Why I Started My Own Small Business- JDoArts & Illustrations

Find out why I started my own business and why I didn’t just wait around for jobs.

Why I Started My Own Small Business- JDoArts & Illustrations

If you are reading this, you might already know about my small business but if you’re someone who just stumbled upon this article, you’ll be in for a treat!

I Was Not Hire-able.

Throughout the early 2010s, I was attending Cornish College of the Arts for Fine Arts but due to unfortunate circumstances, I had to quit and “move on” with my life. Although I was not in a good place, I still wanted to pursue something that I was super passionate about and I had to figure out how I can make things work.

The big thing that really hurt my self-esteem was that I wasn’t getting hired to do any kind of work. No matter how much I shared on social media (Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter), I did not get a fish to bite. I got definitely got a following going on but the audience I got weren’t the ones that needed work done and to be blunt, I was looking for the wrong audiences and probably didn’t know exactly what I wanted.

I Had To Change My Game Plan.

One day I had a thought, “I’ve been wasting all this time waiting for people to hire me. Although I’ve been making so much social media content and practicing my craft, I still need to make money from what I do creatively so I can continue to this long”. From that thought and seeing how other creators make money from their craft, I came to the conclusion that I need to create my own business. While I can continue getting better with my skills and become “more hire-able”, it’s still such an undermined amount of time until I can get hired and if I created my own business, I can control the outcome way better. And so I did.

The Successes.

Fast forward to a few years later, 2016-2020, I have done over 30 local art events, festivals, some conventions and have been able to use all the skills I’ve learned to help other people start their projects, create branding, have done work in video games, etc. What’s most rewarding from all of this is that I was able to do something I love while finding so many other things I am passionate about. Which is helping other people through my skills and the brand I’ve created, JDoArts & Illustrations where I spread mental health awareness through the works I create for it.

The Moral of The Story.

The moral of the whole story is that you should not put your fate into someone else’s hands, especially an invisible person’s hands and when you put that energy into the right action, you’ll get rewarded greatly.

If you’ve read everything and have reached this part of the article, I want to thank you a lot. Because it’s people like you that helps me stay afloat. Whether it’s through supporting me through merch purchase or showing that you care about my stories and possibly telling others about my services. THANK YOU! <3

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How to Work With Graphic Designers

How To Work With Graphic Designers

Seattle freelance graphic designer how to work with

Graphic Designers are there to provide their expertise and to bring your vision to life.

If you recently hired a graphic designer or is thinking about it and want to know how to work with them to get the most of the service, this is the article for you.

1. Know what you want beforehand.

To make the process easier for you and your graphic designer, come in with a visual vision first so you can help lead the designer in the right direction. Most of the time, they will ask questions about what you want visually communicated so that there won’t be too many redos. But at the end of the day, they are not mind readers.

So before you go talk to your graphic designer, make sure you have come up with ideas yourself. It doesn’t have to be visuals, it could just be “Bold and playful”. Knowing what you MAY want in advance will help you save time and money.

2. Maybe the graphic designer knows best?

When you hire a designer, keep in mind that they are an expert in that area. You are paying them to do the job for you because you either don’t have the time to or you just don’t have the skillset to. If the designer makes certain choices that you don’t find effective, let the designer know so you guys can work through it instead of micromanaging and enforcing a design choice when you are not the expert.

3. It’s always a collaborative effort.

Even though you are paying someone else to do the job for you, make sure that you are being updated on what’s being made. Especially the details like language usage, terminologies that are specific to your industry, company information, etc. Most of the time, the graphic designer isn’t an expert on what you sell or the industry that you are in. Helping them give you the best results will be your key to success.

4. Make sure to pay your graphic designer.

It is important to pay your graphic designers, especially in a timely manner. Just like with any relationship, you always want to keep a good one with your graphic designer. Especially ones that bring your vision to life. People like that are difficult to find and who knows, your competitors might just grab them up!


Graphic designers are there to provide their expertise and to bring your vision to life. It’s always a collaborative work, save time and money by letting them take the wheel and most importantly, pay your graphic designers. They are providing their expertise and services too just like anyone else.

Looking for a freelance graphic designer to spice up your branding, for merchandise designs, packaging design works, etc, feel free to contact me anytime to help your BUSINESS become even more successful!

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