But I totally wouldn't trade all that for a regular job working for someone else. Despite the uncertainty, I still get a buzz out of running my own business, finding new ways to make it grow and weather the lean times. I also love dictating my own work hours, where and when (be that studio, the park or a cafe). The sense of freedom is hard to deny.
So anyway - I'm trying to move onwards and upwards with my biz. You may have noticed I've closed my Etsy store. You can still buy fine art prints (through Redbubble and Artsprojekt), at the high quality I prefer. While I lose that somewhat one-on-one interaction with you, those sites are efficient and professional and save me a lot of time (a precious commodity for me right now). Other things are also available there, tees, cards etc - so check 'em out.
I'll also be finishing up with this blog and moving on to a streamlined website back at my URL. I'm hoping to combine an easy to update image gallery and portfolio and provide more information of who I am alongside a new blog and online store. The end result for you, lovely people, is only having to visit one web address for everything.
I'll obviously be opening an online store there - but I'll be keeping that exclusive to original and framed artworks. I'm also getting closer to completing the Major Arcana of my Tarot Deck, and may have found somewhere to get it printed (hooray!) - so I'll be taking pre-orders for that through my store.
I am also seriously looking into art markets here in Sydney. Markets have been the launch pad for many a creative business, and I think it's well overdue for me. I'll probably start out with one-off art and design markets to test my feet, and if all goes well I'd like to get a regular spot somewhere once a month. It will be nice to talk to people and let them see the work in the flesh!
There'll be a brand new design, business cards, monthly newsletter and for any media types - my attempt at a press release every so often. Eeeep.
I won't be running away anytime soon though! I'm still trying to get my head around Wordpress and find a suitable theme. I'll probably end up throwing some of my miniature savings at someone to take over and make it work...absolutely no patience.