What I learned in my first 3 months of business

In September of last year I decided to become self-employed. Prior to this point, I had been operating as a freelancer, offering graphic design, website design, and marketing services. I would work during the day as part of an inhouse marketing department and then come home, eat some food, and tackle my growing freelance clientele. From what I read, most people who do what I do start out with the ultimate goal of one day being able to work for themselves. This wasn’t what I aimed for though…

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Social Media Content Calendar - Free Download

One of the biggest obstacles I find with owning a business is having to manage all facets of my operations. In between doing work for my clients, I have to find time to do my bookkeeping, make sure my website is being updated with new content, and market my services. There have been weeks when I haven’t been able to get everything done and there have been weeks when I have. I find the difference between checking everything off my to do list or not comes down to how much I have planned for the week.

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Kinda Classy, Kinda Hood - Free Printable Wall Art and Social Image

Do you ever feel like you have 15 different people inside of you? On any given day, you could be the person who wants to spend an hour in the morning getting ready, putting on the right clothes and approaching the day like you got this. Or you wake up as the person that throws on yesterdays clothes (that were questionable to begin with), spends 2 minutes haphazardly putting on mascara and kind of brushing your hair, and then drives to work listening to rap music.

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Kaitlyn Schmidek
Free Printable Wall Art & Social Image

With everything that is going on in our crazy world right now, I'm finding it easy to get caught up in the negativity and fear that a lot of people are feeling right now. The best thing I've found to counteract a negative mindset, is to print off a nice reminder and read it often. It not only serves as a tool of inspiration, but a reminder that while I may not be able to control my surroundings, I can choose the way I react to situations.

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Kaitlyn Schmidek
Free Calligraphy-Inspired Fonts

It’s hard not to notice that there is a calligraphy frenzy going on right now. From wedding invitations and inspirational quotes to posters and logos, calligraphy designs are showing up in many places. And it’s easy to why – calligraphy is a beautiful type of design. When done correctly, the whimsical form of the letters allows the readers eye to flow effortlessly across words and sentences.

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Free Outdoor Themed Social Images

When I have a spare moment and I feel like designing, I usually spend it turning inspirational quotes into pretty images. I love reading through quotes, looking for a beautiful background image or pattern, and paring it with a font I’ve been dying to use (but haven’t found a client who I can use it on yet).

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Kaitlyn Schmidek