Start an online business
The creative entrepreneur lifestyle is one of joy, determination, excitement, focus, flow, and freedom.
Most creative entrepreneurs share a common set of dreams
How does a creative entrepreneur earn money?
As a multi-passionate creator, choosing a single focus can be tough. That’s why most creative entrepreneurs have multiple businesses and income streams.
Do affiliate or network marketing
Earn commissions for recommending products you love. It’s just that simple.
Think of it like having your own franchise. You get to use someone else’s proven marketing, sales, and distribution systems while putting your own creative spin on promoting your offer.
- Pros: Passive income is possible … assuming you put in the work.
- Cons: The industry gets a bad rap.
Become a coach or create a course
The global acceptance of providing services and training via video continues to expand exponentially. Position yourself as an expert and inspire others to ignite their own creative spark.
- Pros: It’s easier than ever to create an online course and teach people your passion.
- Cons: Finding new clients can be a full-time job. Plus, once you get a client, you still have to do the work.
Sell your own products or services
Photography. Storytelling. Web Design. Illustration. Painting. Dance. Music. Cooking. Crafting. Construction … the list goes on. Now is the time to share your passions and gifts with the world.
- Pros: You get to spend your days doing what you love.
- Cons: The pressure for profit tends to suck the joy out of your passion
"Every child is an artist."
"The problem is, how to remain an artist once we grow up."
~ Pablo Picasso
3 key factors to consider before starting an online business
Look before you leap. Take the time to understand what you’re getting yourself into. Don’t let unrealistic expectations lead to future frustrations.
Choose a realistic online business
Know your numbers. Your online business needs to be able to replace your current income before supporting any kind of “dream life.”
For example, if you are selling prints, how many sales do you need each month to pay your bills? Be sure to calculate your expenses for each item sold and include marketing and time in that equation.
If the numbers don’t add up, you might want to look at other ways to earn secondary income that can simultaneously support your new business.
Understand that success takes work
If someone tells you, “it’s easy to make money online,” run away from that person. Yes, it “can” be easy … once you put in the groundwork.
Living the dream doesn’t happen overnight – regardless of what “proven” system or offer you choose.
Starting an online business is like any other learned skill. It takes time. Understanding. Practice. Trial. Error. Determination.
Here’s the reality. Online business success is like pushing a snowball up the Swiss Alps. It takes a lot of effort to get to the top … and, when you finally roll that icy sphere to the other side, watch out world!
Get clear on why you're doing this
You will want to quit. It’s inevitable. That’s why it’s essential to have a clear vision of WHY you’re in this for the long-haul. Here’s a quick exercise.
- Close your eyes and imagine a world where you’re not stressed about having enough money or time.
- What themes connect the threads of your vision?
- Where are you?
- Who are you with?
- Can you bring in the 5 senses?