An Inconvenient Truth

A few of the truths about being a creative business owner

I am quite a positive person and I believe in sending positive 'vibes' out into the world, especially when it comes to business. Lately, I have been doing some soul searching on a range of things, some work related, others personal. What stands out most is the challenges we face as creative business owners, which are unique and different to those faced by our full-time employed friends. We so often think about the fun things that surround running a business, like flexible time, living out your dreams and getting to be crafty. Very often, we don't focus on the stressful truths that face us or allow others to see them. I thought, I would share a few of mine and in turn I hope I will inspire you, inform you, level with you or enlighten you. Don't get me wrong I love having my business, but there are highs and lows too, some which are never seen by the rest of the world.

You have to be your own cheerleader, critic and commander...You are in charge of almost everything. You have to (wo)man the fort, cheer yourself on, command yourself to stay up and finish that project or go back to the drawing board. It can be exhausting being the CEO and the tea lady, the admin assistant and the lead designer. Goodness me!

Social Media is only a glimpse... It showcases the highlights and only a small element of the lows, failures, heartache or anxiety. On social media it looks as if we swan around from market, to event to coffee meetings, in reality we are working harder than most at keeping the ship afloat.

Sometimes clients drive you insane... Every creative who works with clients will agree with me on this one. Clients reading this - I love you all! 

Sometimes clients don't pay on time... The bills and banks don't give a damn that you stayed up until 1am to get that job finished and nor do they care when you can't pay your rent on time or afford a new outfit. Luxuries sometimes go by the wayside and often we will spend the extra cash on our craft or business related items, anyway.

It is the road less travelled... There is no recipe or map for making it on your own. You just have to get on with it and forge your own path.

You gotta have faith... DAMN, you need a lot of faith, faith in yourself, your work and in the general good of humankind. You just have to believe that everything is going to be okay!

Your comfort zone gets stretched (all the time)... There is always uncharted waters to explore, new ideas to try or orders to take on! 

Sometimes things don't workout... You have to start again or move on. Sometimes new ideas take trial and error and sometimes they don't work out at all. You have to head back to the drawing board and keep on going, you are the CEO-MD-Lead Designer-Tea Lady and don't you DARE forget that!

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31 comments :

  1. Such honest truths from a special lady! Thank you Nads for the good, the bad and the ugly - but also the wonderful x

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  2. Love this - thanks for sharing and I absolutely agree!!

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  3. Love this post! Every word it so true and relatable!

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  4. great take on creative business ownership! I guess, in the end, it's the highs that we love most and that keep us going.

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  5. You hit the nail on the head - I look *just* like that bottom picture :)

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  6. Nads I didn't know you read minds! This was a brief look straight into my brain! thanks for writing what all us creatives are thinking! as you say, its hard work, but we love it! x

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  7. You insight is always valuable, Nadia and I think the honesty in this post is quite refreshing. Especially for people who want to one day be the CEO-MDS-Cheerleaders-cum-Tea ladies of their work lives. I think it also shows creatives who are currently experiencing this that they aren't the problem, that it happens to the best of us. Also give the rest of us hope. Thanks.

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  8. you are an amazing inspiration xox

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  9. Fantastic post that really means so much to us all. Thanks for this fab read lovely. So true and real and just goes to show we are all on level ground! xx

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  10. You've hit the nail on the head, Nads! Very well put. Times get really rough, but it's our passion that keeps us pushing through.

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  11. oh my goodness! i'm DEFINITELY sharing this!! you have totally nailed EXACTLY how i feel!! love that- CEO come TEA LADY come ADMIN ASSITANT come DELIVERY GIRL come EDITOR!

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  12. Nadia, I LOVE your graphic analogy! That is just so me at the moment! A great post x

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  13. Thank you for the sweet comment! Your words warm my heart! x

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  14. Thanks for the comment Gaelyn! Only a pleasure to share something that is on my heart! x

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  15. Thanks for the comment friend! I know you know... just how it feels! I hope you will get a breather for a while! x

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  16. Thanks for the comment Daria! I appreciate it and yes it is the highs that keep us moving forward! x

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  17. Thanks for the comment - happy my words relate to you too! x

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  18. Thanks for the comment Sam! When I was writing the post, I thought Sam is totally going to get this and understand! :-) x

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  19. Thanks Nomali! It is good to share the less than glam moments too and it joins us all together, rather than makes anyone feel as if they are not good enough. x

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  20. *Blush* Thank you. Don't always feel that way, but just got to keep on keeping on :-) x

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  21. Thanks for the comment! Yip - level ground, with a few hills or mountains now and again :-) Happy that you enjoyed the post! x

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  22. Thank you! I know you can relate! Damn passion! Wonder what it feels like to just stand in line and not need to jump out and run off :-) He He

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  23. So happy you enjoyed the post! Good to hear so many women feel like this too! :-) x

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  24. Thanks Lana! Scary, but true! It takes a special soul to travel this journey! x

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  25. Awesome post, Nadia! Really real :)

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  26. Hi Nadia


    I work in tertiary education, so am part of the employed and don't face the same challenges you do, but I really respect your drive and passion for building up your business. Well done and keep going!

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  27. Thanks for the comment Kelly! Good to be real and tell it like it is! :-) x

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  28. Hi - thank you so much for your comment. Happy I could share a bit of my work life with you. I appreciate your encouragement. x

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  29. Great post Nadia and so true :-)

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