How to know if it’s time to hire a Pinterest VA

Let’s be honest – in the early days of growing and scaling your businesses, hiring a social media manager such as a Pinterest VA can feel like a luxury.

Making the commitment to not only entrust an external contractor with your business but also undertaking the obligation to paying someone else can feel a little daunting.

So how do you know when you’re ready to bite the bullet and hire a Pinterest Virtual Assistant? Here are 3 big reasons:

It’s Not Where Your Time Is Best Spent

As entrepreneurs, we wear many hats in our businesses, but if you’re truly ready to scale and grow your impact on the world, the first step is to know when to outsource.

Let’s say you’re a Business Coach who charges $300 per hour for your time. Does it really make sense for you to spend 6 hours per month on Pinterest scheduling, designing pins, tracking your results and researching keywords?

Instead, this time could be used to support your clients, launch a new program or other strategic tasks that only YOU can do.

Your VA is NOT a Pinterest VA

This is one I see time and time again – entrepreneurs handball their Pinterest marketing needs to their existing VA who has never been formally trained in Pinterest marketing strategies. Worst of all, the VA unknowingly makes a ton of crucial mistakes which bomb the account. And suddenly, you’re paying your VA to damage your account’s growth and reach, however you’re both none the wiser.

Over the years, I’ve seen so many accounts that have been mismanaged for years, and it takes months (and hundreds of dollars) to get them back on track.

A Pinterest VA or Strategist is specially trained in the platform – how to maximise your growth, get epic results, and how to adjust to the algorithm changes.

You’ll See an ROI for Years to Come

One of the greatest things about Pinterest? The work you do now will bring you (free) results for months and years to come.

That means that with a relatively small investment into a Pinterest VA, you’ll see an ROI in the form of spicy leads, subscribers and sales from Pinterest to your business well into the future.

Ready to accelerate your growth with Pinterest?

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How to become a Pinterest Virtual Assistant

Imagine working from home. It’s honestly the dream, right?

To be your own boss, managing your own time and schedule, and to no longer have to sit in traffic on your daily commute.

For just over 2 years now, I’ve worked as a Pinterest Virtual Assistant full-time. I have had the freedom to create a flexible schedule, decide my own worth and enjoy life with my family and friends.  I want you to have that exact same freedom, so here’s all you need to know about becoming a PVA:   

What does a PVA do?

A Pinterest Virtual Assistant is someone that helps their clients grow their business through Pinterest. Pinterest is a fast-growing market that lots of businesses use to drive traffic towards their website. The main tasks a PVA does involves sharing a client’s blog posts, designing pins, creating Pinterest reports & strategies etc. 

Who can become a PVA?

The best thing about becoming a PVA is that there aren’t any restrictions on locations or countries, so anyone can do it! It’s the type of job that you can do in your spare time as a side-hustle or take up full-time. 

How much can I make as a PVA?

Each Pinterest VA has their own unique packages and rates, and these generally range from US $200 to $1,000 per month. The range you make as a Pinterest PVA depends solely on the amount of time you are willing to invest in working.

How can I get started as a PVA?

Getting started as a PVA demands that you put some things in order. These things are important because the level of orderliness and details you put into your profile would determine how well things go for you on the job. Here are some of the things you need to do:

  1. Set hourly rate (I recommend $40 to $50 per hour for new VAs)
  2. Set Your Services (what services will you offer?)
  3. Define your dream clients (what is your niche?)
  4. Choose hours (get clear on your capacity to take on clients)
  5. Watch this FREE training on how I made Pinterest my job (and you can too!)

Are you ready to take charge of your future and work as a PVA? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to support you and help you create a job that suits your lifestyle. 

Kate x

5 tips to use lifestyle stock photos to grow and enhance your brand.

I’m thrilled to have Cherry May Ward from Beach Babe Stock here to share how you can grow and enhance your brand through lifestyle stock photos.


Now, we’re all busy entrepreneurs, I myself am one, so I know exactly how easily the day can get away from you. If you’re not organized and productive with your time then you can easily end up wasting a whole load of it.

