No art academy teaches you how to be an ENTREPENEUR. But being an illustrator, working for your self, you have to BECOME ONE. The sooner the better. After 8 years of being an illustrator, I have made some steps in the right direction already, but things can be better… and I will share some tips and tricks with you from now on.
After I graduated from Art Academy, with a Bachelor in Illustration, like every other illustrator, I wanted to draw, make cool stuff, find clients and earn my money doing so. Before becoming a fulltime illustrator, I combined my illustration work with working parttime on the side, so to insure I could pay the rent. After around 3 years I got assignments on a regular basis, and I could quit the part-time job. Lucky me! That’s what I thought.
I earned enough, and that was enough.
But enough is not enough anymore.
Since I became a mum, 3 1/2 years ago, many things have changed.
For one thing, the amounts of time I can work is now limited with being a mum, but also because some heavier life events crossed the way. My dear father died 3 years ago, which made the ground disappear underneath my feet. Last year my mother stayed in the hospital for three months and at this moment she still needs care taking. These things are part of life. You have to deal with it, take care in all kinds of ways, and keep the boat sailing at the same time.
With all these life events, being a partner, a mother and a daughter, I have to smarten up. A financial buffer,so things may go wrong and not everything falls apart all at once. I have to force myself to think of ways to earn more money in a smarter way. And still do what I love. So here is where I become an entrepreneur!
How to secure my income? How to earn more money? How to live with less worries and stress? This is what I intend to learn and change this year.
I will share this, because I know I’m not the only one who wants to find out new ways to earn money in a time where budgets are getting smaller. So let’s smarten up!