3 Fundamentals for Creativepreneurs
Striking out at as a creativepreneur can be fun, exhilarating, and absolutely daunting all at once. Creative freedom comes at a price: you are also in charge of making sure all the bills get paid. There are many fundamentals for creativepreneurs which need to be imbued into your business DNA. Here are the 3 most essential criteria to making a career as a creativepreneur work.
1. Sell Confidence
Be able to learn how to stand in front of your business and art and sell it confidently. It may not be perfect nor the best in its field, but it’s better than average and that is usually enough.
Smile, and instead of saying why it’s valuable because of the work that goes into it, remind the other party of what it is worth to them. How they are going to use it, what’s that worth?
2. Say No to Working for Free
Get your name out there, sure. But not as the chump person who works because “you like doing it so you’d be doing it anyway”. Such an approach to your work is a cutting insult to your right to make a living for yourself and doing so in your profession.
Inform them politely that you don’t work for free. Once you quote a reasonable price to work for (i.e. wherein you will make money rather than just break even), you can negotiate a little.
But if they dig their heels in and refuse to pay? That’s okay, it’s time to walk away and give your time to another client. If they are a nightmare from the get go, working with them is going to result in you taking a serious hit in the stress department.
3. Take Time
Section out your time properly for all your projects and leave time aside for your non-work priorities also.
Take time to hang out with your friends, family, work on your hobbies. This is more important than many realise: it all feeds back into and helps elevate your work and insights better than stagnating in the pond of work-only.
Plus, no matter how much of an introvert you are, humans are instinctively social creatures. It is fundamental to thriving as you grow.