Stock photos can help you save hours creating content (warning: our beautiful images might even end up inspiring your next post!) while you grow your brand and spend more time on what matters most; engaging with your audience and marketing your business. Today I’m going to be sharing with you my 5 top tips on how you can use stock photos to grow and enhance your brand.

TIP 1: Using high-quality imagery, graphics, designs and animations to reflect the high quality of your own product or service.


I know that when you’re just starting out it can be really appealing to try and “DIY” all the things… however, going down this route may actually end up hindering your brand/product more than you think.  If you’re using low-quality images, graphics, or designs that aren’t professional then you might attract the same low-quality type of customer… or worse, none at all. The online business world is quite competitive and you need your branding to stand out against the online crowd here. 


TIP 2: Lifestyle images can help you relate to your ideal client more.


You want to be able to talk directly to your customers’ likes/dislikes, pain points and passions. Lifestyle stock photos can help with this. Whereas “styled stock”, you know… those perfectly styled, sometimes unrealistic images of desktop scenes; images that beg the question: When is your desk ever that tidy, apart from before you go on a 2 week vacation?! And… where are the crumbs? Or those images that seem a little too “picture perfect” with a woman typing on a computer with a colour coordinated coffee cup, top, skirt, pens, journal and even …nails? 

This is where lifestyle images like the ones we have on Beach Babe Stock are going to come to the rescue. I create images based on what I know my members and their ideal clients love to do, during work, and their spare time. This means that there are images that help you create engaging, relatable content for your audience, you might even find yourself creating some content that’s inspired by our images!

TIP 3: Think outside the box. (It’s not just for social!)


Stock photos aren’t just for social media posts (in fact, I think that’s where you need stock the least. Read on for my explanation on this below..). They can be used across all different online mediums. Think website banners, shop cover, graphics for your opt-ins, thank you and sales pages, thumbnail images for blog posts or product offerings, webinar slides, blog posts, emails, even mockups to showcase your products.


TIP 4: “Enhance” is the keyword here.

We want to use stock products (images, and done for you graphics) to *enhance* your brand on social media. The best way to do this is to mix in stock images alongside your personal images (be it selfies, photos of your products, you with a client, or your family). 

For personal brands (where you as the owner/founder are the ‘face behind the brand’), I recommend using a ratio somewhere between 1:4 or 2:3 of stock to personal images. This gives you a good ratio of maintaining a highly personal brand image, while keeping your feed imagery to a high quality to reflect the standard of service and price of your offering.

For business, corporate, and ecommerce brands (where you as a person aren’t the key/main component that people know about), I’d still recommend using less stock on social media than you might expect, I recommend 2:1 or 3:1 of stock to brand/personal images.

TIP 5: Make it your own and add your branding.

Once you’ve purchased stock images or graphics like ours on BBS, you can easily make them your own by adding your brand colour overlays, adding your brand logo, or website URL over the top, and adding your Instagram handle over the graphic, or so that if people do share, it links back to your website or profile.


Those are my top 5 tips on how you can use stock photos to grow and enhance your brand. Here’s a quick recap: 

1 – You want to be using professional quality images to reflect the high standard of your brand’s products and or services. 

2 – Using lifestyle images will help your brand feel more relatable to your customers and clients.

3 – There are so many different places you can be using stock photos, they’re not just for social media! Website, product mockups, shop banners, webinar slides.

4 – Remember to use stock in moderation, to *enhance* your branding. I recommend a ratio of 1:4 or 2:3 of stock to personal images for personal brands, and 2:1 or 3:1 of stock to brand images for business type brands.

5 – Make it your own, add your logo, website URL, or your Instagram handle to ensure that if your work is shared, it’ll link back to you.

With all this talk about stock photos and graphics, are you excited to try some out now? I’ve created a freebie just for you lovelies on Kate’s blog.  It’s 3 lifestyle stock photos and 2 done-for-you postable graphics. Click here to download. 



