5 reasons most creative entrepreneurs fail in their first year

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Starting a creative business is an exciting and rewarding experience but can also be challenging. As a business coach for female creative entrepreneurs, I’ve worked and helped many women identify and overcome many limitations that held them back from building & growing a wildly successful creative business. According to statistics, most creative businesses fail in their first year of operation. In this blog post, we’ll explore why this happens and what can be done to prevent it.

  1. Lack of financial skills

One of the primary reasons why most creative businesses fail in their first year is not that they don’t work hard. It is due to a lack of financial and business skills. Many creative entrepreneurs focus on their craft and creativity but neglect the essential skills needed to run a successful business, such as budgeting, marketing, and management. These skills are just as necessary as creative skills; without them, the business may struggle to survive.

2. Poor financial management

Another common reason why creative businesses fail in their first year is poor financial management. Managing finances is a crucial aspect of running a business, but many creative entrepreneurs underestimate the importance of this task. They may overspend on materials, equipment, or advertising, or fail to properly budget for unexpected expenses.

From my experience coaching many women in the creative space, a lot of entrepreneurs unconsciously carry money mindset blocks that they didn’t even realize have been stopping them from learning and improving their financial literacy.

One of the most common things I hear is that I am not good with maths. The truth is that you do not need to be good at maths to manage your money. Without proper financial management, a business can quickly run out of money and fail.

3. Failure to listen to the market

Many creative entrepreneurs have a passion for their craft and believe that everyone else will share that same passion. However, it’s important to conduct market research to determine if there is a viable market for the products or services being offered. Without market research, a business may develop products that no one wants to buy or services that no one needs. This can lead to a lack of sales and ultimately, business failure.

4. Failure to adapt to fast-changing marketi

The market is constantly evolving, and businesses need to adapt to keep up. However, many creative businesses fail to do so, either because they are too focused on their craft or resistant to change.

For example, a business that offers copywriting services may struggle to stay relevant in a world where Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly popular. Web designers might find it challenging to provide their services when more and more done-with-you and user-friendly web development platforms emerge.

Businesses that fail to adapt to changing market trends risk being left behind and eventually failing.

5. Lack of planning

Starting a business without a solid plan is a recipe for failure. Many creative entrepreneurs have a great idea, but they fail to create a plan for how they will execute that idea. A business plan should outline the company’s goals, strategies, and budget and provide a roadmap for how the business will operate. Without a plan, a business may lack direction, focus, and a clear sense of purpose.

Furthermore, being a business owner and entrepreneur requires you to plan at least 5 -10 steps to prepare yourself for market changes and expansion.

Here is a list of my favourite books to improve your financial management, and strategic planning to thrive in your creative business:

In conclusion, starting a creative business is a rewarding and exciting venture, but it’s not without its challenges. Many creative businesses fail in their first year of operation due to a lack of business skills, poor financial management, failure to conduct market research, resistance to change, and lack of planning. Creative entrepreneurs can prevent these pitfalls by developing essential business skills, managing finances effectively, conducting market research, adapting to changing market trends and creating a solid business plan. By doing so, they can increase their chances of success and build a sustainable, thriving, creative business.

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X.O Tracey

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My name is Tracey. I am a Content Creator, Agency Founder, Marketing Strategist, Podcaster, Business Coach and a Skincare & Beauty Addict.

I am on a mission to help more women overcome their limited beliefs, remove their money blocks and start growing a financially and spiritually fulfilling business.

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