As some of you may know, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. The kind that digs into the deepest parts of your mind + heart. I’ve been absorbing myself with new perspective, inspirational reads, and quiet time … all of which are slowly continuing to open up my eyes on how to walk that ever so fine line of work / life balance, while maintaining happiness.
A week or so ago, in perfect timing, my friend Amanda posted about the Fascination Advantage Test, which I immediately clicked on. I’m a sucker for personality assessments … isn’t everyone?? Well maybe not, but they always seem to put into words what you can’t quite get out there yourself! Now, the Fascination Test isn’t just like any other test out there. It helps you discover “the natural strengths you posses and how to apply them.” And let me tell you … it’s dead on.
One thing that I love about being my own boss is that I have the power to carve out my own path. There is no “standard” when it comes to the modern world of entrepreneurship these days, which is a big reason why so many people are starting their own business — and THAT is something I am so proud to be a part of. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking as of late regarding my past, present, and future. Not only in reference to my business, but my personal life as well. You see, I’m one of those people who walks the line of living seamlessly ( or crazily ) between those two things. Life intertwines with business. And work effects life. While difficult at times, I’ve come to accept that they will always have some kind of tie to one another — so why not make the best of it??
I put a note out on facebook the other day asking for new freelance topics that you guys would like to cover. A bunch of you responded already, but if you have new ideas that aren’t currently listed, please comment right here. Today, we’ll cover confidence + self worth. Pricing is a tricky subject ( & I’ve covered it a few times in the past ) – but I’m going to tell you about a little secret today that can help with the confidence factor.
When I first started out, I undervalued my own work. Not only was I scared to talk about money, but I was constantly being told that possible clients “couldn’t afford my prices.” This baffled me, simply because I knew deep down that I was already cutting people a very good deal … so why was it so hard to land a gig??
As I started to receive applications for my internship position I posted about a few weeks ago ( NOW CLOSED ) — I realized that it could be very helpful to write some resume, cover letter, and general application tips for those of you applying for creative jobs out there. Landing that dream job of yours is all about how well you present yourself. Here are a few things to keep in mind :
FIRST LOOK – One of the most important things you can realize before applying for a creative job is that your work MATTERS. The person looking over your materials will almost always look at your portfolio ( or work submitted ) first. With that said, your portfolio and work should be presented in a way that you are proud of and be top priority. Everything should be up to date and tailored to showcase your best work. Make viewers WANT to stay and explore more about you + your work.
Lately, I’ve had this overwhelming feeling of wondering what’s next. Some may think that’s a silly thing to ask once you already have you’re so called “dream job,” but I have a sneaky suspicion that other freelancers ask themselves that very same question all the time. The thing is, entrepreneurs often crave more. They reach a certain goal, cross it off their check list, and immediately set the next one. While there is nothing wrong with this, we need to remember to relax a just little bit. Now, I’m definitely guilty of the more mentality – like this commercial. At 24 years old, I’m already wondering ( and maybe worrying ) where I’ll be at 35. Or 40.
While I’ve realized that having high dreams and the passion to reach them are both great things, I’ve also come to learn that the path in which you get there is also important. So instead of worrying about fiften years from now – or even just two, enjoy the now and be present. Be aware of the steps you need to take in order to move forward, but don’t forget to look around, too. You may notice + develop a new creative path that you never thought you’d explore in your lifetime. Who knows! That’s what’s so great about being your own boss. YOU have the power to define your days.