Women Who Create / Charlie Swift

To celebrate our WWC weekend which is being held in Bristol this coming weekend today i'd love to welcome Bristol creative Charlie Swift to the series. Her super stylish work is clear, creative and inspiring! Charlie is a self professed Instagrammer, blogger and self-employed social media and content creative, and will be talking to us today about her experiences as a creative business owner.

Tell us a little about your background...

I’m an Instagrammer, blogger and self-employed social media and content creative. I specialise in helping creatives, bloggers and small business owners with their digital marketing and online presence. My work varies from managing client’s social media channels and mailing lists to writing blogs and web content, creating beautiful images for sharing online and consulting on wider marketing campaigns and strategy. 

charlie swift hand plant styled

Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?

I’ll admit maintaining focus is something I have to work on, especially working in social media where distraction is everywhere! I’ve really got into meditation over the last year, it’s a great way to start my day and get into a focused headspace to work. 
What two things can't you live without?

I suppose it’s terrible cheesy to say my husband, but he’s been particularly awesome and supportive since I began working for myself last year. So him... and tea.

charlie swift breakfast flat lay styled

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

Instagram and the amazing creative women who share beautiful images and stories every day. If I have a chance to meet up with those lovely Instafriends in real life then even better.  
What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?

It’s about bringing your individual spark to whatever you’re doing - whether it’s working on your craft and creating in the more traditional sense or just cooking dinner!

If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why? 

My brother Josh runs a project called #DoSomethingForNothing, I’m hoping we are going to collaborate on bringing an event to Bristol soon. 
Do you have a  favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

I’m a sucker for pretty stationery and my bullet journal. If I need to get inspiration flowing there’s nothing better than putting pen to paper. 
What is the best thing about working for yourself?

Working for myself has meant I include self-care and exercise in my routine in a way I never felt able to before. Which in turn means a better output for my clients and myself. 

charlie swift home studio photo

What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

Not one particular moment, but my Instagram feed is my pride and joy. My styling and photography is something I’m constantly working to improve so I’m always proudest of whatever I’ve created most recently.

What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey?

Link up with a buddy or accountability partner for regular meetings to both discuss your plans, goals and dreams. My monthly meet ups with my friend and fellow creative business owner Franky  provide a chance for us to chat openly about everything business related and focus on where we’re heading.

Follow Charlie over on IG @_charlieswift or find out more about her work here

Charlie swift with tulips portrait