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Jacky Winter Gives You The Biz – Part 2

Jacky Winter Gives You The Biz’ – Part 2


Last week Alice was fortunate enough to win a double pass to the Jacky Winter Gives You the Biz through Desktop Mag ( held in Sydney. This is the second of two posts where Alice shares some insight from the day and valuable business tips for creatives.

→ Just do it!

Brodie Lancaster – I really enjoyed Brodie’s presentation about the journey or her self-initiated project Filmme Fatales and how this lead to further opportunities, including becoming a contributing editor for Rookie magazine. Plus it’s not every day you get to call Tavi Gevinson your friend. The moral of the story? Not only are they enjoyable, but self-initiated projects can lead to greater opportunities. Side note: I have also found that employers love seeing self-initiated projects.

→ Tech savvy

Jeremy Wortsman – The Director of Jacky Winter Group , Jeremy, is down-right hilarious. But aside from his witty charisma, Jeremy also shared some useful tools to help with the administrative day-to-day stuff we have to deal with: 

Xero – Get on it! An accounting software which helps deal with your finances. I’ve heard numerous amazing reviews. Faber & Lo are also jumping on the band wagon.

Gmail family – using gmail, google (shared) docs and google calendar to organise your work life is beneficial for your team and yourself.

Basecamp – Basecamp helps you wrangle people with different roles, responsibilities, and objectives toward a common goal: Finishing a project together.

Teamgantt – Who doesn’t love a gantt chart? this software ensures you meet those key milestones.

Workflowmax – An integrated project management software. WorkflowMax’s software contains everything you need to manage your business workflow – in one integrated platform.

TextExpander  – For those that find themselves re-writing the same email but to a different person. TextExpander saves your fingers and your keyboard, expanding custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures.

It’s about time!

Benjamin Law  – a writer & journalist gave the final presentation on time management. I know we all struggle with this and I liked the techniques Benjamin introduced:

1. The pomodoro technique – using timers to ensure you get your work done. Find out more here:

2. RescueTime  – With so many distractions and possibilities in your digital life, it’s easy to get scattered. RescueTime helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive.

3. Freedom  – Freedom is the wonderful app that locks you away from the Internet so you can be more productive.

4. Inbox Zero – This is a system developed by Merlin Mann to clear your emails every day. Merlin uses 5 possible actions delete, delegate, respond, defer and do. read more about it here:

5. Todoist Benjamin didn’t mention this but Faber & Lo have been using this to get our tasks done – we highly recommend it and the basic version is free to use. Plus there is nothing more liberating than ticking off something you’ve just completed!

So here we are at the end of this lengthy blog post. Definitely some useful tips to be had, and if you weren’t lucky enough to attend #JWGYTB but would like to know more, email us at

A special thanks to Jacky Winter Group & Desktop mag for gifting the double pass to us.

Signing out,


Published by: Mary & Alice in Design Talk

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