Are you a creative person? Well, if you’re reading this; you’re either extremely creative or want to be. If you’re the latter, I can’t really blame you. Being creative has too many benefits. For one, we never get bored. There’s always something either intriguing us or fighting from within our little minds to be created and seen.
If you are a creative person who’s harnessed that creativity to make a living for yourself and become an Entrepreneur, then kudos ol’ chap! *big pat on the back* It’s definitely a hard climb, but the results are totally worth it. If you are a Creative Entrepreneur looking for success in your field, then try and inculcate these little habits to become more successful in every little artistic thing that you do. This post includes affiliate links but I wouldn’t recommend anything I don’t love and believe in!
1. Let your passion for art overrule money.
I know this line may seem contrary to the whole point of being an Entrepreneur, but trust me when I say that if you focus on money more than your passion, you will get absolutely nowhere in life. The passion to create must come from within.
Picture this: Your imagination is like a fire. The more you fuel it, the bigger it becomes. Let your imagination take the front wheel, and create. Don’t hold back. Don’t create with just money in mind. Create because you want to. Create because you thirst for the satisfaction of your finished piece.
The more you practice, the better you become. When people figure out that you are good at what you do, and fall in love with your work, you can start making money doing something you love doing.
I create illustrations and brands for a living. I’ve never felt it to be work – not even one day of my life.
Because I enjoy every minute of it. I love talking to these women who are looking to add a splash of color to their lives and create a bright and happy online presence.
2. Carry a Notebook.
I’ve given this advice in many of my Blog Posts. You never know when an idea is going to strike you. Although there are a lot of apps for note taking and jotting down ideas, there is nothing like a good old fashioned notebook and pen.
Ideas, thoughts, mind mapping, doodles, drawings, plans… you name it! All of it can be jotted down in seconds with a notebook in hand. I have two notebooks I use on a regular basis. One is my Blog Planner – Lady of Leisure Bando 17 month Agenda and the other is my Journal – A Limited Edition of The Simpsons Moleskine I cannot live without them. I’ve tried and nearly choked to death. Wherever you go, make sure you always carry a notebook and a pen with you.
3. Seek inspiration, and it shall come.
I receive a lot of emails every week asking me what inspires me to write/create illustrations. I always reply with the same answer: Everything.
- An animated movie, can move you. The colors are vast and every frame is pure magic. (I love you Walt Disney).
- A window display can inspire you. Just the way all the pieces are delicately arranged to form a large, exquisite art piece can instill you to create something.
- Having a phone conversation with your friend can motivate you to sit down and create something colorful.
- An idea that’s been floating around your mind for a while, can materialize while flipping through the pages of a magazine and voila! You have a new art piece!
Don’t wait to be inspired, little grasshopper. It’s all around you, just waiting to be picked up. So go on, watch a movie. Play a game. Pick up a book. Put your pen to paper. Just keep going!
4. Patience is the key to achieving everything that you’ve ever wanted.
I learned this the hard way. I struggled for a whole year to build my blog before I started making money from my services. The moment you decide to become a Creative Entrepreneur, know that you’ve chosen the path taken by a few. Not only will your skill be tested on many levels, but also your patience.
It may take some time to build a career, you’ve dreamed of doing (ever since you were a little child drawing squirrels in your homework books) but never lose hope. It takes time to build the foundation of your business. However, once that is done, there is no turning back. Your art makes a mark on this world. It can never be erased. For years to come, people will admire what you left behind. Doesn’t that make you feel all tingly inside?
So, my advice to you little ladybug is: Never give up. However tough, or bleak becoming recognized or making money may seem at first, you’ll get past that. You’ll get past that, if you just believe in yourself and don’t quit trying. Look at me being all Oprah. *grins*
5. A little planning can take you miles ahead.
From the last one month, I’ve had barely enough sleep. I can’t even fathom how days are passing without me realizing it. Weeks go by, and I’m not able to change my monthly calendar fast enough. Between maintaining my blog, answering clients, creating Printables, working on Projects, promoting on Social Media, sending endless Pitches and Writing Blog Posts, I also need to tend to the house and family.
Conclusion: It becomes easy to lose yourself because you never have time to take a break. End rant. Enter Scheduling.
The power of planning is vital to live a complete, healthy and mindful life. If you’re a Creative, you know how important it is to step back from it all and just have a little breathing space once in a while. There are lots of ways to organize your time, but you need to be willing to sit down a few minutes a day or an hour every week to draw out a schedule.
