Greetings Good People!
I hope this blog entry finds you doing well.
Wow! It’s been a while since I put out a blog entry. Getting so caught up in life, this seems to always be at the bottom of the list. I need to move it up higher.
I thought I would share some of what I’ve discovered through my journeys and experiences. It’s meant to be informational and not tell you how to do things yourself, or any kind of endorsement on how to do things. View this as a sharing of information.
Think of these blog entries as, “if I can help someone not make the same mistakes that I did, maybe I can save them some of the issues I had to deal with.” Also, “if I can share with them some of the things that I feel I did correctly, that might also be helpful.” I’m going to speak in generalities much of the time. Only you can best judge what will and won’t work for you. I don’t know what everyone’s personal situation is. Nor is it something I am required to know. I value privacy.
First and foremost, if you’re currently earning an income – don’t quit your day job! At least don’t quit immediately. The bills don’t pay themselves and you need to be able to live. You need to make the time for your art when you’re not on the clock for someone else. In my case I was laid off and if I had been able to stay working for a while longer, it would have made a big difference.
The amount of stress that you can feel when worrying about how you’re going to pay your bills does not help in trying to start your own art business. You can be tempted to make deals that would not necessarily be beneficial to you in the long term. Not to mention what could happen if you lose your place of residence.
When should I quit my day job? That’s something only you can ultimately decide. Before you do, make sure that you’re able to live off the income you make as an artist. Per several articles I’ve read, you should always have about three months’ rent and bills put aside in savings. As an artist, saving as much money as possible is what I’ve found to be beneficial. This way, if you go through a stretch where your income is light, you won’t need to be as worried.
Some people started by going to part-time work to see how things panned out for them before going full-time art. It works differently for everyone.
You might find a better process. Feel free to share it.
Have a good one!