Have You Created the Business You Want?

Well it’s been a week since the official launch of my new book, The Productive Artist’s Business Plan, on the Amazon Kindle store – and already the rave reviews are rolling in! I have to say, I am so incredibly moved and thrilled to hear how much people are enjoying the book, and finding it invaluable in their creative endeavors.

MFrenchie calls it “A “getting things done” how to for artists.”

Chris Cheng says it’s “A great framework that takes some best practices from the business world, and gives artists a leg up on how to be successful in their industry. ”

Nathan Hoskins adds, “I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to bone up on how to get things done and get them done right! ”

And bookfan even claims, “This is the book I wish I had when I was starting out. ”

So if you’re one of my glowing reviewers, then thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope you keep that momentum going! You are on the road to a very exciting, more Productive and prosperous future as an Artist – so keep it up!

And if you haven’t read my book yet, what are you waiting for?

If you are an Artist, in any sense of the word – if you have a passion and drive to create something original and make a living from that – then you need to build a strong business foundation around that to give it (and yourself) the best chance for success. This book will help you do that, so get your copy today!

Then read it, use it, enjoy it – and write me a review on Amazon to tell me how it all went and whether it really helped you become a more Productive Artist.

I wrote this book for you, my people! And I want to write more and share more and keep pushing this forward. But there’s no point in my doing all of this unless it makes a difference for you.

So how about it? Have you created the business and life you want as a creative entrepreneur yet?

The Productive Artist's Business Plan

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!

If you’ve already read and love my book, remember to subscribe to my email list and my YouTube channel, so you can continue to hear about the latest in my Productive pointers and products.

Get the Super Special Sneak Peek of My New Book!

It’s finally here! You’ve been waiting patiently – and I’ve been working not-so-patiently – and I got my book done ahead of schedule! So to reward all of you for being dedicated readers and supporters, I’ve decided to soft launch a super special sneak peek of my new book for you all… for FREE!

The Productive Artists’s Business Plan!

As I’ve said before – you are my people, and I’ve designed this book specifically for Artists and creative people like you! So your thoughts and opinions are vitally important to my quest – and how well I’m able to help guide you on your quest. For the next 5 days, I will be offering you this book for FREE – so it won’t cost you anything but your time, and can provide immeasurable value for your own creative pursuits. In return, I would be incredibly honored if you would give my shiny new book a read-through and then take an extra 5min to write a quick review on Amazon. Pretty good deal, huh? That’s how valuable you and your feedback are to me.

So get yourself on over to Amazon and get your free copy today!

The Productive Artist's Business Plan on Amazon

Do you have a great vision for your art, but no idea how to turn it into reality? Do you know you need a business plan, but don’t know where to start or want a more creative option than the traditional templates out there? Let me show you how to become a more Productive Artist! No matter what kind of creative work you do, if you are driven to create something original & innovative and make a living from that, then you are an Artist and this book is meant for you! I designed this book specifically for Artists and creative entrepreneurs 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 done 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!

How Do You Write a Business Plan?

Well I’m back from Burning Man, and completely covered in dust! But I’ve never felt more alive and inspired – and blessed to be a Productive Artist, making an actual living from my creative endeavors.

What a beautiful, creative world we live in! And what beautiful fellow Artists and creative entrepreneurs I met this past week in Black Rock City!

But I’m also excited to return to all of you, and share with you the final video in my first-ever Productive Artist video series!

I’m sure, after my last video, that you’ve all been just burning to know more about this idea of a business plan that can help you build the Productive business you want as an Artist. And now, you probably want to know how the heck you can actually do that.

So without further ado, here is the final video Part 4, complete with a breakdown of my carefully crafted business planning process and Signature Seven Questions that you need to be able to answer in order to build that Productive business for yourself. So take a gander and let me know if this helps make the idea of writing a business plan a little less intimidating, and a lot more worthwhile?

And that’s the last one. I hope you’ve enjoyed watching my videos! If you missed the earlier ones, please go back and give them a watch too. Or just subscribe to my whole YouTube Channel!

And please keep sharing your thoughts and opinions on the comments here or on the YouTube video pages, so that the conversation doesn’t have to end here.

