How to Become a Creative Entrepreneur

by Suchi Rudra   article excerpt from blog.creativelive.com

What does it mean to be a creative entrepreneur? If you work in a creative field—photography, writing, design, film, music, etc—and you are self-employed, running a business where you have clients who pay for your creative talents, whether in the form of a service or a product, then you can call yourself a creative entrepreneur.

But how do you get to the part where you actually get to make money off your creative talents? What is the creative process for creative entrepreneurship?

CreativeLive’s partnership with HoneyBook means you’ll find new classes that give you the nitty gritty on the fundamentals of being a creative entrepreneur.

Here’s a brief guide on the best way to be a creative entrepreneur so you can set out on your own creative entrepreneurship:

Business ideas, creative and otherwise

Having a love of photography is great—but is it just a hobby that you enjoy or do you see yourself as a professional with a serious creative business goal?

Becoming successful as a creative entrepreneur is not just about having a passion for your work and strong skills in creative industries. You also need the skills and mindset of an entrepreneur. Can you get things done without someone reminding you of your tasks? Can you be your own boss and devise a business plan? Do you possess strong self-motivation to navigate the creative economy? And do you have an ability to organize your schedule and juggle different client needs and deadlines?

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Client communication is also extremely important. You’ll need good phone and email etiquette when connecting with your clients. HoneyBook, which has been designed with creative entrepreneurs in mind, allows you to set up automatic responses to new inquiries so client gets a swift reply from you.

Setting up shop

A professional-looking website is the first thing you’ll need before you begin to promote yourself. Get it done right so potential clients take you seriously. You can study  (more on this article here)

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