"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
Dramatically grow your following - Constantly draw in new customers who simply can't live without more of what you make.
Authentically stand out from the crowd - Grow your business in-line with the core values of the brand you want to build.
Continually grow your income in an organic way that’s totally based on your lifestyle - Build income streams that are easy to implement alongside your handmade products and don't take extra time away from your core business.
Have extra hours in your day so that you get to enjoy life away from your business - Learn how to create systems that help you automate your workflow and generate more profit.
Feel confident in your choice - No more second guessing yourself, or listening to those who think you should get a 'real' job! What is that anyway?!
Turn your business into a career - You’ve achieved what most people aren’t willing to do: start your own successful business by leveraging your new audience and potential.
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.
"I’ve been doing 1-2-1 coaching with Sara since Feb, there's so much I hadn't considered when starting my own business, especially the marketing and social media side of things!
Sara takes her time to go over it step by step, explaining along the way; why you are doing it and why it's helpful for your business."
- Kirsty, Madder About Wool
"Now you have finished the [LIVE] session ... I will add a comment ... The private coaching I have had from you in the last 12 months has been invaluable... The coaching has been very personal to my business and the direction in which it 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.
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)"
- 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!"
You can carry on making the same mistakes leading to slow sales and small profit... and if so why not go get an office job just like everyone has been telling you.
Or you can change the game... You can build ground up the dream business you want!
* You have an idea for a craft business you want to build from the ground up
* Or you have a craft business that is in need of taking to the next level
* You are ready to invest in your self and your business
* You are ready to spend the time working hard to get the results you desire
* You want to grow your business and make a sustainable living
* You are going to commit to change
* You are looking for a quick way to make money - honestly if you are looking for a pay cheque out of the gate, you should probably work for someone else!
* You want a quick fix - I promise you there is no such thing!
* You are not consistent - results fade fast without consistent effort!
* You don't show up - I can only go so far to keep you motivated and you can only learn the lessons given if you are motivated to do so!
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.