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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
When family and friends don't support your creative business
I am lucky that I have the support of my hubby and friends in my creative business. I get to sew and create to my hearts intent without being told that it is a waste of time or I will never make a success of Creative Wishes. But I often hear from other creative business people that their family and friends are not supportive of what they are doing.
They don't get it!
It seems that for many people a creative business is viewed as a non traditional career path and one where there will be no monetary success. In particular grandparents and parents seem to think this way. This generation were brought up to believe that you go to school and study hard, get a 9 - 5 job for someone else and that is how you make money. Most likely these family members really want you to succeed but don't have the understanding that success can be had from a non traditional creative business.
So how do you get family and friends to understand and be supportive?
1. Believe in yourself!
Yes, it starts with you. If you don't believe in yourself then no one else will. Refer to your creative business as a business venture. Think of yourself as a small business entrepreneur. Act like a business owner. Have a business plan and make yearly, monthly and weekly goals. Keep records and promote, promote, promote!
Talk about your business venture with family and friends and share your goals and business plan with them. Explain to them that this is something you are very passionate about and like any business it may take time to build and prosper but you are prepared to put in the time and effort required.
Tell them how they can help you. Maybe it is by not interrupting you when you are working or offering to amuse the kids while you get some work done. Explain that because you are working from home does not mean you are always free for coffee and chats.
Show family and friends how others are making a living in a creative business. Give them examples. Explain how online shops like Made It and Etsy work. Educate them!
And please don't think that because family and friends aren't buying your items or promoting your items on social media they aren't supporting you.