Over 65 Ways to Make Money From Your Creative Skills

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Business / Money / Resources

I’ve spent most of my life devising wacky and occasionally reasonable schemes for making money.

As an artist with an interest in business, I’ve often found myself wedged between the two seemingly alien worlds.

Earning money from creative expression has always been a contentious issue because many think that money impinges on the integrity of the creative work.

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11 Things That Stop You Being a Top 1% Creative

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Inspiration / Motivation / Personal Development

If you dislike the idea of ‘cheating’ your way to the top, look away now.

Building a rewarding career from your artistic skill takes a special combination of dedication, experience, hard work and talent.

Even more so if you want to be considered among the very best.

But as an apprentice gains from the wisdom of her mentor, having access to the right knowledge can help anyone get there more quickly.

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How to Survive the Biggest Creative Job Decline of All Time

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Adding Value / Freelancing / Remarkability

Are designers, illustrators and visual artists turning into commodities?

I was recently asked by a reader to discuss the health of the graphic design and creative industries in general.

His concerns centre around what appear to be the ‘commoditisation’ of these industries and the people working in them, with the following example:

On an online exchange, you can buy a decent quality illustration for $5 for commercial use.

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How to Live with Purpose, Even if You Don’t Have a Clue

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Inspiration / Motivation / Personal Development

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” Dostoyevsky

If I were to ask you to define your purpose in one sentence, could you?

Congratulations if you can. You are in the minority.

Most of us understand that living a fulfilled life requires this mysterious quality of having purpose.

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Should I Be a Master of Many or a Master of One Thing?

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Clients / Promotion / Selling

We live in a world that provides many of us with the tools and opportunities to develop skills in so many things.

The opportunities are exciting, but can get downright crazy. This, combined with a seemingly endless ocean of people who are competing with one another for the attention of buyers and clients, raises the question:

Will we fair better if we specialise in one or fewer things, thus raising our value at that thing, or do we embrace the variety and become skilled at many things so that we meet more need?

My answer is that it is both. But with a twist.

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11 Powerful Ways to Motivate Yourself Right Now

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Comic Strips / Motivation / Productivity / Taking Action

Ah, feeling motivated. It seems to come and it go. It ebbs and flows.

I’m a firm believer in the idea that motivation is not something that burns in the lucky few of us. Motivation is better viewed as an attitude.

Those people that seem more motivated, more consistently, are not special. They have simply chosen better habits to allow real motivation to rise up, even when they aren’t initially feeling it.

Motivation starts and ends with a decision, not a feeling.

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