August 22, 2013
Oh hey, remember me?:)
This past month has been a blur, although in a great, exciting way. I’m learning very quickly how long these projects actually take me and how much I can truly take on each month while still maintaining somewhat of a work/life balance. I think it’s really easy when you start out freelancing to be like “Yep, I can do it!” to every job that pops up, because you want to! You want the client and you want the work and you want to be busy and you want to make money and the alternative (not making money, having no clients, not working) is scary.
I’m super happy with everything I’ve committed to thus far and I want to do a really great job with all of it. At the same time, this means not taking on anything else until probably the new year so that I can really focus on what’s already on my plate and give myself the time and space I need to do my very best with it. As I’ve taken on a few more clients this past month I’ve learned how to say: I can start this project in October and we’ll wrap in January—sound okay? And they’re like yep! Two months ago I would’ve said something like “I’ll have this done by next week.” Haha not really:) but probably something pretty similar.
The business of being creative is a really interesting thing; you have to make contracts and collect deposits, come up with price sheets and track numbers; present your work and make pitches; but also within each of these projects you have to give yourself time to dream and play. There has to be mental and physical time and space in which to create and that doesn’t necessarily always happen according to your deadline. It can be tricky! Even though time management has been challenging, it’s been great to get a crash course in this aspect of freelance life right off the bat. How many hours am I logging? How long does it take to design this kind of website vs. that kind of website? How much cushion room do I need to allow for emails and how many rounds should I write into contracts? I’m learning so much! And I feel so so lucky to be doing so.
I will say that taking the time to get my little home office set up has made such a difference. I want to do a more in-depth post on this with photos when I get it all looking the way I want, but having a big monitor to work on (vs my laptop) and having a wide format printer to print small runs on nice paper or just to print out a mock up of something, has been incredible. And Microsoft Outlook is pretty much my favorite thing ever. I would be lost without my Calendar and Tasks buttons:)
Things have fallen off a little bit on the blog, but work will get back to a normal place come September and I’ll be back in action over here with the contributors (I kind of gave them the summer off:) real soon. I have a ton of fun ideas and projects in the works (!!!) that I cannot wait to share with you. We’re full speed ahead y’all—hope your week has been a good one!
PS: Check out my latest column up on Camille Styles today: Pulling off Leather Skirts for fall!