I will freely admit it.
I am a starving artist. I love to work without the pressure of having to do commissioned work. Don’t get me wrong. I’m as happy as the next artist to sell my work. (Sometimes). I get a little attached to the work I love. I also am not a very good self-marketer. It takes the fun out of it for me.
So I have a job. Not a full time one. At least not at this point. Maybe never. I plan on seeing how things go before I make a decision about how much I’m going to work.
So I sell a little work, and make some work for different sites, but holiday time is best and the rest of the year I sort of limp along financially. It’s okay. Not only am I used to it, I love the time I have that isn’t earmarked by working for someone else. It gives me time to work in my studio, as well as to chew my cud a bit while I’m thinking about work I want to make.
Benefits of working from home
Any artist who works from home knows about working in their studio while the family is out during the day. Once the kids are off to school and the house is quiet, the studio beckons.
That is unless there is a problem you are trying to iron out and you do anything to avoid sitting down and picking up a brush, or pen, or pencil, or marker or whatever. On days like that my house was spotless. In the end I was forced to walk into my studio and confront the problem in front of me.
many times after procrastinating for most of the day, the problem had worked itself out and I was ready to work. Of course by that time the kids were out of school.
Once my kids left home I had a lot more time to think and ponder. My poor house hasn’t seen a good vacuuming for too long and my studio is stacked with work that may never sell. Not because it isn’t any good, but because I will probably never be able to do the marketing or social media thing for it.
The good news is that I love the freedom it gives me to create whatever my heart desires. And let me tell you I’ve done a lot of creative, off the wall work for the past few years. Good on me.
Drawbacks of working a real job
Okay, there are definitely some benefits to working a full time job. The first thing that comes to mind is the steady paycheck, and right along with that is the social aspect of being out in the world.
You may even love your full time job and not mind that there is very little time left for art making. Or be really good at making yourself work in your studio when you’re tired. Or excellent at time management and keeping to a schedule.
The worst part about working a full time job
for me is that it seems to suck all of my creative energy away. It just disappears and it’s hard for me to focus during the time I have to create because there is so much competing for my time on the weekends.
I’m not the sort of artist that can just turn on and off the creative switch. My creativity needs to be nurtured and loved and allowed time and space to expand and grow. But that’s why it isn’t a job for me. I don’t treat is as one because everyone needs something they love to do where there is no pressure of having to make a living. This is what I do for peace and pleasure.
As I see it, the biggest drawback to a full time job is that is doesn’t allow for time to cogitate. To wonder about things. To sit in the studio and just allow that urge to show itself in artwork that may never sell, but which will always be loved. And if I don’t love it…
I just start over.
Do part time jobs work?
Of course the answer to that is yes and no. Yes because you are earning some money, no because chances are really good that it isn’t enough money.
Part time work allows you to have a lot of time off, but if you are worried about paying the bills, or for your art supplies chances are that you don’t feel like heading into the studio.
If you work part time it may give you a fresh eye and allow for more great stuff to keep popping into your head. And you have time to execute your ideas. And because you have work friends you may even have a built in group of buyers for your work.
Making money online from home
Maybe you have looked into working for yourself with an online business. It raises a whole host of questions.
- Is it legitimate?
- Is it something I can do?
- Will I stay interested long enough to make some money?
- While I understand that I won’t likely make a lot of money right away, how long will it take?
- Can I replace the income I am currently making with my full time job?
- Is it possible to find something that will not only support me, but make me secure in the long term?
All the above questions
I have asked myself many times over the years. My biggest fear was that whatever I decided to do would ultimately end up being a scam. With that in mind I would look at the posts by naysayers to try to gage the validity of their unhappiness.
I even tried a few. As I grew a bit more savy about internet business I also got a little smarter about which ones I thought were legit. I only had a couple of rules but they kept me from falling into a remorseful situation, and I’ll be happy to share them with you.
You must understand
that my rules are totally perception based and not necessarily ones that you would gage an online business on, however it gives you an idea about what kinds of things to be aware of when looking around.
1. Any internet business whose spokesperson/owner gives a rambling two hour talk without saying anything when introducing his business is instantly a no go. There is nothing I dislike more than a preening rooster telling me how rich he is and how I can be just like him. No thanks.
2. When the cost for a “program” was more than I made in a month and the add-ons just keep on coming, each more expensive than the last, it gives me pause. Why does someone who makes all that money need to charge so much. And if he is making all this money, how does he have time to teach me how to do what he does?
3. A “school” or “classroom” setting that is not focused on the information at hand, and is interspersed with statements about how wonderful the instructor is, just doesn’t work for me. I would rather die than replay a lesson where that happens.
These are just my personal opinions, but I state them so that as you are looking for something, be aware. Be sure if you do choose to start an internet business that it is something that really has the potential to support you in the style to which you would like to become accustomed, even if you will never work harder than just to make a nice living.
An opportunity may be in your future.
My best advice is to take your time in finding something that can help you build a bank account that can support you. If you are not tech savy it might be a good idea either to hire a consultant from time to time or partner with someone who is a bit techier than you.
There are legitimate online opportunities out there. You just need to make sure that there is one you can do and have some fun with.
To that end I have a suggestion. A friend of mine has actually done quite well for herself, and keeps encouraging me to try it. I have yet to take the leap, but i just might this time. I’m going to put the link at the end of this post so you can check it out.
It may be the answer to your prayers. Or not. Good luck.