BUSINESS

My #1 Money Making Tip

A lot of people get stuck on the making-money part of being girl boss. “But, how do you REALLY make a living Mayi?”, they ask.

It’s a good question.

Everything eventually comes back to money, doesn’t it? Well, it’s gotta come from somewhere, right? I wish leprechauns will just sneak into our homes at night while we’re sleeping with large bags of cash. But until then, we gotta bring peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the table legally.

You’ve followed your calling, now what?

The first step to making money is to stop Googling things like, “how to make money.” Not because you shouldn’t want to make money, but because the stuff you’re going to find by doing that is highly likely going to help you lose money.

You wanna know what my #1 money making tip? Hit play!

Focus on surviving.

Get rich slowly, by your own means.

That’s how you build a profitable empire. That’s how you earn the badge of THE BOSS.

Now, I would love to hear your #1 money making tip. Share it in the comments!

BUSINESS

Turn Hearts Into Instagram Clients

You don’t have to sound like an infomercial to do business on Instagram. Turning hearts into clients doesn’t have to be a pain either.

If you’re stuck stalking people instead of earning cash, you need to rethink your Instagram strategy.

You don’t have one, do you? Don’t hit the panic button. I’m here to help.

In a nutshell:

  • You want to infusing your personality into your business through Instagram Stories.
  • You want to show that you mean business by having a professional looking feed.
  • And finally, you want to direct your followers to the place where they can learn more + sign up or buy now.

Does this sound like spamming to you? I think you can do it. Get clear on your path to profit + start making some good money doing what you love on Instagram.

Keep me posted on how it goes!

Till we meet again.

BUSINESS

This Is How My Illustrations Come to Life

Hi I’m Mayi Carles, a tiny Panamanian artist with a T-Rex heart making a living on the internet by being myself, owning my weird and sharing all the lessons I’ve learned along the way, including the messy middle.

And this is how my whimsical illustrations come to life (in case you are curious):

Let’s recap:

  • First, I sketch my quirky illustrations by hand with a .5 mechanical pencil on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of papel.
  • Second, I paint by hand with acrylic paints for a that painterly look that feels like a real human being did it, cuz computers can’t do what my hand can.
  • Third, I scan. 
  • Forth, I clean up in Photoshop + vectorize it in Illustrator.
  • Fifth, I share it with you.

If you would like to know the specifics about the tools I use, I talk about that in this post!

Is there anything else you would like to know about my process? Ask away in the comments.

Would you like to check out my Design Studio? Click here!

Thanks for watching.

BUSINESS

6 Tips For Introverts Running A Business

There is a lot of hype around being an entrepreneur. These days everyone wants to be one. Build an empire. Conquer the world.

I’m an accidental entrepreneur. Initially, I didn’t quit my job because I wanted to work from a laptop with my feet soaked in warm sand. I hate sitting in the sand, it gets in too many places + electronic devices. I did it because (I don’t think you know this about me), but I’m a hermit. I couldn’t deal with the social anxiety of leaving my house everyday + dressing up + driving to work. It’s too people-y outside.

Being my own CEO + setting up my business online has helped me feed that neurosis.

Don’t be fooled by the bubbly personality. Inside this pint size cheerleader, there is an introvert stirring the wheel, maneuvering my way out of small talk.

So how does an introvert run a profitable business? I’ll give you a few pointers:

Let’s recap:

  1. Like Weight Watchers, I have a points system.
  2. I don’t always connect, but when I do, it’s with one person at a time. 
  3. I have created a tier of offerings that have different levels of interaction. 
  4. I fired Twitter + Snapchat + Google+.
  5. Raise your introvert white flag high! 
  6. Remember that you are the boss of you and your business. 

That’s what I’ve got for you today.

Any tips you can add to the mix? All my introverts would love you for it. So please add them in the comments, alright. Don’t be shy (wink wink).

PS: Love today’s yellow space dress that makes me feel like I’m on the set of Austin Powers? I got it at my mom-in-laws lovely store @inmotionboutique

BUSINESS

Do’s and Don’ts of Doing Custom Work

Welcome back my friend. Here’s another vid for ya’, from my T-Rex heart to yours. This one is all about commissions or special request.

If you are considering doing custom work, follow these simple do’s and don’ts, so you can enjoy the process + appreciate your client (as opposed to resenting the sale):

I love doing custom work. Last month I got paid to design a unicorn mascot named Juicy. Pinch me. But it wasn’t always this much fun.

When I started I wasn’t charging enough, I apologized for everything that wasn’t even my fault, I had no boundaries in place. I’ve learned tons by doing + making mistakes, so I hope that today’s video inspired you consider doing custom work, or if you are already taking special orders to make it an awesome experience.

If you have any tips of your own to share, drop them in the comments below this episode.

PS: Love today’s jumpsuit? I got it at my mom-in-laws lovely store @inmotionboutique

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