I’ve had some time to seriously ponder what I wrote in my last blog post… In the back of my mind I knew that my views on careers – and just settling for what gets you a steady paycheck – is a cynical view…
After I wrote that post, I took some time to really reflect about how I feel about the choices I made and on my life as it is right now.
I don’t regret my past decisions, but I am willing to openly confess now that I feel incomplete in my job.
For years I had made different types of creative business plans for different businesses that I could start in order to make money. These businesses ranged quite a bit – I had an idea where I’d be an artist who went to businesses or homes to paint murals on their walls. Or one time I had an idea where I’d teach instructable art classes (Like Painting With a Twist) for birthday parties and events.
Just a few months back I wrote a list of all the different ways that I could think of that could potentially make me money. Honestly, it has always been at the back of my mind.
A little less than a year ago, I started reselling thrift finds on Poshmark, and it has been my first taste of completely independent profit. I don’t make much with it – At the end of the day it ends up being around $100 a month that I get to keep in my pockets, but it’s been enough for me to realize that I do have the ability to create a profitable business doing what I love.
As a result of this, I find myself wanting to branch out. I acknowledge that I do not feel comfortable strictly doing retail selling. For one, it is very hard to make your items visible on Poshmark, and a lot of work to sell clothing items even if you have a decent number of followers. Also, I don’t want to start a business that relies so much on sales, because I want to be able to stay afloat during an economic downturn…
I have started thinking about other ways to make money – About making this “Side Hustle” into something more… I still like Poshmark, and likely will continue selling through them, but I also want to branch out.
I created an Etsy shop (finally!) called MermaidCoveArt. I created my first art journal to sell on that site to give that a try, and plan on taking pictures of it, filming a video on youtube with the item, and posting both today. I also created a livestream account on Twitch Live under the name: themermaidcove where I will start streaming some of my art live. I hope to eventually link Patreon to that so that I can get funded for doing the things I love the most – Which is creating. I also have always wanted to write a book, and I hope to be able to write some more… I doubt that it’ll ever be as big as the Harry Potter series, but I feel inspired by the fact that publishing is a lot easier to do independently now than it had been 10 years ago.
For the first time, I’m actually making a true effort to make doing what I love into a career, and I feel very excited about it.
I’m tired of setting limits on myself, and I apologize if my previous post made you consider doing the same for yourself or doubting whether or not you should follow your passions. It can be very hard to branch out into the unknown, but if you love what you do, you should do it… Find a way to do it whenever you can. You don’t have to just quit your existing job to pursue this kind of career. Take baby steps if that’s more comfortable. Do the work after your regular job or while you have free time. The key thing is to take those steps.
That’s what I’m going to do.
Thanks for reading! Do any of you work for yourself? What do you do, and how did you start? What were some things that you struggled with? Do you have any tips for creative professionals?