Now Is The Age of Creative Business

The most successful people in the world are the ones that have a talent for creative problem solving. The ability to design products and campaigns that fit the marketplace is a hallmark of a good businessperson. So why are we facing such a huge creativity crisis in our economy? Why are we losing the global competition to stay ahead of the creative curve?

Keeping Creativity Alive

It’s a problem founded on many levels. From our childhood, we see how the creative arts are the first subjects to get cut when school funding falls short. (Which begs the question, how are we letting funding for our children’s education fall short at all?) It’s just baffling to me how little creative training is viewed as valuable in shaping the minds of our future leaders. Don’t they get how valuable it is to exercise the creative right side of a growing brain as much as the left? Creative thinking and an ability to innovate are essential skills for any profession in any field. I’ve been saying it and I will keep saying it until I’m blue in the face.

But that doesn’t seem to be enough. So why don’t we start putting our money where our mouths are? I’m talking about taking the economy back into our very capable, creative hands and proving our worth as creative business people – or as we’re becoming known, as “creative entrepreneurs”.

Be a Creative EntrepreneurI like this term, creative entrepreneur. And it’s not becoming a household phrase for no reason. These very creative entrepreneurs and freelancers are taking over the workforce in surprising numbers. A study recently released by Intuit revealed that by 2020, more than 40% of the American workforce (or 60 million people) will be freelancers, contractors and temp workers. So it’s true – entrepreneurs and the self-employed are on the rise. That includes you and me, and that means that our time is now.

And let me tell you, the time is ripe for our creative offerings.

Global trade in creative products more than doubled from 2002 to 2011, at an average annual growth rate of 8.8%. In 2012, that global creative trade totaled $625 billion (source). And we’re not the only ones with their eye on the creative prize. The emerging economic giant of China invested $157 million of their government spend in culture and media in 2012. Clearly, this is a market with immense opportunity – enough for everyone to have a piece, and certainly enough to start proving the economic value of the creative arts and creative products.

But what do I mean by creative products? Well let’s look at the specific industries. In 2008, a select set of our more creative industries – including broadcasting, telecommunications, motion pictures, sound recording, performing arts, printing & publishing – generated $45 billion in export sales. This was more than total sales generated from the computer systems design, electrical equipment, air transportation, financial services, and American agriculture industries (source). So you can see how the economy is already shifting.

It’s a new age of technology and innovation, and that makes this the ideal time for you to join the creative crusade and make your mark as a creative entrepreneur.

Now is your time! Let your creativity shine! Subscribe to my email list, buy my book, and arm yourself with more tips and tactics on how to get your creative business built and thriving. Let’s turn this tide and show the world what we creators and innovators can do.

Happy creating!

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The Productive Artist’s Business Plan – now on Amazon!

Well folks, our 5 day free book promotion has run its course – so I hope you didn’t miss out on getting your free copy of my new book, The Productive Artist’s Business Plan.

But if you did, it’s not too late!

The book is still available on the Amazon Kindle store, and now for only $9.99! Now that’s not so much is it? For just under $10, you can learn how to create the business and life you want as a creative entrepreneur, and sustain yourself as an Artist. I’d say that’s a pretty good deal! So what are you waiting for?

The Productive Artist's Business Plan on AmazonIf you’ve got a great vision for your art, but no idea how to turn it into reality – or if you know you need a business plan, but aren’t sure how to start or wish you had a more creative option than the traditional templates out there – then you are (still) in luck!

No matter what kind of creative work you do, if you are driven to create something original and innovative, and want to make a living from that, then you are an Artist and this book is meant for you! I designed this book specifically for my fellow Artists and creative entrepreneurs just like you, who need a business planning method as unique as the art you create.

The key is not to tell you the right answers, but to ask you the right questions. This book will guide you through my simple, yet thorough, signature Seven Questions that you must answer to build a sustainable business around your art; one that is fulfilling for both you and your customers. Each “Quest” on your journey will translate into one piece of your business plan puzzle. I will help you outline your offerings, map your competitive landscape, craft your marketing, operational and financial plans, and design your action plan to bring it all to life. And when I’m finished with you, you’ll walk away with a comprehensive and creative plan to guide you on your next adventure building the business and life you want as a creative entrepreneur!

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