When people first started catching wind about my design business, they would often say: “So I heard that you freelance on the side…?” To which I’d quickly say: “Well yes, I have a business…” I don’t know why but for some reason, I’d get a slight awkward feeling inside because to me, the word freelance didn’t cut it. Is there a stigma with the word "freelancer"? Is it the same as an entrepreneur or a business owner? I conducted a little study to see just what our peers think.
We’ve all experienced that feeling that comes with trying something new. Nerves. Anxiety. Excitement. What if I fail? What if no one likes what I create? Or worse, what if they do like it, but I lose “the touch?”
It’s easy to say that these feelings are normal, but still not easy. This is how it felt in late 2016 when I decided to take the bull by the horns and start BelaMarca Studio, my Branding and Design business. I barely had any money. I barely had any ideas. And I barely had any experience. Are you resonating with me, friend? One thing I knew for sure is this: I had a clear purpose behind my new business, and that was enough to get me started.
So the time has come. You’re a few months into your business and it’s starting to pick up. Clients are booking, customers are purchasing, and you’re starting to sweat. It’s an amazing feeling! Until...you begin to feel anxious. You’re overwhelmed and you feel like you could use some help.
So you take a look at your processes, systems and most importantly, your finances. Good news! You’ve earned enough to increase your budget and start paying for some tools that are gonna get you farther. Where do you even start? I’m glad you asked, because friend, I have just the list for you.
Starting a creative business can be an exciting goal. All you hear is “freedom”. Now running one...well, that’s where fear kicks in. How can I get client projects done on time? How can I juggle my side-hustle with work, school, and family life? Do I need to hire help? A virtual assistant?
You may have everything prepared or nothing prepared at all when you decide to take the leap for your creative business. Either way, I have just the list to help you get started. Check out these free tools to help running your creative business (or any business, at that!) just a little bit easier.