Related: 20 Time Management Hacks every Entrepreneur needs to know.
6. Social Media rocks. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people.
For a whole year, I strictly shared my posts via social media hoping to get comments and shares. I commented on other posts with my services hoping to get some recognition but it didn’t prove to extremely useful. Last month, I changed my strategy. I started engaging in conversations. Either on Facebook Groups or on Twitter. I started offering free advice and consultations. I started sending emails to people I admired, telling them how much I loved their work. Needless to say, it took a lot of time but the end result was worth it. It was a HUGE game changer.
It didn’t yield results in one day. It took me a good two weeks of befriending people, talking to them and helping them out before I was able to land clients. Both my clients have become my dear, dear friends. We exchange emails, we have hearty conversations via FB messenger and all in all, it just adds to the working experience.
Don’t be afraid, little lollipop. At first, it’s scary to put yourself out there, but the benefits are ten fold. It is very easy to get engrossed in your work and not make use of social media, but this little tweak helps you feel less lonely and wrapped up in your work. Increase your network. Make friends. Talk your heart out. Be part of a tribe.
Being an entrepreneur means physically you may be isolated in your work space. We don’t have a work environment with colleagues and buzz. So make it happen. Get yourself some good buddies and grow together as friends. There’s nothing like it! In this post, one of the most talented and amazing Brand Builders – Rekita Nicole talks about how you can establish online relationships.
7. Don’t be afraid to fail.
Remember that each failed attempt just brings you a little closer to success. It’s okay if you aren’t where you want to be. Being a Creative Entrepreneur is all about having fun with the journey. It’s a continuous process of learning, making mistakes and trying out new methods.
Remember, we aren’t following the herd. We are making something for ourselves. We are starting from scratch. So expect to hit a couple of obstacles. Expect a few challenges. These little stumbles only help you become stronger and more experienced.
Related: 5 Ways to deal with Criticism
8. A continuous Learning Experience.
The most awesome characteristic of a Creative Entrepreneur is to never stop learning. No matter how much we learn, there’s oodles and oodles more to learn about. If we want to master a field in Art, I don’t think we have enough lives to complete it. A cat however…
There are endless design tutorials if you’re a Graphic Designer or Illustrator. I’ve recently become addicted to Creative Market Goodies and Design Cut Tutorials. Once you purchase an item, there are countless designs and printables you can create. A zeal to learn is compulsory of course.
Don’t be afraid to subscribe to newsletters of Creatives that are within your niche. Of course they are competition, but remember that little thing I talked about? Growing together as friends? By sharing information and picking up advice, you have better chance in learning and mastering more skills. The more skilled you are, the better you perform. Both, as a person and a creative. I even ordered this juicy book to help inspire me to create and write more!
9. A little Curiosity didn’t hurt the Creative.A little Curiosity didn't hurt the Creative. Click To Tweet
As a Creative that’s venturing out into a world of endless possibilities, I want you to ask endless questions.
Fly my pretties.
Don’t hesitate. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been asking everybody questions. Dada, why is the moon round? Dada, why is the sky blue? Dada, why can’t I draw for a living? Dada, why do I have to go to school?
Don’t be afraid to look for answers. You’re not bothering people by asking them how they did something. Most people are happy to share their work experiences and a little story of themselves because in this world, there are too many people talking and not enough listening.
Poke, prod and don’t quit being curious. It’s curiosity that’s gotten me to be this happy. I may irritate my husband a lot with my questions, but I’ve learned a lot from him. I love putting all the little bits of information I learn, to practice.
10. Be a dream chaser. Not a dream killer.
Lastly, sweet, delicate butterfly, I want to encourage you to pursue your dreams. Don’t sit back and watch your life go by. Create. Make something of it. Be your own role model. Life is short. Like my mum says (and keeps saying), “Time and Tide waits for no man.”
If your dream is to be an artist, then go out there and paint, or draw, or sketch or color, or do whatever it is you do that makes you happy. Don’t get a desk job from 9 to 5. Work for your dreams. It takes a lot of patience and consistency, but it will happen my friend. I promise.
And there you have it! 10 habits you need to develop as a Creative Entrepreneur. Do you feel I missed out on any habit? Is there one particular habit that you strive hard to maintain? Do let me know!