Top 10 Traits of Creative Entrepreneurs

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Education & Career Trends: February 20

Curated by the Knowledge Team of  ICS Career GPS

Excerpts are taken from an article published on

When you’re into a creative pursuit, you might begin to think about building a business around your passions. Thanks to the internet and technology we have at our disposal, carving your own path has never been more accessible.

When you stick with it for the long run, creative entrepreneurship is a fulfilling journey. However, it’s vital to ensure that you’ve got the necessary traits to keep going long-term.

If you’re a little confused about what you need, don’t worry; you’re in the right place. Keep reading to discover the most crucial traits for embarking on this path.

1. Experience in Doing Your Business Idea as a Hobby

  • It’s natural to be inspired by other creatives, such as photography YouTubers, who make a living doing what they love.
  • Having a genuine interest is the only way to excel in any walk of life and feel fulfilled.
  • As you learn more about the industry, you’ll become a thought leader and an innovator.
  • Before turning a creative pursuit into a business, do it as a hobby for at least two or three years.
  • If you’re still interested in doing it after the novelty has worn off, you’re probably onto a winner.

2. A Willingness to Learn and Adapt

  • Industries like photography and design evolve all the time, and your style will naturally mature as you become more experienced.
  • If you’re reluctant to adapt as you progress, you’ll stagnate.
  • And at some point, you’ll probably decide to quit.

3. Patience

  • Social media has made it easier for us to keep connected with our friends, and for many creatives, it’s a crucial tool for building their businesses.
  • When you embark on your creative entrepreneurship journey, you must understand how long it’ll take to build yourself up.
  • In the first couple of years, you’ll probably find yourself putting in a significant amount of work and seeing few gains. But over time, these will compound.
  • Give yourself at least three years to make something work.
  • Set smaller goals that will keep you moving forward, and try to absorb as much information as possible.

4. A Clear Idea of the Problem You Want to Solve

  • Through doing whatever you want to pursue as a hobby, you’ll probably have noticed several issues that need fixing in your industry—whether that’s from experiencing them yourself or the content you consume.
  • Once you know the types of things that people want to solve, you can start thinking about how you can cater to them.
  • Put together a strategy that offers them free value, which will later allow you to move your audience further down the sales funnel.

5. Possess Good Equipment

  • In your early days as a creative, the best gear is whatever you’ve got at your disposal.
  • But at some point, you’ll need to upgrade and ensure that what you have is good enough to create professional-level work.
  • For example, if you’re a photographer, you don’t need to have the best camera on the market.
  • However, what you have must be able to at least take very good images—and it needs to be something that you’re comfortable using.
  • Other creative fields will require different equipment. If you want to be a podcaster, you should invest in a high-quality microphone.
  • Similarly, aspiring videographers and YouTubers should ensure that they’ve got a camera and setup that enables them to produce the creative results they’re looking for.

6. Have Effective Systems in Place

  • It’s a good idea to first think about where you want to be a year or so from now.
  • Then, outline the actions you’ll take to meet your ambition.
  • It’s also essential that you think about the technology you can use to improve your efficiency.
  • Your systems will need tweaking as you become more advanced, so it’s worth revisiting these every three months or so.

7. A Diverse Range of Skills

As a creative entrepreneur, you’re going to wear many hats. Yes, you need to be skilled in the field itself—but you must also learn the ins and outs of running a business effectively.

To succeed in creative entrepreneurship, here are some of the things you’ll need to teach yourself:

  • How to create impactful social media content.
  • How to create high-quality products.
  • How to build a website that converts leads.
  • How to file your tax returns.

If you’ve never run a business before, it’s worth giving freelancing a try for a bit. In addition to learning the basics of business ownership, you’ll also build your professional network.

8. Outside-the-Box Thinking

  • Although having an idea of the problems you want to solve is a good idea, it’s not the only thing you should consider in creative entrepreneurship.
  • Sometimes, you’ll notice that market gaps exist where others may not see them—and in these instances, thinking outside the box is essential.
  • Thinking outside the box will allow you to be more innovative, but it can be hard to gather your ideas if you’re constantly distracted.
  • With that in mind, it’s worth unplugging distractions and technology regularly.

9. Solid Habits in Your Personal Life

  • Before you delve into creative entrepreneurship, you should think about building solid habits in your personal life.
  • Doing so will allow you to work at your maximum potential.
  • Having a consistent sleep-wake schedule is essential, and you should also strongly consider implementing a morning routine.
  • It doesn’t have to be complex, but journaling, exercise, and cold showers are all superb starting points.

10. Self-Belief

  • In the beginning, you’ll have a sense of impostor syndrome. But to succeed in creative entrepreneurship, you need to believe in yourself.
  • Since you’re taking a path that many don’t, you may find it hard to relate to others.
  • The very fact that you’re doing what most people won’t already put you in the top percentile, and that should give you the confidence to continue.
  • You can use numerous apps to build self-confidence, and it’s also worth working through negative feelings that might arise instead of suppressing them.

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(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the article mentioned above are those of the author(s). They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of ICS Career GPS or its staff.)

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