Girl, I AM REALLY GOING THROUGH IT, what is it going to take for me to
be successful. I mean dang. I'm ready!!!! SERIOUSLY I'm willing to go
broke for this. Am I having a melt down. I mean I'm looking on face book
and I see Dennis DPZ doing big things I mean I understand once you have
heart surgery it can motivate you to do anything. but I don't have a
life threating illness but I still want to "GET THIS MONEY"! I know you
feel me. Its seems like I'm going super slow I need to move into high
gear, any suggestion's for my sluggish a%&! I know that the future for me
is in Flash I'm registering for a class which I know is going to take
some time but in the mean time I can practice on my own, but is that
going to slow me up? what do you think?
There is time in the day to do so many things, other than work and class. So that me the first thing to do is maintain an order, TIME MANAGEMENT. Put together a list of your skills and how much time you can devote to them. This will help you get your perspective, get an idea of what you can do, how much you'd like to be compensated (base/hourly), and also determine how long it will take for you to comfortably complete a tasks.
My next suggestion is that there are tons of things that you are great at, the thing to do is MULTI TASK, while you are taking the flash classes (or about to take the class) start doing a few of the things on your list, whether its interior design, preparing your own or some else's website, photography @ weddings, looking for people that want illustrations for their own publications.
Get your name out there. No one really knows that you are looking for extra work unless you tell them. There are online networking sites that allow you to post your skill (Creative Group, LinkedIn, Craigslist) and basically publicize your business. And I know that you hate MySpace, but its money there. Which leads me to number three of my suggestions, CHASE MONEY...follow it. If you hang around with 5 broke &@#$as, you liable to be the 6th one...that's my new motto. Networking events around the city allow you to meet people that are starting businesses, have side hustles or companies looking to contract work, this is where you need to be.
Use the tools that you've worked for, Freedom, Job History, Car, Internet and Degree to propel yourself in the right circle of people. Learn names, stay up with industry terms and systems, keep in touch, attend and invite...get social (even if it makes you a little uncomfortable at first), if you want money, you got to get it from somebody...meet the people who have money to spend.
Put your God-given virtues to work i.e TIME, SKILL, AMBITION, CHARISMA...all of this behind your career as the sole proprietor of Graphic 20/20, its gotta work!?
(This will be a good blog later)