What it Means to Be a Creative Entrepreneur

I remember back in the day when someone told you they were an entrepreneur, you might have thought they were crazy or maybe even just too lazy to get a “real” job. These days it seems everyone is running their own side hustle, or working for themselves full-time.

As an entrepreneur myself, I think this is amazing!

However, I don’t just call myself an entrepreneur, I call myself a creative entrepreneur.

Butย what is a creative entrepreneur anyway?

Well, in simple terms, a creative entrepreneur is a person who is setting up a business in the creative field. For myself, that creative field is quite wide and varied, which is why I use the term creative entrepreneur rather than freelance writer, or artist, or blogger. There are a lot of different things I do throughout the day to bring in a few bucks that I wouldn’t feel right calling myself just one thing. And since my business isn’t quite set up fully yet, I feel using the word entrepreneur is justified.

So, what does it mean to be a creative entrepreneur?

Following your heart.

If there’s one thing all creative entrepreneurs have in common, it’s that they are following their heart; they are doing work that they truly love. If they weren’t head over heals in love with their creative business, they probably wouldn’t even bother, because the life of a creative entrepreneur isn’t always that easy. But because they are passionate about it, they do it anyway.

Trusting your instincts.

Creative entrepreneurs thrive when they trust their instincts. Whenever I push aside my feelings of doubt I end up regretting my decisions. But, if i listen to my intuition, and I follow its guidance, the outcome is always a good one. I think a lot of creative entrepreneurs would agree that trusting your instincts is vital to success.

Being part of a community.

Some creative entrepreneurs work alone most of the time. As an introverted writer and artist, working alone in my studio can be exhilarating, but over time it gets to be a little lonely. Luckily, being a creative entrepreneur is also being part of a community of like-minded people. I find I’m often drawn to other creative people, other artists, writers, photographers and bloggers – people who truly get it.

Understanding business.

Creative entrepreneurs have to eventually understand business. You can’t be a business owner and not know anything about business. However, it’s a life-long process! Business is constantly changing, and growing, and shifting, and the creative entrepreneur knows this and they accept it. There’s no use in holding grudges against technology and our ever evolving society.

Working your butt off.

At last, being a creative entrepreneur also means working your butt off! As a creative entrepreneur you have a lot to do: creating products, marketing, accounting, managing and communicating. There’s never nothing to do.

Do consider yourself an entrepreneur? How about a creative entrepreneur? And what does it mean to you?

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12 Comments

  1. I liked learning about creative entrepreneurship from your perspective! I like what you said about it being a solitary activity, but that you’re also part of a community, too.

    Alessandra | The PumpUp Blog

  2. I was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug a couple of years ago, but it’s taken me this long to really start making steps forward. I’m laying the groundwork for 2016 to be my year of growing my blog and my coaching business. I’m not sure if that’s entirely creative, but I’m going to claim the title ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Same here! I started blogging back in 2012 so it’s been a long process, mostly trying to gain the confidence needed. Good luck to you! I’d love to get into coaching but I still have a lot to learn before I can help anyone else.

  3. Great post! This is something i’ve been considering with my jewelry making and bogging. Pushing it over the edge, to the next thing, to become a creative entrepreneur. This is all great advice! I’ll be saving it to reference ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Thanks! Good luck with your jewelry and blog biz!

  4. Hi there! This post was very encouraging! I’m actually embarking on a new business venture at this very present time. I love to hear stories about creative people doing what they love and making a living by doing it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on what it means to be a creative entrepreneur!

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Me, too! Thanks for stopping by and good luck on your new venture!

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