Interview with “A Colorful Dreamer” Solopreneur Myrna Datilus DONE

Myrna Datilus is the mastermind behind A Colorful Dreamer, a blog showcasing audacious dream chasers & dreamy events. Combining passion with purpose, Myrna is a solopreneur who’s hustle is led with heart and integrity. Following her ambitions in performance, writing, health, and championing love, Myrna exemplifies what it means to be a freelancer today. Read on to learn her tips for growth and success.

Let’s make sure you pat your own back… What’s your biggest strength as a solopreneur? 

I believe that in life everyone makes a choice to spread love or hate, and I choose to spread love and do everything with integrity. Otherwise, what’s the point? Due to these strengths, I have amazing people in my Rolodex, no burnt bridges, and people who trust me. 

What’s the best business or money advice you ever got as an independent?

Budget, budget, budget! Also, always determine if whatever it is you’re willing to spend money on is a want or a need; that will help keep you in check.

Now for a moment of realness, what are you struggling with right now in your business?

I am struggling with having more exposure for my brand. I am currently in renovation mode with my website and logo; my new website and logo will be revealed in November, my birthday month. Another struggle is monetizing my brand. Currently, I am learning from Jenell B. Stewart and her Paid Pitch program on how to properly pitch myself to larger brands in order to solidify myself within the lifestyle and self-awareness industry. She has found success and so has her students so it was important to invest in myself via her school. I have admired her for so long and the time is now for me to take my brand to the next level!

As a blogger in New Jersey, what challenges and advantages do you think are unique to where you live?

I currently reside in Newark, NJ, right near Penn Station, so getting to NYC is never a challenge for me. It’s like crossing the street, literally, so location is not a huge issue for me. As a blogger, I attend a lot of events in the greater NY metro area, so it’s easy to get to these locations for the most part. I reach out to a lot of my future clients via social media, so I feel like I am in a great place both physically and virtually.

Your blog is all about showcasing creative dream chasers, and we know the freelancer life is all about the hustle toward incredible goals. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

In 5 years, I see myself really living in my passion with my writing and eventually musical theatre and walking in my purpose within the Healthcare industry. Those two balances of passion and purpose will allow me to live the life I have always dreamed of. One where I am full of joy and I am financially stable making well over 6-7 figures! My brand, A Colorful Dreamer, will be a household name and I will be auditioning or performing in some plays! Personally, hopefully, a man has swept me off my feet and we are living fabulously in our decked out loft overlooking the Hudson River. That will ALLLL be a dream come true for me!

The Freelancer’s Guide to Setting Active and Passive Income Goals – DONE

One of the cornerstones of building financial stability is having multiple income sources, which can often be active and passive incomes. Having more income sources will generally result in more money being generated. When you consider that 65% of self-made millionaires have at least three streams of income, there’s no reason why self-made solopreneurs shouldn’t be implementing this practice as well. 

As freelancers, we may have clients that come and go. Having multiple income sources will help provide financial security to keep you afloat during dry spells or times when work is scarce like the holidays. Even if a major client were to request a decrease in hours or monthly retainer, you will still be left with other viable sources of income. 

But how do we go about securing these types of income streams?

First, it is important to identify the two main types of income streams to focus on: active and passive income.  Active income is the income that you bring in through the performance of services. On the other hand, passive income is the money you bring in through endeavors you are not actively involved in. In other words, passive income is often a one-time investment of time and energy and continues making money thereafter. When establishing ourselves as successful freelancers, it’s important to have both active and passive income.  

Active Income

This is the big one for freelancers providing services. This is the type of income generated through performing services and general work. Meaning, all jobs we get hired to do. It’s also likely the most significant chunk of your monies. That’s why it’s imperative to know how much and when you’ll be seeing the money from your active income. Understanding precisely when to expect your active income will help create healthy cash flow. That also means having a clear picture of your actual balance in real-time, which is easy to do on the Lance app. If you haven’t done so recently, review your pricing to make sure you are paying yourself enough. If you need a little nudge, check out these 3 reasons you should set higher rates as a freelancer

Setting realistic active income goals is a matter of truly knowing how you’re doing financially. This refers to knowing on a day to day basis, in addition to anticipating the future. Once you’re able to identify a stall in future active income, it is time to take action. This is when you venture out and get new clients, and start creating passive income.

What is passive income and how do I get it?

