For creative entrepreneurs, one of the hardest things about work is remaining excited about your craft and constantly creating new products, content, or art.

Unfortunately, creativity sometimes stops when you work too much or take on too many clients, and for the entrepreneurs who rely on their creativity to work and make an income, hitting a wall in terms of your creativity can be scary.

The truth is, no matter how talented you are or how great your business is going, sometimes you need to take a step back and reassess everything. This is completely normal, though, and it happens to creative entrepreneurs all the time.

So, if you feel like you’re in a creative slump, here’s how you can spark it again:

1. Turn Off All Electronics

We’re constantly bombarded by our electronics. There is hardly a moment during the day when I don’t have my phone by me. Sometimes, though, all of that access and social media can zap your creativity.

So, the simple solution is to turn off your electronics for a short time or try to go a whole day without them. Go outside, take a long walk, or just rest. I always find that some of my best ideas come to me while I’m in a yoga class, and I think it’s because I finally allow my busy mind to shut off, which allows the creativity to flow in. Try to do the same, and you might be surprised with the ideas that come your way.

2. Set Up a Mastermind Call

Creatives should spend time with other creatives, especially creative entrepreneurs who run their own businesses. These are the people who will understand what it’s like to be in a creative slump or to not feel like working at all.

Just having a phone call with another person who writes for a living or paints for a living or is a photographer for a living can hep inspire you to try something new with your business. It can also help to show you that you aren’t alone if you’re in a slump.

3. Learn a New Skill

Sometimes, it’s really interesting and fun to learn a new skill. I recently learned how to shoot and edit videos. I’m by no means a professional videographer, but I’ve taken my time to learn and watch numerous tutorials online to learn some editing tricks. This has helped me to increase my income but also gave me a renewed sense of interest in my work.

It’s important to keep learning and developing your skills because this above anything will keep your mind active and will encourage you to try new things in your business.

Ultimately, if you’re suffering from a lack of creativity, don’t panic. Sometimes you just need to take a break, go on a long walk, speak with a talented friend, or invest in your own knowledge. All of these things, even if you just accomplish just one of them, will help spark your love for your work again and can help you to gain new skills, attract new clients, and be even more successful in your business than you were before.


Catherine Alford is the go to personal finance expert for educated, aspirational moms who want to recapture their life passions, earn more, reach their goals, and take on a more active financial role in their families. Named the Best Contributor/Freelancer for Personal Finance in 2014, her writing and expertise have been featured in dozens of notable publications and in national media.

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