice for t…
 
In today's episode Sara and Jen respond to two letter writers who are struggling to find the time for their side hustle alongside their day job. Sara shares her own experience of building her business alongside a day job, and Jen shares the lessons she's learned from seeing many of her clients do this too. They share their encouragement and advice …
 
In today's episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is considering starting a side hustle mentoring other artists to support her thriving ceramics business which she is struggling to make ends meet with. Sara and Jen dive into the tough decisions you have to make if your business isn't financial sustainable, how a side hustle can be an a…
 
In today's episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling to see any audience growth for her blog and her Instagram feed. Together they explore the ways we may need to shift our mindset around growing an audience, why they believe creating unique, valuable, and engaging content is the most important part of the process, and their…
 
In today’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling to decide whether or not to leave their day job in the social justice sector to pursue their creative dreams instead. The letter writer asks, how can I give myself to choose this when the work I do now is more meaningful and impactful? Sara and Jen dive into their own deci…
 
In this episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer is struggling to find a balance between being strategic on Instagram while also staying true to themselves too. Sara and Jen dive into the pros and cons of being super strategic on Instagram, why they believe that the most important thing is to know what the purpose of your Instagram is and to…
 
In this episode Sara and Jen respond to two letter writers who both ask, how can I find the courage to share my creative work in the face of possible judgement, criticism, and rejection? Sara and Jen share their own experiences and thoughts on receiving criticism of their work, how they find the courage to share so much online, and why they believe…
 
In this week's episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling to decide what to give away for free through their content and what to keep as a paid for product or service. Sara and Jen share why they both believe in being of value for free through their content, their advice for how to decide what is free content and what is paid…
 
In this week’s episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer whose business is doing well but they’re still struggling to make it work financially because they’re not charging enough. They dive into how to price your products and services in a way that is financially viable, the lessons they’ve learned about pricing in their own businesses, and h…
 
In this episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling with how to turn their blog into a full time business. Sara and Jen explore what it takes to turn a blog into a business, how to shift your mindset to think more like a business owner, and how to uncover what the work is that you really want to be doing and monetising in the …
 
In this episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling to decide whether or not they're ready to take the leap and work for themselves full time. Sara and Jen explore their own relationship with risk, their advice for this week's letter writer for how best to make this decision, and how to navigate the anxiety that comes with tak…
 
In this episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling with feeling overwhelmed and overworked in their business. The letter writer asks, "there never seems to be enough time in the day - is this something that just comes with working for yourself?" Sara and Jen share their thoughts on the topic of time, how they manage it, how t…
 
In this episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is running their business alongside multiple chronic illnesses who asks, how can I cope with feeling like I'm always two steps behind everyone else because of my health? They share their own experiences of living with chronic illness and their advice and encouragement for anyone who has to…
 
In this episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling with being the object of someone else's envy and comparison - the letter writer feels like they're holding themselves back from playing big due to the fear of triggering someone else. They explore how to navigate envy and comparison, both your own and others peoples, and why …
 
In this episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is feeling a whole lot of anxiety and frustration when it comes to Instagram - their business is thriving, but their Instagram feed isn't. They explore the different ways we define success online, how to have a better relationship with social media, their tips and tricks for increasing eng…
 
In this episode Sara and Jen respond to a letter writer who is struggling to move past fear, comparison, and perfectionism so that they can get their business idea of the ground. They explore the stories we sometimes tell ourselves about what we're capable of, how our mental health can affect our business and creativity, and how to get moving forwa…
 
Letters From A Hopeful Creative is a weekly podcast brought to you by Sara Tasker and Jen Carrington. In each episode they answer a letter from a hopeful creative who is looking for some guidance, support, and encouragement in their journey, and share some of the lessons they have learned along the way as creative coaches and online business owners…
 
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