This is the second post in my series of posts of things to know even before you launch your creative business. Things that may help take some of the loneliness, frustration and fear out of starting a creative business.
My last post was about Time and Effort . Being consistent goes hand in hand with Time and Effort. Being consistent is time and effort practiced… day after day, week after week until you get the results you are working for.
Success doesn’t come overnight, rather, it comes in moments. Sometimes in small moments and sometimes in moments that are spread days and days apart. The good news is that if you are consistent the success will come.
Do what you know needs done. Do it even if the results are slow to show.
Are you posting to your blog and find that readership is growing painfully slow? Keep posting good, useful content, and even though it may feel like you are talking to yourself some days – the readers will slowly start to find you.
Just keep at it.
Do you have an online store? Take great photos, write good descriptions, produce work that is unique and YOURS. Produce a lot of it.
And keep doing it.
Keep doing what works even if it only works in small increments.
I created an excel spreadsheet earlier this year and I fill it out at the end of each month. Why? Because I was feeling discouraged. I felt my business wasn’t growing fast enough, that I wasn’t making enough progress.
Do you know what I found out? My blog readership doubles about every 5 months. My etsy income doubles almost every month and my social media accounts are growing slow but sure. I call it my growth report card and I’m always pleased to see the numbers grow each time I fill it out. It’s slow growth but it’s there, and the spreadsheet doesn’t lie.
I’ll include a copy for you. It’s an excel spreadsheet so feel free to change it around and include other areas in which you want to measure your business growth.
It’s normal to feel discouraged, to feel like things aren’t happening fast enough. You will likely have those days but don’t let them stall your progress.
Good things come to those who wait.
Think about other areas of your life where you had to be consistent to see results. Did you lose some weight, learn to drive or house train a puppy? Please share in the comments some of your successes.
By: Vicki O’Dell , The Creative Goddess