If there’s nothing up by then – feel free to yell at me in the comments!
**All images in this post are property of Koble Corp and I didn’t make any of them – but I think they’re pretty awesome.
Dive into Passive Income Streams
Keep Working Out my drawing, writing, and crafting skills
Set actual “Work Hours”
Pump up my Patreon
Goal Crushers to Fight/Ignore:
- Dedicated more time into hard skills like drawing and writing
- Better organized myself and my projects using Trello and Wunderlist
- Strengthened my skills in InDesign (aka – my ‘spider’ of design software)
- Strengthened my speaking skills by doing a slew of Live Streams on facebook
- Teamed up with a webdesigner friend to develop my website
- Explored being a Project Manager for a Print Company
- Earned Around $8,000 via UpWork, LinkedIn, and Personal Outreach
- Developed a personal fun project to keep myself motivated for all the boring projects that pay bills
- Connected (and kept connections) with more people in my field
- Developed stronger connection with family and friends thanks to my live streams, Glide, and reaching out
- Adopt schedules and set/meet deadlines
- More TBA on Friday 😉
I recently took some ‘glamour shots’ for my professional profiles thinking it was no big deal – but the feedback was really interesting and spurred on this analysis:
The most anti-climactic win Ever.
A man’s reach should exceed his grasp. – Robert Browning
Thanks to Inktober, I have a good bit of artwork to use for my tshirt shop! Two uploaded today and they look pretty dang good if I do say so myself. I already have plans for the second round which will feature watercolor elements to these designs.
I’ve noticed that when I’m trying to get one thing done, a whole lot of other things get done in the wake of anticipating that one thing.
Today, I opened my UpWork profile up for proposals again and within 5 hours, received 7 invites for projects. Business wise, it was a pretty good day all around. … despite me not making my 5 Design Goal of the day.
This is what happens when I set my sights on something – I feel like I should be busy doing Something at any given moment – even if it’s not what I originally intended, I still get interesting things done.
This is probably how serendipity finds me.
And tomorrow I’ll try again to reach my goal.
There are a Lot of online shop platforms out there.
There’s a lot of questions to ask when publishing to any of these: “What kind of quality is it?” “What’s the community like?” “What’s most popular in these stores?” “What percentage do I receive?” “What seems to be most requested?”
I chose to go with Design by Humans for my upload today because the marketplace is more ‘my style’…or the style I’m going for, at least.
Society6 is a close second favorite of mine – neither of these give very good pay outs… but, the ones that give better percentages either a.) are crappy quality or b.) terrible buyer/customer interface or c.) all of the above (Here’s looking at you Zazzle and Threadless!).
So…aiming for 5 designs uploaded was a bit ambitious when I hadn’t made my mind up about which store to go with… But I did get one up! The idea is to do a series of ‘Spiderlove’ featuring some of the artwork I made during Inktober. Check it out!
Let’s see if I can get 5 designs up tomorrow. …I’m not very good at setting ‘easily attainable’ goals apparently. But I’ll keep trying!
Which one of the online stores I mentioned have you heard of? Ever bought anything from an online independent artist shop? I’d love to have your input! Comment below!
This weeks goal: 5 new designs in at least one store per day.
The downside of eternal optimism is I can rationalize and spin just about anything in a positive way.
For instance, yesterdays goal was “Write in the morning so I would have time to think of/execute a goal”.
It’s 3:30PM now.
My first thought was, “Well, it’s morning Somewhere.”
When you rationalize everything, things get muddled very quickly. So, in my constant effort to clarify myself to myself, I wrote down a list of tangible goals I’ve wanted to accomplish for a long time:
- Publish work I’m proud of on my Online Stores
(I’ve opened and uploaded designs to several of these, … and then after a few months, deleted almost everything because I thought it was crap after letting it set there)
- Make Physical Products (Mainly Crochet Spiders)
- Bring life to my website (Active Participation and Updates)
- Design a reservoir of graphics (Boring but helpful stuff to have around) and publish to Creative market.
I feel like I should designate a day to each of these, that way I won’t have to decide which one is the *best* to work on on any certain day.
- Monday : Website
- Tuesday : Graphics
- Wednesday : Online Store
- Thursday : Physical Products
- Friday : Wild Card
I don’t ever get anything done on the weekends. Goal for today is : Crochet 5 Pencil Gripper Spiders
I grip my pencil way too hard. I used to use the little rubber pencil grips, but, even with those my hand would get sweaty and tired from gripping too hard. In my quest to figure out some way to make my crochet spiders have a function, I accidentally made a pencil grip and it’s super comfy to use, I don’t jab my thumbnail into my finger…I still have a callous on my middle finger, but hopefully that will go away soon. I’m still tweaking the design of these, but I think they’re a cute idea and might be useful to others with the same problem.