Finding the ideal career is not always easy, particularly if you consider yourself pretty creative. Often, creative sorts don't fare that well working for someone else and doing the same mundane job day in and day out. Well, the good news is that these days you don't have to do that, as there are plenty of options available for creative people that want to get into their perfect career and earn a great income.
With your creativity and ambition, there are various different options you can look at on a self employed basis. By choosing the right career path and putting your time and effort into getting your business off the ground, you can look forward to a far more lucrative future, flexibility in terms of your hours and days worked, and the ability to be your own boss while doing a job that really appeals to you.
Some Top Options for Creative People
There are actually many self-employed career options you can consider if you are a creative person with bags of ambition. One of the things you can do is set up as a mobile beautician, providing services those who want to look and feel great for a special event or just in general. Your creativity can be put to good use by helping others to achieve the perfect look and giving them more confidence in themselves. By doing this on a mobile basis, you can travel to your customers, which means you don't have to worry about paying to rent or buy a salon for your business. By getting a suitable qualification in cosmetology, you can choose a career option that can ensure you enjoy a brighter future.
Another great option for those who are creative and ambitious is to set up a business as a web designer. If you have tech skills as well as creativity, this could be an ideal job for you. By setting up a home office, you can work from the comfort and convenience of your own home. You can also enjoy working for clients in many different industries and from countries around the world. With more and more businesses eager to create a stronger online presence, you have the benefit of knowing your services will always be in demand. You can also have fun coming up with creative and eye-catching designed for different sites. Plus, of course, you can look forward to earning very good money from doing something you really enjoy.
For some people, working alone and focusing on research is a dream job. Well, if you can do this and you also want to be creative, you can consider working for yourself as a freelance writer. There are many businesses and individuals always on the lookout for a good content writer who works remotely and does a great job. As long as you provide quality content that is well-researched and well written, there is no reason why you cannot make a successful living out of doing this. Of course, you need to have a flair for writing and a passion for it, as this is something that does come across in your content. Again, you can enjoy working from a home office and scheduling your own hours and days to suit you.
Some people love nothing more than crafts, and this is yet another way in which people express their creativity. This can include all sorts of crafts from baking cakes and savory treats through to making jewelry, designing and making greetings cards, making scented candles and more. Some people do all of this as a hobby, but why not turn it into a career and home business? With digital technology at your fingertips, you can various ways to help you sell the items you create. For instance, you can promote your goods on social media sites, or you can set up a website to sell your creations. You can even set up an eBay store or sell on Etsy.
Making Sure You Market Your Business
No matter what type of creative business you decide to go into, you need to ensure you market yourself and your services properly. With the digital technology available today, this is something you can do without spending a fortune or investing huge amounts of time. Instead, you can do it quickly and conveniently with options such as email marketing, social media marketing, and off-line leafletting in the local area.
By making sure you market your services properly, you can gain exposure, and this will enable you to compete more effectively with established rivals that offer the same sorts of services as you. Also, it is well worth starting a blog, as this will help you to gain the trust and confidence of audiences as long as your posts are authoritative, well written, engaging, and accurate. This can also help to boost your website rankings, as search engines like to reward those that add regular, fresh, high-quality content to their sites.
You should also make sure that, no matter what sort of creative business you start, you offer the highest levels of customer service and communication. This can make a big difference when it comes to customer retention, which in turn can have a big impact on your reputation. By developing a loyal client base and a solid reputation within your chosen industry, you can look forward to far greater levels of success in the future.
Enjoy the Chance to Work for Yourself
One of the key things to note about doing this type of work is that it provides you with the perfect opportunity to become your own boss without having to have a load of money to invest upfront. For those who thought they would be stuck working for someone else for the rest of their lives, this is great news. It means that you can work for yourself, set your own income, enjoy total freedom and flexibility, and moreover, make money doing something that you really enjoy.
Women have come a long way in redefining beauty to be more inclusive of different body types, skin colors and hair styles, but society's beauty standards still remain as high as we have always known them to be. In the workplace, professionalism is directly linked to the appearance of both men and women, but for women, the expectations and requirements needed to fit the part are far stricter. Unlike men, there exists a direct correlation between beauty and respect that women are forced to acknowledge, and in turn comply with, in order to succeed.
