Lists, Recs, & Reads
Curated recommendations, tips, to fuel your creativity!
I have been able to discover a ton of interesting and unique resources over my career and I want to share! Here's a collection of items, tips, and creative content thoughtfully curated.
This month, we're honoring womxn in the workplace by sharing some time savers and resources to help you build boundaries, puff your bank account, or feel good. Like most creatives, we have to be ready to adapt and find a community to grow. Read on or tap "Featured List" Be sure to sign up to my email list to be notified when a new one is posted. Want to see more? Check out our stacks
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For years i was freelancing to find work. Being at the mercy of clients, dry spells, and late nights and early mornings. I was all about that 100% hustle to find my next paycheck. So it was some surprise when that all had to change. I soon found myself in a 9-5 remote work position at an agency, having one steady paycheck, and no longer needing to look for commissions. Offering me time to remember other aspects of my brand.
It seems with the advent of instagram and TikTok have really forced our hands as creative business owners. Now we're not only creating art, we're forced to become digital marketers as well. Being a small business owner, means we're constantly having to adapt and rework our strategy. A couple of months ago, i had a come to Jesus moment with this. I was in the middle of rehearsals for a play, working at my new job at a large marketing agency, and I realized, I had a choice to make...I could either fall behind...throw in the towel, or have fun.
I chose the latter. Ever since, I've been playing, failing, and succeeding, trying different things as i figure out how I can reframe my business to support my shop and my personal art growth.
WAY BACK in the early stages of the pandemic, i decided (well more like the pandemic decided for me) I needed a way to support myself by giving my best to freelancing. I was, like a lot of people, working 3-4 jobs, to make one full-time paycheck. Since I couldn't work in person, I decided to double down on art as the way to go.
I did some research and discovered Taaryn Bench, a successful freelance designer who was offering some coaching. I sign up and got some great advice. She walked through my portfolio and explained that it was good practice to create wor for my ideal client, to niche down, and build a community.
Her advice was invaluable and later landed me a job I enjoy, but what really helped me do was find a POV. Who was I as an artist, and whom was I designing for? Later, once I started working with more clients, her EBOOK help me begin to navigate the pros and cons of freelance. How to say no, how to charge, etc. There's step by step guides to how to deal with all the in's and outs of client work and how to build up a strong brand or portfolio.
For any freelancer, designer, female designer, or creative business, her EBOOK is the top and well worth the investment.
Words to... post by
"Don't be afraid to not get likes, it's better to just try."
Don't worry about the like-game. Truly, everyone on social media is really looking at their own account, which really takes the pressure off. Don't be afraid to try something new, different, or niche. Your followers, true followers are out there and a lot of times, it'll just be trial and error.
This is really the core on how to discover your niche and build an evergreen following.