Owning your own creative business takes a special person. You're not just pursuing creative passions, but you have to know business strategies that might not always be top of the right-brained mind. You can also find yourself concerned about business and that it can suck time and energy away from what makes your business special-- your creativity. We surveyed a few of our members how they balance this. Here are their responses!
One thing that always astounds me is how much makers are able to juggle. Some of you might be considering juggling more and going back to school to help you get better at your business. That's what #ahasmember Cristiana of Pebble & Fire decided to do and she is sharing her story!
Sometimes your side hustle has side hustles. Or maybe all of your hustle can't be contained. Or maybe you've got a very active left brain and a very active right brain and finding *ONE* good paying job to fulfill both of them is not happening.
Enter makers with multiple jobs. Oftentimes the "end game" of starting your own business is viewed that it's supposed to become an ever-expanding full-time job. Which it might. It totally can. But not everyone wants that. Part-time businesses are still businesses.
Today's guest is fully an artist-- while having a "day job" that has almost nothing to do with being an artist. Except it totally does.
Today we're tackling the always-challenging topic: work life balance. Ugh. Yeah, we know it's a buzzy term these days. Still, its current buzzword status doesn't change the reality of the struggle for self-employed people to find a sustainable, enriching balance between
work enterprises and life priorities.
For makers, balancing work and life seems particularly fluid, thanks to the creative, personalized nature of our products and production techniques. So, we enlisted two makers (and by enlisted, we mean they very graciously volunteered) to talk to us about their work-life balance journeys. Thanks so much to these ladies-- Laura Bray of Laura Bray Designs and Rachel Allene of Rachel Allene Photography + Lettering!