If you are a creative person and you are running a creative business the chances that you are doing what you are good at are, well… pretty good.
BUT what if you could do MORE with what you are good at and have more than one stream of income?
For example, I’m creative AND I like to write. So I create projects, write tutorials and write about them on my blog. I also create and write for several craft manufacturers and their websites.
I write here, on Creative Income, as well as a few other sites. I enjoy it, it’s fun, and I’m pretty good at it.
Meanwhile, if there aren’t any paying design gigs or sales in my Etsy shop aren’t what I’d like them to be, I can still make money writing.
Relying on only one form of income can be kind of scary. If you are paying your rent from product sales and you have a slow month it can cause a lot of anxiety. BUT if you have a second way of earning money, even when your first source of income is slow, you can make up some of the lost income with a second stream of income.
The first key is to make a list of all the things you are good at.
The next step is to try combining a few of those things you are really good at and seeing what else you can some up with.
Do you make fabulous DIY weddng projects? Could you create a DIY wedding e-book that you could sell online?
Are you a great motivator? Maybe you could consult with other creatives who may need a little motivational push.
Are you creative AND super organized? I think it takes a creative to understand a creative sometimes so maybe you can hire yourself out to help other creatives be more organized.
Maybe you are one of those people who have a more balanced right and left brain? Maybe you like numbers as much as art. Why not help a few creatives organize their bookkeeping in a way that will make their lives easier come tax time? If you enjoy bookkeeping or accounting maybe you can look into becoming a CPA so that you can provide even more service and have another steady stream of income?
Keep your list of things you are good at nearby for a few days, add to it as thoughts come to you. Re-work your list, combine different skills and see how you can do MORE of what you are good at and increase your income at the same time.
Who knows, you may end up being the first highly paid horseback riding kite knitter!
Yeah, I totally made that up. But you never know…
What are YOU good at? Be sure to leave a comment with some of the things you are good at. Seeing someones’ list may jog your memory or imagination.
By: Vicki O’Dell, The Creative Goddess
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