Blog + Business Catch Up : Oct 2015

Oct 14 2015

A chit chat about business, blogging and journey of a freelancer. I share with you the lessons I ve learnt, my experiences so far and take you behind the scenes of Pinkpot!

Hey friends, how are you? Sometimes, things here on my blog get very “informational” with back-to-back posts on blogging, photography etc. I really miss sharing the behind the scenes of my business, my goals and my personal life. I sure do add bits of my life into each post as much as possible, but its different when I pull the curtains and show you exactly what’s happening around here! So today, I am going to just sit down and have a heart-to-heart chat with you all about life, blogging and my business. This might get long, so grab a cup of coffee or tea or how about some peppermint hot chocolate? And let’s just chat!

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If you are following along with me for sometime now, you would know that I quit my job in August to pursue web design and development full time. Its been around 2 months since then and I couldn’t be happier. I get to do what I love and I wake up each morning  looking forward to doing the work for the day.

I’ve definitely been taking things slow as I don’t want the pressures of running a business to ruin the fun that comes with it. At this time, I want to concentrate on learning the fundamentals of running a business and polishing my workflows. Knowing that I am the kind of person who can get work-stressed easily, I took time off in August to spend some time with my family and not get sucked into the stress of starting a full time business. And you know what? That really helped me. Sure, I did get a little worried at times thinking about how slow and laid back I was; I was taking vacations in Niagara falls and Vegas when I was supposed to be working hard on setting up my new business. But since I had decided to take things slowly, the transition seemed a lot more smoother and easier. So that was a good decision – for once! 😉

Somewhere around mid September I got back into the groove, and started focussing on creating workflows and systems for my business and slowly after a month, things are settling down a bit. Its hard to accept but the truth is I don’t have everything figured out just yet, but I’ll still prod along and do the best I can. Right now, I kinda have a super indisciplined work-life routine – but I am working on it. I try my best to take time off from my business on weekends, but that’s a little hard to do. No matter where I go and what I do, a part of me is always with the business. I am not sure if this is good or bad, but I do know that I don’t want to be thinking about my business ALL the time.

On a personal note, I had my grandma come and stay with us during this summer. Growing up, I was pretty close to her and it had always been a dream to spend some quality time with her. In the past three months, I relived my childhood, laughed and cried over memories and of course, created new happy memories. My grandma is 74 years old and boy! she is energetic! She is super fit and has such a spirit for life, it inspires me! Also, since she was here I’ve been practicing yoga and dance aerobics at least 3-4 times a week which keeps me happy and energized. I’ve observed that on the days I do exercise, I am a lot more cheerful and light hearted. The effect is literally so magical, its hard to believe. Anyone else feels this way? For those of you who don’t know, I live with my husband – Ankur – in Seattle. The credit for a lot of things I do here goes to him as he is always there to support and cheer me up at the end of the day. He is definitely one of my biggest strengths that keeps me going on hard days!

Make sure to catch up with me on Instagram, I post some exciting stuff on there: @pinkpotxo


Services: I finally, formally launched my design services. I had been meaning to do it forever but I guess this was the perfect time as I also relaunched my website. So far, I had my Etsy shop and was working with clients on custom blogger and WordPress projects as well, but I hadn’t quite figured out my services yet. Now, I have a complete set of branding & design services that I offer to bloggers and creative entrepreneurs.

Etsy: My Etsy shop recently hit 200 sales which I am super happy about. Woot! But I do know that the shop has a lot more potential to grow if I work a little harder. I say harder because I’ve been meaning to add WordPress templates on Etsy forever. I am working on it right now and aim to have a couple of templates by the beginning of next month.

Creative Convex: Photography has been a huge passion of mine ever since I started blogging around a couple of years ago. I just launched a new stock photography service – Creative Convex for bloggers and creatives. For all those of you who want to use attractive photography for your blog or business without having to do much work, you can get your FREE photo pack right here. You can also read the full story of how I started photography and Creative Convex here. I didn’t expect such an amazing response for the photo pack when I launched it 2 weeks ago, but I am deeply touched and happy with all the comments and encouraging feedback I’ve received for it so far. Thank you so much for sharing – you are awesome!


Brand + Website Design: Again, I had been planning a rebrand for months now (looks like I ‘ve been just planning for the last 7 months!) and I finally started work on it during the 2nd week of September. I moved my website over to WordPress and I friggin’ love it! Blogger was great for the last couple of years, but there were a lot of features and app integrations I needed for my business that weren’t available for blogger. WordPress development took time but it is so worth it and I am completely happy with the switch!

