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asdfsafadsfdsafds [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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asdfsafadsfdsafds 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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asdfsafadsfdsafds 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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asdfsafadsfdsafds 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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asdfsafadsfdsafds 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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asdfsafadsfdsafds What key things do you need to know about Limited Liability Companies?

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If you’re launching a business while working, you need to set up a formal business structure after consulting with an attorney, of course). I’ve explained the number one reason why you must take that step here. Owning a business isn’t just about setting up any business structure at random. There is no one-sized fits all approach to this decision. What’s best for your entrepreneur friends may not be what’s best for you. Start educating yourself on the differences between the various business



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asdfsafadsfdsafds Why you need a legit business structure (even if you’re an artist, creative or not sure what this business really is yet).

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There’s a common misconception amongst the artist and creative entrepreneur community and it’s high time to set the record straight. You’ve probably heard it. You may have even whispered it to a fellow creative because you unequivocally believed it to be true. For some reason, you’ve believed that since you’re business isn’t big yet, or since you are just taking clients here and there, or because you’ve only sold your [insert cool thing] to a few people that you don’t need to formally set



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asdfsafadsfdsafds 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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asdfsafadsfdsafds Three key ways that your trademarks will make your business money (and gain you freedom).

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The most important reason that you want to take ownership of your brand elements like your brand name, logos, and slogans/taglines is so that they become more than just a “cool” way for people to identify your brand. Note: You can also get trademarks for your distinctive packaging, color schemes and sounds but those are less common so I am not speaking about them specifically in this post. It’s because owning the trademark for your brand assets transforms them from



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asdfsafadsfdsafds #geniuslife No. 4: Interview with Marsha Barnes of The Finance Bar on innovation + creativity that works.

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Photo Credit: Joshua Galloway I wanted to interview Marsha of The Finance Bar after stumbling across her company on Instagram. I immediately connected with the innovative way that she chose to deliver financial literacy services – let’s just say she’s the epitome of creative genius. In this episode of #geniuslife Marsha Barnes shares her story on starting The Finance Bar, overcoming challenges, and innovating in a traditionally conservative industry. If you love this interview (which you absolutely will) spread the love by clicking



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