Creatives fear selling

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Creatives fear selling like chicken pox  and that’s a fact. What if no one buys? Who’s going to buy my stuff? Let’s handle that fear together, like a boss.
So, you have a talent, you’re gifted, now it’s time to share it with the world! Yeaaaaaaah! or maybe not!? Are you afraid that no one’s going to buy your craft?
  • What if they hate it ?
  • How much should I charge?
  • I just need to add just one more piece, just one more piece and then I’ll put it out tomorrow,  and maybe I’ll put it out next year. ……….

You get the point.

Creative minds usually believe that once they’ve finish and completed their craft the whole world will just blow up and embrace what they have created.
Then there’s that part when you have to market it, or s………….ell it! We wodn’t like that word. we never mention it becuase it’s a dirty word.  Maybe you might thinking, ” No one has to see this master piece”, “Why can’t I just have it as a hobby? Even if I’ve spent 10 hours, 15 days, a whole year creating this thing, I should just keep it as a hobby. In my shed.
Undermining your worth?  Let’s get our mind straight, okay! Stop playing games. This is small mentality thinking. If you’re thinking that way, you are depriving one person everyday of experiencing your amazing crafts.  You can’t do that, it’s a crime!!  I’m not kiding. Come on get it together.  Think about it? Is your craft good? You believe it’s good, right? Or you wouldn’t have spent all your time and effort just so it could stay in the dark. Are you not far more worth than 1 year’s work hidden in a box? Why be so selfish. Could this not benefit the people surrounding you?
A new way to look at your work
You’ve got to look at your craft as a way to serve people. You have to look at it as a mission. “It’s now your official mission to go out there and create the most amazing videos, books, songs, jewellery, clothes, the world has ever seen.”
Find a reason for you to get out of your comfort zone and face your fears. Find a reason that is stronger than your fears.
Imagine a world without
  • Lyman Blake 1856 and perfected by 1864, that is a world without shoes 
  • Walt Disney,  that is a world without the magic of animation
  • Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis

The questions is what will not happen if you never try?

Money! 
When asking for money it’s always hard and I get it because I’m an artist first and I know what it’s like.
Whenever people transfer money or give you money, It’s a way of them saying thank you. It’s a way of them appreciating what you’ve just produced. It’s a way of them showing that they believe in what you do and it’s a way of valuing your time and effort. So you’ve got to put a price on it.
If you’re a creative mind and you feel like no one is going to buy your stuff, tell me the reason why? Leave it in the comment below and I’ll reply with an answer how you can change that.

See you soon!    

Mathy Lisika-Minsende 

 

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Creatives fear selling

4 Responses

  1. Great post! Do agree with you… creatives can’t sell!

    October 21, 2015 at 7:37 pm #
    • Oh Thank you Vaishakhi. We suck so bad at this. It should be taught at school.

      October 25, 2015 at 3:49 pm #
  2. Brilliantly said. One of the things about creatives I have had as clients is that it is never good enough. It needs to be tweaked ad nauseaum. and then they wonder why it is taking soooooo long to get their site promoted and start making a profit. You hit the nail right on the proverbial head. BTW, I really like your style, kiddo. Please friend me on FB. I think you and I think on a similar bandwidth.

    October 21, 2015 at 10:35 pm #
    • Thanks Bonnie, so happy that this post made your day. Creatives are the Kings and Queen of perfectionism and their own worst enemy. And thank you I feel really excited that I’ve managed to connect with you on this. Thank you, thank you. You have been officially added.

      October 25, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

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