Creative Business Mentoring by Amy Phipps

Do you have big dreams for your creative business, but no idea where to start?

Are you ready to turn your passion project into a career? Or crafty hobby into a full time job?

Perhaps you’re an established business owner who is feeling overwhelmed and not sure what to do next? Lacking in clarity, self-confidence, and support?

Every month, you might wonder if you should be applying for “proper jobs” because your business feels hard and relentless. 

Maybe you’re not making enough sales and your business isn’t sustainable, or maybe you’re making too many sales and you’re at risk of burning out if you don’t put some systems and structure in place. 

Perhaps you feel isolated and unsure of the next step, you’ve lost your mojo and it’s hard to see the way forward.


I understand exactly how you feel. I’ve been there.

I know what it’s like to have a business you are passionate about. How it feels to struggle for sales in those early days. How it feels to make big decisions about the direction of your business. How it feels to feel isolated and alone while your friends are buying houses and getting promoted.

From award-winning textile design and collections for some of the high street’s biggest fashion brands, I realized that my values for sustainability and equality were at odds with the fast fashion industry in which I found myself. I started delivering creative workshops and found tremendous joy in creative community, and from this seed, my idea for Super+Super HQ was born.

With our own 3-storey workshop and business space, my bestie Claire and I created a space for creative businesses to thrive and grow, as well as a venue for workshops, events, and mentoring in the heart of Brighton. The business grew, and I became a regular contributor to Mollie Makes, I ran creative workshops for big brands, became a published author, and a nationally known crochet tutor.

As my business grew, I was mentoring other business owners and realised how much I loved empowering other women. So, I decided to hop onto the next amazing stepping stone in my colourful journey, and I retrained as a professional mentor and founded Women Who Create UK.  

Now, I champion women in business (like you!) and empower them through creativity and connection. Women who want a fulfilling creative career that brings happiness plus a sustainable income!

“But is it for me?”

Whatever your goals are, I can support you with them. Whether it’s creating a unique vision of your ideal day as a maker, pitching your project to a dream magazine, working through start-up and scale-up problems, planning actionable strategies and making SMART goals, or designing your next crafty event, I love creating sessions that are fun, interactive, and inspire your next steps in business.

My Creative Business Mentoring programme has been carefully designed for creatives, makers, crafters, aspiring business owners and multi-tasking creative mavens.

Being your own boss can be hard work and daunting at times, with actionable strategies to give you clarity, strategy, and confidence, I have 15 years of experience in the creative industries and have oodles of creative business advice to share with you. You'll be on the path to creative freedom in no time!


You’re at a fork in the road. Will you keep moving forward with the frantic, or will you make a move towards a more sustainable business? 

When you imagine yourself in 5 years’ time, what do you see? Do you see a creatively fulfilled business woman with a career aligned to your vision and values? Do you see someone who is financially stable, whose business is thriving, and who is content with the direction you’re going? 

Or do you see someone who is still running the hamster wheel of catch-up? Someone who struggles with cycles of burnout and 70 hours a week? Someone stuck in a feast or famine pattern of sales, who doesn’t have time to read a book or go on holiday or take time off?

If you want to create a sustainable business, and you’re ready to make a change from business patterns that leave you feeling exhausted, then you need to work with me.


How does it work?                    

Sessions are lightly structured to keep focused on you and your business, and are super creative! There is always a stack of coloured paper, chalk pastels, and washi tape close at hand to help you plan the inspiring business you dream of running.

Whether you’re close-at-hand for in-person sessions, or you’re in one of the far-flung corners of the world and would like to be mentored via video call (Skype or Zoom), my sessions will leave you feeling creatively inspired and excited for the future of your business.

What will you get?

  • Clarity - a clear picture of where your business/project/idea is at, and what it can become

  • Focus - a focused 3-month action plan + SMART goals

  • Happiness - an “authentically you” vision of what success feels & looks like

  • Confidence - increased confidence in your brand, offerings, product, or service 

+ Unlimited email support from me during the time we work together

+ A set of curated worksheets, planning pages, and a whole new understanding of your creative business

+ A discount on your next block booking!


What are people saying about my Creative Business Mentoring programme?

I went from feeling completely unenthusiastic about all my possible career prospects to massively motivated about starting my own business for real. Amy helped me appreciate all the good stuff I’d done so far to see I was already making a lot of positive decisions. Amy’s belief and support in me from the outset, alongside her organised well-structured sessions have helped me to feel like it’s really possible!
— Liss Cooke, Textiles Designer
If you want to sell your crafts how is the best way to go about it? Amy Phipps gives top tips.
— Corinna Jones, BBC R4 Womans hour producer
For any woman with a creative business who is feeling a little lost or confused, I couldn’t think of a better service to recommend, to help you to organise, plan and discuss your business dreams with a brilliant mentor.
— client Nottingham
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amy phipps maker mentoring creative coaching for women in business

What’s the investment?

Maker Mentoring Program

3 x 60 minute sessions focused on moving you and your business forward in a way that feels great. You’ll get clarity, focus, confidence, and happiness with your business, as well as unlimited email support from me during the time we work together, a set of business worksheets, and a discount on your next block booking!           

Investment: £285

One Off Support Session:

1 x 90-minute session

Would you like some support, but would prefer a one-off, condensed session to get you focused? Choose one in-depth problem, or 2 smaller business challenges to tackle during one of these one-off mentoring sessions. It will give you bite-sized actions and positive next steps to move you past your current roadblocks and get you moving forward!               

Investment: £125

Book your no obligation clarity call now, and take the next step towards building your dream creative career.


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OTHER THINGS I CAN HELP YOU WITH INCLUDE...

MONEY

Book keeping, accounts advice and HMRC

Budgeting for business success – income and outgoings

Forecasting and financial goal setting

Products /service costing and pricing strategy – cost, wholesale, retail pricing 

PRODUCT

Quality control of products and services

Developing your product range + market evaluation

Sourcing materials/production partners

Packaging your products professionally

Postage – packaging, shipping, costs, taxes

Intellectual property – knowing your rights

Copyright 

BRAND

Building your brand – Business/Personal

Aligning with your brand message

Highlighting your dream client/audience

MARKETS

Intro to running a stall at a craft/creative market – a toolkit of everything you’ll need to know and do

Insurance for creatives/ makers – Public liability and Public indemnity

Styling your stand

Events/workshop planning advice

Setting up your Etsy store

 

CREATIVE

Creating a vision/mood board for your business/ ideal client

Product styling/ prop styling

Canva for marketing/social media images

Setting up Bullet Journal – Bujo Basics

Pitching products/ diy projects to magazines

Magic Tile problem solving technique

Image Making problem solving

Time management - creating a flexible structure to keep several different jobs/projects on track

PLANNING

Annual & seasonal planning

Business start-up basics

Balancing business and well-being

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media basics

Advice on website development

Building and maintaining a mailing list

Setting up a blog + creating a content schedule

Pinterest support – set up, key words and rich pins, scheduling

Curating your IG feed, Using IG stories

Setting up shoppable IG posts

Curating hashtags for your audience

Creating a FB page / group + the differences