Tuesday, February 9, 2010


I'm not giving up. I can do this.

As my blogging legs are getting steadier and I'm plotting my decorating destiny, 
life can sometimes get in the way.

What kind of resume do ya think would be suitable for this? Maybe I should show up in my spacesuit costume from Halloween circa 1973. The weapons thing kinda makes me nervous on many levels, though.

But seriously, how have all of you successful designers/decorators/bloggers made a living while developing your talents? I'm sure your creativity lent itself to your efforts. I would love to know how you dovetailed making a living while learning how to ditch your training wheels.


Unknown said...

so sorry to hear you lost your job. that security blanket is super helpful when you're trying to establish yourself in another field. i found that committed blogging led to all sorts of opportunities- not directly, but more indirectly. it establishes credibility and lets you show potential clients just where you are coming from. lots of marketing, some well-placed articles, and you'll be off to a great start

DesignTies said...

My blog partner Kelly and I continue to struggle with this very thing, Karen - slowly working on building our individual design businesses (slow being the operative adjective!) and our blog goes from being popular to dead to popular... we're struggling with the blog thing again and can't figure out what we're doing wrong. If you learn anything I hope you pass it on!!

In the mean time, it would be great to have you visit us from time to time. In fact, if you drop by this week you can enter our Valentine's Day giveaway. :-)

Victoria @ DesignTies

"Yeah, that works..!" said...

Rachel - Thank you so much for your encouragement and advice. I especially like the "well placed articles" idea...I will remain committed as well as incorporate more visuals of my work, as well..something I realize has been lacking but is so important. I must say, I am so grateful for the connections I have made with people like yourself.

Victoria - I agree with your advice to slowly build my business - slow but steady wins the race, as it's said. I will be sure to remind myself of that in those anxious moments! I will certainly be visiting your blog. If by chance if there is anything I can share to help you out, you can be sure I will be more than excited to do so. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

DesignTies said...

Hahhaha!!!! That time travel ad is priceless!!!! :-D

As Victoria mentioned, we're both still working at getting our decorating businesses up and running.

I recently met with a real estate agent to discuss the possibility of doing staging & decorating work for her clients.

I've also revamped my resume -- going from being a technical writer to a decorator means most of what's on my current resume is irrelevant. Be original & creative with your resume -- it's a reflection of you and what you can do.

Thanks for participating in our giveaway and linking to it in your sidebar. That's an extra entry for you!! :-)


Duncanmusic said...

I am so lucky to have a woman with so much heart in my life. You know I would go back with you in a heartbeat, babe.
Yer Hubby

"Yeah, that works..!" said...

Kelly - Thanks so much for stopping by! Glad you got a giggle from that Back In Time ad - a real gem, eh?
I think your advice about a resume is spot on....thank you!!!

Duncan - Behind every great man is a great woman - well, that works both ways!

inspiration is all around even where we least expect it