How to Stay Productive When Working from Home

For just over 2 years now, I’ve worked from home full-time. And this is the dream, right? To be your own boss, managing your own time and schedule, and to no longer have to sit in traffic on your daily commute.

But with the freedom of a flexible schedule, so comes the challenge of staying productive and focussed without rigid structure, or a boss or team member to be accountable to.

That’s right, it’s all up to you now, baby.

So here’s my guide to keeping the productivity levels high when you’re working from home.

Be Prepared for the change

Prior to leaving my previous job, I had fantasised about what working from home would look like – sitting in our front sunroom, looking out to the ocean whilst tapping on my keyboard. Though all of this is now a reality, I hadn’t quite prepared for how different things would be when working alone. All. Day. Long.

Though I’ve now learnt to love my quiet, solo days, it was initially a huge transition from working in an agency with over 20 coworkers – having others to bounce ideas off and office buddies to chat with whilst making a cuppa in the kitchen.

Now, if I ever feel like I’m suffering from cabin fever, I will:

  • take 10 minutes to stretch or dance around my office
  • work from a café
  • call a friend and go for a walk
  • schedule a co-working day with a buddy who also works from home
  • attend a professional networking event or workshop to connect with fellow creatives
  • organise regular catchups with my inspiring network of female creatives (with rosé).

It’s these little things that help to ward off the cray. Trust me.

Planning Your Week

Some girlfriends in my community love their colour-coded digital calendars. I, however, love Asana.

On Friday afternoons I plan the following week and write a list for Monday morning.

I break each day into:

  • must-do’s: client work, deadlines, admin, invoicing, phone calls and meetings.
  • self-care essentials: exercise, yoga, coffee dates and any other activities that keep me feeling balanced.
  • the “big picture” stuff: I’ve set a handful of large goals to achieve over the year, and have broken each into small, achievable steps. I always set time in my schedule to work on these, to keep me on track and heading in the right direction.

Though schedules do change, it’s important to approach each week with direction and intention for a happier, balanced, goal-kicking outcome.

Create your perfect routine (and stick to it)

One of the great things about working from home is having the flexibility and freedom to manage your own schedule, working the hours that suit you and your lifestyle.

I’m an early bird by nature, and prefer to kickstart my day before sunrise. A typical day for me looks something like this:

5:15 AM: I roll out of bed dreary-eyed (wondering why I do this to myself), pull on my yoga pants in the darkness and head to a pilates/yoga/cycle class.

7 AM: High on post-exercise smugness and endorphins and ready to take on the world, I head home to make my husband and I smoothies for breakfast and to shower. It’s worth noting here that I usually ‘dress for work’. By no means am I pulling on a pencil skirt and a blouse, however I avoid wearing sweats or PJs as I find these make me feel sluggish.

8:30 AM: After a quick review of my weekly planner, I turn on my computer, open my inbox and look for anything important that needs to be dealt with or responded to immediately. If the day is looking clear, I close my inbox (no more nasty distractions) and start working through the day’s list. As a priority, I work on any creative projects or my “big picture” tasks first whilst I’m feeling fresh.

I also love this Spotify playlist called Good Morning Focus.

11:00 AM: Before I break for lunch, I re-open my inbox, responding to anything urgent and flagging emails that need to be replied to by the end of the day.

12 PM and beyond: after lunch my day continues in a similar fashion, continuing with any creative work if my brain lets me, or shifting to admin work if not.

Before closing my laptop for the day, I reply to my the emails I flagged earlier and make any adjustments to my calendar for the remainder of the week.

By no means do I stick to this schedule with military precision, but it gives you an idea of how my day typically flows. And because working from home can bring so much joy, I embrace the freedom it gives, meaning:

  • if it’s a hot day, I’ll often have a quick dive into the ocean at lunchtime
  • if I’m feeling frustrated, distracted or uninspired I’ll go for a walk, grab a coffee and clear my head
  • if I’m in a funk, I’ve got PMS or things aren’t working out for me, I give myself permission to take a morning/afternoon/whole day off, and will reset the next day.