This is where your creativity as a hustler truly pays off.  This income can really be anything that is not set salaries, wages, or tips. Passive income is also known as recurring income. Do you have a service you can provide on a monthly subscription basis? A skill you can teach through an online course? The possibilities are boundless, but navigating your way through the world of passive income can be tricky. Where does one even start? These are the first two steps to take.

Start Slow and Experiment

Starting a new passive income is not something you just jump into.  If you want long term success in your passive income, you must ease yourself into it.  The obvious first step is to come up with an idea for a possible way to generate it.

Get creative. Are you a photographer? Consider recording a webinar about lighting and uploading it to your website. You’ll have to set out time and energy to record it once, but after it’s out on the world wide web, that income you’ll receive from selling it is passive. Are you a writer with a blog that has traction? Consider selling ad-space on your blog to see that money rolling in.

Once the idea is put into practice, your focus should turn to the reaction that it receives.  This is where experimentation comes in. Observe how its success changes under certain adaptations.  If you went made a video tutorial, post it on different platforms, change the title of it, alter the description; anything that can influence the amount of traffic it receives.  This initial source of passive income should serve as a learning experience more than anything. The development of a passive income stream should be performed methodically to maximize its effectiveness.

Alter the product based on experimentation

As you continue to experiment and develop this new source of income, it becomes more useful to look at the source stream from an analytical perspective.  Analyze and observe the feedback that your product is receiving. This income stream should be treated as a business: if it is not achieving the level of success that makes it worthwhile it might be right to abandon this iteration of it.  If this is the case, though, it should not be taken as a failure but rather a learning experience for your next endeavor. On the other hand, if your source has been successful, you should look into expanding more time and resources into it. Going back to the example of the video tutorials, if your traffic has increased, you could look into promoting it to gather even more attention, or consider turning your videos into an educational series.  The main thing here is to pay attention to the feedback you are receiving for your product and to adjust your time and resource expenditure accordingly.

The goals that you set for your passive income should fluctuate symbiotically with your allocated energy for the product. Start with small goals that have milestones to create a benchmark for success. If your passive income is growing, you can set the larger goals with long term plans towards higher success. Passive income streams take great observance and patience: keep this in mind if you want to turn this stream into a river.

Goal-Getting with Freelance Journalist and Massage Therapist Dominique Carson – DONE

Dominique Carson is the true embodiment of what it means to be a freelancer today. She is a talent that wears many hats, being a freelance journalist as well as a certified massage therapist. With her mission to “facilitate people’s lives with her hands and words” as well as her inherent go-getter attitude, Dominique has managed to establish herself as a solopreneur. But what does it take to succeed in two differing hustles? We interviewed Dominique to find out. 

Let’s make sure you pat your own back… What’s your biggest strength as a solopreneur? 

I have a natural hustler spirit and my mindset is like a cheetah. I am always in motion and thinking about the next move.

What’s the best business or money advice you ever got as an independent? 

The best business or money advice I received as an independent is learning how to save money for a rainy day. You can start off with $10 and you’ll be surprised with time and commitment, your account will increase on it own. 

Secondly, invest financially in your craft. In other words, to hone your craft, sign up for an advanced course or learn more about the latest trends in your respective fields. Participate in workshops so you can network with others. It can lead to your next opportunity. 

Now for a moment of realness, what are you struggling with right now in your business? 

Finding outlets that can accommodate your schedule and respect your artistic ability can be a challenge. You may have to pitch more than once to be featured in a specific publication, and they may dismiss or delay the article due to timing or intent.

Moreover, the pay rate for freelancers is not financially stable. The pay is often per article under a contract, and there are no benefits.

This means freelancers such as myself may have to pick up another job just to pay the bills before their big break. Remember, your day job can still be affiliated in your respective field. 

I am a freelance journalist but used my writing and research skills in editorial, reporting, sales, recruitment, customer service, higher education, non-profit, and digital sales. I’ve interviewed celebrities and notable figures during my downtime and lunchtime while at a full-time job.  

As a freelance journalist and massage therapist in NY, what challenges and advantages do you think are unique to your city and hustles? 

I am a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and I am working on getting my New York State license. One of the challenges is that I have to start thinking about my visibility as a massage therapist, but on the other hand, everyone wants to be pampered and relaxed.

It’s an amazing opportunity being able to demonstrate my love for massage and writing at the same time. I can travel all over the world to perform massages and different modalities based on needs and interests, and I can always complete freelance projects as a journalist. Writing will always be my voice and art.

We know the freelancer life is all about the hustle toward incredible goals. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Financially, personally, and with your businesses?  

