Annette Joseph styling workshops & retreats

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So… who wants to join me in Italy this summer?? Ever since I met the incredible Annette Joseph last year, I’ve had my eyes on her stellar workshops. For those not familiar with Annette, you’ve probably seen her work in Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living, Woman’s World, and more… or maybe her incredible book Picture Perfect Parties. Recently, she announced additional dates and, you guys… if you’re serious about styling and photography, you must go. One of my goals is to take my styling work to a totally new level, so I’m attending one and would love to have company!

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my 2017 resolutions and goals (both personal & business!)

Happy new year! It's time to set some goals and declare my resolutions for 2017, both for my small business and personal goals. Find out my resolutions and get inspired on Jojotastic.com

Happy 2017, you guys! I hope you had an amazing holiday, but now it’s time to get down to business and back to our regularly scheduled programming… Last year I set some goals and then promptly forgot about them. Little did I know that I’d dive head-first into the home buying process and that I’d get totally thrown off track because of that huge moment in my life. 2016 certainly brought many ups and downs, many of which threw me off track. This year, I want to focus on the simple stuff. Here are a few goals and resolutions for 2017:

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the official Jojotastic bloopers of 2016!

the official Jojotastic bloopers of 2016! get a behind the scenes peek at what REALLY goes on the in world of a professional blogger and stylist! see more on jojotastic.com

That’s right you guys… the ultimate sneak peek, behind the scenes of what really goes on here at Jojotastic HQ… bloopers! Instead of doing a ‘best of 2016’ post, I wanted to share some of the kooky stuff that happens during all of our shoots, brainstorming sessions, travels, and adventures. There’s quite a few… so enjoy and we’ll see you in 2017 (I’ll still be posting on Instagram)!

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The Business of Being Creative // Q&A with my lawyer, part 2

The Business of Being Creative // On the blog this week, my actual lawyer is answering all of your questions and covering topics such as contract negotiations, invoicing, copyright and trademark, forming an LLC, and more! Read more on Jojotastic.com

Last week we kicked off a 2 part series with my actual lawyer, Matt Landis, where he answered questions submitted by you guys — today is part 2. We’re chatting about thrilling, but necessary topics such as copyright law, ownership of photographic rights, and crediting images! Keep reading to get all of the details for your own creative business pursuits.

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The Business of Being Creative // Q&A with my lawyer, part 1

The Business of Being Creative // On the blog this week, my actual lawyer is answering all of your questions and covering topics such as contract negotiations, invoicing, copyright and trademark, forming an LLC, and more! Read more on Jojotastic.com

After my Basics of Sponsored Content post went live, I was inundated with loads of emails and comments from you guys asking questions that I just plain didn’t feel equipped to answer on my own. I’m still figuring it all out as I go! So I reached out to my actual lawyer, Matt Landis, for some expert help. He has been an unbelievable resource as I grow my business, to the point where we are almost in constant contact as I navigate the waters of being a professional blogger and art director.

We did a little Q&A session that covers everything from image rights to FCC guidelines to contract negotiations and invoicing. This is an amazing resource you guys, so be sure to keep reading!

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The Business of Being Creative // my favorite resources for social media

ON THE BLOG: I'm sharing my favorite resources that help me run my blogging and creative business smoothly on social media. Read the full post on Jojotastic.com or pin now and save for later!

For today’s The Business of Being Creative, I want to share some of my favorite resources that help me run my business smoothly on social media. I’m a firm believer in scheduling as much social media as possible so that I can live my life without constantly being connected. I feel like not very many bloggers talk about this because it means peeking behind the curtain and seeing that we aren’t actually posting in real time… but hey, we all have to unplug sometimes! I really cherish the time I spend living away from the internet and find that I come back to my job with totally fresh eyes. That being said, I’ve embraced and experimented with lots of tricks and tools for scheduling and planning my social media:

ps — We’re still working on a Q&A post with my lawyer to answer questions about contracts, negotiations, copyright and more… if you’ve got questions leave ’em below in the comments or email me!

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The Business of Being Creative // the basics of sponsored content

The Business of Being Creative // On the blog this week, I'm sharing specific examples of past sponsored posts I've done here on my blog and on social media so that you can see how to handle sponsored content! Read more on Jojotastic.com

Before we dig into this post, I wanted to thank you all so much for the amazing feedback and comments on the first post in this new series, The Business of Being Creative. It feels awesome to know you guys are happy about this new content!

I wrestled with where to go from here and which topic to discuss first, but ultimately decided to start with the basics and build from there. A large part of what I do on a day-to-day basis is curate sponsored content in partnership with brands. Lately, though, I’ve noticed there seems to be a bit of backlash about bloggers posting lots of sponsored content and confusion over what counts and what doesn’t. Like why don’t the Kardashians disclose their sponsored Instagram photos? Totally not ok.

Today I’m going to give you specific examples of past sponsored posts I’ve done here on the blog and on social media so that you can see how we handle sponsored content around here.

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