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We are the Treasure Hunters blog — by Sara Moss, editor for entrepreneurs and writer. Helping you tell your stories well. Championing courage and curiosity in business and life.
 
Ahoy, renegade! You’re an inventive storyteller, business builder and you’ve just come ashore with a parrot, a pair of boots and a lone maraca… Time to explore.

This digital island is a collection of tips and strategies to improve your writing, business and life.

Interesting people also pull up a piece of driftwood to chat about entrepreneurship and if you’re particularly curious about what happens behind the scenes at We are the Treasure Hunters, there’s a little of that here too.

Drop your details below for inbox goodness (including a bonus). If you find anything useful during your adventure here, please share it.

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12 reasons not to write your e-book (and the only 2 that really matter)

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12 reasons not to write your e-book (and the only 2 that really matter)

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As a solopreneur aspiring to greatness, you might be currently trying to balance: getting cash in the door; delighting your current clients; developing a product; emailing your community; completing the courses you’ve bought; ensuring you’re contributing valuable insights in Facebook groups; and remembering to see people in real life occasionally.

So it’s easy to see why you may have many reasons that e-book writing malarkey isn’t making it off your to-do list any time soon. (more…)

Lessons from 3 years’ creative business building — Part 4: Community and calling

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Lessons from 3 years’ creative business building — Part 4: Community and calling

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This is the final part of a series. It’s a true story — one you’ll enjoy more (and understand the end of!) if you check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 first… 🙂

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Lessons from 3 years’ creative business building — Part 3: On growing a solo business (or not)

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Lessons from 3 years’ creative business building — Part 3: On growing a solo business (or not)

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This is Part 3 of a true story. You’ll enjoy it more (and it will make more sense) if you check out Part 1 and Part 2 first…
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Lessons from 3 years’ creative business building — Part 2: How do I start?

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Lessons from 3 years’ creative business building — Part 2: How do I start?

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This is Part 2 of a true story. To get the most from this series, check out Part 1 first. Drop your details in the pink box at the end to get the heads up when Part 3 goes live.

 

For 13 months this was ‘just’ a blog.

That wasn’t inherently a bad thing. I learned more about WordPress, plugins and email campaigns than I’d foreseen; and creating and sharing fortnightly quests with my small but loyal community was rewarding.

However, (more…)

Lessons from 3 years’ creative business building — Part 1: Finding my tribe

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Lessons from 3 years’ creative business building — Part 1: Finding my tribe

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This is the first part of an honest retrospective. Sign up at the end of the post if you’d like to know via email as soon as the remaining 3 parts are published (and receive a bonus gift).
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Interview: Naomi Arnold, Project Healthy Happy Me

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Interview: Naomi Arnold, Project Healthy Happy Me

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Naomi Arnold has carried off the people-pleasing, generous-to-a-fault style that many of us fall prey to at some point in our lives: but that gives her precious insight.

Today, she’s a delightful self-care superhero who knows a thing or two about business building when life suddenly goes awry in irrevocable ways. Her resolve to help others prioritise their recharge time has never been stronger… (more…)

The procrastinator’s quick guide to better blogging habits

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The procrastinator’s quick guide to better blogging habits

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We’re all prone to procrastination when we:

  • are overwhelmed, or
  • don’t have enough information to inform our next action, or
  • lack clarity around our purpose in a specific situation.

(On a doozy of a day, all 3 might wallop you. Yep, been there too.) (more…)

Your insanely useful blog post creation checklist

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Your insanely useful blog post creation checklist

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You’re kicking goals today!

You can verify the internet is made of cats, you’ve captured your dream wardrobe on Pinterest, Instagrammed your morning tea (#tasty), sent a shout out to your Tweeps, checked in with your mastermind group on Facebook and have just dispensed with some admin that was cluttering up your inbox and your brain space. (more…)

How to re-start your business blog with style

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How to re-start your business blog with style

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If your blog is the digital equivalent of a desert — a quiet, almost forgotten place where visitors are scarce — you’ve likely buried your head in the sand and wished this embarrassing headache away.

Yep?

Other blogs seem to be sociable little oases. There’s lively banter among the visitors. More people arrive by the day and send word to their friends about the wonderful place they’ve found.

Depending on your mood, seeing the online successes of ‘everyone’ around you can be inspirational, frustrating or painful. (more…)

If you think grammar isn’t sexy: read this

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If you think grammar isn’t sexy: read this

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Do you think editors are an uptight bunch with misplaced priorities? Or, that they come across as know-it-all perfectionists who don’t know how to have fun? Get ready, you can’t ‘unread’ this. Grammar lovers aren’t just good girls (or guys)…
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Interview: Patrice Perkins, Creative Genius Law

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Interview: Patrice Perkins, Creative Genius Law

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Recognised by the American Bar Association as a ‘Legal Rebel’, Patrice Perkins wields left-brain–right-brain alchemy to help creative entrepreneurs ditch the starving artist stereotype. Here’s a look behind the scenes of her business and a few tips for the first-time solopreneur… (more…)

We’re so (write) together: The Editing Song

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We’re so (write) together: The Editing Song

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Want an off-beat way to genuinely feel good at what you do? Create something fun using skills you don’t have! Then your ‘real’ work will be a doddle and your comfort zone will feel plush and renewed. Here’s what I enjoyed making beyond the bounds of my talent…  (more…)

How to switch up your business without letting down your tribe

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How to switch up your business without letting down your tribe

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I’ll be straight: I have the ‘luxury’ of an online presence the size of a demi-pixel (totally a thing) in the vast vortex of the internet. My ‘tribe’ — my community of customers, clients and subscribers — is small.

I haven’t stopped offering products and services to thousands. You’ll need to look elsewhere for advice in that league.

But I do know when it’s time to pivot, it’s scary to think you might alienate good people who’ve shown up and stayed loyal while you’ve been starting out.  (more…)

Recuperation, my next projects and your year ahead

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Recuperation, my next projects and your year ahead

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When it hurts to move, you think differently.

When your body becomes so insistently present — the world shifts.

Never before have I been physically incapable of doing as I wished. (I concede the backflip and side splits were never serious contenders on my list of physical feats, though my teenage self would have enjoyed bragging rights on those.)  (more…)

How to declutter life (and 2 things you need first)

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How to declutter life (and 2 things you need first)

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This is the third installment of a bite-sized 3-part series on simplifying life. Catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 first if you wish. Find (or rediscover) the core of a life you want. Now, step up for the elimination round…  (more…)