Well, for starters, my fiance and I will be married next year. My last name will be Carter soon and I am excited. I want to be more financially literate in terms of saving my money and investing in properties and or businesses. I will be an award-winning freelance journalist/author. I will perform massages, own a practice, and participate in the research aspect of the field. 

Here’s Why Paper is Killing Your Home Service Business

This is a guest post by Vanessa Perplies of Workiz. Workiz is an easy-to-use field service management system that improves related workflows. The platform provides contractors and their extended teams complete control and visibility over all their communications and scheduling. 

Tell us the truth… Has this ever happened to you?

You’re on the phone with a client while you’re trying to do 10 other things. You’re jotting down your notes and after you’re done, you step away. Then, you come back to your notes. What color was the wall the client said that they needed painted? Green? Blue? When did you say your appointment was? Wednesday at 10am? Or was it at 10:30am?

Yikes.

If you’re still stuck in the paper and pen ages of business, you’re setting yourself up for way more stress and hassle than you realize. 

According to a 2018 study on Freelancing put out by Upwork, 63% of full-time freelancers feel anxious about everything they have to manage. This isn’t a shock when you really think about it.

From sending out estimates, completing the job, receiving payment, staying organized, managing a team, collecting positive reviews and trying to build a pipeline with future work, freelancers (including contractors and home service pros) are spread mighty thin.

So how do you lower your stress levels and set yourself up for success in your contracting business?

Here’s the good news…

If you’re using a system like Lance to make more intelligent financial decisions, see where you can get tax kickbacks and save money, you’re already one-step ahead of the game.

Now, you’ll need a way to manage the rest of your entire home service business, which includes every aspect of communicating with your extended team (if you have one) and your customers, including your phone calls. All of your phone calls. We know there are too many to count with each project you take. 

Something we see a lot of at Workiz – working with contractors and home service pros – is most of your customers still start the relationship with a phone call. When contractors and your broader teams rely on pen and paper, it’s almost impossible to collect all those notes in a way that helps you really track how the relationship developed and understand what happened along the way, especially when you’re trying to understand that client’s history six months or one year down the line. And tracking that bigger picture is so important to understanding your best ways of marketing your business and how to get more return customers. You want return customers, because they’re cheaper to continue working with over the long term and can be great referrals for your work. 

So, that client who booked an oriental rug carpet cleaning service. But they never called back to schedule a regular cleaning.

Hmmmm…do you know why?

If you’re using a system like Workiz that tracks all of your client and employee communications – phone calls, email, text messages and in-app messages with your team – you can go back and see an entire, digital history with your customers in a super clear visual timeline. 

Not only are your calls with everyone around projects captured, but you can go back in time and listen to all the project calls to figure out what happened and if you want to work with certain clients. 

In the case of the client who wanted to book your rug cleaning, you might go back to your calls with them and realize they were at fault. They were rude to your dispatcher, arrived late to the appointment – despite confirming the appointment via text the day before – complained about the first run through of the cleaning – pulling your best cleaner from across town – and then still left a negative review on your Yelp page. 

What a headache. And likely one you’re happy not to repeat with an ongoing cleaning relationship. 

With the pen and paper you’re using today, along with an extended team, you very likely wouldn’t know every part of this experience. You wouldn’t have the recorded calls, tech notes, timed text message notifications, and a dedicated, digital job history that verified everyone’s story of what they experienced and the fact that you do want to focus your energy on keeping other repeat customers. 

We’re all trying to find new and better ways to stop running around in circles, as freelancers and contractors. We need to save our time and energy for our everyday work and marketing to the right kinds of clients for each of us. 
If you’re a contractor with a home service business, we know you’re always trying to level up your game and keep better track of exactly what’s going on with your team and customers. At Workiz, we’re here for you and happy to offer a free 14-day trial so you can start seeing the benefits of simple and automatic tracking of all the communications around your home service business right away.


Dogs of Lance: Interview with Hassa, The Maltese

Welcome to the Dogs of Lance series where we sit down with our favorite canine freelancer friends to hear what they have to say about running their business.

What does your typical workday look like?

After I go for my daily morning workout (10 min walk TBH), I have a nourishing breakfast followed by my snack of choice. If I’m lucky it’s a piece of fresh red pepper. I then head to my desk where I catch up on emails before I take my first nap of the day, which is followed by a second, third, and evening nap.

Which of your human’s habits can’t you stand?

