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Setting Up a Creative Business: What You Need to Get Started

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When you want to start a creative business, it’s easy to get lost in thinking about the creative aspect and not the business side of it. But if you want to start any type of business, you need some business skills. The practical side of your business is just as important, if not more so, than the creative side. You might have a creative product or service to sell, but do you know your numbers? When you’re setting up a new creative business, there are some essential things that you’re going to need.

Find a Studio/Workshop/Office

Creative businesses often need a lot of space. Even if you’re a one-man-band, you might need a large space to house all your creations. Or maybe you’re offering a creative service, like workshops or classes, and you need a space for that. That might be one of the first things that you need to look for when you’re setting up a creative business. Whether it’s a studio, office, store, or workshop, you need somewhere to either make products to sell or offer the services that you want to provide to your customers.

Get Essential Equipment

As well as a space to carry out your work, you’re going to need the right equipment. This could include many different things, depending on what your business entails. You might need a sewing machine, a professional printer, screen printing equipment, or maybe a tattoo gun and all of the accessories, from tattoo gloves to ink. Your startup costs will increase with every piece of equipment and supplies that you need. And you’ll also need to consider which supplies need to be replenished regularly so that you can start to think about your ongoing costs.

Sell Your Products or Services

Think about the best model for selling your products or services. Are you going to set up shop in a physical store or concentrate on selling online? Even creative services can often be provided online. While you can’t give someone a tattoo over the internet, you can teach a creative class. You could even mail people packs of materials that they need to make something, then provide a live-streamed class to walk them through all of the steps. Online sales can be cheaper and more accessible for customers.

Be Smart About Finances

Getting lost in the creative side of running your business is easy to do. You’re excited about doing something that you love, and the business element might not be as interesting. However, you can’t run a business if you don’t pay attention to the numbers. You have to know your finances and concentrate on the things that you need to do to break even and then to make a profit. If you don’t stay on top of your finances, you’re not going to get very far.

Starting a creative business might mean following your passion, but it’s not always all fun and games. You need to be on top of the business stuff too! If you have a creative business, what tips would you add?

Physical And Mental Healing Is Vital After Trauma

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Dealing with trauma can take months to recover from. Not only is it difficult mentally, but the physical aspects can be debilitating. Each case must be dealt with individually. Every person has different needs. No matter the injury or illness, you must have the help you need and the support you desire. Thankfully, both are available to you. Physical healing comes in different forms. There are many types of therapy, such as occupational therapy and physical therapy, and in this instance, you must know the difference between the two. Once you have established this, you can learn which is the best route for you.

I can’t shake off my anxiety

PTSD is very common after an injury or accident. It may take time to revert to your former self and lifestyle. However, you must be patient with yourself. Anxiety and depression can easily spiral out of control. It may lead to a feeling of isolation. If you feel as if you don’t want to leave the house or you are unable to get back in your car, don’t force the matter. If your anxiety is connected to the fear of the event repeating itself, you must take time to do things slowly. If your anxiety is connected to the fear of being unable to control in an environment that is beyond your control (such as a supermarket or shopping mall), then take it slowly. Visit quieter places first, such as the local park or a quiet coffee shop.

Driving anxiety

Driving anxiety can cause people to avoid driving for a long time. Some are apprehensive about driving even if their accident had nothing to do with an automobile. They may simply feel that they can’t get behind a wheel again, which could lead to further insecurities. Road accidents have physical and mental effects. Signs of anxiety may appear a few days after a car accident, or even longer. They may manifest as: nightmares, troublesome thoughts, panic attacks and physical anxiety. 

Dealing with the problem effectively 

Remember, self care is vital. It is important to undergo treatment for accident induced anxiety as early as possible. There are a number of effective treatments, one of which is cognitive therapy. This deals with the mental aspect of PTSD. Through focused and effective treatment, the patient can learn to deal with the signs of distress. They can deal with the trauma they went through. Treatment focuses on rebuilding the patient’s thoughts following the traumatic event and suffering. Changing our thoughts gives us a new perspective, which is often the most important element for healing. A road to nowhere feels lonely and isolating. Having no direction leads us to feel insecure in life and without purpose. You may feel a fear that life won’t return to normal, or that there is no escape from your current thoughts.

When does fear become anxiety?

Fear and anxiety are two emotions that are on the same axis. However, there are some differences between the two. First, fear is the body’s alarm response in the face of imminent danger. Anxiety or any panic attack involves fear of future danger and usually excessive, unrealistic or intangible danger. It can significantly impair the quality of life of its sufferers. That is why many people dealing with PTSD related anxiety should seek attention sooner rather than later. Suffering in silence is counterproductive and hinders your recovery. After all, your mental state is closely connected to your physical being. Anxiety can affect your digestive system, as well as cause headaches, dizziness, low blood pressure and poor sleep. 

Patience is a key word in achieving your goal, but it is important to emphasize that the journey to get there may be bumpy. You must remember that healing from physical injury takes time. Mental challenges only add to this difficulty. Therefore, realize that it is a gradual process that may take many months if not years. This is one of the reasons why it is recommended not to linger, but to start any treatments or therapies as soon as possible.

Boost Your Bank Account With These Top Tips

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Whether the COVID-19 pandemic has had an effect on your income, or you are simply looking for a way to tighten your purse strings in order to save up for a holiday – there are many reasons as to why you might be looking to increase the digits in your bank account. After all, financial stability can be hard to achieve – no matter what age you are. 

Thankfully, there are various things you can do to boost your bank account without having to work three jobs at once. Here are some tips to get you started! 

  • While rest and relaxation are important, find ways to be more creative with your time and earn money while doing so. For example, if you love to drive and get behind the wheel, you can use websites such as Shiply to begin looking for delivery jobs that can boost your income. 
  • Make the most of coupons – whether you’re grocery shopping or purchasing something online, they are a great way to reduce your monthly spendings. For example, Groupon coupons are a great way to get started. 
  • Consider asking your boss for a raise. While negotiating your salary can be scary, it’s important that you don’t sell yourself short. Go into the meeting prepared with a list of verifiable reasons as to why you deserve the raise. If you provide them with indisputable evidence, they are more likely to make changes in your favor. 
  • Spring clean your home and sell anything that you no longer need or use. Nowadays, there is no limit to the kind of thing you can sell online – be that clothes or furniture. Furthermore, it’s far better for the environment to resell products as opposed to sending them to a landfill. This means that it is a win-win situation for everyone involved. 
  • Start thinking seriously about your savings. For example, you should try to funnel a small amount of your monthly earnings into a specific savings account. This means you are less tempted to dip into it and spend money on things you can’t afford and can watch the money build up quickly over time. 
  • Keep an eye out for paid focus groups or online surveys – as they are a great way to earn some extra income but will not take up too much of your time either. This occasionally means that you can try out new products before their release.
  • Earn money from your sofa by tutoring online – whether that means you cover the basics for high school students or focus on something a little more specific. This is a great way to earn money and share your knowledge and expertise with others. 

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