Today I’m going to talk about something that most creatives and small business owners need: support.
The world is a wild and competitive place, and creating your own project amid chaos and uncertainty is increasingly difficult on many different levels. Surely you know someone (maybe it is yourself) who is trying its best but does not get the results he or she wants, or who is going through a moment of little or work at all, or who is doing well for now but does not know what will happen tomorrow. You see their situation and you want to help, but what can you do?
I have divided my tips into two blocks: things you can do WITH MONEY and others you can do WITHOUT MONEY.
Let’s start with what can you do WITH money:
- Buy your Christmas or birthday gifts in their online shop.
- Commission them a personalized piece.
- Think of them when you need creative services.
- Make donations or participate in their crowdfundings, Patreon…
- Buy them a Ko-Fi.
- Buy their latest book, online course, project…
- Ultimately, anything that can help them financially will do.
Now, let’s see what you can do WITHOUT money:
- Comment, share and save their posts on social media.
- Recommend their products / services to whoever may need them (don’t be shy!).
- If you are going to use any of the works they offer for free, credit the author and put a link to their website or social networks.
- Write a positive review on their online store, a recommendation on LinkedIn, or on whatever platform you can.
- Tell your friends about their work.
- Attend their talks, exhibitions, events, fairs and markets…
- Send them a message of support: not only improves engagement on Instagram, it will also make them happy.
- If you are also a creative professional, you can consider the option of collaborating with them or making a services exchange that benefits both of you.
In general, anything that makes us gain visibility and sales or see that there are people who enjoy our work will make us feel happier and more motivated and will give us strength to deal with the problems that we encounter along the way.