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creative entrepreneurs are maximizers
: Creative Business

The Creative Entrepreneur’s Three Hats, Hat 3: Creative Entrepreneurs are Maximizers

In the third and final part of our series about the three hats a creative entrepreneur must wear, today we’re looking at the Creative Promoter, what we call the Maximizer.  For creative entrepreneurs are Maximizers as well as Makers. What do I mean by maximizing? It’s what we think of when we think of entrepreneurs. The activities that are necessary to grow the business, to position you as a key person of influence, to ensure you’re having the impact you want to have. Creative Entrepreneurs are Maximizers You put on your Maximizer Hat for the work and play you need to do grow your…

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creative entrepreneurs are managers
: Creative Business

The Creative Entrepreneur’s Three Hats, Hat 2: Creative Entrepreneurs are Managers

In the second of this series about the three hats a creative entrepreneur must wear, today we’re looking at the Manager’s hat, the Creative Director role, for creative entrepreneurs are managers as well as makers. Some of us would rather forget this. We think we want to “just do the writing/teaching/healing/making”. Or we fantisize about having a big team, including assistants, personal maids and gardeners, who will look after every aspect of our life and we can just make, make, make. Well, maybe that will be your fate one day…  but it’s more likely to happen if you learn to manage your small creative business yourself first. A…

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creative entrepreneurs are makers
: Creative Business

The Creative Entrepreneur’s Three Hats, Hat 1 Production: Creative Entrepreneurs are Makers

The creative entrepreneur must wear three different hats: Maker, Manager and Maximizer. Today, we’re looking at the maker’s hat: how the maker thinks about craft and production and the overall business. First and foremost, creative entrepreneurs are makers. Creative Entrepreneurs are Makers The first role of the creator is to make stuff: production of goods and services, products and projects. You put on your Maker Hat for the work and play you need to do in your business: your creative projects, products and services.  Maker Work:  The maker sees the work of the creative business as crafting more and better offerings to sell. Wearing this hat, we…

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making commerce creative
: Creative Business

Money and Meaning For Creative Entrepreneurs: Making Commerce Creative

Are you a creative entrepreneur who’s struggling with procrastination or poor profits? You are not alone. Research shows us that the vast majority of creators are under-earning, often despite working hard. One of the reasons is that we need to stop doing business as usual and start making commerce creative. Making Commerce Creative: Traditional vs Digital Pathways For centuries, at least since the ancient Greeks, we’ve been setting creative and the commercial, spiritual and material, as opposites. This has not done any of us any favors. Successful creativepreneurs are now breaking down this duality but many are still caught in it and…

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creative tools for creative entrepreneurs
: Creative Business, Monday Motivator

2018: Week 20: What Are You Creating In Your Creative Business This Week?

Creativepreneurs: What Are You Creating In Your Creative Business this week? Me, I launched a Patreon page for my poetry today. Creating Poetry on Patreon As well as personally benefiting from your encouragement to write more poems myself, I’m also hoping to show people how Patreon can support poets and poetry in the digital age. I’ll write more about that tomorrow. If you’d like to become a poetry patron, you can access my page here:   Creating A New Member Magazine at ALLi We’ve also created a great new member magazine over at ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors. Click here to…

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: Creative Business

Why Start A Creative Business?

If it’s so challenging and, statistically, you’ll work more and earn less as a self-employed person, why not get a salaried job, fit into what’s already there? Today, there are also good practical reasons, significant indicators that if you don’t go creative, you’re risking being left behind. The creative spirit is on the rise in our world. Our lives today are immeasurably different to how we lived just a decade ago. Societies and economies are increasingly global and networked, more intangible, unpredictable and innovative than ever before. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the industrial and information ages, methodically negotiating…

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: Creative Business, Monday Motivator

The Creative Entrepreneur’s Three Jobs: Maker, Manager and Marketeer

Setting up and running a successful creative enterprise like an author business, is challenging, for lots of reasons. One reason is that we must balance the needs of three kinds of work: producing, processing and positioning–often without knowing that’s what we need to do. Or to put the work another way: making, managing and marketeering. Or yet another way: being the creative crafter, the creative director, the creative promoter in your business. The easiest way to think about this, as you go through your day’s work, is to imagine yourself donning three different hats for the three different roles. [Go here…

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successful creative entrepreneurship
: Creative Business

The Seven Keys To Successful Creative Entrepreneurship

There are seven keys to successful creative entrepreneurship, seven things you need to know and do if you are to succeed in doing work you love, the creative way. Artists, coaches and trainers, counsellors and healers, activists and makers of all kinds and, of course, indie authors all define success differently. We follow less direct pathways, trust in a mysterious process and know we don’t drive our own success so much as channel it. We want to do business the creative way, not as dictated by conventional, and often outworn, business rules. We often define success differently and work from different drives and…

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Healing Genius

One of the best reasons to engage in conscious creation is its ability to heal an internal wound, to fix what is broken, to make the fractured whole. Those who distinguish between ‘great’ versus ‘therapeutic’ art deny this. They want to draw a line: the poor efforts of the emotionally incontinent and artistically illiterate on one side, the masterpieces of genius on the other. Except that many of the ‘greats’ have been humble enough to acknowledge that

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