When Should I Book in a Business Mentor?
Written by Abbi on January 27, 2019
Even artists are running a business and these creative types have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and this needs embracing more. Let's not delude ourselves into thinking that creative people are rubbish at business because that certainly isn't true with the many people I have worked with. Creative people have some of the best insights and seem to be the most business savvy individuals I know. Creative people can be resourceful and inventive when it comes to marketing and branding their work and, they are thrifty with how their budgets are spent. One thing I've noticed is that creative people are also very smart at bagging lots of help for free. That's clever right?
However, if you really want to grow your creative businesses then you will need a spot of mentoring at some point. Hiring a business mentor will help bounce ideas quickly, offer a de-brief and save over-procrastination. There is no absolute model that underpins crucial stages in your business when external support will be vital. Mostly, you will find the tell-tale signs are instinctual. The skill is knowing when you should seek external support before things go seriously wrong.
If you want to make a serious go of earning money from your creative work then be strategic and learn to spot moments when you really do need support.
1. Getting organised- Basic business and office management skills are essential when being self-employed. If you can't afford to hire regular help then you will need support with learning about keeping on top of these fundamental principles of business. Being your own boss means you have to be a dab hand in all the business functions, which is quite impossible, so identify your weaknesses and hire support to get your business to the level where you want it.
2. Feeling confident - You need oodles of confidence to strike out and go solo. You have to be resilient and keep smiling even if you are having a slightly off day you'll need to present as optimistic, and fearless of a few falls here and there. You have to be tough. If you find your confidence floats upwards and spirals then this won't be good for business. You need to identify what is triggering the fluctuating confidence and develop strategies to work around these.
3. Being brave - So, you have landed a contract, or perhaps a commission, or maybe a big order - Great! But then, it's also a bit overwhelming and you feel queasy and panicky about how you are going to manage. However, you still want the work and you kind of need this challenge to help you progress. Feeling slightly out of your depth is part of the thrill of progression, however, you don't want to mess this opportunity up either. Getting a solid plan together will help you feel in control.