Many people start businesses as an outlet for their creativity.

Creativity isn’t always artistic, in entrepreneurs it often shows up as problem solving.

Thomas Edison quickly comes to mind as a renowned inventor and entrepreneur. I personally don’t know much about Edison’s artistic prowess but it is clear that the man was, like many entrepreneurs extremely creative.

We interpreted creativity pretty broadly when it came to identifying it as a reason why people start businesses. We saw a pattern in entrepreneurs, most seem to come up with creative ways of getting from point A to point B, when that creativity is paired with autonomy and other drivers it forms part of what Brad Burns referred to as an entrepreneurial bone.

We found 15 reasons why people start businesses.

For a look at the 15 reasons as well as the personality traits that are most commonly found in entrepreneurs please visit the full study here: Why people start businesses.

What did creative entrepreneurs we interviewed have to say?

I’ve always had an entrepreneurial bone in my body. I think the biggest challenge that I had working for someone else is Eco-system if you want to call it that. I was always inquisitive (curiosity), I always asked questions, I always thought outside the box about ways to improve or ways to do things a little bit better. … and I think I’ve always had this interest in problem-solving, I like being challenged to figure out complicated situations and overcome obstacles that people may shy away from typically. Brad Burns, Wayne Contracting

Back in 2008, I was inspired by my time-management struggles to find a solution to help agents leverage their time & energy, and created MyOutDesk to provide a trusted, reliable solution to the office administration, marketing & prospecting tasks that entrepreneurs have – but most lack the time to focus on.

Daniel Ramsey, MyOutDesk LLC

I started my enamel pin shop about a year ago as a creative outlet for
self-expression. I wanted to take up space, share my feelings and thoughts
in a fun and relatable way. The Gray Muse is the perfect way for art and
words to meet.

Rubeena Ianigro, Gray Muse

I’m 73 and started my business to fulfill my goal of providing innovative, beneficial products to consumers. Over roughly 15 years I’ve invented 24 products in 3 market segments.

George Willison, WymansBest Inc

I started my business because I wanted to make a positive impact on
someone else’s life. By making custom jewelry, we get to be part of some
really special moments. Seeing my clients’ **visions come to life and the
happiness that follows is a true success for me.

Samuel Tang, Joy Creations

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