Autonomous Creative

What you learned in 3rd grade that could actually change your life

Published 12 months ago • 2 min read

Your creative endeavors, broadly speaking, bring all kinds of important benefits to your life.

Your creative business, however, has a single MOST important job: Getting you paid, and paid well enough that you are not scrambling and struggling.

What, specifically, does that mean for you?

And how can you take charge of making sure you bring in the money you need?

um…it involves a little MATH.

I know when I mention math, creatives of all kinds tend to tune out.

Mention business math?

Less tuning out…

…more running away (screaming).

But this week on the podcast, we bring hope for the non-numerate artists.

In this episode of The Autonomous Creative, I’m joined by business strategist and courage coach Shawn Fink for a wide-ranging and empathetic conversation about the math you need to stop aiming for the absolute bare-minimum and start making the money you need.

Shawn explains the importance of releasing your fears around business math, and having the courage to achieve your revenue goals.

And I reveal how simple math can help you diagnose and close an income gap, and design your business for success.

How I must look to you right now:

But before you make like the see-no-evil monkey 🙈 : we’re not talking balance sheets, amortization, depreciation, or fixed costs.

We’re talkin’ a little 3rd-grade multiplication and division—which will reveal the strategic decisions that you need to make in order to build a sustainable creative business.

When I say simple math, I mean it!

It’s our mission to make this as painless as possible for you, because getting comfy with your math is transformational! It’s how you go from never feeling confident you’re going to scrape by this month, and being able to relax into a sense of security that you’ve got what you need.

Listen to the episode!

In related news:

Coming very soon, the next enrollment for the Autonomous Creative Incubator!

The Incubator is the artist-centered coaching program where self-employed creatives design a sustainable, profitable business rooted in their creative expertise.

In the Incubator, you can start getting paid like the expert you are in under six months.

Over the next few weeks, you’ll get valuable resources (like the Cyclical Burnout article I shared with you last week). You’ll also have live opportunities to get feedback from me directly on your business and next steps so that you can keep moving, whether or not you join the Incubator.

Applications will open March 15, and the next cohort will begin on April 1.

(Of course, if you have questions about the Incubator now, please hit reply and ask!)

This is your opportunity to let me know whether you want to hear about building your creative business this month, or not. I want to respect your preferences!

It’s going to be a great month! I can’t wait.



Autonomous Creative

With Jessica Abel

For creative iconoclasts who want to pay their bills AND do the work they love, get insights, ideas, and next steps from a graphic novelist, author, & business coach. Find out how to build a balanced and productive creative life, and to thrive financially with simple, sustainable business foundations—without creative compromise.

Read more from Autonomous Creative

Ever since I named our monthly free coaching call the “Simplify to Amplify Roundtable” I’ve been questioning my own overly-complex working life. How can I counsel others to simplify, and talk about how powerful that can be in amplifying their ability to reach their goals…when I myself still juggle so much stuff all the freaking time? I’ve been teaching this concept for years: One thing at a time. That’s how you get things done, and that’s how you unleash your full potential. Yet, ever since...

26 days ago • 3 min read

I went through most of my career feeling like success was just…one…step…away, around a blind corner, and that all I needed to do to get there was… More. More work, more marketing, more income streams, more…everything. At some point—or really, over and over again—I did so much more I almost broke. I know I'm not alone. I constantly see other creatives trapped in the same cycle, which I’ve dubbed “Cyclical Burnout.” The truth is, most of what we’re taught about having a creative career (when...

7 months ago • 1 min read

I’ve been talking a lot over the past year about one of the biggest contributors to the painful income gap most creatives experience: relying on selling low-cost products via a LOT of marketing, especially social media. There isn't anything inherently wrong with that approach, if you love producing content for Instagram and marketing 24/7. But if you don’t? The best way out of that crunch is to design a high-ticket offer that you can sell to just a few clients. The number one thing I hear...

8 months ago • 1 min read
Share this post