During most of 2013, Whipup.net will hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy!
Introducing Destri from The Mother Huddle :: The theme for this month is Advice For Starting and Growing a Creative Business :: Stop listening to the advice of those that say it can’t be done, and seek the advice of those who are successfully doing what you want to do.
Destri :: The Mother Huddle
Throughout this series, you will hear me use the term “creative business” quite a bit. I wanted to talk about what that term encompasses to me. The last thing I want you to think is a pair of knitting needles or taking up sewing is required for a creative business. But I do think there is a difference between starting something with the simple goal of making money, and creating something that is fulfilling and supplies an income at the same time.
So for fun, I will share what defines a creative business to me, and then ask you to share your thoughts and how you define yours (or the one you hope to have) in the comments.
How I Define a Creative Business
A work that is born from a single idea that formed in your mind and stirs the imagination and plays to your strengths and talents. It is then fueled by a burning desire to achieve a certain feeling, and is motivated by love.
Pretty broad right? Notice I said nothing about hobbies or passions. I don’t believe ones work depends on these two things to be fulfilling.
- So if we break that down by how the creative business is formed and plays out it would look like this:
- We take an idea that strikes from an imaginative vision that instantly has us excited.
- Then as if like magic, ideas start coming from every direction in our mind.
- These ideas naturally pulls from our strengths and talents, because ideas from our Higher Self (imagination) always do.
- Then if we’re persistent and conquer the resistance (our ego) that inevitably comes when one starts a work one should do – we put plans into action.
- This work then fulfills our feeling desires (helpful, innovative, artistic) giving us a sense of purpose.
- It is our Love for this purpose that carries us through all the ups and downs, and offers hope when things get tough.
- Then ultimately, this business makes an income. Otherwise, it’s just a hobby. I can tell you from experience, it’s the most gratifying income you will ever make.
So there you have it, my definition of a creative business. Does yours look similar?
Have you ever had one of those ideas strike, and then by the next day, talk yourself out of it?
Are you currently working on one?
Please share I would love to hear!