Discovering The Creative Entrepreneur in You
I was sitting down with a friend one day having coffee & talking about everything we like to do. We talked about creative entrepreneurship and how much we wanted to learn more about it. Since I was a little girl I was always involved in different things. In school, I was involved in chorus, drama, honor clubs & volunteer programs. This woman had no life in high school, forget boys and typical high school drama. Going to college, moving away from home and experiencing another culture taught me how I loved doing different things. Can you please choose one thing? that is what my brain would say, and I fought it for so long. So if you have been through something similar let me just tell you, you are not crazy. You are not alone.
I’m going to share with you how I discovered that I was a creative entrepreneur, and how I took the plunge to start this journey.
So what is a creative entrepreneur?
According to Google, the creative entrepreneur is about setting up yourself or a practice of setting your business, in a creative industry. The focus of the creative entrepreneur differs from that of the typical business entrepreneur, or the social entrepreneur in that she/he is concerned first. Essentially, creative entrepreneurs are investors in talent – their own or other people’s.
In other words, creating a business using your creative skills.
What Steps To Take
The steps you take into realizing you are a creative entrepreneur is key. When I first realized I had the soul of an entrepreneur I was scared. I read many stories, articles, did my research and did not want to face it. My family & close friends have always supported me, but it was scary to accept the fact that I was passionate about many things. So I started doing research and reading blogs. Doing a self-quiz helps too, asking yourself what are you passionate about?. Do you like to draw, write, make things?
If your list gets long, don’t panic. There are certain things from that list that you can venture in and make money from.
Organizing Your Time
Organizing your time is very important. I had many many but many jobs in my lifetime. Different industries that if I made a list you would never believe it. It was good and bad because it taught me different skills, and what I really liked in the job force. As an entrepreneur, you can work on different things, but you have to have discipline. I remember I was working my regular 9-6 then going to the gym, setting time for design projects, reaching out to companies to find more work, and working on my personal projects like this blog. During the weekends working NBA games for the Orlando Magic, and also scheduling time for more projects. Once you get a hold of how to organize your time, and what works for you it should be fine.
Taking the Leap
Taking the leap into a creative entrepreneurship journey is not easy. You need passion, and to let go of your fears & doubts. When I started to see that I could create illustrations for other people & brands, I had to take courage and be positive. It is a day to day process, you have to believe in your work or otherwise, people won’t. If you are passionate about anything, and you want to do it, it will take time and patience. So if you want to blog, create an Etsy shop or make music, do it!! no matter what take the leap.
Types of Creative Entrepreneurs:
There are so many other things that you can do on the side. Just be creative, ask yourself what do you like to do. I am still in the process of monetizing a lot of my creative outlets. It’s very hard to find the time to do it, but because I enjoy it & love it I find the time no matter what. Sometimes I do work just to share it, or for friends and I don’t make any money but I love it. Is not always about the money, it’s the impact of your work. I hope you guys found this post helpful, and please let me know down below on the comment box if you are a creative entrepreneur, and share some tips about your journey! I would love to hear it.
P.S: Here are some great websites with a lot of resources: