First, I shall start by declaring
So blaaahhh is exactly how I feel right now physically. I feel blaaahhh mentally as well, especially after today.
This year, as I've stated before, I'm bound and determined to make strides in my freelance career that I have not in the past five and build up my business so that I won't have to rely on a full time job to fund my life. I can illustrate circles around people, but I have a lot left to learn about the business world. One of my biggest business faux pas would be that I undercharge for my work. Another is that I can't say no. These are reasons I have agents to be the middle men when it comes to fee negotiations. I was approached last week about doing an independent project for a wedding for a friend of a friend. I was about to accept this very time consuming and costly job for practically nothing after I buy the supplies, which is standard practice for me in many cases. At the end of the day, as awful as I felt about doing so, I confessed to this potential client the truth about the very little money I would be taking in and sadly declined the job. I feel totally awful about it. It's eating me up inside. But I know that it's the right move for Claire Manning Illustrations. I need to make some smart moves this year and not be afraid to turn down jobs if they are not right for me.