Then remember, my new book comes out in just one week. So subscribe to my email list and check back here for more up-to-date news on that – and get excited!

Kthxbye for now!

Do You Really Need a Business Plan?

Greetings from the Dusty City!

I’m here in Black Rock City, Nevada – home of the infamous Burning Man festival – and it is caraaazy hot out here! It’s also practically overrun with other amazing Artists and creative entrepreneurs. So I’ve definitely been making some really incredible connections here, and getting a great response to my mission with The Productive Artist.

But while I’ve been telling them all about The Productive Artist and my upcoming book, The Productive Artist’s Business Plan, I seem to keep getting one question over and over. Many seem skeptical about what a business plan is even for and if it’s applicable to them as an Artist.

So for my next video, I’m going to talk more about what a business plan really is, when you break it down to its core purpose, and how that purpose can seriously benefit Artists and creative entrepreneurs like YOU!

Check it out, and stay cool!

What dya think of that? I’d love to hear what you think, so please comment below (or below the video) and share your thoughts.

Then please “like” and share this video, if you enjoyed it, and stay tuned for the imminent launch of my new book, The Productive Artist’s Business Plan!

And We’re Off… to Burning Man!

Oh boy! Just two weeks left until the launch of my new book, The Productive Artist’s Business Plan. I am so excited, and I hope you are too!

But in the meantime, I’m headed off to Burning Man, where I will spend the next week exploring incredible feats of art & music and rubbing elbows with the amazing creative minds that will also be there with me. It’s going to be a much needed time to relax and enjoy beautiful art & life – but it will also be a time to be Productive and connect with more of the creative community and tell them about The Productive Artist.

Making a living as an Artist is hard enough, so it’s important to have a solid plan in place, take advantage of every opportunity you have, and always be as Productive as possible – while still having fun of course! And Burning Man will be the perfect blend of both for me, so I’m really looking forward to it!

Are you going to Burning Man? Come visit me at Camp Squishtanbul at 4:15 & F (False Idol) – look for the pair of pants on a flag pole marking our capitol, NoPantstinople!

And if you’re not going, then I hope you have an amazing week – hopefully partly because you’ll have this next Productive Artist Intro video to keep you company!

Did you enjoy that video? Did it inspire you to want to be more Productive in your creative endeavors? Then please comment below and let me know! And while you’re at it, why not “like” it and share it with your fellow Artists and creative entrepreneurs too.

Then get excited for the launch of my upcoming book, The Productive Artist’s Business Plan, in just two weeks.

Burn bright, my friends!

Putting Myself Out There… Who, Me? Scared?

Wow. It’s just hit me that I am now less than 3 weeks away from the launch of my exciting new book – The Productive Artist’s Business Plan!

And that means the time has come to take a chance and be bold! Go big or go home, right?

I’m sure you know, as fellow creators, what it’s like to put something of your own original creation out there for other people to critique and consume. It can be a pretty scary thing to do, especially if you’re subjecting it to the consumer market and the particulars of other people’s wallets!

But that also makes it incredibly brave and more rewarding in the earning of it.

Even so, as I approach the impending launch of my new book, the butterflies are becoming increasingly real and unrelenting.

So I’ve decided to take some smaller, slightly less scary steps first, to help me prepare for the really big book push that could launch my career and help millions, or leave my reputation in tatters… no pressure!

Over the next few weeks leading up to the book launch, I will be posting several videos that tell the vision behind the book, and what business planning for The Productive Artist is all about. Because putting something out there that I’ve recorded and edited myself is also kinda scary, and seeing myself on video can be pretty embarrassing too. They won’t be perfect, but they’ll be a more fun and fearless step up from the blog posts I’ve been putting out there so far.

So without further ado, here’s the first video:

There you go! I hope you enjoyed it. And I hope it inspires you to put yourself out there too! Because it does take major guts to brave any such public display of self-expression. But if you don’t put your creations out there, how will anyone know about them and benefit from your unique gifts?

So if you know what you want to create and put out there, then conquer those fears and just go for it!

Then please comment below and let me know how it goes!

And remember to mark your calendars for the launch of my upcoming book, The Productive Artist’s Business Plan, in just a few short weeks!

How Do You Write A Business Plan?

