Learning to love research is the most life-changing mindset adjustments I’ve made. It has benefited me hugely over the years in dollar
Learning about the business of selling my services as a freelancer was the most beneficial skill I learned post university.
I studied design but barely managed to get any info on pricing or how to make a living at being a creative. If your education is like mine, they don’t teach you much about how to make a living from those fancy new design skills you know. You have to go elsewhere for that.
I avoided the 9-5 of working for a design firm and instead threw myself into my own art and figured out how to make a living on my own terms. This allowed me the lifestyle I wanted but no money to fund it. I was constantly struggling until I began to hound the business side of things.
I got sick of not being a success. So I began to research how other people have done it.
I chased podcasts, lectures, books, courses and youtube videos, I went to conferences, I talked to other creatives and managed to gather up enough ideas and mindsets that would serve me along my path. The main one I learned was that you never get there, you always need to be learning.
I neglected to learn more about the actual skills for a while as I saw the ability to sell my self as more valuable than the design talent.
I chased professionalism over raw talent.
I had a better chance to make a mark and help my clients through getting out there and doing the work rather than sitting in the dark and hounding through preparation. Learn by doing.
In school and at uni I saw business as boring or dull and a waste of time.
Now that I'm using this new knowledge to build my own life I see it as a game.
Instead of working for a grade or a mark, you are learning and being tested with cash rewards.
The better you get, the more money you get.
Who wouldn’t like to get money for learning a skill.?
Once I reframed how I thought about learning and realised that I would get cash rewards everything changed for me.
So I learned how to enjoy learning.
My journey through all this discovery towards making a living from my creative talents is a never ending one and I want to help you reach your goal. So if you want to follow along I'll start posting weekly to get these lifehacks and tactics out into the world.
In my next post I’ll write out my process that I used to learn all of my life hacks for making more money doing what you're good at.