Business

9 Ways You’re Fucking Up Your Personal Brand’s Reputation

Having a personal-branded business doesn’t mean you can just do whatever the hell you want with it. I mean, you can, since it’s your business and whatever. But if you want to, you know, make money, you shouldn’t. Here are some things you should most def avoid: 1. Flaunting Your Lack of Confidence Wait, what? Unconfident people don’t flaunt anything, do they? Well, sure, maybe not overtly. But that doesn’t […]

Your Specialist Niche Isn’t Enough: How to Become the ONLY Choice

If you’ve done any research into building a business at all, you’ll know all about the importance of – *shudder* – niching down. In this progressively tighter-packed sardine tin we like to call the internet, everyone screams about the importance of ‘niching down’ and ‘standing out’ and ‘being different’. And this is true to an extent. Those things are important. But they are not ALL you need. You could have […]

Get $1700’s Worth of Writers’ Goodies for $99

I’ve been umming and ahhing about this post all day. Should I write up a blog post about the importance of investing in yourself as a writer, and then pitch the sale at the end? Or should I point out what I love about one of the people whose product’s included? Or… should I go trademark Karen and just tell it like it is? Yeah, that last one. That sounds […]

In Defence of Social Media (and How It Can Be Awesome for Business)

I hate it when people are like holy shit, you need to spend less time on social media. It’s such a waste of time, man. Get out there into the real world. I mean seriously, what the fuck? You just know the people who say that are the type of douchenozzles who ‘streamline their processes’ and ‘optimise their days’ and ‘hack their lives’ and ‘make me want to stab myself […]

Phase 5: What’s New at Untamed Writing

Phew. I have been glued to my desk since I returned to Edinburgh, completely overhauling the content on Untamed Writing. I’m talking 12+ hours days, every single day for almost two weeks. I like to do this once a year – go through my entire site and make sure everything aligns with the work I want to do and the way I feel about my business and brand. I think […]

3 Things I COULD Do to Increase Profits (But Don’t and Never Will, Thank You Very Fucking Much)

Back in November I wrote a post about 9 bits of business advice I gleefully ignore. Not long after I published it, I realised I’d missed out one of the worst offenders: POP-UPS. I’d intended to write a whole post devoted solely to tearing them down, but then a couple of other things I’d missed came to my attention. So fuck it, I am writing a new post featuring three […]

A Life-Changing Mantra for the Unconfident Writer

Are you one of those freelance writers who panics about not being good enough? And so shies away from seeking out new clients? Or from raising your rates? Going after bigger, better work? I’m betting you are. I mean, there’s like an 80% chance that you are. Unless you’re not a writer and are just here for the awesome logo (LOOK CLOSER) and witty repartee, in which case, well, hi, […]

8 Badass Ways to Procrastinate (aka not feel like a total asshole for not doing your work yet)

Let’s be truthful here: everyone procrastinates. There is no way that even Tony Robbins doesn’t procrastinate SOMETIMES. Unless he is a robot. Hmm… Uh, anyway. I digress. My point is: YOU procrastinate, and so do I. But some ways to procrastinate are more badass than others. I think we can all agree that binging on Netflix and junk food is in the top 3 list of not-great ways to procrastinate […]

My 2017 Goals

Last year I gave myself a shit-ton of goals. Ten ‘main’ goals, many of which encompassed several smaller things. I accomplished precisely three of these in the way I intended: learning how to control my ulcerative colitis through diet alone, exploring more of Scotland, and reading 75 books. I sort-of achieved four more, and with the final three I didn’t even try. The three that I didn’t even try? Learning […]

2016: A Year in Review

Well. Well, well, well. In comparison to 2015, 2016 got off to a roaring good start. For me, at least. (Not so much for my beloved Goblin King.) This time last year, I was residing in my beautiful, perfectly situated Edinburgh apartment – and living alone for the first time ever in my life, which has always been a dream of mine. I was about to call it a bucket […]