Category Archives: Build It

[Creative Entrepreneurs] Why I care about you so much + how I landed here.

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photo by Ten LaShon “Maybe creative entrepreneurs wouldn’t have to always work so hard because one day, their intellectual property would start to work for them.” -Patrice One of the questions I’m asked most often when people find out what I do is “How did you get here?” Initially, it seemed as if a random lightbulb moment landed me here (as an attorney for creative entrepreneurs) but that’s not the case at all. My ultimate decision to dedicate my life’s work



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How to Stop Being a Starving Artist in 2016.

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Typically, when we hear the phrase, “starving artist” we think of an artist in the traditional sense — visual artists, poets, writers, right? But, when I talk about the starving artist mentality I am referring to it in a broader sense as it applies to entrepreneurs of all disciplines. How many times have you: Charged less than your product or service was actually worth because you were too scared to charge more? Held on to a client or customer longer than



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My top six resources for overcoming fear and doubt as a creative entrepreneur.

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Being a creative entrepreneur is not about being “fearless” but it’s about pushing through fear even when you want to run. The ability to keep trudging along during tough times is what separates those who “make” it from those who do not. Not magic. Not favor. Sticktoiveness. I wrote this post for the creative geniuses who are launching a business while working. Is that you (if so, you should check out my strategic planning system The Quit Kit)? I know



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The three huge lessons The E-Myth Revisited taught me about starting a business.

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I never win anything (seriously). But, there was this one time when I was the lucky recipient of a free copy of Michael Gerber’s book The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Fail. If I could rewind the clock and start my business over I would have done so — armed with this book. The E-Myth Revisited is a must-read for any new business owner. If you’re launching a business while working you’re probably focused on how you’re going to get



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What are the most important investments you can make when launching a business while working (and a behind the scenes look at my business)?

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If you’re launching a business, no one can give you an exact list of every area you should invest in as you are launching your new business. These decisions must be aligned with your specific business goals. I think the most important investments you can make are when: You don’t have the skills to do something on your own. You don’t have the time to do something on my own (if your launching a business while working your time is a



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The number one time hack for launching a business while working.

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“There needs to be more hours in the day. Because….24 hours? Just won’t do.” Stop it. I’m guilty of the plea for more hours too… But, while we’re busy making demands that just can never be… Other business owners are out their killing it because they know this secret. They know that… In order to be a successful entrepreneur you’ve got to budget your time like you budget your money. Are you thinking, Patrice, “What does this have to do with launching while



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If you’re launching (a biz) while working you must know 3 things about your employment agreement.

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I know what it’s like. You’ve been job hunting forever (and ever). Finally, you land a gig that is the perfect fit (for right now). You can finally relax a bit. You’re beyond ready for that first pay check. You don’t even mind that your new company told you there’s going to be a three week waiting period… In the frenzy and excitement of new jobship, you can’t wait to sign those papers. All of the papers. Yesss. When you



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What is the biggest risk of launching a business while working?

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You are working a 9- to 5- with ambitions of entrepreneurship. You’ve had a few signs make you realize that the time is now. If not right now you at least want to start making some serious traction towards your move. Let’s call it your grand escape. See, it’s not even so much that you hate your gig (or maybe you do). But, that draw to launch your own business is more compelling than what you do behind someone else’s desk every single



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How do you overcome creative blocks when there’s work to do?

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Things are going well in your business. You’ve finally got some momentum. Folks are starting to recognize your genius. You are happy and settling into a creative space that feels like “you.” Your confidence is through the roof because you are doing exactly the work that you’ve been called to do. And, you do it damn well… (Go ahead. You deserve a good pat or two on the back). Then all of a sudden, you hit a wall. The creative



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Why being your own boss is not what’s best for your business.

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When you first started your business (and even if you are just starting up) you probably had a wish list that included these things: I want to do [insert your thing] my way. I don’t want my future to be in the hands of [insert name] company. I want more freedom. I want to be my own boss. You probably wanted to be your own boss because you had a vision of how to better serve your future clients or



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