Among the best pieces of advice my father gave me was, “Discover what you are good at and learn how to make money at it” Much like most obedient young boys, I totally ignored my father’s advice.
Even though I have been drawing and cartooning my entire life and growing yearning for the previous ten decades, I never put the two together. I am a decent artist, but most musicians are their own worst critics, and even though I was enthused about it, I never considered earning a living doing it. That’s until I got seriously and chose to freelance a day job while working.
I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t have years of experience outsourcing let alone freelancing time to share success strategies. I do have some ‘getting started’ experience and things I have learned in the past year which I will share what I call my “3D Experience.”
Alright, so you have this thing. You’re really enthusiastic about it and you want a bit of the pie of that industry. What is next?
Deliberately deciding is crucial to your success. Consider it like a New Year’s exercise program. You’re all excited about starting to exercise and lose the holiday weight. Off you go and typically within a month thievery day ‘turns into couple times a week’ until eventually you don’t have the staying power to continue.
Dedicate to a maximum amount of time. You may be willing to put in a lot of hours, but make your man a rational and reasonable amount of time which will still keep your loved ones in balance. If you are like me, it’s also keeping my chores up to par. I determined I could commit to 20 hours a week Max. That’s three hours a night with a few work or four hours a night with weekends off on the weekend. Because I’m my family’s night owl, this strategy works for me. I get quality, evening family time, then, when my family goes to bed by 9:00pm, I get to work for a few hours.
Treat it like a job. I treat it like another job. Many part-time day tasks are restaurants or retail. They generally close and you’ll be there an additional hour or so shutting down, when you are on the shift. Time is time, and you may too work for yourself, if you are going to work hard.
Think concerning cost when determining the amount of time you are willing to commit. If you are unsure go easy on yourself; say ten hours every week. Bear in mind, you still will need to modify hats when you visit your day job the following morning, so you wish to ensure you’re still getting rest – and – getting the work done.
Next, know what can it be that you are going to do. Consider your abilities and your talents. Describe until you start telling others what you will be doing to yourself. If you don’t know, what makes you think they will know? Definitely, differentiate between practical work and consultation.
Are you going to do with the application of this work? Whether it’s creating a program or a graphic, describe the boundaries. I started off with supplying the full bucket load from cradle to grave. That’s a lot for a shop of you to handle. I have scaled back and focused more on what I do best – design/develop.
Are you going to become a consultant? A consultant brings years of practical application experience to a market where others hire you to help them down a course you traveled. It’s still time invested but a different kind of time. Lots of phone calls, emails, managing calendars, and maybe even some traveling involved.
Describing what it is you are going to do – and everything you are not going to do – sets boundaries. For your customers, but for yourself. The boundaries will keep you safe from bidding. They keep the stress at manageable levels.
The term, “Under promise and over deliver” comes to mind. Be honest with yourself when you bid on jobs. Not, so much concerning the project itself, but the number of present projects you have, and how much you are able to balance at one time. I handle anywhere from 4-6 at any certain time. Usually I have 3-4 illustration/graphics jobs (which require less time), and/or 2-3-cleaning jobs (which are spaced out in conditions of their production). I do this simply because I am inventive, and imaginative folks (me at least) get bored easily. So I can switch between them 14, I want multiple jobs at the same time. And often, 1 project helps solve problems.
Add at least 20 percent times. Even if you know without a shadow of a doubt you’re able to make a peanut butter jelly sandwich in five minutes, then bid six minutes. Why? Part time freelance remains life, and the dog will run away, your children will want to play a game, you and your spouse might have to consume a day talking about something more important. If not the stuff that is ordinary, then — much worse will happen. Multiple items will interrupt you. Strategy for it.
Do not overcharge. It’s very appealing to get all caught up in the world of being your own boss and wanting to create your first million dollars in the first year. Stay humble. Do the Job. The rewards will come in due time.
NuggetHead Studio has been an official company for under a year. I have much to learn and just share these thoughts from what I have experienced in that short moment. Your situation will be different, so only think through it to ensure success. Oh, and of course. .just take action!