Entrepreneurs

An open letter to an aspiring artist (how to make money doing what you love, and motivate yourself to finish the work).

Creativindie is slowly coming into its own and providing exactly the kind of help for artists and authors that it’s intended to. It’s so exciting that people are actually visiting my blog and getting in touch with me! I got a letter from Jen today, who’s struggling to find a way to get her foot in the door and do …

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The horrible hidden truth behind the Secret Life of Walter Mitty that’s keeping you from your dreams

On the surface, the Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a movie with values I can get behind. A boring photo-processor daydreams about epic adventures because he’s too scared and socially awkward to actually do anything. He’s made fun of, ignored and taken for granted. He’s supporting his mom and his dead-beat actress sister; a duty he took on at …

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The only New Year’s Resolution you really need, and how to make it happen in 2014

Today I noticed a few posts popping up on blogs I like about doing a 2013 “Year in Review” and mapping out goals and New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. This is something I’ve usually done on my Birthday (Dec. 22nd) or Christmas, or closer to the new year. Setting and achieving goals has been a huge part of my life. …

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The Cult of Failure: How screwing everything up became the new ideal, and why that may not be a good thing

I’ve been noticing a trend for awhile. I’ve commented on it before. At first it was subtle. It began with the explosion of “Lifestyle Businesses” – a few guys quit their jobs and told everybody else, “Hey, you guys should quit your jobs too, it’s awesome!” They set themselves up as “Lifestyle Coaches” or wrote books or offered services or …

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The ugly truth about creativity, inspiration and artistic production that nobody else is talking about

I’ve been reading a lot of books about creativity. All of them deal with the struggle of the creative life: art is WAR. Creativity takes effort. We have to fight through it. REAL art is about emotion, struggle, anxiety. Real art is about passion, True experience. Real art is Creating Something New – it’s a type of violence. It’s a …

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How to win more bids or choose a provider on Elance, Guru and other freelance sites

I’ll admit I never fully got the hang of bidding for freelance work on Elance, Guru or Freelancer.com. You need to send a proposal, pick a price, describe your qualifications – and compete with dozens of other freelance providers. I got picked a few times, but not consistently. That frustration is probably why I developed my own service businesses instead, …

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Are you an artist or an entrepreneur? Is one better than the other?

Recently a lot of people have been telling me I’m an excellent entrepreneur. It’s not a compliment. They usually say it when they’re disagreeing with my advice. I work with artists and authors, and I tell them what they need to do to be more successful, to sell more books or paintings, to gain more followers, to look professional online …

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10 counter-intuitive rules for starting a freelance business that you’ve never heard before

I’ve been running online businesses for about a decade. For most of that period, I did what everybody else did. I sold myself. I talked about benefits and what I offered. I made special deals and discounts. I advertised. I was desperate, and I tried everything. But this year things started turning around. I learned some neat tricks by watching …

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