Hello you! You guys know I love keepin' things real. I love running artsocial. I love sharing. And who doesn't love secrets (pretend I'm whispering it to you). Well this series is about all of those things.
The first secret I want to share with you about running your own business is...
It's not always a party. Sometimes it feels HARD.
I'm not being a Debbie Downer here, I promise. I actually think it's a good sign, bear with me :)
I think there's a misconception out there that running your own creative business - one that's based on your passion and excitement - is all fun and ease and doing whatever you want cuz you can! And while it is those things - a lot of the time, if you're lucky - sometimes it's soo not. Sometimes it feels hard.
I love design and am fairly certain me and graphic design will be in love forever and always. BUT even though I love it to the moon, some days I really have to work at it. Having a passion for a particular area - writing, design, painting - doesn't always mean the ideas flow easily to you all the time. Sometimes things ebb. Sometimes things flow. It's natural.
I blame the whole "creative genius" idea. It's easy to think that: oh, well Van Gogh was a genius, that's why he was a famous artist. He was inherently brilliant and being an artist was easy for him because it was his true calling. Well guess what? It so wasn't easy for him! He was self-taught and struggled with his desire to be an artist. It didn't come easily to him at all. He worked his ass off. He even drank his paint water in the name of creativity. Clearly, NOT a good idea. But he sure was committed.
Secret bottom line? Sometimes running a creative business feels HARD. But that's not a sign you're on the wrong path and that's never a sign or a reason you should give up.
My solution? I try to tap into why it's feeling hard. Maybe I need to make a change, shift my attitude, let go of some clients, hire someone to help me. Once I pay attention to the feels, I usually know exactly why it's feeling hard and what I can do about it.
Just remember - WORK isn't a bad thing. If things are feeling hard, it means you're in it! You're doing it! You're creating something important. The obstacles are a good sign. You just gotta learn to let 'em teach you.