Before stepping foot into the workforce, women who choose to opt out of conventional beauty and grooming regiments are immediately at a disadvantage. A recent Forbes article analyzing the attractiveness bias at work cited a comprehensive academic review for its study on the benefits attractive adults receive in the labor market. A summary of the review stated, "'Physically attractive individuals are more likely to be interviewed for jobs and hired, they are more likely to advance rapidly in their careers through frequent promotions, and they earn higher wages than unattractive individuals.'" With attractiveness and success so tightly woven together, women often find themselves adhering to beauty standards they don't agree with in order to secure their careers.
Complying with modern beauty standards may be what gets your foot in the door in the corporate world, but once you're in, you are expected to maintain your appearance or risk being perceived as unprofessional. While it may not seem like a big deal, this double standard has become a hurdle for businesswomen who are forced to fit this mold in order to earn respect that men receive regardless of their grooming habits. Liz Elting, Founder and CEO of the Elizabeth Elting Foundation, is all too familiar with conforming to the beauty culture in order to command respect, and has fought throughout the course of her entrepreneurial journey to override this gender bias.
As an internationally-recognized women's advocate, Elting has made it her mission to help women succeed on their own, but she admits that little progress can be made until women reclaim their power and change the narrative surrounding beauty and success. In 2016, sociologists Jaclyn Wong and Andrew Penner conducted a study on the positive association between physical attractiveness and income. Their results concluded that "attractive individuals earn roughly 20 percent more than people of average attractiveness," not including controlling for grooming. The data also proves that grooming accounts entirely for the attractiveness premium for women as opposed to only half for men. With empirical proof that financial success in directly linked to women's' appearance, Elting's desire to have women regain control and put an end to beauty standards in the workplace is necessary now more than ever.
Although the concepts of beauty and attractiveness are subjective, the consensus as to what is deemed beautiful, for women, is heavily dependent upon how much effort she makes towards looking her best. According to Elting, men do not need to strive to maintain their appearance in order to earn respect like women do, because while we appreciate a sharp-dressed man in an Armani suit who exudes power and influence, that same man can show up to at a casual office in a t-shirt and jeans and still be perceived in the same light, whereas women will not. "Men don't have to demonstrate that they're allowed to be in public the way women do. It's a running joke; show up to work without makeup, and everyone asks if you're sick or have insomnia," says Elting. The pressure to look our best in order to be treated better has also seeped into other areas of women's lives in which we sometimes feel pressured to make ourselves up in situations where it isn't required such as running out to the supermarket.
So, how do women begin the process of overriding this bias? Based on personal experience, Elting believes that women must step up and be forceful. With sexism so rampant in workplace, respect for women is sometimes hard to come across and even harder to earn. "I was frequently assumed to be my co-founder's secretary or assistant instead of the person who owned the other half of the company. And even in business meetings where everyone knew that, I would still be asked to be the one to take notes or get coffee," she recalls. In effort to change this dynamic, Elting was left to claim her authority through self-assertion and powering over her peers when her contributions were being ignored. What she was then faced with was the alternate stereotype of the bitchy executive. She admits that teetering between the caregiver role or the bitch boss on a power trip is frustrating and offensive that these are the two options businesswomen are left with.
Despite the challenges that come with standing your ground, women need to reclaim their power for themselves and each other. "I decided early on that I wanted to focus on being respected rather than being liked. As a boss, as a CEO, and in my personal life, I stuck my feet in the ground, said what I wanted to say, and demanded what I needed – to hell with what people think," said Elting. In order for women to opt out of ridiculous beauty standards, we have to own all the negative responses that come with it and let it make us stronger– and we don't have to do it alone. For men who support our fight, much can be achieved by pushing back and policing themselves and each other when women are being disrespected. It isn't about chivalry, but respecting women's right to advocate for ourselves and take up space.
For Elting, her hope is to see makeup and grooming standards become an optional choice each individual makes rather than a rule imposed on us as a form of control. While she states she would never tell anyone to stop wearing makeup or dressing in a way that makes them feel confident, the slumping shoulders of a woman resigned to being belittled looks far worse than going without under-eye concealer. Her advice to women is, "If you want to navigate beauty culture as an entrepreneur, the best thing you can be is strong in the face of it. It's exactly the thing they don't want you to do. That means not being afraid to be a bossy, bitchy, abrasive, difficult woman – because that's what a leader is."