Learn to fight the distractions

Distractions, distractions.

Yes, they can really mess with your productivity levels when you’re sitting at home in front of your computer.

If you find yourself checking Facebook, constantly standing in front of the fridge (#guilty) or diverting your attention to the latest Anthropologie sale (ok, #guiltyagain) then it’s time to look at how to add some structure to your day.

I’ve tried a number of working styles over the years, and the one that works best for me is working in ‘sprints’. If I’m feeling incredibly inspired and I just can’t stop creating, I don’t use this method. However, on those days when I need some structure to get me on track, this is a great technique.

To work in a sprint:

  • Sit down at your desk with a task in mind, whether it be writing a blog post, recording a masterclass or writing a course module.
  • Set your alarm for your first ‘sprint’ – I usually work in 40-minute slots, though you may want to work in 30 minutes blocks. Find what works best for you.
  •  Eliminate any distractions (such as your phone or email), start your clock and get working. Work solidly during this ‘sprint’ until your alarm goes off.
  • Now it’s time to reset – get up from your desk, make a cup of tea… whatever you need to do for the next 5 minutes before you start the next round.
  • Now it’s time to rinse and repeat – keep working in this mode until your task is complete.

Some more tips to keep you focused:

  • I close my inbox when I’m in creation mode, whether it be writing, designing or strategising.
  • During my ‘sprints’ my phone is turned to do-not-disturb mode.
  • I have completely disabled any notification pop-ups on my laptop (most importantly, Facebook).

Do you work from home? If so, what techniques have helped you? Myself and this wonderful community would love to hear from you!

Kate x



Every Tool You Need to Create & Launch Your Online Course

Do you want to launch a successful digital course, but aren’t sure where to start?

Girl, I know the feeling.

I recently launched my signature program Pin for Success and learned so much along the way. So in the interest of saving you a whole lot of time, here are all of the tools that I used to create and launch my course.


Note: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link I may make a small commission at absolutely no cost to you. These are tools that I use and LOVE.




Screenflow is a screencasting and video editing software that makes communicating with your students so easy! I used ScreenFlow to record my slides, and for face to face communication.

Microphone – Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Clear audio is important. Your students are paying to learn quality content from you, so they need to be able to clearly hear what you are trying to teach them. The Blue Yeti microphone was not difficult to use and the quality was amazing!


Canva Slide Template

Webinar Slide Deck for Canva from Creative Market. This ready-to-use webinar slide deck kit included everything that I needed to create the slides for my presentation. All I needed was my copy, images and branding!


Leadpages is an online program that helps you to create beautiful landing pages in minutes. They provide heaps of templates that you can use for creating your pages, pop-ups and banners that promote your freebie and capture subscribers.

Student Facebook group graphics

If you’re wanting to communicate with your students within a Facebook group (which I highly recommend!), these customisable Facebook group graphics make it so easy.

Graphic mock-ups for your sales page

This mock-up kit was the perfect tool to help me show potential students what my course could visually look like for them. The best part – you don’t need to be a graphic designer to use it!

Course hosting & payments:


Teachable is an online course hosting platform. It allows your students to easily navigate the course you have set up, and track their progress. Teachable handles everything from content hosting, delivery and payment processing to let you focus on creating content, teaching and providing amazing support.


My payment processor of choice is Stripe, and it easily integrates with Teachable.

Course Marketing:


Convertkit is the email marketing program I use, and one I recommend for all business owners and creative entrepreneurs looking to increase conversions and optimise their sales funnel. It has tons of handy features to help you market to your list, and it allows you to effectively and professionally communicate with your audience (plus it connects seamlessly with LeadPages).


I’ve tried other webinar software over the years, but the easiest to use (IMHO) is Zoom is the easiest to use.

Webinars are a great strategy to use in the pre-launch phase of your course to host a Masterclass, then convert the webinar viewers into paying students.


