The 5 Biggest Obstacles For Artist EntrepreneursThere are 5 big obstacles that all artist entrepreneurs encounter while building and growing a business.

I'm sure you have faced them yourself at some point and have struggled to overcome them.

But these obstacles are not of a tactical or strategic nature. They are really more a mindset problem.

However, there are ways to overcome them and the solutions are simpler than you might think.

This is part 4 of the How To Set & Achieve Your Art Biz Goals Without Overwhelm crash course. Click here to get the entire course.


  • In part one of this crash course we set our One Big Goal
  • in part two we made it measurable and asked ourselves 5 questions to make sure we were headed in the right direction in the year ahead.
  • in part three we broke our one goal down into actionable to-do items we can follow step-by-step in the upcoming twelve months.

For this very first episode of the Creative Web Biz Show and the last part of the How To Set & Achieve Your Art Biz Goals Without Overwhelm crash course, I interviewed my friend Kathryn Brown from

How To Get Things Done Without OverwhelmShe is an artist and works with creative entrepreneurs to help them make simple adjustments to their daily habits so they can increase their productivity and get the work-life balance they deserve.


The 5 biggest obstacles artists encounter while building and growing their businesses:

I invited Kathryn to the CWB Show because I knew she has the answers and solutions to the following problems:

  • feeling stressed out by your never ending to-do list
  • being paralyzed by indecision and unable to take action because you don't know what to do next
  • bouncing from one great idea to the other
  • generally feeling stressed out, overwhelmed and not sure if you are on the right path
  • feeling like a failure and ready to give up


Sound familiar? Listen to the interview to finally get past these obstacles once and for all:

Where to find and contact Kathryn:

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Favorite Book: How to Be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith


Action Task

Overwhelm and stress can clutter up your brain and make you feel unfocused and scattered. To free up your mind and give you more focus, do this little exercise daily (or at least weekly):

Get your notebook or Evernote out, put a date on top of a new page/note and write down everything that is on your mind. Don't stop writing, keep going until you really can't think of anything anymore.

(Personally, I like to use an app called WriteOrDie for this exercise. I set the timer to 35 minutes and write a minimum of 1000 words. This way I make sure I don't think about what I write but just keep going until the timer goes off.)

What you write will probably be a combination of personal and business stuff, basically, everything that takes up mental energy and space.

Then go over it again and add all the things you want to take action on to your planner or calendar.


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