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9 Creative Business Ideas for the Entrepreneur Artist

9 Creative Business Ideas for the Entrepreneur Artist

Let’s face it. The life of an artist is hard. Artists create things for the sake of aesthetics – something not so much valued before in the practical world of business. But, times have changed. The economy is now teeming with opportunities and gigs for artists worldwide.

With their great talent, they can now start a business in their own preferred craft while earning money to support a living. Are you a creative entrepreneur artist? Here are some business ideas to help you get started.

1. Sell Your Crafts and Handmade Goods

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    Maybe you love creating hats, knitting sweaters, or have a penchant for making handmade wall decors. Showcase your craft to the world and earn from it! Today, there are lots of sites that could help you find buyers for your merchandise. Some of the biggest marketplaces for handmade goods include Etsy, Supermarket, and Aftcra.

    2. Collect and Sell Art

    Do you have a good eye for beauty in arts? Art dealers find beautiful pieces of art in order to sell them to various art enthusiasts. With dedication, this business could grow allowing you to open your own art gallery, while helping other artists get their works noticed. Art dealers are as much artists themselves. Alan Bamberg famous art consultant and author believes becoming an art dealer starts with having great vision.

    Think of each work of art and every artist you present in your gallery like brushstrokes in a painting – that painting representing the full scope and totality of your unique perspective in art

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    3. Restore Old Cars

    Maybe you like giving old cars a great makeover. That’s a great way to put your car enthusiasm and creativity to good use. Restoring old cars is a booming new industry that if done right can help you earn lots of money. Restoring cars is not something you can teach yourself, it requires artistry and even mad skills to succeed in this business. To learn the right process in restoring classic cars, you have to learn the craft from industry experts.

    4. Write Stories

    Anyone can be an artist. Artists are people who create art, and writers create art using words. If you have talent in writing and like to create short stories and novels, you can start a business selling your own original work. If you’re not ready to write a full book, you can start writing articles online for different magazines. Many publications today pay writers good sum of money for their published works.

    5. Work as a Graphic Artist

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      Perhaps you are good at creating visual concepts using your computer. You have your own unique style and got good taste in form and color. You can start your own freelance business and become a graphic designer. You can use your work to design shirts, websites, and other form of merchandise. The demand for graphic designers is now increasing as many businesses are now aware how important good graphic design is for effective advertising.

      6. Create Tattoo Designs

      Are you good at creating tattoos? You can start a tattoo making business by opening your own shop. The best tattoo artists are often amazing illustrators and artists who love their craft. You’ll be surprised at how many people are actually interested and will pay you a handsome amount of money for your art.

      7. Become a Creative Consultant

      It’s a competitive world out there in business. Many companies, startups, and brands are now seeking help from ‘creativity consultants’ for their skills to find solutions and produce innovation. As a creative consultant, your job is to develop concepts, discover ideas, and help business grow. Such expertise is now needed more than ever in a growing creative market.

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      8. Start a Calligraphy Studio

      Transform your calligraphy hobby to a real money making business by starting your own calligraphy studio. If you can’t afford one, you can start as a freelancer working from home. You need only minimal costs to start this business, as you will need only pen, ink, and paper! If you don’t have the skill, but are interested in learning the craft, there’s a lot of valuable self-help resource around the web to teach you how.

      9. Make Decorated and Scented Candles

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        Now is a great time to start your candle-making business. A lot of people like to decorate their house with candles ranging from religious to aesthetic purposes. It’s also wise to do some market research before starting this business so you can determine how likely it’s going to be successful in the long run.

        Featured photo credit: Eddy Klaus via hd.unsplash.com

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        Last Updated on December 3, 2019

        7 Powerful Steps to Achieve Career Success

        7 Powerful Steps to Achieve Career Success

        I often hear people say, “I want to be successful but don’t know where to start” or “I’ve achieved career success yet I’m not happy.” And then I ask, “what does career success mean to you?” And many have a hard time articulating their response with much conviction.

        It’s common that people lack clarity, focus, and direction. And when you layer on thoughts and actions that are misaligned with your values, this only adds to your misdirected quest to achieve your career success.

        A word of caution. It’s going to take some time for you to think about and work on your own path for career success. You need to set aside time and be intentional about the steps you take to achieve career success. In my opinion, this step-by-step guide is apart of your life philosophy.

        1. Define Career Success for Yourself

        Pause. Give yourself time and space for self-reflection.

        What does career success mean to you?

        This is about defining your career success:

        • Not what you think you ‘should’ do
        • Not what people may think of you
        • Not adjusting to friends and family’s judgements
        • Not taking actions based on societal or community norms

        “A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms” – Zen Shin

        When you strip away all your external influences and manage your inner critic, what are you left with? You need to define career success that best suits your life situation.

        There’s no fixed answer. Everyone is different. Your answer will evolve and be impacted by life events. Here are a few examples of career success:

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        • Work-life balance
        • Opportunities for growth and advancement
        • Feeling valued that my contributions had an impact

        Now even as you reflect on the examples above, the descriptions are not specific enough. You’ve got to take it deeper:

        • What do you mean by work-life balance?
        • What do you consider to be opportunities for growth and advancement?
        • How do you like to be recognized for your work? How do you know if your contributions have had an impact?

        Let’s take a look at some potential responses to the questions above:

        • I want more time with my family, and less stress at work
        • I want increased responsibilities, to manage a team, a higher income, and the prestige of working at a certain level in the company
        • I’d like my immediate leader to send me a thank-you note or take me out for coffee to genuinely express her or his gratitude. I’ll know I’ve made an impact if I get feedback from my coworkers, leaders and other stakeholders.

