It’s hard to believe that it’s already 2016….last year went by so fast, a lot of it is a blur. It’s also hard to believe that as of yesterday, I have been freelancing and working from home for 9 years! When I was first dabbling in graphic design and going to school, I never dreamed that I would work for myself, let alone survive a recession and head into my 10th year of being my own employer!
There have been a lot of ups and downs….sometimes it’s feast or famine when it comes to projects to work on. For instance, the summer of 2013 and 2014, along with the December of those years, I was so busy, I could barely keep up. In 2015, I had a very slow summer and December during the holidays. When it’s slow like that, it usually means that I need to get out and network some more. Most of my clients come from referrals, so when I don’t network, people forget about me. The other thing I do when business is slow is to reach out to Creative Circle to see if they have any short-term, off-site gigs that would be perfect for me. It’s not a lot of work, but it beats having nothing to work on. If Creative Circle doesn’t have any projects, then I default to working on creative art pieces either in Photoshop, mix-media on canvas, or mosaic tile designs.
If I’m slow in December, like last month, I will also work on my end-of-year taxes. That may seem like a desperate attempt to be busy, but I really don’t mind. I’m very organized with my receipts, mileage, etc., so I can usually have everything ready for the accountant and am just waiting for 1099s and other tax forms to show up in the mail.
Since last month was slow, I was able to create some art pieces to give to family and friends as Christmas presents. The following are some of the things I worked on.