STARTING IS THE HARDEST PART.
I'll say it again. Starting is the hardest part. Personal example: I've been meaning to start blogging for some time now. Months actually. This isn't necessarily surprising to me, but it is not good either. *lower teeth smile* It is hard for me to put client work on hold to promote my own business endeavors, especially when I feel a little uncomfortable with the content I'm putting out there. I've always enjoyed writing, while being a little sensitive to critique on it (not surprising since my career choice is within a creative field and us creatives are notorious for being overly-sensitive). Due to the fact that I want to share my knowledge with others and hopefully, maybe grow my community.
Stay tuned for more posts about graphic design in general, means of inspiration, best practices, how to's and more :) I decided to start this blog off with some
As a creative, the struggle with The Ever Present Question: "Is it good enough?" will always be looming. It can be downright debilitating. "Good enough" can crush the creative spirit and leave us sitting in bed 'til way past noon, watching The Office reruns and avoiding all smart phone contact. But only if we let it fester. The cure for the The Question is action. And sometimes to make the action happen, you need a gentle nudge in the right direction.
"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."-Zig Ziglar
"Action is the foundational key to all success." -Pablo Picasso
"Fake it til' you make it." -Everyone
"Do or do not, there is no try." -Yoda
Seeing that it was some of these great podcasts that gave me that little nudge I needed, I want to give credit where credit is due. So shoutout to some of the best blogs/podcasts/newsletters I've discovered for my likeminded "soloprenuers".
This podcast was the first podcast for entrepreneurs that showed me how useful the podcast world would be for me. A client actually sent me a link to one of their shows, and I've been hooked ever since. Now I am an avid listener, active Facebook group contributor and a newsletter subscriber for both the shows hosts. Their earlier episodes are great if you are just starting your own business. Their recent stuff became a little "fluffy" for me
Profit Power Pursuit
This lady knows her stuff. Tara Gentile is a business strategist and she runs her podcast with obvious strategy (somehow it is still entertaining): each person she interviews will give you an inside look at their business venture(s), including their profit margins. Some great information on here.
Optimal Living Daily
"OLD" podcast is stocked with 5-10 minute blog readings from all over the interwebs. One of the faster growing podcasts I've listened to, Optimal Living Daily was started by Justin Malik almost one year ago now. He was joined by his brother Neal Malik who began reading blogs for the side podcast "Optimal Finance Daily", which then expanded to "Optimal Health Daily", "Optimal Startup Daily" and recently "Optimal Relationship Daily". These may not all be related to creative entrepreneurs, but Optimal Startup/Finance/Living Daily has had some amazing input for me.
Don't Keep Your Day Job
"Real life strategies for how to create your creative passion and turn it into a profit." Sounds good right? This one is specifically for 10% entrepreneurs who want to be 100% entrepreneurs. I was lucky enough to be in a position where I could jump in headfirst to the freelance game instead of dipping one toe in at a time, but other entrepreneurs aren't always able to do so. One of her latest interviewees was Bobbi Brown, of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics-which is pretty bad ass.
That's all I have for you now! Thanks for stopping by, especially if you made it all the way to the end of this article.