Affiliates are able to promote your offering to an audience that you may not have reached on your own yet. I enlisted a select group of past students and clients to promote my course. They were able to give genuine testimonies based personal experience and help enrol more students. I used Teachable to track and manage all affiliate sales.

Facebook ads

Facebook ads are another great way to reach an audience that you may not have been able to reach on your own. Facebook allows you to target your ideal audience and convert them to students.

Let me know – did you find this helpful? Which tools are you most excited to use?

Kate x

Lead Magnet vs. Content Upgrade (and how to create yours)

Opt-ins, lead magnets, content upgrades, freebies…

You may be asking yourself “what are these terms and how can they help me grow my business?”

Opt-ins, lead magnets, content upgrades, and freebies are all an incentive for people to exchange their email address for bonus material. Growing your email list is important – you own these subscribers and can develop an intimate relationship with them, positioning yourself as an expert.

Still confused about how these terms can help your business grow?

Let’s break it down

Content Upgrades

When it comes to growing your mailing list, content upgrades are a great incentive for audiences to sign up!

Content upgrades provide your audience with a free bonus download that is directly related to the blog post they are reading. It’s an “upgrade” because it is adding value to the content they have just read.

Content upgrades can be simple and could look like:

  • Roadmaps
  • Checklists
  • Printables
  • Cheatsheets

Lead Magnets

A lead magnet, whilst similar to a content upgrade, is not directly related with a blog post. It can be a resource with its own separate landing page.

Generally speaking, a lead magnet is usually a freebie or offer that appeals to just about any visitor that visits your website.

Lead magnets are usually bigger value items offered as a free piece of digital, downloadable content, such that few would want to decline. In a nutshell, they are a powerful tool for hooking first-time visitors to your site and turning into a subscriber or lead.

Examples of lead magnets include:

  • Webinars
  • Checklists
  • Resource library
  • Templates
  • e-Books
  • or even access to the first module of your online course

A lead magnet encourages your audience to take that next step in forming a relationship with your business.

How to create yours

To allow your business to grow, you want to create opt-ins that are valuable to your dream customers AND your business.

The content should help your target audience achieve a goal or solve a problem within their business or life. It should also value your business; directly tie the content into a paid offer that you are offering (or planning to offer in the future) such as a paid course or membership. Providing your audience with a freebie “warms up” your target audience and helps position you as the expert.


Note: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link I may make a small commission at absolutely no cost to you. These are tools that I use and LOVE.


Tools I use to create opt-ins that convert

Leadpages for landing pages

Leadpages is an online program that helps you to create beautiful landing pages in minutes. They provide a TON of templates that you can use for creating your pages, pop-ups and banners that promote your freebie and capture subscribers.

Bonus: it also has templates for webinars and sales pages! Leadpages is not the same thing as Mailchimp or Convertkit. It does not allow you to send regular emails to your list. I use LeadPages to grow my email list, and Convertkit to communicate with them.

Convertkit for email marketing

Convertkit the email marketing program I use, and one I recommend for all business owners and creative entrepreneurs looking to increase conversions and optimise their sales funnel.

Convertkit has tons of handy features to help you market to your list, and it allows you to effectively and professionally communicate with the audience (plus it connects seamlessly with LeadPages).


Creative Market for templates

If you’re a busy a.f. business owner or entrepreneur who doesn’t have the time to design your own opt-ins (or can justify the expense of hiring a designer) I highly recommend heading over to Creative Market and purchasing an inexpensive, easy-to-customize template for your next opt-in.

Here are 3 of my absolute favourites:


Canva for design

Canva is an excellent (and free!) online design tool, with thousands of customizable templates to help you design content for your brand. I love using this tool for designing opt-ins such as templates, checklists and roadmaps that my subscribers love.

Let me know: what is something that you can offer your audience as a lead magnet?

Psssssst! Need help designing your next freebie?