Blog Posts: My blogging frequency dropped by half in August and September. I posted once a week and for someone who had been posting 3-4 times/ week, this was a huge change. However, with each of my recent blog posts I ‘ve been going into more details and depth in the topic which is good as I get to share a lot more information. I am trying to increase my post frequency, but well its a work in progress!

Skill Set:  One thing that I strive the most for is to expand my skill set as much as I can. I love learning new things and working on new projects. Learning is what keeps me going and excited about my work. Sometimes, its so easy to get buried in work that you don’t find time to spend on passion projects. So each morning, before starting work, I spend 30 minutes on trying to learn something new. I often take creative classes on Skillshare, or Creative Bug. Here are the classes I’ve been taking this month :


Wohoo, There you go! This was nice, just sharing my life with you like an open book. This is exactly what’s been happening over the past few months: many vacations, a lot of work, a little frustration and a lot of excitement 🙂

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  • Hi Chaitra! I’m so glad to hear you’re doing well with your pursuits. You should be so proud of taking this risk, as well as knowing when you need to get away from stress & do something you love.

    Much like yourself, I also feel so much better on days where I exercise, & I am definitely looking to spend more time outside now that the weather is becoming more bearable here in FL.

    Good luck with all your projects!

    Sofia |

    • Hey Sofia!

      Its always so good to see your comment. Thank you so much for your kind words, means a lot to me! 🙂

      Ah that’s so good to hear about FL weather, seattle is getting pretty cold! 🙁 I really want to continue exercising, its so easy to give up though! 🙂


  • So happy for you that everything is developing well and Pink Pot has been growing smoothly! ♥

    • Hey Kelly! Thanks a ton 🙂 So far so good, I am really looking forward to working more towards it and at the same time have as much fun as possible! Hope you are doing well! xx

  • Loved the catchup and I’m glad to hear everything is going so well! Talk soon xxx

    Maddy, xo

    • Hey Maddy! Was so good to talk to you the other day 🙂 Thank you so much!

  • Hi Chaitra! I’m coming to your blog from Melyssa’s. I love this type of post; it’s definitely something I need to do on my own blog more often! Congrats for going full-time self-employed in August. I only made the leap one week ago myself!

    Sounds like we have a lot in common—exercise is the bomb (yet it’s so easy to forget!) and we both love learning constantly! I love Yao’s watercolor class, and Skillshare is addicting for sure.

    I’ll see you around! -Jenn

    • Hey Jenn! So goood to see your comment, thank you so much! Congrats on taking the leap, this is awesome “:)

      Yes we sure do have a lot in common, we should definitely catch up – I’d love to get to know you more 🙂

      Talk soon @jnnfrcyl:disqus 🙂

  • I started my blog a few months ago and working it to where I implement design and web developing services in the future. It is hard when I first started my blog, but it is all good because I have learned a lot of things from bloggers within my network.

    • Hey sam 🙂 That sounds amazing! I’d love to see your design services soon! Good luck!

  • Hey, I came across your blog from Debashree’s All She Needs. Ive started a blog recently. Have been following a lot of fashion/ beauty related blogs so yours is a refreshing change 🙂 love the design, the layout, the content. Each day time i come to your blog, theres something new to learn. I have absolutely no idea about designing etc. but have been learning on my own and trying to make my blog more professional. I am a corporate lawyer and have been contemplating quitting my job and starting something of my own too. loved reading your story.


    • Hi Ishita! thank you so much for the kind words! I’d love to follow along with your journey – all the best! Keep in touch! xx

  • Wow, congrats on moving over to WP! I’ve been contemplating the same thing for my blog, but can’t bring myself to do it haha. Best of luck on all your endeavors! xo

    Emily | Lynde Avenue

    • Thanks so much emily! 🙂 WP is great x

  • I’m so glad I found your blog. That photo pack is AMAZING and I cannot wait to start utilizing it. Your blog is gorgeous and I’m already eyeing your blog design services wishing I had dough to throw at you right now! 🙂 Thanks for letting us in on the personal side. I love these kinds of posts perhaps even more than ridiculously-helpful-info-packed ones. Happy to hear you’re taking things slow. It seems to me that you’re building an empire in the best way possible. Can’t wait to watch your grow.


    • Wow thank you so much for that really sweet comment MacKensie! 🙂 I love reading personal posts too – they are so fun 🙂 Thanks so much – I’d love to work with you in the future xx