Starting a creative business endeavor is hard work. A lot of times, entrepreneurship can feel like an individual journey, as you struggle to understand your market and grow your business as best you can. However, in order to really succeed in your business, I gotta tell you, you need people! You need people who are like you, who get you, and who can help you. Let me tell you a few reasons why…
- You need people to ENCOURAGE you. Starting your own creative business is hard! You need people who see the good in your work and will be enthusiastic about it. You need people who can help you take an idea and work it into something actionable. A community can do that for you.
- You need people who will PUSH you. Praise is always nice. But you also need people who are able to constructively tell you where you need to grow. You need people who can take you out of your comfort zone and help you see your potential. A community can do that for you.
- You need people who have ANSWERS. One of the beauties of a community is that inevitably there will be people who are farther along in their businesses than you are – and that’s a great thing! That means that they have been there and they understand what you’re going through now. They can answer questions you have about almost anything. And that will invariably foster faster growth of your business. A community can do that for you.
- You need people so that you can GIVE BACK. See all those things that people are doing for you? Now you can do that for others! You can take your success and share your knowledge with others. You can encourage and lift others. Giving is just as important as receiving. And that’s something you can do for your community.
When I first started learning calligraphy a year ago I was lucky enough to have been introduced early on to a few people and communities who have helped me learn so much. They give me so much encouragement and support that I know I couldn’t do it without them.
So don’t be shy – go find your people! Find those people who will help you feel like a million bucks and give you the support you need to accomplish your goals!