She’s always all up in my space! Whether it be hogging the entire bed when I’m trying to get my beauty sleep, or when she puts her feet in my face when I’m in my favorite nook under my office desk, she’s always bumping into me! 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I’d love to be able to open doors by myself so I can go outside and take my daily sunbath whenever I please. That, and being able to magically turn every meal into a steak dinner.

What keeps you motivated to hustle?

My human gives me healthy brain-boosting treats every day that fuel my creativity.

On a scale of 1-10, how good are you at saving?

I’m a big hoarder of all things, I still have my first toy which is 10+ years old, so I’d say I’m pretty good.

What advice would you give other freelancing pets?

Choose your human wisely.

The Freelancing Dilemma: How do I let a client go?

Being a freelancer is great! We get to do work we actually want to do. Whether this means choosing exciting projects or working with people who interest us, the decision is ours. Since you own your own business, you have the privilege to choose work that will make you happy. Any freelancing client that pushes you away from this happiness or productivity should go. If a client is taking a toll on your mood and mindset, this will be reflected in other areas of your life. If your mind is preoccupied with a tense client relationship, it will be less free to focus on how to make more money and grow your biz. Your other projects and clients will also take a hit from this. 

Once identified, letting go of the clients that hold you back is one challenge that many freelancers face. You might feel guilty for having to fire a client or hesitant to turn down the income. So how does one go about it sensitively yet confidently? Where does one start? 

Continue reading for 6 key ideas to keep in mind in order to fire your client in the nicest way possible. 

1. Determine the where.

Should I tell my freelancing client over a coffee or via email? It depends on the way in which you’re used to working together. If you’ve built a relationship face-to-face, it is important to deliver this news in person. If you can’t or have never met your client face-to-face, set up a video call. Give them this in-person respect, but make sure you state the way you will move forward and the termination in writing afterward. 

2. Stay polite and professional.

Each interaction must maintain a positive business relationship. Upsetting a freelancing client could push them to write negative reviews online, or alert a potential client. Remember, this is an opportunity to keep a good reputation for your biz. Although it didn’t work out with a certain client, they may still refer others to you in the future. Keep your professionalism and this window open.

3. Depersonalize the firing.

With emotions and relationships in the mix, it can get complicated. Changes in business direction, personal circumstances, or an unsuitable process for both you and your client can put you in this situation. Although it may be uncomfortable, think of it as the business decision that it is. Do what’s best for your business and remove all other factors. 

4. Be Honest.

Explain what lead you to your decision. Let them know the exact expectations that are not being fulfilled. Use your evidence, like a written contract or project plans, as examples. This will help both you and your former client move forward in a more productive way. Be open about the ways they prohibited you from producing your best work and why they aren’t the right fit for your business. This will allow both of you to reflect on the relationship and understand what to tweak when moving forward. 

5. Refer a colleague.

Although it is not necessary, your client will be more than appreciative to receive some direction once you let them go. Just because a client didn’t work well with you doesn’t mean they won’t work well with a peer. Since you will no longer be completing their needed services, help them find someone who can.

6. Keep your eye out for red flags.

What aspects of the client were detrimental to the relationship that has caused this firing? There may be at least four of them according to this Forbes article. Don’t make the same mistake twice. Move forward with your business while keeping in mind the red flags that made you fire this client in the first place. Being aware of what works and what doesn’t will help you determine how to choose the right clients for your freelancing biz. It will ensure reliable clients and stable happiness for the future of your solopreneurship.

No matter how hard you try, you cannot meet every demand of every client. You may just not enjoy the work you do or who you work with. Don’t let this stand in the way of your solopreneur happiness. This is your business. You call the shots. 

All in all, you want to let someone go in a respectful manner to maintain a positive client relationship. To do this, be honest to your client and explain where things went wrong. They may not realize this at first, but you are saving both yourself and your client time and money to find a suitable match. 

Painting Your Way To Freedom with Freelance Artist Kayla Whitney

Kayla Whitney is a freelance artist with a palette of many colors and talents. Based in Hamilton, Canada, Kayla is an hustler who’s become known for her bright happiness-inducing murals and design expertise. From delicate paper drawings to large scale installations, Kayla never ceases to search for growth opportunities to grow her biz and craft. Read below to learn from her journey from big city to farm, to rocking it as a solopreneur.

Let’s make sure you pat your own back… What’s your biggest strength as a solopreneur?

