advice for the creatives + the dreamers

Last week, I attended a creative round-table meeting called “Smart Up your Start Up” at a beautiful new event space in Avondale called The Nest. As a designer and blogger, I am always looking for new ways to connect with other creatives so when I heard about the creative round-table I knew it would be right up my alley. At last week's meeting, a panel of start-up founders from The Nest + Baking Bandits, Bustle, Sprout and Pour, and 1504 Pictures shared their experiences, advice, and struggles as entrepreneurs following their creative passions. It’s always great to hear these kinds of first hand stories and to get a realistic picture of what it means to launch a start-up. It’s not all “make your own schedule” and “coffee shop meetings” you know... turns out, there are a lot of struggles that come with following your creative dreams. Regardless, being in a room full of other creative individuals, many of whom are following their dreams and ambitions, is a really great feeling. Besides the fact that they serve locally made pastries from a start-up bakery and fresh pressed juice from an up-and-coming local juicer, it's a great way to surround yourself with passionate and inspiring individuals, all eager to connect and swap ideas. It's a great way to get the creative juices flowing and feel inspired! These are just a few simple pieces of advice I took away from the meeting.

1 // be brave, starting a business is all about bravery
2 // try to clear your mind every day
3 // have a business plan (and stick to it!)
4 // hang out with people who are different from you, it helps you see things differently

Interested in joining the creative roundtable? Learn more here:

// be brave, alena hennessey //
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