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


Let’s talk basics in starting a podcast 😍 My first appearance on a photography business podcast went live on my birthday two years ago and I instantly wanted a podcast of my own. Clearly it took me a hot minute, but this year I decided I would finally cross “start a podcast” off my to-do […]

Want to start a podcast? How I launched my podcast in 30 days!


Do you listen to the Tog Republic Podcast? A recent episode featured Sam Jacobson and was reframing the discovery call as the non-sales call. By emphasizing the D-I-S-C-O-V-E-R-Y in the initial call, it helps bring back the value you offer as the expert + determining if a working relationship is what’s best for both parties. […]

Dubsado Scheduler – The Inside Scoop for Family Photographers


So y’all… I use a lot of software in my business. A LOT… Back in April I posted a graphic on Instagram outlining my tech stack and totally left out Quickbooks and added a few new items to produce my podcast. But today I want to break this down for all of you… The BIG […]

What is in Colie’s Tech Stack? Software for Business


My first guest interview on the podcast was with, my very own business coach, Britney Jeanine. We covered a number of topics from bring profitable to creating a social media content strategy that works for YOU.  Here are a few of the highlights… [01:18] When did your business become profitable? [04:58] My VIP Day experience […]

Episode 002 – Pivoting in Your Business with Britney Jeanine


I had three AMAZING things happen to me in 2021, in the middle of the pandemic. We bought a new house, which gave me an office with a DOOR! I started offering Dubsado VIP Days, which has absolutely transformed my business. Chloe and I became Magic Key holders, visiting Disneyland once a month. Yup, you […]

I’m probably at Disneyland 🥰


I would say the #1 reason people hire ME for a Dubsado VIP Day are so I can create *fancy* CSS-coded proposals for their business. “That’s IN Dubsado?” “That’s not on your website?” “That’s included in the Dubsado VIP Day?” Yes, NO, Yes 🥳 Click the video above to hear Sally talk about her own […]

So you want fancy Dubsado proposals?

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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