Defining a Creative Business and Introducing Yours

by Admin on 02/05/2013

in Guest Editors 2013, Resources

During most of 2013, 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.

Defining A Creative Business

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!


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1 Jessica May 3, 2013 at 10:36 am

I love your definition! My favorite part is how you describe the business coming from a place within that is naturally fueled with unlimited ideas. I have a little sewing pattern business ( and I feel like it fits exactly into that category. I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve spent staring at the ceiling, dreaming of new pattern idea :)


2 Martha Moger May 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm

I love your ideas about what makes a creative business. I stay at home with my two pre school boys and realised recently that instead of specifically trying to turn away from my daily life to found a business and make money, the things I usually do – sewing, cooking, baking, gardening, furnishing our home, knitting, crafting – and teaching them to others can make a business. It’s just an extension of who I am!


3 Dawn Suzette May 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I really like this definition and how you have broken it down.
I don’t have a creative business right now but the idea is there and things are developing.
I have talked myself out of it for far too long!
Thank you for sharing this.
And I do like that quote. Grounded in reality but inspiring!


4 amy @amy+mayd May 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I am currently trying to grow my creative business and have been working on it for about a year and a half but it is my passion. I love your definition, I can attest to the highs and lows… if you are passionate about what you are doing I believe it really can take off. I love staying at home with my daughter and working on growing a creative business. Thank you for this article series :)


5 Kathryn Vercillo May 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Terrific description of what a creative business is! Gonna go share that piece of inspiration with social media friends right now!


6 britt May 6, 2013 at 8:05 am

oh do i have creative ideas. but time is the big issue. i have things that i want to make for the shop but until my 7-3 job is done for the summer…and between running my kids everywhere…i have no time.
doesn’t help that i live in the boonies. and when i need something for a project i have to drive 45 minutes to get it so i wait til i have a few things that i need.
maybe i just need to stop making excuses?


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