This blog post is something more personal than the others...not for lack of something to write about but because actually, I’ve put my fingers in so many pies recently without really achieving one great result so I feel like I’ve almost lost a bit of my focus this month...I’ll partly blame it on going away for 2 weeks on holiday to Italy as well and turning an age which I can’t get my head around yet!
So lots of distractions, deadlines to get things done before vacation time and not much time to readjust after the holidays...so I’m hoping for a more “predictable” and routine month in August although knowing what my schedule looks like for next month, it’ll be anything but predictable!
Besides doing the usual studio briefs (which are anything but usual and that’s OK with me), I’m going to tackle driving lessons again after a 4 month gap and try to pass a test by the end of the month in August. On top of that, there’s a new Skillshare class to create and the end of my Weebly portfolio site subscription which I won’t renew as I’ve decided to switch to Squarespace...I’ll be blogging more on that in future. This involves learning a totally new way of setting up a website which I’ll have to study...not to mention, decide what new work to show in there.
All these things together present more challenges than I normally face in any given month and so much of what I get done in July and August will influence a great deal how I get to progress before the end of the year which will also involve more instability as I plan to leave London for the winter months and embark on a month long trip around Argentina before Christmas.
As far as my work is involved, I will have a batch of work back from a studio at the end of September which I could try to market to new markets which I haven’t tried before...daunting! I’m also considering having a portfolio/mentoring session as well to stir me in the right direction once my new website is up and running so I can stand back and see what an expert sees in the 350 plus commercial designs I’ve produced so far which are very varied in style.
There’s also a Youtube channel to create plus an additional website and Instagram account to host more lifestyle content as I continue to travel and work on a freelance basis...essentially a bit of digital nomad perspective on what I’m up to when I’m not sat behind a laptop screen at home. I’ve got lots of ideas running around my head at the moment with this new possible venture but no time to put anything to fruition just yet.
There’s also the Merch by Amazon gig which happened for me end of April but I haven’t developed much besides uploading a few designs online...I’ve done a lot of research on this and felt very optimistic at first but it’s not something you can expect to work overnight and without much input. Most people start seeing results once they’re in tier 500 or higher and after putting in lots of hours over 6 months or so.
I think it’s best I park this aside for now and keep focusing on producing Skillshare classes instead which I feel have a higher revenue potential in the long run as a passive income stream. So far I’ve worked pretty hard on this but already there’s a few things I’d like to change from what I’ve produced up to now, not to mention all the additional marketing effort that’s needed to get new students coming in and taking the classes.
So this blog post has been more of a loose update on what I’ve got on my plate than any concrete plans or results to report on but this is what being your own boss is like...some highs some lows, nothing too predictable, staying curious, always looking ahead to what’s next.