I grew up as a missionary kid overseas, and it’s taken me about 40 years to finally understand “business” as something that I can create to support my own dreams of building a creative community with the means to take on interesting projects. I’ve called this “the pursuit of creative independence” for the last year, and it’s one of my ongoing personal initiatives.
I define Creative Independence as making a living from what you create, preferably to an appreciative market that shares defining values. For me, those values are utility, beauty, and self-empowerment. The money gained from this enterprise gets plowed back into creating more independence; I’ll regard this experiment as a success if I can create an additional full-time job for someone.