Welcome back!

or if you’re here for the first time, then just Welcome!

In my last post, I talked about what a business plan is, and why you need one if you want to run your own business as an Artist… or rather, as a Productive Artist.

A business plan has to be about more than just a nice blank sheet of paper to jot your thoughts and ideas down on. It has to take you on a journey, and ask you the tough but stimulating questions you need to be able to answer in order to create a Productive business. That’s essentially what I will help you do in my upcoming book, The Productive Artist’s Business Plan.

Think of it in terms of having a strong foundation for your house before you start building. You need to have a strong business foundation before you can build it into a success.

You need to lay down the building blocks, brick by brick, in the order that gives the next brick the best chance of sticking down after it. That’s why I’ve constructed a simple step-by-step process, a guided journey through my signature Seven Questions that you must be able to answer in order to build a Productive business that is fulfilling for both you and your customers. These Questions, or “Quests” on your journey, make up the very backbone and structure of my upcoming book, which will walk you through each of them in turn, as follows:

Quest 1: What Is It?

Before you can figure out the “who” or the “how,” you need to know the “what” – what your offerings (i.e. your products or services) will be. What do you want to create and contribute to the world? And what customer needs or problems do you want to solve with them?

Quest 2: Who Else Is Selling It?

Once you know what you are selling, you can identify who your competitors are – who is in the same corner of your market, or selling similar products/services, or filling the same customer demand – and dig into them to understand your whole target market and what competitive advantages you have.

Quest 3: Who Will Buy It?

Knowing who else is offering a similar product/service will lead you to better identify who your target customers are, who are looking for that very product/service. You’ll want to get really specific on who they are, and their preferences and purchasing habits, so you understand how best to market your offerings for their benefit.

Quest 4: Who Will Help You Build It?

Once you know what you’ll be building and if it’s worth building, you can figure out the best process for building it – and identify who you will need on your team to help you make your dream business a reality.

Quest 5: What Will It Cost?

Once you know what you’ll be building and how you’ll be building it, you can break down the costs of building it all – your business as well as the production, marketing and distribution of each of your offerings. This Quest requires just as much creativity to envision and forecast the most cost effective way to achieve your ideal results.

Quest 6: What Is It Worth?

Once you know how much it all will cost you, it’s time to realize what it’s all worth – to you as well as to your customers and the market. This means developing your pricing strategy for your offerings, as well as identifying your mission and vision as a creative entrepreneur, and what your definition and goals for success are.

And last but not least, Quest 7: How Will You Achieve It?

Frankly this Quest is the most important, and often absent, part of the business planning process. By this step, you’ll have a complete plan for your business. But now you need to actually put that plan into action and make it happen. So this Quest is about laying out your Action Plan with actionable, measurable steps that will help you achieve the success you envision and reach the goals you’ve set for yourself, so that you can hit the ground running.

And there you have them – my simple yet indomitable Seven Questions, or Quests, that will lead you to entrepreneurial success as a Productive Artist.

Do those sound doable to you? Does writing a business plan now seem (perhaps even a little) less intimidating and more worthwhile?

I’d love to hear what you think about this business planning process I’ve designed, and the journey I hope to take you all on with my impending book. So please comment below and tell me how this all sounds to you, if you have ideas on how to make it better, or if you still have unanswered questions burning in your mind. Then subscribe to my email list, and get ready for the release of my Business Plan book coming in less than two months!

What Is A Business Plan?

Hello again! Great to see you back here…

well I guess I can’t see you (wouldn’t that be weird!)

…but it is lovely to be writing you once again.

In my last post, I explained what all this Productive Artist business is about. And that’s just it. It’s about business, and the business of being an Artist, or rather, a Productive Artist. And I do truly believe it is possible for ALL of us creative entrepreneurs to make a living by creating and sharing what we love.

Who says you can’t have your designer artisan cake and eat it too?

But how exactly do we do that? An Artist, who is in the business of being an Artist, cannot live on creativity alone.

The bottom line is that if you want to produce and sell something of your own creation, and if you want to make this happen on your own terms and work for yourself – then that makes you an entrepreneur and that means you are running a business.

And if you want to make enough from your art to be able to continue making it – then you want to be Productive in how you build and run your business.

