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    Episode 41, : Running a creative business with a chronic illness, with Rachel Shillcock

    June 5, 2017

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    Running a creative business with a chronic illness, with Rachel Shillcock

    Today we have Rachel of Rachilli.com on the show to chat all about running a creative business with a chronic illness. Rachel has been working through her illness for the past several years after being diagnosed, and I have also been working through two of my own in the past two years. Instead of getting down about this, we are sharing our tips and tricks for living a vibrant life and running a thriving business even when our health seems to try and take over.

    Topics we cover:

    — How Rachel and I both started our businesses, and why we chose the careers we did
    — How Rachel began working from herself after working in an agency and getting diagnosed with a chronic illness and how that effected that time in her life
    — The grieving process that you go through when being diagnosed with a chronic illness
    — Managing your business when you have a chronic illness
    — What Rachel is doing to change up her business to manage her chronic illness
    — Telling your clients about your chronic illness and being upfront about the situation
    — Working your core values into your brand
    — How talking about your chronic illnesses out loud can help others
    — How I started structuring my business differently because of my chronic illnesses
    — Creating passive income and how it helps when you have a chronic illness
    — Marketing your business and why it’s important to do more than you think you should
    — Showcasing your most authentic self as a business owner to build an engaged audience

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    — No matter how sick I was, I could still work with my laptop in bed, and that was empowering to know
    — It’s like this whole tumble-dryer of stress that you’re rolling around in when you have a chronic illness
    — I’m still trying to find that magic routine, but finding that flow and listening to my body is so important
    — Listening intuitively to what I need day to day has been key
    — The more that we can talk openly about our illnesses, chronic or mental, the better things will be
    — You can’t just create a great product, you have to market it too!
    — The most important thing is getting it out there, and then you can tweak from there.
    — I’m going to become my own case study when it comes to creating my course
    — You should focus on the marketing side almost even more than you do creating the course
    — No one else is following you as much as you are — Market yourself more than you feel comfortable doing to make sure they hear your message
    — It takes a long time for people to trust you and know that you’re the right fit to take them to the next level
    — The more that I can show up as my most authentic self, the more engaged audience I am building.

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    and I’ve been helping entrepreneurs and businesses build their brands and online presences for over a decade. I deeply believe that everyone has the potential to make their dreams reality and my agency helps people do just that. As your creative director, my job is to help take the vision in your head, ground it in strategy, illuminate it with design, and make it your digital reality. 

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