This week I’ve got the second part of an interview I did with Sarah Firth and this one is some straight up #realtalk about how money works. The first five minutes we talk about maneuvering in your creative career, the next five, Sarah gives me the low down on her best resources for getting in control of your money, and then the following 40 minutes is some down the line truths about financial literacy. Things like how to get interested in money, how to work out how much to charge for your work, how to make a budget, and why you should absolutely definitely look at your finances, even if it means breaking your own heart in the process.
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For those of you who have been following along from the very beginning of Starving Artist, I have some exciting news for you, Starving Artist got SPONSORED!! That’s right, my dad is like, v proud of me (and you can hear it in the latest episode).
So, I am proud to say that this is the very first episode that was supported by, Etsy. Man I am even smiling as I type that. For those of you who don’t know, Etsy is a place to sell your art, and buy just about anything handmade, independently designed, or vintage direct from the people make and curate it all around the world. I reached out to them because they make tools for people like me, people like you, to make a living from their work. Their business is helping creatives make a business.
We’ve partnered up for the rest of the first season of Starving Artist, but instead of doing normal ads (boring), I’m going to be trying my hand at starting an Etsy store! I’ll be documenting the process, and sharing it in bits and pieces with you guys on the podcast.
In this week's instalment of "Honor Eastly tries Etsy", I try to see how quickly I can set up an Etsy store, and you can try to beat my time and win stuff. The first five people who beat my time will get a Feelings pack, with three different badges, and some postcards that you can cry on and send to your mates.
Get all the details - including how to get your first 20 listings FREE - at starvingartistpodcast.com/etsy.
All the linky goodness (and there's a lot of goodness in here this week):
- Elizabeth Gilbert's Facebook post about the difference between a hobby, job, career, and vocation. It has over 6,500 shares on fb! Wow! Clearly has hit a nerve for a lot of people!
- Stefan Sagmeister, the designer who closes down his studio every seven years to have a year long sabbatical. Check out his TED talk for the how and the why. Some really interesting ideas in there about continued learning and phases of life.
- Making Your Life As An Artist - I've mentioned this one a lot, and Sarah's also a fan. Get the free pdf version here, and sign up to the Starving Artist mailing list to be first in line to win a copy (I'll be giving away a bunch in the next couple of weeks).
- Leonie Dawson's My Shining Year Planner. Turns out Leonie has sold 250,000 of these bad boys! Wow! That's a lot of goals! I would also recommend The Self Journal (more details below) that I've been using in the past month.
- Money Brilliant app - this app tracks all your spending and helps you set budgets and spending goals. When you sign up you can actually input all your spending from the past year, and then take a good gander at what you spent all your money on! It's a good way to get a clear idea of your spending habits quick sticks.
- David Rees' talk at XOXO Festival titled "Total Financial Transparency: Welcome To Hell". He goes through what he's earned, from where, over the last 15 years of his career as an independent creative. I suggest doing a little bit of googling of David Rees before you watch to this talk, because some of his projects are pretty interesting. Check out his artisanal pencil sharpening business in particular. I've watched this talk at least three times now and I it still gets me. Go watch it.
- MYOB accounting software - if you're interested in accounting software you should also check out Jeff Phillips' episode about tax where he talks a lot about the glories of Xero.
- Jessica Abel makes some amazing resources for creatives, including a spreadsheet where you can map out your products and services. You can get that spreadsheet at the bottom of this article she wrote about creating a business model for your work.
Aaaand, the resources that I mention at the very end of the episode (if you're not sure where to start, start here):
- If you're in Australia check out The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape (if you're not in Australia there's still definitely stuff you can get out of this book, just a bunch of the advice is very specific for the Australian context).
- If you're anywhere else check out Making Your Life As An Artist - get the free pdf version here, and sign up to the Starving Artist mailing list to be first in line to win a copy (I'll be giving away a bunch in the next couple of weeks).
- After the first episode with Sarah Firth, Episode 7: Designing Your Creative Life, Sarah put together a 58-page workbook: Untangle Your Brain - Think On The Page. You can get a totally free draft of it by signing up to her monthly mailing list, (you'll get the link to download the workbook in the snazzy confirmation email). It's packed with the visual models, tools and methods she uses for sense making, remembering, self-soothing, clearing mental clutter and strategic thinking.