So You Want To Work From Home
When I retired in order to concentrate on my art, I made some major mistakes that kept me from be as successful as I could have been. Believe it or not, working from your home has a few drawbacks if you aren’t disciplined about it.
I thought I would share a few tips that I’ve had to learn that might help my artisan friends.
1) Dress for success!
Is this you?
Now I’ve never been one to stay in my jammies and robe all day, but I know some do. I think getting up and dressed right away puts us in the right frame of mind for the creating that we need to do each day. Being serious about our art, whether it’s sewing, knitting, creating jewelry or art, means treating it as though we’re going into an office each day.
2) Focus on you art.
This has been the hardest thing for me to accomplish. Working from home means that every time I go to the kitchen for more coffee or every time I look out my window, I see something that needs to be done. A dirty dish in the sink can literally set me in to a major cleaning mode. Before you know it, I have my coffee and my kitchen is sparkling clean, but I haven’t painted a thing. I can look out the window and see that my grass needs to be cut. Next thing you know, my lawn looks great, but I still haven’t created any art.
3) Set a Schedule and stick to it!
Creating is not our only job! We’ve all learned that it’s only part of the process of selling our creations. Writing a description, taking pics, listing, promoting, networking and blogging are all needed to be successful. And, if you’re successful, you can add packing and shipping to that list! Setting a schedule each day helps to keep it all organized. Decide how many hours each day you want to devote to your art and stick to it. For me, I’m learning that setting a definitive schedule each day for painting, works the best. I will paint from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Many of you will probably have to work around your family’s schedule especially if you have kids. If that’s the case, try to carve out specific hours each day for creating….maybe while the kids are in school.
4) Give yourself a break.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of working every single day. We all need some time to renew our creative juices. Sometimes the best ideas come to me when I’m not painting.
5) Teaching our friends and families.
If you’re like me, you depend on your art to help support yourself. Sometimes our friends and families have to learn that just because we are at home all day, doesn’t mean we’re hanging on a hook, waiting for them to need something from us. This is your job, your livelihood. Helping them understand this, makes it easier for you concentrate on your art and still have lots of time for them.
Hope some of these suggestions can help you! If you have more suggestions, please share!
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