You don’t have to dive into the deep end when it comes to starting your creative business. You can take steps gingerly, starting at the shallow end of the creative pool.
In fact, many people that work full-time as artists now started with full-time work and creative work on the side.
Here are some tips to help you start a profitable creative business while maintaining other full or part-time work.
1. Draft a Realistic Business Plan
It’s tricky to start a side creative business when you’re already have a full time or part time commitment. Look at your current work load and draft a business plan where you can realistically fit in creative tasks.
2. Create a Schedule
Being organized and setting up a schedule will be crucial for success, especially in the early chaotic days where you’re not use to handling it all.
3. Set Goals and Daily Action Steps
Set business goals, then list daily actions steps you need to do to hit your business goals. Make sure you cross them off every day!
4. Don’t Take on Too Much
You just can’t do it all! You’ll find that out the hard way when you schedule too much and get behind. Just do a little bit each day, divide your daily tasks into easy bite sized steps. It’s better to work slowly toward your goals than to get overwhelmed and end up doing nothing at all!
5. Set Real Goals and Track Numbers
It’s easy to forget that your creative side business should be just that, a business that turns over a profit. Set profit goals and carefully track every cent you spend. Get serious and set up a business name and get a business license to motivate yourself to behave in a businesslike fashion and really make money.
There’s nothing stopping you from creating and making money for it. Draft your plans, then go forth and create!
What are you going to do right now to move forward with your creative side business?
* Image from MoKoPo Creations