I was looking back through my stored photos today and came across this gem. I have always loved the size of these mini pen pieces (3.5x2.5 inches on illustration board), and so have all of you.
Real talk: running a business is hard. Sometimes I want to give up and go have a boss and work for a paycheck every two weeks like I used to do. I pay my taxes, I keep spreadsheets, I do my own advertising, marketing, and design. I work into the night, I strategize when the best times to make social media posts are. I keep track of invoicing, client lists, and due dates. I don’t get paid on my sick days or when I take a vacation. I work nonstop and it’s hard for me to take a break without feeling guilt about what I could be doing. Can any other small business owners/freelancers relate? I know you can. Fortunately I’ve only dealt with a couple of tough instances that have made me cry, but I’ve grown a thick skin and can say I am proud of my professionalism and just know there will be times I will be knocked down. Through my few years of running my art and design business, my prices have gone up as I’ve learned what I’m worth, the time I put in each piece, as I’ve really honed in on my cost of doing business, as I’ve had to factor in 30% being taken out of each commission for taxes (yikes), but you all have been amazing and receptive and incredibly encouraging on my journey. If you’ve made it this far in reading, thank you. And thank you for supporting me, cheering me on, and being so kind. I work hard, and I have constant reminders of why I do what I do. I have a lot of things planned for my future! 🙌🏼