Are your walls adorned with the images of Gary Vee, Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg? Do you find yourself constantly dreaming about running a your own business? Do you love discussing ideas and coming up with something new? Then it wouldn’t be wrong to say that you want to be a creative entrepreneur and start your own creative based business some day. To fulfill that dream at any age, it is important to develop entrepreneur skills.
Here are 8 habits to become a successful creative business owner that will help in developing important entrepreneurial skills that will help you navigate through the business world of creative entrepreneurialism.
Be Open to New Experiences
Nobody achieves anything great by sticking in their comfort zone. As an aspiring creative entrepreneur, it is important to stretch beyond your comfort zone and keep your mind open to new ideas. Make a habit of seeking new experiences as it will expose you to things, people and ideas that will help you grow as a person. Constantly develop new personal projects to keep your sharp and creative.
Dare to Take Risks
One common trait amongst successful creatives is that they are not afraid of taking risks. They understand that calculated risks often lead to success. Make a move from being an aspiring creative business owner to actually launching a business will require some calculated leaps. You can’t step into the creative business world just by dreaming and wishing about it. You will have to work your A$$ off. You have to take the leap in order to soar.
Never Stop Learning
The most successful creatives are those who never stop creating, reading, and learning. They never consider themselves as the smartest people in the room and are constantly seeking ways to learn new things and surround themselves with people who are smarter. The more you keep your mind open to learning new things, the more skills you will develop and that will help you develop key entrepreneurial skills such as being a leader, a visionary, and a salesman. Notice, I never said a creative… you are born a creative…but being a visionary, leader, and salesman takes development.
New creative entrepreneurs should understand the importance of being consistent. Running a business is unpredictable, challenging and unlike the regular 9-to-5 job. You have to make a schedule and stick to it. Don’t just become a success overnight, you must create a plan for success, such as the 2019 Goal Setting Action Form or the Ultimate Personal Project Guide. Follow your schedules, create goals and consistently perform the tasks that are required to execute your plan.
Remember that being consistent is not just limited to your professional or creative life. You have to be consistent in your personal life too. If you have to create family time or responsibilities from your 9 to 5, you need to make sure that you get those things done, so that you can work on your creative business in your down time. Do what you have to do, so that you can do what you want to do. You have to live the impossible.
Be Self Motivated
How many times have you heard companies seeking to hire people who are self-starters. That is just a fancy phrase for those who don’t need constant supervision. If you approach each day enthusiastic about starting your tasks and can stay motivated enough to see through them, you will be a success. You can’t run a creative based business if you lack the drive to do the work or tackle problems. Your leadership skills must guide your business. One day when you have employees they will look to you as the example. It is important to develop this habit while you are new in the business. Making it a habit to ask how you can help. Self-motivated leaders, make the best entrepreneurs.
Be Aware of your Strengths and Weaknesses
If you don’t know your strengths, you can’t take advantage of them. When you aren’t aware of your weaknesses, you won’t make an effort to overcome them. Overlooking either can hinder your progress in life and in business. Successful entrepreneurs know their strengths and weaknesses, and they keep developing their weaknesses to become stronger. They hire people who are strong where they are weak. They leverage their strengths too in order to gain opportunities.
Learn to be Emotionally Intelligent
Customer complaints are common in any business, but how you react to it will make the difference in retaining customers or losing them. At the same time, creative entrepreneurs face a lot of criticism and rejection in various forms, especially in the early years of a business. As an aspiring creative business owner, you must be emotionally intelligent to learn from every situation without getting upset and taking it person, losing confidence or destroying a relationship. Learn to develop a thick skin business mentality and tackle rejection in a calm and reflective manner. Look at criticism, constructive and destructive, as honest feedback which is a gift and curse but an opportunity to improve your skills and move on.
Every successful creative became successful because they identified an opportunity that no one else noticed or took advantage of. It would be beneficial if you get into the habit of identifying opportunities early in your career.
To develop habits of a successful creative entrepreneur, you must start early in your career path. Your first 1-2 years in your creative entrepreneurial journey is the perfect time to start molding yourself into an creative who is prepared to take on running a small business day in and day out and succeed in doing so.
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