Do you feel at times that you don’t fit in well with other women entrepreneurs? Do you think that your creative and innovative side is stronger than your business acumen? Women into creative businesses and enterprises are a tad bit different than the traditional entrepreneurs. They are creative entrepreneurs i.e., bohemians, and soulpreneurs, writers, artists, designers, songwriters, music makers, speakers, trainers, consultants, and what not.
Creative entrepreneurs do not follow the beaten path of traditional entrepreneurs and have unique systems that work for them. They also find imaginative ways to sell their services to people who find them appreciable and valuable. More often than usual, such businessmen are not ruthlessly practical and business minded, thus they face the constant challenge of staying inspired, focused, motivated, getting recognized for their talent, getting paid for their work, and keeping their business afloat. If you too find yourself struggling as a creative entrepreneur, then here are a few tips to help you stay focused, productive and commercially successful:
Dream and Do
Creative individuals dream a lot. They have dreams, vision, wishes, hopes, and aspirations. But sometimes they fail to give these reveries a tangible form and make them profitable. On the other hand, truly successful creative entrepreneurs are the ones who achieve the perfect balance between dreaming and doing. If you find yourself in the dilemma of getting lost in your dreams and not acting upon them quickly enough, here is how you should try to ground your creative spirit in reality:
- Dream up to a certain point, then switch into the action mode.
- Take the leap and work towards creating that dream into a possibility.
- Write down your dreams, and then translate them into workable and measurable goals.
- Find resources that can help you turn your dream into a reality.
- Make a schedule that you can follow on daily, weekly, monthly basis.
- Set milestones and gauge your progress accordingly.
Find Your Creative Fuel
It is very hard to find true inspiration in today’s mechanized and fast paced world. Creative entrepreneurs need consistent stimulus and creative fuel. Creative fuel can be different things to different people: for writers, its reading; for speakers and trainers, it can be meaningful interactions, conservations, etc; for artists, it can be stimulating engagement with nature, music, colors, etc). If you run out of creative steam often, then do the following:
- Subscribe to blogs of creative entrepreneurs and find motivation in what they are doing and how they are doing it.
- Listen to music or podcasts daily.
- Be on the lookout for selling ideas at unlikely of places and adapt them to your own domain.
Be in the Right Company
Creative entrepreneurs are introverts, as solitude helps them dream, create and focus; but being too introverted leads to stagnation. If you are shy by nature, then here is how you can seek meaningful interactions and engagements:
- Hang out with people who are also creative like you.
- Make yourself open to ideas and doing things differently.
- Be willing to learn as well as teach.
- Join online communities and forums related to your field.
- Get yourself enrolled in a coaching session, a workshop or retreat for creative entrepreneurial women like yourself.
- Try to find joint venture and collaborative partners and co-create with them.
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