I am completely unable to work for other people. For most of my life that was a definite shortcoming. But when I started working for myself and felt how good and right it was …. I knew this is the solution! I don’t really have another option – I can’t have another job, I have to do this. It is just so thoroughly suited to who I am and how I work. Not having another option keeps the fire lit and burning bright. There is no fallback plan, or an option to give up and work for ‘the man’. Solopreneurship is it for me, and I really love it! It’s weird to say an inability to work for others is my greatest strength, but it is the reason I am here doing this today!

What’s the best business or money advice you ever got as a freelance artist?

It came from one of my best friends! We were in the park, laying in the grass, and I was marveling at how she had just jumped into a career she had no real experience in. She was making great money and killing it, and told me: “fake it til you make it”. I know that’s an old saying but oh does it work! I’ve always had a ‘can do’ attitude so I just really really dialed it up. I would say yes to everything, and then sort it out as I went. I am still doing that today, all the time!

Now for a moment of realness, what are you struggling with right now in your business?

Allow me to list them!

  • Time management between juggling multiple projects is a huge one for me. Starting out, you have to say yes to everything. This means that sometimes I spend 8 hours outside mural painting and then another 4 on my computer doing design. All this because I am scared of missing an opportunity.
  • Pricing: valuing myself, my time and my work (see point above).
  • Navigating downtime, personal time, and work time (again see point number one and two).
  • Millennial burnout – it’s a real thing (see all above points!).

As a freelance artist in Hamilton, what challenges and advantages do you think are unique to your city?

I went to university in Toronto and then worked there for about six years. After leaving to go farm for a few years and decompress from the madness, I moved to Hamilton. Comparing life as an artist in Toronto to Hamilton is laughable! When I moved here, my goal was to work full time as an artist. And I have been able to make that happen!

The community support in Hamilton is like nothing I have ever experienced. People are so welcoming and supportive. When you meet someone they are likely to ask: what do you do? how can we collaborate or support one another? In Toronto, I really felt ‘a kill or be killed’ attitude especially within the creative fields.

We know the freelance artist life is all about the hustle toward incredible goals. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Financially, personally, and with your businesses? 

I would like to create financial security for myself, and my family. As a freelancer I have really only been financially secure a few times in my adult life (when bartending) and it is something that I am really striving towards in my future. My partner and I are both painters so creating financial stability is important for us to be able to continue to do this our whole lives and also exist within the world with any semblance of normalcy. 

With my business and personally, I would like to close the gap between my studio practice and client work. For example, I’d love to do more murals that were blown up images from my studio practice, and get more illustration and design work that is based on my own art practice and unique style. Another business goal is to become successful enough that I either don’t need to use social media anymore because I just have enough work coming in or, to be able to hire someone to do social media for me. Once either of those things happens I will downgrade to a flip phone and only ever take calls. If I am really lucky I will get a landline and only listen to my answering machine messages when I get home for the day!

See more of Kayla’s journey on Instagram!

For more tips on the business of freelancing, check out the Lance Magazine.

How to Choose The Right Clients For Your Freelancing Biz

As freelancers and independents, the relationships with our clients is the gateway to success. Working closely together often creates strong bonds that outlast a certain project, and may even develop into friendship. But if you ask a group of freelancers in confidence if they’ve ever had a problematic client, almost all of them will have a horror story to share. You can’t predict how working with certain people will turn out, but you can learn how to better choose your clients to avoid the difficult ones. Over time this will become easier, but if you’re just starting out or you feel like you’ve been faced with one difficult client after another, take a look at these tips to help you choose the right clients for your biz. 

Know what you want.

Before you commit to a client, make sure you know exactly what kind of projects you are looking for. If you can clearly state the type of project you wish to work on, you’ll find clients who are looking precisely for your services. Having clarity on what exactly you want to work on will help you stay clear from those enjoyable projects that ultimately lead to frustration for both parties. It’ll simply make finding a match that much easier! Be as clear as possible with your realistic business intentions, and make sure to communicate them to your potential client.

Ask the right questions. 

What is your client looking for? What problems led this potential client to begin their freelancer search? What is the timeline? Are you sure you will be able to complete this project? Do you have the tools necessary? 

The more communicative both sides of the party are, the more likely you will be able to see if it’s a right fit. The project a client explains may sound like an absolute dread to you or it may be extremely exciting. Taking time to understand your client’s goal will be worthwhile and can save you a lot of time in the future. Before moving forward, make sure you will be able to add value to your client’s project. Read here for more insight on asking your clients the right questions. 

Establish detailed expectations. 

