Let’s get one thing straight: if you spend less money on dumb shit, you’ll have more freedom to do the stuff you want to do. This means fewer hours spent doing Day Job work and more time for your creative work because you’re not working harder to pay for that coffee table or those three steak dinners you ate last week. (Oh, and if you … Continue reading Living Frugally = More Freedom
I went in for a haircut the other day and was about to take a seat when the barber asked me to wait until he’d swept up. He got a broom from the corner, swept up all the hair clumps from around the haircutting chair, then bent over and scooped them into a trash bucket all by himself. Sweep, sweep, sweep. I used to work … Continue reading Office Day Jobs vs. Dirty Day Jobs: Which Work Better?
As far as I can figure, there are two ways to think about the work-life balance: In the first model, people spend most of their working time (or at least as much time as possible) doing work that’s meaningful to them. That work can be creating something powerful or unique, doing something to better the community or the world, or simply providing a service that … Continue reading Working for Your Passion vs. Working for Your Weekends: The Pros and Cons
A few days before Christmas, after a day of sorting, packing, taping, and maneuvering three armfuls of boxes to the backseat of my car, I finally mailed out this year’s Art Swap packages. This was the fourth annual Art Swap, and since I’m a sucker for stats, here’s what this year’s looked like: People 19 people participated 4 were joining for the first time … Continue reading Art Swap Mailing 2016
I used to be really bad at job interviews. Not only that, I didn’t know that I was really bad at job interviews, and would walk out of them thinking I’d done really well only to get really disappointed when I didn’t get the job. On the surface, I seemed to be doing everything right: I’d put on a freshly ironed shirt and a snazzy … Continue reading Terrible Job Interviews I’ve Been On, and Why They Were So Terrible
This is Part 2 of my interview with poet, artist, and part-time cookiemaker Paul Hanson Clark, so you can check out Part 1 here. But I Also Have a Day Job: So to make your life work and still do your art, you have to go to your web editing job during the day and make the doughs in the afternoon. Paul Hanson Clark: … Continue reading Paul Hanson Clark Interview Part II: Cookies, Capitalist Voodoo, and the Work-Art Balance
Paul Hanson Clark is a poet, visual artist, and occasional musician heavily involved in the local poetry and art scenes in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Until recently he worked two jobs: mornings in an office doing web design and afternoons mixing dough for a cookie shop (more about this in Part 2!), though he went on to leave the cookie shop job several weeks after … Continue reading Paul Hanson Clark Interview Part I: Sleep, The Creative Process, and Staying Organized
A couple years ago, I had a Day Job where sometimes I had to go to parties with my coworkers and other people involved with where I worked. These parties were usually pretty awkward because I was the youngest one there and didn’t have much in common with the people around me. At one of them, though, I met a guy a few years older … Continue reading How to Show People You’re Serious About Your Creative Work
I used to commute. A lot. Back when I started my first office job, I was driving 23 miles to work and back, which took 35 minutes AND since I used a busy commuter route I had to get to work 20 minutes early or waste even more time sitting in traffic. I listened to a lot of music during that time, though, to the … Continue reading How Much Time Do You Spend Commuting???
Budgeting is awesome and literally everyone should do it. As a creative guy with a Day Job, budgeting’s especially important for me since I need to track my Day Job hours and keep the accounts balanced while I finish my novel-in-progress. Not only that, it also shows me how I’m doing in my quest to pay off my student loans and helps me track how … Continue reading Budgeting 101 For Creative People
So back in my Day Job Basics Guide I wrote about the difference between Day Jobs and Real Jobs, but in real life the spectrum’s a bit more complicated. I’m a big fan of being honest with yourself about how your job fulfills your goals and passions, since knowing one way or the other helps you organize your goals and make positive changes. Ways that … Continue reading 6 Paths Creative People Take to Earn Money
I taught English lessons at a for-profit Japanese eikaiwa (conversation school) in Yamanashi Prefecture from 2009 to 2011, and one of the things that most struck me about the Japanese work environment was how easily the Japanese separate their work lives from their home lives. There’s a lot of cultural factors at work here, but the one people explained to me most often was the … Continue reading How Japanese Honne and Tatemae Separate Work and Home Life, and Why You Should Too