"Sara Millis is a great mentor. She is encouraging, clear thinking and helps me focus on the key issues to develop my business. A monthly mentor session with her has made a huge difference to my yarn business already this year. I can thoroughly recommend her help."
- Caroline from Gorgeous Yarns
My name is Sara and I have 11 years of experience in selling handmade products online and at shows; turning a £100 investment into almost 7 figures of turnover. I eventually sold my craft business to take My Indie Life Blog full-time. Now I help others follow in my footsteps and turn their hobby into a sustainable business, through my books, courses and coaching plans.
Since starting My Indie Life Blog I have helped hundreds of small businesses with my free and paid-for services.
In 2017 the creative market saw a boom in start-ups, but the unfortunate reality is that most will fail before the start of 2018. Why? Because many of them do not understand that building a solid business foundation and strategy for growth, should be the underpinning of their launch plan.
My Indie Life Blog was founded by Sara Millis to help creative entrepreneurs find answers to those basic business questions that elude them, so that they can build strategic foundations to achieve the success their talent deserves.
"Now you have finished the session ... I will add a comment ... The private coaching I have had from you in the last 12 months has been invaluable (as you know) - definitely not an easy option as it has pushed me into areas I had no intention of going but which will, eventually, be good for my business. The coaching has been very personal to my business and the direction in which in needs to go and help has always been available whenever needed - not just a quick email but a very considered and, where required, a reply backed up by research and examples. A few ideas I have not taken on board (yet!) but most I have either already implemented or they are in the pipeline for 2019. I am definitely looking forward to another year of pushing WiveyWeaver - Yarn Alchemy out into the world! To anyone thinking of taking up the coaching ... it is highly recommended by me ... at least try the free session and see what you think ... Sara is well worth the effort (and the cost) and, when some of the ideas and suggestions seem impossible just do as I have tried to do and remember "no pain no gain" - though the homework hasn't really been too bad!! 🙃"
- Heather, Wivey Weaver - Yarn Alchemy
Coaching varies from person to person, business to business and so I tailor my guidance dependent on several factors we discuss in our first session. This being said I like to start our work with a plan of action;
I work in this way because I believe that to add value to your learning and business we need to first take a step back, tighten up our foundations and then start moving ahead on a path to success.
Before running my own craft business I was a Fashion and Textile Designer working for British Fashion Designers. It was my role to design, sample and oversee production of their collections. This taught me a number of aspects pertinent to a larger business, from; customer and competitor research, branding, designing ranges that sold (including range planning), sales techniques/marketing, production management and quality control.
Moving on to my own handmade craft business I learnt a lot more about on-line vs in person sales, social media, marketing, passive vs non passive revenue building, audience building, finances, web design, customer service, systems, strategy and mindset.
I believe that my experience gives me a good gut-instinct and plenty of real-life situations to draw from.
My aim is to coach in a way that is clear, focused and motivating, so that you feel MOTIVATED + CONFIDENT + SUCCESSFUL.
"I’ve just started some coaching with Sara, and am finding my motivation and focus has improved dramatically, and that’s just after the first session!"
Please note that no business advice will be given during these sessions, the discovery call is purely to talk about taking on coaching sessions and how they work.