Bookmark this page and read it every time you start feeling discouraged in your business.
Does this sound like you?
You have a skill or passion you want to share with the world but you’re stuck over-thinking and doubting yourself. You don’t think you’re good enough at your craft to turn it into a real, thriving business. You feel overwhelmed or intimidated by all the talented professionals killing it in your industry, and you’re allowing these fears to press pause on your dreams. If this is where you’re at right now, I want to tell you that you’re not alone. I’ve been in this biz since 2015, and I still clearly remember how scary and vulnerable it feels to put your work into the world for the first time. I’ve also worked with a wide range of entrepreneurs just like you going through all stages of the start-up process who have openly shared their thoughts and fears around starting a new business. If you’re anything like me and the clients I've worked with, I have a few guesses for what could be going through your mind:
A) You’re afraid of being bad at your craft.
B) You don’t want to risk the embarrassment of starting and possibly failing.
C) There’s just no room for yet another creator in your oversaturated market.
Truth is, starting your own business at any level is scary. It pushes you out of your comfort zone and challenges you to be the best version of yourself. But fear of failure is no reason to not go after your goals—it should be the reason you do it.
So if you’re ready to overcome your fears and replace them with a mindset to take action, I have three tips to inspire you to launch your creative business:
1. It’s okay to suck at the beginning; you’re learning.
What’s worse for you? Failing at something and being a bit embarrassed, or going through your whole life without ever giving your talents a chance at success? Look, I’ve been in your shoes. In fact, millions of women just like you have been in your shoes. When I first started my business, I knew I wasn’t the best. But, I was absolutely convinced that I needed to get started. I was eager to learn and put in the work to get to the level I wanted to achieve. In fact, when I look at my old website, blog posts, and pictures, I can clearly see how far I’ve come. The best thing that you can do for yourself today is to put your fear of failure behind you and embrace the possibility of sucking. Don’t let the embarrassment of starting something new (and yeah, maybe sucking at it at first) stop you from pursuing your creative passions. Choose the path that will lead to trying and getting better over doing nothing at all.
2. There is ALWAYS room for more!
Guess what, there’s not just room for you, there’s a NEED for you. No matter how many established creators you scroll through on Instagram, you’ve gotta remember, there’s still way more consumers than creators. No matter how much talent is already in the field that you’re passionate about, there’s always room for you to start your business! It’s just hard to see it that way because you’re literally seeing the best of the best around the world showcasing their work in the same arena. No wonder it’s so easy to get intimidated and discouraged to show your starting point. But you, with all your own experiences, bring your unique perspective to the table. So if you’re a creator, just create. Put your own spin on your craft and share the beautiful process of starting out and improving with the world! You never know who you might inspire along the way.
3. Think collaboration over competition.
When it comes to worrying about competition, a little change in perspective goes a long way. Instead of seeing competition as a bad thing that people are already successfully doing the thing you want to do, see it as a good sign that it’s possible!
It shows that the business you want to start can be successful and that these people can become your friends, colleagues, and mentors. Maybe even those who you admire today could end up collaborating with you in the future. Ya’ never know the possibilities waiting for you until you get started.
So what do you think? Are you ready to kick this false narrative about yourself to the curb and turn your side hustle into a real creative business? The good news is, doing it yourself doesn't have to mean you're alone in this. There are people all around you online who are enthusiastic about helping others achieve their entrepreneurship dreams, including me!
If you’re looking for some support and partnership during your entrepreneurial journey, then lets chat. I offer all first-timers a complimentary Assessment Call to explore the possibility of working together.
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