Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Between a rock and a hard place.

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.


  1. Good for you! You have to think about what is best for you and the right way to use your time. I hope you are feeling better soon :) I know how you feel, sinus infection for a

  2. Thanks Tracy! I'm already on the mend and hope you are feeling better too!

  3. Our house approves . . . where's the "like" button