Making money from creative stuff: Setting money goals

Two weeks ago I wrote a bit about how I am finding using a planner for the first time really helpful. In that post I talked a bit about my previous aversion to planning creative things, which stemmed a bit from my own ideas about creativity (surely you can’t plan that kind of thing?!? you have to wait for the right moment…).

This week I wanted to write a bit about another commonly used productivity tool that I’m also a bit reluctant to use – goal setting. I tend to take a ‘lets see what happens’ approach to a lot of things, which I don’t think is necessarily wrong, but possibly isn’t that helpful either. I’ve been trying to turn my creative work into an income stream for several year now, but I’ve not really earned any money. In part that is because, even with a better approach to organising myself, I’ve not had the time to create develop some of the bigger projects I have in mind, and feel like my offer is still pretty thin at the moment.

But I don’t think that’s the whole story. The other part of the problem I think may be that I avoid setting goals around money. Having spent a bit of time thinking about why that may be, I came to the conclusion that it relates a bit to my tendency to not finish things. I need to finish things before I ask other people to look at them seriously, with the idea that some people may actually want to pay for them. If I don’t set the money goals, and I don’t finish things, I can continue to talk about how serious I am about my creative stuff without actually risking that much.

It’s a neat confidence trick no?

So, with all this in mind, I’m going to set myself a goal of earning £500 this year from doing creative things.

There. I said it. Let’s see what power it has now it’s out there in the world…

Thank you for reading. I also write, make art and films. If you are interested in the process of creativity and want to get a copy of my free short book of creative prompts, and to hear more about my writing projects please join my mailing list here. You can see my films at my YouTube channel here. You can see things with my designs on at my shop here. Could even treat yourself if you wanted to. Just saying. If buying art is not your thing, but you would like to support what you see I also have a Patreon page here.


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