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Calenders

I spoke recently to my good friend Shaun at Building Upon the Clouds about a need to manage my time. I am full of beans and ready to go with the freelance life, but I had intended to take a break from work before the new year. Christmas to New Years week itself is I shall be doing Christmassy things. But this week I have nothing to do. So I shall be trying out a scheduled week as a dry run before I start pushing myself for freelance work.

The thing about being at home all the time is that my day totally lacks the structure it has had for my entire life.

Wake up. Commute. Work. Lunch. Work. Commute. Eat. Sleep.

Without structure of any sort my days seem to drift past me. So a rough days schedule for me this week, works out at having a 9 working day with about an hours worth of breaks. There will be variation in what I do in each period as and how work comes in. If all my work is writing, then writing will dominate. But it should be a decent bit of time management in the beginning.

As for my Saturdays and Sundays, they will most likely be spent visiting shows, selling prints at craft markets and days spent photographing anything and everything. My working week will be 6-7 days, but it still feels like it is less work than my last job.

To those that work from home or freelance, how do you manage your time? Or do you just wing it?

Threadless Do-Over

I have been threatening this for a while. I cried D0-Over on my Threadless store. Retired 10 designs and remade 5 designs. I reckon they all look a ruddy lot better. The cloud one in particular I just resized and it seemed to make a world of difference.

While I was at it I found the custom store cover page and redid the artwork on display for each one and added most 20+ more colour options for each outside of just white. A shuffle of the designs and a new store layout added too. Will be working on little promo banners for each next.

Some of the retired designs will be back once they have been redrawn. For now, I am pretty darned happy with the new store look and shirts.

Sableyes Threadless Store

Do bloggers need Media Kits?

Do you need a media kit? Kinda depends doesn’t it?

Personally I do. I have a multitude of jobs and tasks I can do. I also approach people a lot looking for work. I need to put myself and the jobs I am capable of doing out there somehow.

There is room for improvement. Although I have 2 images at the bottom, I still like the flow. I want my services right under the ‘Hello’ section. I could do with squeezing in some reviews or brands I have worked with in there, but it is cramped as it is. Also, most people get a good gauge of me from my website.

My price list and complete job list is separate, that thing covers 6 or 7 pages. You can see why when approaching brands, I need something like this to show what I can do.

So do you need one? It depends entirely on what you are trying to achieve in work and with your blog. Do you want to reach out to brands and introduce yourself? A media kit discussing your blog and what you can do for a brand will help. On the odd occasions I get sent a media pack from a blogger asking about a brand, they immediately had my attention. Not only does a media pack make you look serious, but it also tells me most of what I want to know up front.

(Click here for 7 things I look for in bloggers looking for products for review)

On another level entirely, do you want work beyond blogging? Lord knows I do! I love blogging, I love the community and I love reading blogs. But good grief the pay for blogging is awful. 99.99999% of people cannot make a living from blogging alone.

So do you offer other services other than blog posts? If you do, you might also want to make yourself a media kit with a rough list of services you offer on.

If you cannot think of a reason to give anyone a media kit, you don’t need one. Not everyone blogs for the same reason. If you blog as a diary for example, I imagine you would be wasting your time making a media kit.

Something to think about for a lot of you though I am sure. The above media kit was made in Libre Office Word, using an old CV template, with my own images added.

Download my media kit as an example.

Download Link to Sables Media Kit

Last Day

Today is my last day of my day job. I am not as worried as I thought I would be. I have a lot going for me along with 17 years of building contacts. I said I was going freelance and immediately had 2 business ask if I would sort out their entire computer set ups. I do not consider myself that brilliant at computers, but a lot of people have more faith in me than I do.

Theres an art shop that want to sell prints of my doodles in town. I have had indie publishers looking out for a collected Tales of the Blue Moon. My current company are asking if after a few months break I would be available for freelance PR work.

On top of that I keep saying to myself I will want a break before kicking into gear with my new freelance life. In all honesty, I am ready to go you know?  The energy is there, even if the brain is not quite engaged yet.

I wonder if I will feel differently tomorrow…

What do you see?

I am often fascinated by the way 10 people can look at a scene, and see 10 different things.

Some may see a tiny cramped office attempt in a hallway. Others may see a tight wad who just spent £22. Others may notice the Wacom Bamboo 2 pen. Some may see a bed for the dogs. A keen eye may see a niece and nephew in a photo riding my motorbike.

Then there are those who see the start of a new empire.

5 days left at the day job. Gotta get ready now.