        Further questions to reflect on to help narrow the focus for the above responses:

        • What are some opportunities that can help you get traction on getting more time with your family? And decrease your stress at work?
        • What’s most important for you in the next 12 months?
        • What’s the significance of receiving others’ feedback?

        Now, I’m only scratching the surface with these examples. It takes time to do the inner work and build a solid foundation.

        Start this exercise by first asking what career success means to you and then ask yourself meaningful questions to help you dig deeper.

        What types of themes emerge from your responses? What keywords or phrases keep coming up for you?

        2. Know Your Values

        Values are the principles and beliefs that guide your decisions, behaviors and actions. When you’re not aligned with your values and act in a way that conflicts with your beliefs, it’ll feel like life is a struggle.

        There are simple value exercises that can help you quickly determine your core values. This one designed by Carnegie Mellon University can help you discover your top 5 values.[1]

        Once you have your top 5 values keep them visible. Your brain needs reminders that these are your top values. Here are some ways to make them stick:

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        • Write them on cue cards or notes and post it in your office
        • Take a picture of your values and use it as a screensaver on your phone
        • Put the words on your fridge
        • Add the words on your vision board

        Where will your value words be placed in your physical environment so that you have a constant reminder of them?

        3. Define Your Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

        When writing your short-term and long term life goals, use the SMART framework – Specific Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Treat this as a brainstorming exercise. Your potential and possibilities are limitless.

        How you define short-term and long-term is entirely up to you. Short-term can be 30 days, 90 days, or 6 months. Maybe long-term goals are 4 months, 1 year, or 10 years.

        Here are a few self-reflection questions to help you write your goals:[2]

        • What would you want to do today if you had the power to make it the way you want?
        • If no hurdles are in the way, what would you like to achieve?
        • If you have the freedom to do whatever you want, what would it be?
        • What type of impact do you want to have on people?
        • Who are the people you most admire? What is it about them or what they have that you’d want for your life or career?
        • What activities energize you? What’s one activity you most love?

        Remember to revisit your core values as you refine yours goals:

        • Are your goals in or out of alignment with your core values?
        • What adjustments do you need to make to your goals? Maybe some of your goals can be deleted because they no longer align with your values.
        • How attainable are your goals? Breakdown your goals into digestible pieces.
        • Do your short-term goals move you towards attaining your long-term goals?

        Get very clear and specific about your goals. Think about an archer – a person who shoots with a bow and arrows at a target. This person is laser focused on the target – the center of the bullseye. The target is your goal.

        By focusing on one goal at a time and having that goal visible, you can behave and act in ways that will move you closer to your goal.

        4. Determine Your Top Talents

        What did you love doing as a kid? What made these moments fun? What did you have a knack for? What did you most cherish about these times? What are the common themes?

        What work feels effortless? What work do you do that doesn’t seem like work? Think about work you can lose track of time doing and you don’t even feel tired of it.[3]

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        What are your desires? Try it out. Experiment. Take action and start. How can you incorporate more of this type of work into your daily life?

        What themes emerge from your responses? How do your responses compare to your responses from the values exercise and your goals?

        What do you notice?

        5. Identify ‘Feeling’ Words You Want to Experience

        Do you have tendencies to use your head or heart to make decisions?

        I have a very strong tendency to make rational, practical, and fact-based decisions using my head. It’s very rare for me to make decisions using my emotions. I was forced to learn how to make more intuitive decisions by listening to my gut when I was struggling with pivotal life decisions. I was forced to feel and listen to my inner voice to make decisions that feel most natural to me. This was very unfamiliar to me, however, it expanded my identity.

        Review this list of Feeling Words. Use the same technique you use for the values exercise to narrow down how you want to feel.

        Keep these words visible too!

        Review your responses. What do you observe? What insights do you gain from these responses and those in the above steps?

        6. Be Willing to Sit with Discomfort

        Make career decisions aligned with your values, goals, talents and feelings. This is not for the faint hearted. It takes real work, courage and willingness to cut out the noise around you. You’ll need to sit with discomfort for a bit until you build up your muscle to hit the targets you want.

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        Surround yourself with a supportive network to help you through these times.

        “These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them” – Rumi

        7. Manage Your Own Career

        Not to be cynical, but no one can make you happy but yourself. If you don’t take control of your career and manage it like your own business – no one will.

        Discern between things that you can control and what you can’t control. For example, you may not be able to control who gets a promotion. However, you can control how you react to it and what you’ve learned about yourself in that situation.

        Summing Up

        For many who have gone through a career change or been impacted by life events, these steps may seem very basic. However, it’s sometimes the basics that we forget to do. The simple things and moments can edge us closer to our larger vision for ourselves.

        Staying present and appreciating what you have today can sometimes help you achieve your long-term goals. For example, if you’re always talking about not having enough time and wanting work-life balance, think about what was good in your work day? Maybe you took a walk outside with your co-workers. This could be a small step to help you reframe how you can attain work-life balance.

        Remember to take time for yourself. Hit pause, notice, observe and reflect to achieve career success by getting deliberate and intentional:

        1. Define Career Success for Yourself
        2. Know Your Values
        3. Define Your Short-Term and Long-Term Life and Goals
        4. Determine Your Top Talents
        5. Identify ‘Feeling’ Words You Want to Experience
        6. Be Willing to sit with Discomfort
        7. Manage Your Own Career

        “When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.” – Lolly Daskal

        Good luck and best wishes always!

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