What is a Creative Entrepreneur?

I would define a creative entrepreneur as someone who sees her creativity as the core of the work she does in the world. You might be an artist, writer, speaker, coach, graphic designer, interior designer, blogger, massage therapist, healer, or any of a number of other careers that are labeled as “creative” or “artistic.”

You could work in any of these industries and not be an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur has a certain mindset that is distinct from that of a business owner or an employee. Simply defined, an entrepreneur is a person who solves problems for other people at a profit. This is your first mindset shift. No matter what type of product or service you are selling, you have to understand what problems it solves for a specific group of people.

Mindset is one of the biggest challenges most creative entrepreneurs face. It’s not about strategy or know-how. They are usually brilliant at their particular craft. Where they struggle is with confidence, lack of clarity and not having a plan in place to support their business.

What makes a creative entrepreneur different from any other woman entrepreneur?

Take a look at the following checklist. If you agree with three or more of the statements in this list, you are a creative entrepreneur.

  • I am a visual or kinesthetic learner.
  • I consider myself to be right-brained.
  • I am always so full of ideas I feel like I can barely contain them.
  • I can see connections between people or ideas that other people don’t see.
  • I consider myself to be highly creative in my work and in my life.
  • I am passionate about what I do.
  • I am not a linear thinker. I struggle with structure and systems.
  • I prefer to work alone or with a collaborative team.
  • I love to go with the flow and not follow a rigid schedule.
  • I find certain aspects of building a business—like creating a budget or selling my services—to be frustrating.
  • I am easily overwhelmed by too many details.

How many of these statements did you agree with? I could answer “Yes!” to every sentence on the list. I can see my gifts and my challenges as a creative entrepreneur for the past fifteen years mirrored in these statements. Hindsight is always 20/20, isn’t it? I wish I had understood this about myself when I started my first business in 2001.

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Share in the comments below about a time when you made a mistake that led to something awesome, even though it didn’t feel like it at the time.