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A Self Employed Rant and a Little Jack

Give a Listen Now to What helps me along

I love this blog thing. It will be my next career. My first love in life was reading and writing. I always wanted to be a writer but didn’t know how to make a living at it. I have been told I write good copy, but I never pursued it as a career. Writing for my own blog is such a blessing. Finishing and self publishing my first book was amazing. And being on the cusp of finishing another is more than I dreamed I would ever accomplish.

Life is about layers, getting older, learning more about ourselves. There is still so much I want to do, learn and be better at.

Right now it seems like its more about forgiveness. I need to , we all need to, forgive ourselves for all the things we can’t get to in the now. I have kids and the #struggleisreal. There are just not enough hours in the day to get shit done. My biggest complaint right now is that I have no control of how others choose to live and work and facilitate me getting shit done. That is the most annoying piece of everything.

What I do to take care of my mind in this is to think back to some of my favorite music by #JackJohnson, his lyrics remind us of the life style we live in a beach town, surf community. Surfing is all about living in the now, not the future, or past. Eckert Tolle teaches the same thing. I believe that by living in the now makes it easier for us to live up to God’s potential in us.

Truth be told I have to tell myself these things a hundred times a day. With each phone call, stress builds, demands are made of us, everyone seems to need everything yesterday.

The trick is to feel enough of being blessed and doing something you love that will take you through the 12-14 hour days of drudgery.

One More For Fun … Thank you Jack, see you in St. Augustine!

Focal Point: A Proven System to Simplify Your Life, Double Your Productivity, and Achieve All Your Goals

Amazon says,” The true secret of high achievers is that they know how to find their “”focal point”” — the one thing they should do, at any given moment, to get the best possible results in each area of their lives…”

I am most of the way through this one. Pretty good, but more or less restating what he has in other books. He is great at putting into real actions how to create goals for all the facets  of your life. Its a good easy read for sure and reaffirming to continue on the path you are on.

Gorrilla Marketing For Designers

OK, so I am working on my next book, sheesh this is the hardest thing to do with a business, two kids in sports and a husband with whom I am in love with. What I do believe in though is that we can continue to produce great things even if at little bits at a time.

What I want to give you, my tribe, is an opportunity to learn form what I have accomplished. I will post as much here that I ma working on as possible to give you good content. This is not the edited version, this is strictly the draft version. I would appreciate any and all feed back so I can make changes for the final version.

 

Intro:

Life is so busy and being an Interior Designers life gets very hectic once you have passed the mark of running 4 projects at a time. I can only speak from my own experience, but what my experience has led to is a healthy success at being a small design firm. The principles I learned from being a professional artist for 17 years creating, marketing, making and selling pottery made me a diligent marketer and persistent creative. The super busy part comes in when you have a family of your own and now you are also dealing with the families of all of your clients as well. We are in a service industry, I would say anyone and everyone is in the service industry. I say this because no matter what, we all expect our experience to be pleasant and we look for someone to add value to what they are selling, no matter if it’s coffee, gas, a painter, or my lawn guy. Every day I expect to be treated with kindness, respect and have my concerns addressed. I have an amazing experience when those needs are met and then some.

In the vein of being too busy to possibly take the time to even read this little ditty, I would say it will be well worth the meager cost I ask of you in trade. I would tell you from experience the very precise things I did daily in the very beginning and what I continue to do throughout my week will be worth it to you; for me it was $8,000 the first year, $30,000 the second year, $60,000 the third year, $80,000 the fourth year and $116,000 the fifth year. How’s that for a five-year plan.

What I wish I had 20 some years ago starting as a creative building a small pottery business in my garage was someone to say “ok, if you do these 10 things you will see marked results in months, and if you keep doing them you will see marked results by the end of the second year.”

You will have 10 things that you do week in and week out that will grow your business. I can’t promise you that you will have the same results I had. I had a reputation as a creative in my community for years, so I already had credibility as a creative, I had trust from my clients already. If you practice these steps and work on your mindset you will grow your venture swiftly, you will beat your competition and give your clients an amazing experience because you know you are already capable of being a star.

It is important that you have a real grasp on what it takes to be a creative and an entrepreneur. From the time I was an artist I kept the attitude that I was a professional. What I do as a creative is not a hobby. As long as I took myself seriously so does everyone else. As a professional at anything you do you need to take seriously all aspects of your business. This is true from the designs you create to the value you bring  to your clients to your level of bookkeeping skills and especially to your marketing skills and planning. Marketing has to be high on your list of to-do’s daily. The actions I suggest you start taking here will undoubtedly work for you as long as you do them consistently. You may need to tweek them to work for you, your life style and your community.