All posts tagged: business

Strip Before You Stop

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Motivation / Productivity / Taking Action

You’ve got this thing you’re working on. That thing you really should do every day for maximum effect. That thing you talk about a lot. Writing blog posts; taking pictures; making art; practicing an instrument; contacting new people; reading books; learning languages and shooting videos. But little materializes, if at all. You love the idea of it, and you think about it all the time. You know you have the talent to create great things, […]

The Freezer

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Motivation / Personal Development / Productivity

The freezer. It’s a stretch of time. It’s a way of thinking. It’s a point on a path. Most are familiar with it; many are moving out of it, and a few have long since left. You’re in the freezer when you: Are reacting, rather than creating. Don’t believe you can make money doing work you love. Don’t move. Do work that bores you. Consume more than you produce Don’t have enough money to relax into […]

How to Succeed With This Small Change in Focus

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Inspiration / Motivation / Productivity

Growing any kind of business can be bloody hard. You will make mistakes, doubt yourself and experience setbacks. I’ve seen all of this on the front line as an illustrator trying to make a living at it. But I’m still here to tell the tale. If there’s one vital trait for succeeding on your own — that is to be resilient — to be able to continually pick yourself up if you fall. I’ve seen […]

Why Motivated Creatives Think Like Andy Warhol

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Creativity / Inspiration / Productivity

“The minute you’re satisfied with where you are, you aren’t there anymore.” — Tony Gwynn A sustainable business is a growing business, not a static one. This might seem like a simple concept, but it is an idea that most business owners do not consider. To stand out, to continue to earn well, to stay motivated, and be noticed, you must focus on growth. Read More

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. Read More

Three Steps to Figuring Out the Ideal Client for Your Creative Business

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Freelancing / Promotion

Before I get knee deep into this, I wanted to address some of the jargon I’ll be using to describe various concepts and ideas and get it out the way first. When I refer to prospect, I’m talking about anyone who has the potential to hire you, who has not yet done so. When I refer to client, I’m talking about someone who is in the process of working with you - or has worked […]

Is Promoting Your Art Desperate?

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Money / Networking / Promotion

Self promotion and marketing have a bad reputation. Drawing attention to ourselves, our art, and our brands feels like we're showing off or sends the message that we are desperate for work, love and attention. People construct zany narratives to accompany the idea of self promotion, such as the cheesy car salesman, or dodgy late night infomercials. These narratives are drilled into us often whether it be through the friends you talk to, your family […]

Why Creative People Should Bother Adding to the Noise

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Creativity / Motivation / Taking Action

I was emailed by a subscriber recently who brought up, in my view, one of the most significant questions that we face as artists and entrepreneurs. All around us we see other great artists; other people starting businesses; people with incredible talent; beautiful products; people making average work; competition, noise. Stuff. Everywhere. People in every corner of the planet are this very second working away at something new to bring into existence. They are adding […]

Why Building Your Own Assets Must Come Before All Else

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Freelancing / Inspiration / Personal Development

I’m currently having one of my ‘all the buses come at once’ months where several illustration jobs have come in within the space of ten days, and I’m furiously working on several projects in time for a string of nearing deadlines. Although I’m grateful for paid work coming in, this rush of gold also means that other areas of my life and career can get neglected (don’t worry, I’ve got my personal hygiene covered). One […]

How an Emphasis on ‘Deep Empathy’ Helped a Musician Build a Successful Creative Agency

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Behind Scenes / Business / Creatives / Interviews

Satellite Office is an artist management and creative services agency founded by Erik Attkisson, now coming up to 10 years in the business. Since their launch in 2006, they have continued to succeed and evolve, adding photography to their lineup last year and Erik starting a secondary label with Ben Arditti called &Reach. Read More