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organize your business using airtable

Do you have one thing you can’t live without in your business? For me, that’s Airtable, no contest! I organize just about every area of my business inside an Airtable hub. I can’t imagine what I would do without it and I don’t want to find out ❤️ Let me say for the record, Airtable […]

How to Organize Your Business Using Airtable


Many photographers dream of a part-time business that allows them to earn extra money while still focusing on family and/or a full-time career. In this episode, we explore the unique challenges of being a part-time creative entrepreneur while carefully orchestrating resources and support systems necessary to thrive both personally and professionally. Lydia shares invaluable insights […]

Full-Time Processes for Part-Time Photographers with Lydia Fine


The online course industry got a huge boost in 2020, when pandemic restrictions pushed people to online learning + Zoom meetings. Now that the dust has settled, slapping together a bunch of Loom videos and a sales page doesn’t yield the same high course sales it did before! So if expanding your offer suite to […]

What Will Help You Create and Launch a Better Course with Mara Kucirek

Solo Episode

In this episode of Business-First Creatives, host Colie James dives into the key strategies for jumpstarting your video visibility plan in 2024. She emphasizes the importance of identifying high-performing content from your social media, email newsletters, and website to repurpose into engaging video content. Colie also discusses the significance of organizing your content effectively and […]

How to Jumpstart Your Video Visibility Plan in 2024 (Video Visibility Series)

Solo Episode

In Episode 123, Colie James delves into the world of video content creation for businesses. Colie shares valuable insights on how to leverage video to enhance your client experience. She discusses the importance of personalized thank you videos, the potential benefits of replacing sales calls with videos, and the value of creating instructional videos to […]

3 Videos to Create for Your Client Experience Right Now (Video Visibility Series)


In this episode, Colie and Annemie discuss the importance of implementing automated processes inside your business. Automating aspects of the business can save time and create opportunities to build a deeper connections with clients. They both share their success as educators within the photography industry and the impact they have made on other photographer’s businesses […]

How Automated Processes Can Help Strengthen Client Relationships with Annemie Tonken

I'm a Disney-loving family photographer, and filmmaker turned Workflow and Automations Guru who helps creative service providers automate their sh*t, reclaim their time and get back to living!

With 10+ years in the creative space, Colie believes every creative deserves to build a business that is sustainable and profitable, and no one should quit their 9 to 5 only to work 24/7 [in their business].

The truth—automated systems can save us all from being overworked and overwhelmed.

I believe every creative deserves to turn their craft into a business that brings them joy and profit.

Hi, I'm Colie. 

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