Being a creative entrepreneur is hard work. You have so much to create and do. Clients to make happy. Orders to fill. A world to change.

But to make the impact you want, you also have to be good at business. You have to fill the entrepreneur role of being a creative entrepreneur.

For some of us that comes easily. For others doing business is like pulling teeth. For most of us, it’s a place in between.

Invoicing. Emailing. Taxes. Analytics. It can be overwhelming, but that's just a call for you to level-up. I want to share some tips with you for being a badass entrepreneur. Tips that will help you turn your creative passion into a profitable business - giving you the foundation to run your online business with confidence.

DO MATH

  • Your purpose comes from feelings, but business is math
  • Make more than you spend
  • Know your numbers - know how much you need to make to survive and thrive, including all your personal expenses and business expenses, plus savings goals
  • Use tools to make it easier, like YNAB, Freshbooks, Xero
  • Hire an accountant, especially if numbers make you want to vomit

FIND A MENTOR OR A COACH (OR A THERAPIST)

  • A mentor is someone you look up to, and can be free
  • A coach is someone you pay to help you accomplish something in your future
  • A therapist helps you deal with your past so that you can move forward
  • Find someone who will help you elevate your game
  • Paying for a mentor/coach/therapist is the extra insurance you need to insure that you’re actually going to do the work

LEARN TO MANAGE YOUR TIME

  • Track your time, so you know where you're spending your most precious resource
  • Adopt routines and healthy habits so that you're working smarter, not harder
  • Delegate the things you don't have to personally be doing, so you can put your energy into the things that have the most impact

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

  • Take care of your #1 employee
  • Eat well, sleep well, and move your body
  • You can’t provide great service to your clients or customers if you’re not in tip-top shape
  • I give you permission to be selfish

REACH OUT AND GROW YOUR CONNECTIONS

  • The longer I’m in this business, the more I realize it’s all about who you know
  • Make a list of 20 people you admire, and send them an email
  • Make staying in touch with your contacts a priority - schedule monthly Skype dates or email them often

ALWAYS BE INVESTING IN WAYS TO BETTER YOURSELF

  • Learn new things
  • Business online goes QUICKLY - if you aren’t staying in the know and improving your skills, you’re falling behind
  • Some ideas: free courses (opt-ins), paid subscriptions, coaches and programs, books

I know you feel the overwhelm. Websites are frustrating. A Twitter account that just hears crickets is disheartening. But doing business online doesn’t have to make you want to pull out your hair, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to do it.

In fact, I’m in favor of you keeping all of your body parts just as they are, because you’re going to need them to run your business.

Because here is what I know: creative entrepreneurs like you are the future.

We are reinventing our jobs and we’re blazing a trail. We’re making money, and we’re making an impact. You just have to have the foundation in your business and in your mindset to give you the confidence to make this work. And hopefully these tips will either put you on the right track, or allow you to pat yourself on the back for already being there.

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