And if you want to run your own Productive business, you’re going to need a business plan.

But a business plan doesn’t have to be as scary or overwhelming as it sounds. At its core, a business plan is really just a roadmap for how to build the business and life you want as a creative entrepreneur. It’s there to help you understand your business and where it fits into the marketplace, and then guide you on building it and growing it into a solvent success.

So if you’re the type of Artist who, like me, wants to make a living doing what you love and creating the art you’re passionate about, then this is a bridge you’re going to need to cross – well, first build and then cross. That’s precisely why I’m writing this new Productive Artist’s Business Plan book, to help you build one for yourself.

Maybe you’ve already started some version of a plan for yourself, jotted some ideas down on a Google or Word doc, or drawn them out on paper. But however many questions you’ve figured out and written down so far, there’s probably still plenty left unanswered. That’s what I (and The Productive Artist) am here for – to help you find those answers. Whatever you have so far is only the beginning. And a business plan is only as valuable as it is able to ask you the tougher questions and prompt you to build a Productive business for yourself.

And if you already had the business and life you want as an Artist, you wouldn’t be here with me right now, would you?

So since you are here, I’d love to hear what you think and want and question. I want to hear what you think a business plan is, or if you agree with my interpretation. Do you think you need one as a Productive Artist running your own business?

Please comment below and tell me what you think. Then remember to subscribe to my email list and stay tuned for more news on my impending new book, The Productive Artist’s Business Plan, which will answer all these questions and more!

Can You Be More Productive?

Well the rough draft of my upcoming book, The Productive Artist’s Business Plan, is coming along nicely. And I’m excited to get it into the hands of my first reviewers and editors very shortly.

This means it’s becoming that much more real that I will be able to get this book out into your hands before too long. I’m growing ever more excited for that approaching launch date, a mere 2 months away. And I hope you are too!

I’m especially excited because this book is going to offer you, my fellow artists and creative entrepreneurs, with guidance on a much needed subject we all struggle with – how to build and manage a productive business around our art! I want to do this for all Artists the world over, inspiring and engendering a new generation of Productive Artists.

But in order to explain to you why I feel this is so important, I’ve decided I first need to explain what I mean by that term Productive Artist.

In my last post, I posed the question of what an Artist actually is – or in other words, who exactly you all believe could benefit from this impending book. But now I want to pose another question. Now that we have a better idea of what an Artist is – do you think we can be more Productive as Artists?

We all want to be more Productive in our lives – achieve more, earn more, get more done in a day. But how do we do that while we’re busy creating, without restricting the reach of our creativity?

Running a Productive business also means producing something of Productive value for your customers and those people you want to help and inspire – not just for yourself.

Well I believe that being an Artist today means not only pushing the envelope on what an Artist is, but also on the way the Arts are valued in today’s modern world economy. It should be about creating art (whatever kind of Artist you are) that offers a tangible added value to your target market and surrounding economy. It’s about understanding your business and where it fits into the marketplace, and then creating the structure and systems that will help you build and grow that business (and your art) into a solvent success.

I know. Easier said than done, right?

But that’s what we all want to achieve as Artists, isn’t it? We are Artists partly because of the vision we want to bring to life, and partly because of the impact we want to have on other people through our art. And being able to do both (and continue doing both) is exactly what being a Productive Artist is all about!

That’s why I created The Productive Artist. And that’s why I’m writing this book for you all. Because I’ve already begun to find success on this journey. And if I can do it, then so can you! I know exactly where you are coming from, and I understand this crazy world we call the Arts. But I also understand the marketplace and the business of being an Artist. So I want to help you pave your own path to Productive success. I want to help you on your journey to creating the business and life you want as a creative entrepreneur.

So there you go. Now you know what all of this means to me.

Now I want to know what it means to you. Because you are my people, and I’m doing all this for you. So I want to know what you think of my mission to carve a more Productive place for the Arts in today’s economy – if you think it’s possible and if you want to be a part of it!

  • What have you been doing to make yourself and your creative work more Productive?
  • And in what ways do you feel you still need the most help?

In the comments below, please tell me what you think and how you want to be more Productive. Then remember to subscribe to my email list to hear the latest on my upcoming book release!