At least I think we do.
We Go It Alone
We are probably both solopreneurs – meaning we run our business without additional employees.
As solopreneurs, we alone are responsible for our failures and successes. We often have to figure stuff out on our own or are too stubborn to ask for help.
I hope you're not opposed to asking for help. We have so much to learn from others who have been successful in their businesses, which is one reason why I formed the Artist Conspiracy and is the impetus behind my new artist success programs for 2013.
Just remember to take advice from people who are successful. I may not be a practicing artist, but almost all of my marketing and business development teaching comes from seeing positive results in my own business.
We Work Too Hard
We both struggle with time and balance. Every business owner I know works way too much, but the payoff of being self-employed makes it bearable.
What I hope is that you begin to work smarter, not harder. Your flame will eventually burn out if you continue adding to your workload without finding ways to be more efficient.
Get help! Start keeping a list of everything you do that someone else could do: bookkeeping, housekeeping, website updates, workshop scheduling, . . . What is it for you?
We Want People to Like Us
We're both afraid of bugging people with our marketing. I believe with all of my heart that the more I tell people about what I have to offer, the more people I will help and the better I will become at what I do. Expanded success follows.
I believe that the more you share your art with people, the more fans you will make, the more art you will sell, and the more money you will make.
If people are bugged by your messages, look at what you're sending. “Buy my art, buy my art” is probably annoying. But talking about your work in a meaningful way – a way that fosters connections – is authentic.
We Doubt Our Talents and Abilities
I may look like I have it all together, but I'm full of self-doubt.
Will people benefit from my advice? What if I am way off-base? What will Sally think about the consultation we had? What if I don't live up to Jim's expectations when he meets me in person?
What if people read this blog post and say, “Aw, c'mon, Alyson! We're nothing alike!” ??? I guess I can only hope that they'll return on Monday for the next post because I can't be brilliant all of the time.