My Road to $10,000 a Month (Week 3)

My earnings this week were around the same as the previous weeks. I took on a couple of new projects, but not as many as I’d hoped.

Here’s the breakdown of this week’s earnings:

Source of IncomeAmount Earned ($)
Design Projects715.40
Passive Income (POD)45.50
TOTAL760.90

MAY 2020, WEEK 3 (16 May to 22 May)

DESIGN PROJECTS

So far, my projects have come primarily from Reddit and Twitter. In particular, I finalized a project with a Twitch streamer whom I have worked with previously and received $100 in commission. Apparently he has a couple more projects lined out for me, so I’m pretty excited.

I also received around $100 after completing another project with a Twitch streamer —and it was a long time coming. He reached out to me last year and we worked on the graphics for his channel. However, due to personal circumstances he wasn’t able to pay me until now. You might not believe it, but this wasn’t my first experience dealing with such clients. It might be frustrating for a freelancer, but by being patient and understanding you have a better chance of finalizing things with them eventually.

See also: Providing Good Client Service

ETSY

Although I updated my logo design listing last week, I decided to make more changes. Recently Etsy has introduced Offsite Ads, which advertises eligible listings on sites like Google and Facebook at no upfront costs; a fee will only be charged for any orders that result from Offsite Ads. To increase the chance of a listing being advertised, Etsy has some guidelines on how you can improve the quality of your listings. Basically I removed any text from my images and changed the title to one that’s clearer and not just a jumble of keywords.

TWINE

I stumbled upon Twine a few days ago, a platform that connects companies to talented freelancers. So far I have applied for a couple of logo and graphic design jobs, but haven’t heard back from anyone yet.

Twine, connecting companies with talented freelancers
Twine, connecting companies with talented freelancers

SOCIAL MEDIA

I continue to be active on social media. I have also been trying to gain more followers on my Instagram by sharing my page on various Facebook groups and Discord servers.

Speaking of Instagram, I noticed that other graphic designers use Instagram Highlights on their pages to showcase work and display contact information. It took a few hours, but I finally created a highlight for my logo design service.

My Instagram Highlight for logo design service
my Instagram Highlight for logo design service

You probably aren’t aware, but there is a challenge that has been trending on social media called Sailor Moon Redraw. I decided to participate and see if it will boost my social media presence. The results were pretty disappointing: just a few likes on Twitter and Instagram.


That concludes the third week of my road to $10,000 a month as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. It looks my earnings have been pretty constant these past three weeks, which is good and bad. I’ll need to find more ways to promote and market my services.

How did you fare this week? Comment below!

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