Introducing the Mini-Toolbox: Three Creative Guides

The Creativity Toolbox Guides

If you’ve been reading Constructively Productive for a while, you’ll have heard about the Creativity Toolbox – jammed full of goodies for folks who want to be more creative and more effective.

We’re now offering a mini-Toolbox, with all three guides, for just $19.

(In case you’re not a math person, that’s less than $7 per guide.)

You won’t get any of the awesome interviews with creative practitioners and coaches (for those, see the full Toolbox). But you’ll get all three of our guides, which we designed based on feedback from Constructively Productive’s readers.

Plus you’ll still get two of the bonuses: the Resource Directory and 65 Ways to Spark Your Creativity.

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Guide #1: Game Plan: Spark to Business (36 pages)

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When we surveyed Constructively Productive’s readers, we found that you would love to make money from your creative work – but you feel like you’re facing an insurmountable hurdle.

We’ve broken down into micro-steps everything you need to do to turn your great idea into a flourishing business. This guide includes:

Introduction: Your Plan

A two-week plan to help you put into practice everything you read in the guide – because we know how easy it is to read without doing.

Chapter 1: Can I Really Make Money From This?

In short, yes. This chapter explains that you can indeed make money doing what you live (we do!) and gives you three essential tests to evaluate to your creative idea.

Chapter 2: Am I Good Enough?

You almost certainly are. This chapter explains why – and helps you evaluate your own skills. We also cover the importance of specialisation (with a secret pro tip on when it’s okay to branch out).

Chapter 3: Where Do I Start?

This is where lots of would-be creative professionals get stuck, so we’ve given you details on the two first simple steps that you need to take in order to get going. There’s no overwhelm, nothing confusing – just straightforward advice, with clear guidelines, on pulling together your portfolio and getting your first testimonials.

Chapter 4: Setting Up a Great, Functional Website

Neither of us are computer gurus – but we can set up and maintain websites. In this chapter, we explain all the basics you need to know, covering domain names, hosting, what to put on your site, and having a professional email address. This chapter also has a myth-busting section on social media: blogging, Facebook and Twitter – to help you use these tools effectively, so you get more customers in less time.

Chapter 5: Getting Paid For Your Work

This is a pretty important stage in any business! We explain not just how to get paid, but also what to charge – taking the mystery and the worry out of pricing. We show you how to command a high hourly rate without looking expensive.

Chapter 6: Running a Part Time Business

We know that many of our readers are trying to get started around a full-time day job. That’s how Ali started out freelancing, and in this chapter, we give you our best tips on managing your time and energy. We tell you what to focus on to begin with, so that you can start making a great income from day one. And we cover that moment which many part-time freelancers dread: talking to your boss.

Chapter 7: Going Full-Time: Knowing When to Take the Plunge

In the final chapter of the guide, we give you three important questions to ask yourself. If you’re feeling ready to go full-time, and hit “Yes” on all three, you’re all set! You can move forwards confidently.

Mapping Your Project: The Big Picture and the Details (22 pages)

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Ever get bogged down on a project? Perhaps you knew what your overall aim was, but you couldn’t find your way there. Maybe you had lots of details in place, but the big picture wouldn’t come together.

This Guide fixes all that, sharing a bunch of tricks and techniques for seeing the big picture and the zoomed-in view of your projects.

Chapter 1: Pinpointing Your Destination – Where’s Your “X”?

It’s easy to get lost in a project if you’re not really sure what the aim is. This chapter lets you drill down to decide exactly what “finished” means, with three different ways to figure that out.

Chapter 2: Setting Off On Your Journey (Without Turning Straight Back Round)

We know that, often, the hardest stage of a project is getting started – so in this chapter, we tackle two big problems: having initial enthusiasm which quickly vanishes, and feeling discouraged by the distance still ahead.

Chapter 3: Drawing Out Your Own Map

Creative folks like to work in different ways. We give you five methods for drawing out your map – so that you can plot a course to your destination in a way that suits you. We also encourage you to think about how you operate – so you don’t get stuck trying to use other people’s methods.

Chapter 4: Taking Detours and Heading Off-Road

Creativity inevitably involves new ideas – and possible tangents. We guide you through going off-map without losing your way back, offering you different tips and tools to try.

Chapter 5: Making Your Journey Flow

If you’ve heard about “flow” but never see it happening in your own creative life, then this chapter’s for you. We give you concrete ways to influence your mental state, plus a bunch of creativity triggers to try out. The goal here is to take away any resistance you have, and make creativity easy and fun.

Chapter 6: Knowing When You’ve Reached Your Destination

Some tasks seem to drag on and on. You keep tweaking and fiddling with them, and it’s hard to let go. This chapter gives you three tips to finish one task and move on to the next – so that you can successfully complete your project.

Balancing Life and Creativity (26 pages)

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If you’re exhausted, you can’t create. If you’re in poor health – mental or physical – your creativity is going to take a huge knock. This Guide helps you strike a good balance in your life, showing you how to finally feel in balance.

Chapter 1: You Can’t Create if You’re Sick or Dead

Your physical and mental health matter. We explain why adequate sleep, sensible food and enough exercise are so important for your creativity – and we give you plenty of specific tips. (Neither of us are health nuts, so the emphasis here is firmly on ease and enjoyment!)

Chapter 2: Building Your Creative Steam

Sometimes you’re in a creative mood – and sometimes you’re really not. We explain the five things you need to get yourself motivated, inspired and ready to work, and we give you specific tips on how to build these into your life.

Chapter 3: Finding the Hot Spots in Your Schedule

Some hours are perfect for your creative work: you’re feeling enthusiastic and energised, and ideas come easily. Other hours are next to useless. This chapter helps you pinpoint the best time of day for you – and gives you five ways to fit your schedule around these “hot spots”.

Chapter 4: Avoiding Block, Burnout and Other Creativity Killers

The creative process doesn’t always go smoothly. This chapter explains what to do when things go wrong, explaining three progressive stages of stuckness. (Hopefully, you’ll never get to the third – we give you plenty of ways to avoid it.)

Chapter 5: The Creative Whole

This final short chapter looks at how creativity plays into your life, and vice versa. It’ll inspire you to see how creativity is part of who you are, and how even the mundane bits of life can help make you more creative.

Bonuses! Resource Directory and 65 Ways to Spark Your Creativity

We’re throwing in two of our bonuses with the mini-Toolbox, to help you take your creativity even further.

The Creative Resource Directory

This is our list of the best blogs, books, ebooks, websites and software that can help you with creativity and with business. We’ve written a short description and review of each, to save you time in finding what you need right now.

65 Ways to Spark Your Creativity

In a rut? Lacking ideas? Just open up this guide, pick one (or more!) of the 65 tips, and get going! Our creativity pays our bills, so we know just how to get it going on demand.

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60-Day Money-Back Guarantee

We’re confident that the mini-Toolbox will give you a massive boost in your own creative endeavours. But we know that, occasionally, we end up buying products that – for one reason or another – aren’t a good fit for us. And there’s no easy way to let you try the guides on for size!

Because of that, we’re offering you a 60-day money-back guarantee: if you decide that the mini-Toolbox isn’t for you, just let us know, and we’ll give you a no-hassle refund.

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