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On February 17th, I woke up early and headed off to the Iowa State Research Park Core Facility to present my entrepreneurial story to our local 1 Million Cups chapter. When I first accepted the invitation to speak, I was planning on giving my well practiced story of Little Woods.
But this isn’t the general public, it’s a room packed full of business owners, advisors, and aka Experience, and they are there to ask probing questions about the presenter’s business. I decided to scrap my usual presentation and tell my whole entrepreneurial story. Starting with Craft Leftovers and coming full circle with this year’s launch of my art business this October.
And it worked. For the first time I was able to successfully weave a narrative of my creative entrepreneurial path from the start to now and how I have three businesses instead of just one (art, craft, tea).
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I expected these great business minds to school me in the Q & A section. And they did ask some great probing questions about the future of virtual events for us and etc. But the most surprising thing happened, I was asked what advice I would give to other creatives facing turning their passion into a business.
The specific questions were so good and my answers so long, I’ve decided to write a couple more blog posts on the topic surrounding creative entrepreneurism. And while I’m there with Little Woods, it’s something I’m just getting working on as I launch my art biz this year and reboot Craft Leftovers.
Overall the 1 Million Cups event stretched me. I feel I did well making the most of the opportunity and sharing my story with like minded people in my community. I’m excited to start attending these events virtually each week here in Ames and support others as they supported me.
Show notes promised – round up of resources that have fostered a creative entrepreneurial mindset and continue to help me grow as a business owner and creative person.
Books to Inspire
- Profit First and Clockwork by Mike M.
- The Artist’s Guide by Jackie Battenfield — she’s the one who told me I wasn’t ready to be a professional artist and… she was right! I’ve spent the last 5 years building the foundation for my art biz in response to her amazing and very honest insights. She’s kind of a hero now.
- Art Inc by Lisa Cogdon — another person I’ve admired the heck out of for years.
- Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
- Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa
Podcasts I Listen to
- Run Like Clockwork
- Beyond the Studio
- The Accidental Creative– this has been giving me doses on inspiration since 2010ish!
- Lead Your Team for Female Entrepreneurs – this helped me so much in 2020
- Creative Live: All of Lisa Cogdon classes and more on photographing products, using premier pro, photographing birds, graphic design, and other business topics — really geared towards graphic designers, illustrators, and photographers but it starting to reach beyond those. I’ve signed up for the monthly pass because I’ve started consuming multiple classes a month. I checked in with them and they are offering 40% Off Site-Wide from 3/1 – 3/27!
- Andrew Simonet’s Artist U – great guide if you have a small group to work with for expanding your thinking about finance, short and long term planning.
Organizations that Support Creative Entrepreneurship
- Iowa State Papajohn Center for Entrepreneurship
- Ames Main Street
- Chamber of Commerce
- Ames Community Art Council – host a great artist meet up and co-coordinates the Annual Biz of Art Conference where I’m speaking March 6th.
- Creative Capital
- Iowa Arts Council
Until next time….
Kristin M Roach