Do Not Quit Your Day Job (Not Yet)

4:20:00 PM

This world is full of start ups and new technology. As creatives, we are doing things we were not meant to be doing to make a living. The risk of failure can be high and sometimes overwhelming, but I believe you should always have a backup plan set into place. For years, I have been trying to find employment geared towards Graphic Design, but I have not had any luck. So I finally decided to create my own brand and own business and currently growing. I currently work a part-time job as a sales associate. I personally do not like working in retail. I have had many moments where I wanted to quit my job and work as a freelance graphic designer. However, the thought comes to me on where my next source of income would come from if I have days of not receiving clients. At this moment, I am still breaking out and going months without clients. Once my business is large enough, I can quit my day job.

As a designer coming up, you have to be realistic. Don't sell yourself short, but you need to be realistic. When you are not established, you may have to take some low jobs. However, it should be reasonable. Your bills need to be paid so you have to do whatever it takes. This requires saving money. I am the type of person who like to do things. I do not like staying in my room and watching TV. I like being active and I go to anime conventions. The key is planning ahead. I plan to go to the Anime Expo in Los Angeles 6 months prior to the date. I knew roughly how much is needed and what bills are needed to be paid. I also own 2 domains and a website that I keep up. I also work a part time job that barely pays. I still manage to have all my bills paid on time, while still maintaining my goals.

As they say, you need to "grind" until you are at a place you want and need to be. Meaning, when you are established enough where you are getting reasonable enough clients for your business that can pay for all your personal expenses and business expenses then it will be time to quit your day job. Relationships are really important. Once you've made the decision, take some time to let your contacts know. Give yourself plenty of time, because they will end up contacting you later. Save enough money to keep you afloat for three months and (ideally) get a few commissions organized to avoid wasting time later. Time is money when you're self employed and you'll quickly realize you need to be as efficient as possible with your routine. Once you've got the basics sorted, it's time to break the news to your employer: not an easy task, especially if you haven't been there very long (its easier when you don't like your day job, but you still got to be smart about it).

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