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In the archives, you'll find over 100 articles, videos and resources to help you create and share exceptional work online. I hope it inspires you to go make something beautiful.

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Audience surveys and their important role in your big picture { Diary of a Creative Entrepreneur, Volume 9 }

Sometimes thinking big means starting with the basics. For me, this was digging deep and getting to the heart of what is going to make my business thrive: my audience and their needs. Through the design of a new reader survey, I was able to uncover part of the reason why conversions have been so […]

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In this post, I reveal my master list of 20 tools for creative business owners, who blog, sell products, and share services online. These helpful resources will help increase productivity + profits, while freeing up time so you can focus on the big picture. Be sure to grab the 3-page business expense and financial success planner […]

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The wonders of working ahead. // Do you ever wonder what your fellow creative entrepreneurs are up to? In between the big wins, product launches, and collaborations are the small steps (some forward, some backward) that lead to those turning points. Here's a transparent account of a week in the life of a gal in passionate pursuit of business growth, personal development and those magical milestones. // From MichelleHickey.Design

In preparation for upcoming travel plans, I pushed myself to “work ahead” this week— a concept that’s practically foreign to me. The effects were almost infectious, with my tasks becoming easier and more enjoyable with each passing day. While it meant putting some of those big picture goals on the back burner, I know that […]

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Is blogging actually worth it? Spoiler alert: YES. This article explores how to maximize the impact of your blog posts, reach a bigger audience, create opportunities, and put more money in your pocket. { Includes a FREE CHECKLIST to help improve the value of your posts! }

Is blogging actually worth it? Spoiler alert: yes. This article explores how to maximize the impact of your blog posts, reach a bigger audience, create opportunities, and put more money in your pocket.  I spent the early years of my business blogging without purpose. Like many newlywed gals, I thought Style Me Pretty was the […]

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The secrets to generating passive income from a printables-based blog - an inspiring expert interview with Creative Entrepreneur, Erin Williams of Printable Crush // From MichelleHickey.Design

Have you ever wondered how to generate passive income from a printables-based blog? In this expert interview, Erin from Printable Crush shares the story of how she evolved her struggling Etsy shop into a successful printables-based blog. She is not only a talented self-taught graphic designer but a savvy entrepreneur. Erin has done an awesome […]

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Exploring the benefits of guest blogging, choosing the right type of site, methods for pitching your content, and maximizing your opportunity for exposure. // From MichelleHickey.Design

In this post, you’ll find guest blogging tips for creative brands: how it’ll help you grow, how to find opportunities, and advice for pitching your content. Guest blogging is one of those small actions that can potentially grow your business in a big way. It didn’t just bring more traffic to my blog but exposed […]

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Free Printable Planning Sheets for bloggers and small business owners! Two designs are included: one for keeping track of your brilliant ideas and the other to manage potential collaborations and sponsorships. Both will get you inspired to take action and grow your business and/or blog. Designs by MichelleHickey.Design.

Two planning printables for bloggers and small business owners to help you get organized while elevating your business: coming right up! Inspired by my word of the year Fellow bloggers and small business owners, I don’t know what happened to me at the start of this year, but I have got a fire lit under […]

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Are you a creative looking to share your work online? In this post, you’ll find ten steps that’ll aid you in starting a successful creative blog. Many of you have reached out to tell me that you have dreams of someday starting your own blog and/or creative business. I also have some dear friends and […]

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A modern maker with a classic approach to design.

An elder millennial, I learned graphic design the old-fashioned way, but for the past fifteen years, I’ve practiced those principles in the digital space. The result: content that stands the test of time.

I work with clients to craft everything from the ground up, establishing a strong foundation and energizing your visuals with meaning. Impactful content goes beyond what we see. We’re here to make your audience feel.

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