Between deadlines, budgets, and techniques, there is a lot to go over with potential clients. Create a contract with your client to make sure these details are in writing. Feel free to use our contract template for freelancers, and watch our free webinar for more insight into what it all means. Having a contract will hold both parties accountable and ensure a fair business deal. Setting descriptive expectations is key to keeping a thriving business relationship.

Say no. 

This idea will be the most helpful when establishing your business and choosing your clients. As your solopreneurship continues to grow, your cash flow will increase. But don’t bite off more than you can chew. Saying yes to every offer is a recipe for burnout, not to mention dissatisfied clients. Although it may feel counterintuitive to turn down opportunities, saying no allows you to focus your time and skills on your existing clients and provide the best work you possibly can.

If saying ‘no’ is still a learning process, use these ideas to learn how to confidently decline a potential client. 

Trust your instincts.

This may come as a surprise to you, but so many people talk themselves into working with a client that they initially had a bad feeling about. You have these feelings for a reason. Don’t disregard them. 

All in all, it’s hard to fake enthusiasm when working with problematic clients. But you don’t have to. Seek out clients who have projects that excite you. Sometimes we forget this, but us freelancers get to pick and choose our clients and our projects. This is one of the best parts of being an independent hustler. Don’t take on projects that feel forced, especially if it doesn’t feel right from square one. To avoid those troublesome and demanding clients, be transparent with your expectations and say no when necessary. You might feel guilty for having to turn down a client. Just remember that your business(ses) will be more successful if you filter out clients that hold you back. 

From 9-5 to Freelance Master: Interview with Bold Surface Pattern Designer Elizabeth Silver

Illustration of Freelance Surface Pattern Designer Elizabeth Silver

Freelance surface pattern designer Elizabeth Silver has a gift for making things more appealing.  Through her great artistic skill-set and magnificent color palettes, Elizabeth turns the blandest of products into lively works of art. Elizabeth spent 9 years as an in-house designer for home textiles in New York City before going solo. When the time came to realize her dream in Raleigh, North Carolina, Elizabeth made an admirably bold move a lot of us freelancers make as she left the world of full-time employment and began her freelance practice.  While the transition was not always smooth, over the past 7 years Elizabeth has really found her place as a freelancer.

Since becoming a freelancer, Elizabeth has picked up work from a number of notable companies including Amscan, Evite, and GapKids.  Below, Elizabeth shares insight into the world of freelancing and her path of success.

Let’s make sure you pat your own back… What’s your biggest strength as a solopreneur surface pattern designer?

I’m a left-brained creative. My ability to think logically and stay organized is crazy important as I try to juggle all. the. things. that go into building my business. The balance between my creativity and my analytical side is great for my clients as well. While working to put together a beautiful design, I’m also thinking about the manufacturing constraints of the end product and any other factors that are important to the final deliverable. 

What’s the best business or money advice you ever got as a freelancer?

The ethos behind ‘know your worth, then add tax’ resonates with me. I definitely got work in the early days through freelancer websites. It’s so easy to undervalue your work in those settings. Learning to turn down work (even when I *need* it) has been so important for my stress level and confidence. 

Now for a moment of realness, what are you struggling with right now in your business?

Exponential growth! I keep hoping that as I build momentum and work with more clients that opportunities will start doubling and tripling. I’ve just hit the 7-year mark of being my own boss and I’m proud of where I am. But it was a sloooow climb to get here and I still can’t see the top of the mountain. 

As a freelance surface pattern designer in Raleigh, what challenges and advantages do you think are unique to your city?

I guess you could say I have Raleigh to thank for my current career. I was a full-time textile designer living in New York City before. It wasn’t until I wanted to move out and found a warmer spot where I could have a backyard that I plunged headfirst into the freelance life. Raleigh has great opportunities for graphic and web designers, but it seems the surface pattern industry is non-existent. And I really wasn’t interested in shifting my design focus. 

We know the freelancer life is all about the hustle toward incredible goals. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Financially, personally, and with your businesses?

I’m working towards bigger projects with bigger clients. For example, licensing deals that span a full line of products, and an amazing audience who loves my digital tools and courses. If I can swing that while working about 35 hours a week, I’ll be killing it 2024.

Find Elizabeth’s incredible work on www.elizabethsilver.com and on Instagram!

Elizabeth Silver Freelancer Surface Pattern Designer

Feeling inspired by Elizabeth’s journey to solopreunership?
You may also like to read: 6 ways to move your Solopreuner Business Forward.