I've often spent well over an hour perusing the housewares, stationery, and party supply sections at Target and other stores, and thought, "My art is this good! Why shouldn't I be doing this?" Which is all fine and dandy, however what I would keep telling myself as to "why", is that it's because for this particular season and line, only that ONE artist was chosen. There are probably millions of artists hoping to … [Read more...] about So You Want to Be a Licensed Artist – 4 Things to Know First
"I don't have anything of value to sell." "If my work is so good, how come I haven't sold anything?" "I spend so much time on facebook marketing myself, and nothing happens!" "What the hell would anyone want to read about me for? I don't need to write content, I need to PAINT!" Sound like you, or someone you know? Here's the thing, dear one: If you keep talking smack to yourself like this, you're going … [Read more...] about Stop the Negative, Soul-Sucking, Self-Defeating Voices – RIGHT NOW!
YOU DESERVE MORE THAN MEDIOCRITY! I know it's "comfortable" and "safe" - but you are an amazing human being, with a brain that's capable of so much more! I've been fortunate enough to meet some truly amazing people in my life. Both online and in person. Some are CEOs of companies they built from the ground up. Some are worker bees. Some are women who choose to stay at home and work on the side. Some are men … [Read more...] about Facing Your Entrepreneurial Fears – Part 1
I run into all sorts of people who struggle with self-employment, online and off, in my daily life. As an artist and crafter, I meet tons of other creative types who just don't "get" social media and marketing and self-promotion. As a web developer, blogger, and social media manager, I meet people who don't have the time to try to understand the power of the internet in their business. The time is NOW to take … [Read more...] about Hey You! It’s Time to Own Your Career!
CLICK HERE: UPDATED for 2014/2015 and beyond!!! I honestly can't believe that 2011 is about to end in two weeks. I know, you're probably sitting there thinking, "Lara, let me get through the holidays before you start talking about the New Year!" No. Sorry, but nope. When you're in business for yourself, you've got to be thinking ahead. Much farther ahead than two weeks, and if you … [Read more...] about How To: End of Year Reviews and Planning for Self-Employed People
The following is a guest post by Thursday Bram. Last month, Lara posted about the numbers that go with launching a business from home. It’s a topic that rings a bell with me and I asked Lara to let me write a follow up post. I write a lot about freelancing, including a regular column where I answer questions from freelancers. It’s incredible how many questions come in about where freelancers can save money — … [Read more...] about Where a Freelancer with Money Ought to Be Spending It