When you’re trying to be an entrepreneur and make enough money to live things can get dicey. Starting out many of my clients–no all of my clients– were also small businesses which lead to always doing a lot of small projects with a few substantial ones here and there. It’s hard to live off that. There could be months where no one needed anything or where projects only equated to gas money or dinner out. One day you realize that getting out of bed to do one $40 flyer just isn’t worth it. No one’s budgets for design services seemed to be growing which meant my income wasn’t either.
So I quit being broke and trying to make this entrepreneur thing work. I kicked it all to the curb and all my clients with it. I realigned my mindset back to my prior career and only doing design if I loved it. Not being stressed or unappreciated. Not dealing with clients running off and not paying their bills but living their best lives on social media. Not wondering if enough orders would be placed in time to make that payment I needed to make. Hey, that was real life. Even if you cover your bills there were months you had nothing to do anything extra with without staring at your savings really hard. And for some you’re like “what savings?”. Let’s move on…
So back to my career I went. I focused on adding products to my online stores and trying niche services like book-cover design. I did not sell one book-cover but the mindset was different now because it was fun work and I wasn’t dependent on the money from it.
So fast forward to today. No clients stressing me out by being messy. No one flyer order every few days weeks. I now have 2 jobs ( 1 full-time and one part-time) and my side-hustle. I’ve gotten used to my schedule and feel like I can take on clients by retainer only to keep the bullshit in business down. And that’s it folks. That’s the goal. Do what you love and enjoy it. Know that every passion or purpose or whatever the coaches tell you may not be your “Oprah moment” or the thing that pays all your bills and you can retire from. Fix your own life to suit your needs and what’s working. So this is how the retainer service came to be. Basically I don’t have time for the nonsense and my B.S tolerance is so low that this is what works for me.
Now let’s see if it will work for you. Click here for more details.