I’ve created a Lead Magnet Template Bundle that I know you’re going to LOVE! (it’s going to save you so. much. time). 👇👇👇


The Ultimate List of Podcasts for Bloggers & Creative Entrepreneurs

Ever since I went travelling last year, I’ve become somewhat addicted to listening to podcasts. Like most, my obsession started with the beautifully produced Serial (yes, I was a little late to the game), and has grown in leaps and bounds ever since.

Below are just a handful of my favorite podcasts that inspire and educate me daily. Like most, I dip in-and-out of series, however, I’d love to keep this list up-to-date and relevant to what you are currently immersed in. If I have left something off the list, pop it into the comments below and I’ll add it in.

So, what are the best podcasts for female entrepreneurs wanting to grow their business? Here’s what I love:

Raise Your Hand, Say Yes by Tiffany Han

If you’re a solopreneur or creative, you’ll probably feel like Tiffany and her guests are speaking directly to you. Delivered with wit and a great sense of humor, RYHSY will help you live your best creative life.

Little Voice, Big Business by Nadia Finer

This helps female entrepreneurs achieve more and make more money whilst working less. Nadia’s strength is in helping talented folks (just like you) push through that glass ceiling and live your best, happy and profitable life.

The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry

Todd and his guests deliver sound advice on how to be a balanced, happy, healthy, successful entrepreneur. The episode Avoiding The Hustle Trap is a must-listen.

Create Something Awesome Today by Roberto Blake

Entrepreneur Reberto helps fellow creatives monetise their passions, embrace digital for growing their business, and reminds us to always create with passion and purpose.

And She Rises by Amanda Frances

Self-made millionaire and badass manifester Amanda Frances re-purposes her Facebook lives and Insta Stories into short but powerful podcast episodes. A must!

The Influencer Podcast by Julie Solomon

Want to get paid for doing what you love? Julie’s episodes are PACKED full of value and takeaways. If you need a reminder that your wildest dreams are possible, just have a listen.

Online Marketing Made Easy by Amy Porterfield

I first discovered Amy on Instagram, and she’s a wealth of knowledge when it comes to leveraging online platforms to grow your business, especially Facebook marketing. She’s also super-fun to follow on Instagram Stories, and her e-newsetters deliver loads of valuable content.

The Lively Show with Jess Lively

Each week, Jess and her guests challenge the ideals of traditional “success” and encourages others to live a life of passion and purpose. At the heart of each episode is a reminder to nurture your relationships and wellbeing, and simplify your life.

Something you want to add? Pop your favorites in the comments below!

Psssssst! Grab these Pinterest templates for Canva! 

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How to Raise Your Prices (without losing clients)

Discussing rate rises with your clients can feel like an icky subject, and one that I tried my darn hardest to avoid for as long as possible.

But here’s the thing – you didn’t quit your 9-to-5 and start your own business, only to work harder, earn less, and feel overwhelmed a.f. all the time.

The 4 secrets to communicating your rate rise

The 4 essential element for raising your prices are:

  1. Be very clear about your new rate (including updating your pricing on your website).
  2. Communicate your value and credibility, using stats wherever possible (for example, “over the past 6 months it’s been wonderful watching your business grow thanks to [insert your service]”).
  3. Communicate the “why” behind your rate increase (for example, “the new fees will help me to get them more inline with average market rates”).
  4. Give your clients plenty of notice

ensure your contracts include a line about potential price increases.

Here are my scripts for raising your prices in a way that’ll make your clients want to stick around.

Your email scripts

Package your services in a new, client-centric way:

“I wanted to let you know about some exciting updates I’m making to my services. I’ve created these so I can further help my clients achieve XYZ.” 

Lock them into another retainer or package:

“Every year I reassess my offerings, and in the new year I’ll be raising my fees. If you’d like to lock in your current rate for another X months, please let me know and I’ll book you in for another pack.”

Create a VIP experience

“In X months I will be increasing my package prices, however I currently still have X number of spots still available at the current rate. I’ll be opening up these spots to my database at the end of this month, however I wanted to give you the opportunity to jump in first.”


Lastly, give your clients an opportunity to discuss this further with you over the phone.

And now you’re ready!

