Don’t you just love it when people tell you what you are and what you’re not? . . . No? Strange. But here’s the deal, it’s possible that you are a creative coach disguised as a freelancer, and if that’s the case, I have a few tips for you. First, the warning signs:
10 Signs You’re Actually a Creative Coach, Not a Freelancer
1. Clients ask you about much more than they hired you for.
Example: You’re a web designer and your client starts asking you about SEO, and the best web hosting platforms, and how to create a consistent brand through the rest of their online presence, and how often they should blog, and what you think of their logo, and . . .
2. The majority of your projects end up way out of scope because you let them get there.
You feel like an addict. I’ve been there. You just can’t stop answering questions and doing extra little things for your clients because you know they’d be so much better off + so much happier if you just did “this one small thing” that they didn’t pay you for.
3. You want to take 5,011 classes + can’t stop learning more and more about your skill set.
If someone gave you a $300 gift card to Skillshare, you’d marry them. I know I would.
4. You just discovered you’d love to one day teach after you started taking some of those classes in #3.
You love the concept of organizing and sharing the information you’ve spent hours, days, months, years, or a lifetime acquiring.
5. You find yourself wanting to give your clients advice on how they should use what you make for them, even when they don’t ask you for said input.
For the clients who aren’t asking you a ton of extra questions, you still want to recommend a ton of extra things that you know would make them more effective in what they hired you for. You’ve done it for free sometimes, and considered doing it for free many more times than that.
6. You’ve wished you had an employee or subcontractor to delegate your work to so you could help your client with overall vision or bigger picture items.
When you get all dreamy, scheme-y, plan-y, and big picture-y, everything is clear. You’re high. You’re on drugs. But the kind that bring extra clarity. Do those exist?
Whenever you get in the thick of a project, you start intensely desiring a subcontractor at your skill level to finish your work so you can help your client get high . . . or get clarity, however you want to say it.
7. You actually have fun creating tutorials or help files for your clients.
When your client asks you how to do something and you respond with a 5-page PDF or 10-minute tutorial video or 22-point checklist–yeah, you’re a creative coach homie.
8. You’ve had seven business ideas in the last six months.
Ya see, if you insist on only providing freelance services when what you actually want to be doing is big-vision work, your creative muscles that yearn to work out will start scheming up other things. Like whole other businesses. Just stop. Ask yourself if all you really want right now is to build your current freelance business into something else.
9. You feel like you might cease to exist if you had to do anything else (other than use your passions + gifts to help other people be awesome) for a living.
I do not have any idea what I would do if I couldn’t help people build brands and blogs. I would cry every day, but I’ve been told I have a very beautiful, lady-like cry. I mean, I told myself that, but that still counts.
10. You want to write a book some day because it’s a simpler way to spread your knowledge + tips to more people at once.
When you get to this point, just succumb my friends. Succumb to the greatness that is you.
. . . and what should you do now that you’ve discovered you’re a creative coach? Start planning. Here’s an in-depth list of 21 things you can do to build your creative coaching business.
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