Finding My Focus

Finding My Focus

Six months ago, I felt like I couldn’t pay anyone to hire me. I mean, I guess that kind of defeats the point, but I was getting pretty frustrated. After getting pregnant with my second, I’d decided to do the whole stay-at-home mom thing while using my freelancing to make up the difference between my fiance’s income and what we needed to get by. It sounded like the perfect solution- a win-win for everyone- so shortly before he was due to be born I quit my 9-5. I’d had good luck getting jobs consistently before, and I figured that by putting in even more work I’d be able to get more jobs. … Not so much. I’d spend hours scouring the deviantART job forums, Elance, FurAffinity, and anywhere else I thought there was even a small chance I might find some work. I’m ashamed to admit that I even got desperate enough to try a few contests on 99Designs, as much as it bothers me to do unpaid spec work. (As a side note, that’s really not something I would recommend for anyone- artist or client. Clients, find an artist based on their portfolio; that’s why we have them. You’ll get better work and build better business relationships. Artists, don’t devalue yourself or your industry. You’re worth much more than maybe getting some money if you win. This is a great article about why.) Back to the point, even with all of that I was only getting maybe one or two jobs a month. It wasn’t really enough to help us get by. I was getting frustrated and very disheartened, and I was starting to worry...

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