Lessons in systems and business strategy for creative entrepreneurs

Welcome to the Colie James Blog

Lessons in systems and business strategy for creative entrepreneurs

Welcome to the Colie James Blog

Pick your topic:


Whether you’re building a new brand or refreshing an existing brand, there are so many considerations to keep in mind of what you need to be adjusting. I bet you’ve never considered the systems and setup inside of your CRM as a part of that! In today’s episode, Ashlee Burke joins us to share about […]

Episode 036: Brand Refresh with Ashlee Burke


What do you financial numbers say about your business? If you aren’t sure, it may be time to hire a bookkeeper! In today’s episode, Laura Kelly of Tula Books, joins us to share common mistakes and misconceptions entrepreneurs have about their finances, along with what. it looks like to work with a bookkeeper! The Business-First […]

Episode 035: Bookkeeping Strategies for Success with Laura Kelly


You likely started your business to create the lifestyle you wanted, which includes specific ideations around money—but how is your money mindset blocking you in life and business? In today’s episode, Dan Moyer joins us to explore money mindset and the shift that most entrepreneurs need in order to become a business-first creative! The Business-First […]

Episode 034: Money Mindset with Dan Moyer


Does the concept of a recession make you nervous for your business? You’re not alone! We’re all worried about the impacts of a recession, especially so soon after the pandemic, yet it’s something we should all consider preparing for. In this episode, Maddie Peschong joins me to talk about making changes and pivots in your […]

Episode 033: Preparing for a Recession with Maddie Peschong


There are a LOT of things you can automate in Dubsado. My absolute favorite is an automated lead response when you receive an inquiry for your services. While I love Dubsado and recommend it to most photographers and creative entrepreneurs, there are still a ton of things on my wishlist, particularly for automation. Customizing the […]

5 things I wish you could automate in Dubsado


One of my biggest accomplishments of 2022 was launching this podcast! Today I am briefly sharing 3 lessons I learned since launching the podcast + the top 3 downloaded episodes of 2022. The Business-First Creatives Podcast is brought to you by CRM and Dubsado expert Colie James. Join Colie each week as she discuss how to build a business that brings […]

Episode 032: Top 3 Lessons I Learned From My Podcast in 2022

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. 

Download the Dubsado Quickstart Guide and start using Dubsado in your business today!

The coolest freebie on the planet

Leaving so soon? Before you go, I've got a party favor for you!

Enter your details and the freebie will be delivered to your inbox!

Replace me with your form embed code

© 2022 Colie James