I have to admit, I didn't really think I'd be totally immune to having my art stolen but it's one of those things you feel happen "to other people". Well, the unfortunate thing is that we're all "someone else" to someone else.Read More
I had my previous logosince 2013. I'll be the first person to admit I'm not branding expert so as I look at it now, I really can see how little it represented me as a brand.Read More
As a creative entrepreneur and a mother of two, my days are in no way monotonous. In fact, each day can be totally unique depending on what I want to do or put on my schedule. Total freedom sounds great doesn't it? Well, in many ways it is a blessing to have the creative freedom to choose what I want to tackle on a daily basis, but it can also make your life miserable if you aren't artful in keeping yourself on track.Read More
When you are interacting online it's important to remember people put their work out there for critique and not for criticism (well, most people). Here is a short list of what to think about when critiquing someone's work or when you want to put your work out there for review:Read More
Although I consider myself a full-time freelance illustrator and designer, I feel it’s important to always look for new opportunities to create income. The bulk of my income does come from larger illustration and design jobs but I also use passive income streams to give me a little boost!Read More
My first foray into freelancing over a decade ago was an experience that left me considering other job options. I was fresh out of college with little in my portfolio and even less confidence. I ended up going back to school and landing a design job with a government agency for over 5 years before I decided to try my hand at freelancing again. Suffice to say, my failure at my first attempt was mainly my fault. My “greenness” and not really knowing how the business operated resulted in my expectations being really high. Essentially my outcome was so low I was totally turned off.Read More
Well, another week has gone by. It’s amazing how short my days seem now that I’m a full time freelancer. I can’t say that I miss the aspects about my past life but it’s funny how I now lament that the weekend has arrived (instead of counting the days). Working from home for oneself is so different from going into an office and having a set of daily tasks. All my days are different. I never have the same things to do. I also find my days so short I wish I had a few more hours available to draw from.
My days go somewhat like this: I usually wake up around 5:30 and get my kids’ lunches and breakfasts ready. Then I wake them up and get them ready for school. Hubby takes my son to preschool and I usually wake my daughter after they leave (if she hasn’t gotten up already). I’ll take my daughter to school and get home by around 8am. I then have a good 5 and a half hours to work until it’s time to head on out to pick her up. Most days (with the exceptions of Wednesdays) my daughter has Japanese lessons so we head on over there right after i pick her up from school. We usually get home around 4:15 and then we work on her homework and I start dinner around 5:30. The kids go to bed around 8 and that’s when I can start working again. If you do the math you can probably tell I don’t put in full 8 hour days during the week so I usually use the weekends to make up time.
It’s not easy but I really enjoy working from home. I put in so much more time, especially on nights and weekends, get paid less than I was in the office, have more responsibilities for my own business (like accounting, billing and admin stuff), but I still really enjoy what I do.
I still feel like I’m treading water, not really making any headway in my career but I feel I have to remain positive. I know that I have what it takes to be successful and as long as I continue working hard, my big break will come my way eventually.
Currently, I'm trying to think about how I can make this blog more valuable to readers. I know that people really enjoy reading my Net Picks posts but that seems about it. In addition to my freelance work I'm currently working on passive streams of income (or ways to make money where I'm not doing active work). So far, my Redbubble shop is my most successful stream of passive income but I'm also creating new things to sell in my new Creative Market shop. I'm really happy to have been selected to have a shop on Creative Market since they do review your work before accepting you. I'll be selling digital products like printable, stock illustrations, brushes for Illustrator amongst other things. I'll add posts on how I use my products in my own artwork in semi-tutorials.