Let me know: are you feeling more confident about emailing your clients?


Five Big Lessons from Working & Travelling The World

This post may contain affiliate links, meaning that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link I may make a small commission at no cost to you.


One of the undeniable perks of being a solopreneur is the freedom to work from anywhere in the world. These days, all of my work in done online, from my laptop, and I have very little one-on-one time with my clients.

So when I finally stepped away from my corporate 9-to-5 job, one of the first things I did was book a flight to Thailand. And whilst siting on a boat and writing emails in my bikini had me feeling so freakin’ #blessed, there were some frustrating circumstances that took away from what would’ve otherwise been perfect, truly magical days.

Fast forward to a few months later, I travelled to Bali, the U.S.A, Turkey, Georgia (the country) and Greece with my laptop in-tow, and continued to earn money in my business from all corners of the globe.

So fellow entrepreneur, if you’re dreaming of the #digitalnomad life, here’s the juicy lessons I learnt from working + travelling overseas, and how you can have a seamless experience:

BYO Internet Connection

There’s very little that I need in order to work, however a strong internet connection is at the very top of my list. Unfortunately, a strong and safe connection is often hard to find when travelling.

Hotel wifi is always slow and often times-out, I don’t love working from noisy cafés and I’m forever dubious of free public wifi.

My solution? I have an old iPhone that I always take travelling. As soon as I get off the plane I purchase a cheap sim card from a kiosk at the airport, and load it up with tonnes of data. A local data-only sim card is generally inexpensive, and saves me hours of frustration and stress whilst I’m on the road.

Now whenever I need connection, I simply hotspot off my phone and I’m instantly connected to my work.

Timezones Can Be Tough

When in California earlier this year, I had a handful of Pinterest Management calls booked with future clients. Only problem was, there’s a big, fat 16 hour time difference between Perth > L.A. Not wanting to make my prospective client get up at 2am to chat with me, I was up very late into the night so we could chat all things Pinterest marketing.

Be Prepared to Miss Out on the Fun

A working vacation is exactly that, and in exchange for the privilege of travel, there’s also work to be done. Consequently, this can mean that whilst your friends are heading off on an adventure, you’ve got to stay behind at the hotel and get sh*t done.

TIP: Automating systems within your business like scheduling your social media posts (I love Later), bulk uploading pins for Pinterest (Tailwind is your new bff) and client project workflows (Dubsato changed my life) will mean there’s more time for hiking/massages/margaritas in your day.

Invest in Smart Tech Pieces

A lightweight laptop bag, a set of compact earphones and an international power adaptor (bonus points for one that can charge multiple devices at once) are just a handful of smart tech accessories frequent travellers should consider investing in.

TIP: If you ever forget to pack a power adaptor, ask for one at your hotel’s reception. Forgetful travellers (such as myself 🙋🏻) often plug them into the wall sockets and leave them behind.

Be prepared for stuff to go wrong

Bummer alert: Sometimes when travelling, things can go wrong. Luggage can get lost, and items can get damaged or even be stolen. Though most travellers will enjoy an incident-free vacation, it always pays to be prepared for the worse:

  • Backup your work to a hard drive or cloud software before you leave
  • Have a copies of all your essential documents in Dropbox or Google Drive
  • Make sure you have the right insurance.
  • Use cloud software all your passwords (I highly recommend LastPass) so you can still log into emails and other essential programs in the absence of your laptop.

Knowing that you can still service your clients and make money – even if things go wrong – will turn a disaster into a slight inconvenience.

Are you a digital nomad or a frequent business traveller? Jump into the comments below and let me know what makes your life easier when on the road!

With love,



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The Terms and Conditions Freelance Designers Need to Have In Place

Did you know: my background is in design, web and strategy, and I have worked in digital design agencies as an account manager for quite some time now. Over the years I’ve experienced the client + designer relationship first hand– I’ve seen what works, what doesn’t work, and where frustrations lie. Good news is, almost all of these frustrations and issues are avoidable. They magic key? Great communication.

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