Over the last year I’ve gotten deliberate about calligraphy practice, and the improvement has been remarkable. With that, I have slowly gotten more commission work. After a bit of deliberating, I finally took the plunge and got a brand new Leuchtturm 1917 (Goulet Pens, Amazon) for the newest part of my life, my Lettering Business. I’ll walk you through my initial set up, and I’ll do a follow-up post in the next few months.
Since I’m new at this, if you have new ideas or things I should keep in mind, please let me know down below!
My Freelance Bullet Journal Set Up
Here she is, my first ever Leuchtturm 1917 (Goulet Pens, Amazon) journal. I’ve been watching Kim and Kara use theirs for a while and although I love my Rhodia Notebook, I wanted to give it a shot. My favorite feature? Well, the page numbers. Saves this lazy gal from scribbling numbers inside.
Cover page. Lettering has been a recent joy of mine, and wanted to have something fun on the front of my bullet journal. I have been so pleasantly surprised at how my life has turned out by leaning into my joy and letting that carry me through the discomfort, uncertainty, and fear. I’ve been lucky so far to pursue things that really give me energy – this endeavor is no different.
This work log is pretty important and will be where I keep a running list for the commissions I’ve gotten over the year. This will be nice to reference once I get it filled in with the work I’ve already done. The time on the side will hopefully help me gauge how much I should charge for different types of projects – and get me comfortable with charging money for anything, frankly! That might be the hardest part about all this. (if you have tips on how to get comfortable with that, y’all…. let me know!)
Project Chart. No surprise that I put another time chart into my bullet journal – for such a visual person like me it helps to see what I’ve committed to. This is not my full time job so it’s critical that I’m aware of what I’ve already signed on for, so I can follow through. It will be so cool to see how it fills up throughout the year! (I mean, hopefully…. right?)
Expense Log. No business is without some expense, so for tax purposes I will do my darndest to track my expenses on this chart.
Task Lists. The less-fun part about having a side gig is the paper work – it’s obviously really important even if it bores me, so I am logging that stuff down so I can work on it slowly and surely. I also include other “good for me to do” tasks on the side like business cards.
Learning Log. Frankly I think I just need one of these for life in general (where I can add things like, “folding a fitted sheet”) – I’ve quickly realized how much stuff I need and want to learn about this lettering business, so I am logging that away, threading to a new page number where I elaborate on that lesson.
Project Collections. I think each project will need their own spreads, of course, so this is one I’ve started for one of my projects. So far I have jotted down the details of what I’ve agreed to, some major milestones, and drew out a time chart. Again, I need to learn what time commitments I’m making per project type, so this will be extremely helpful to reference later. Each box is 30 minutes. Below I’ll jot down major notes from the client and dates of meetings or other major things.
Big dreams. So I’ve already been able to create some spreads in my bullet journal to plan out some big dreams, one of which is to teach a beginning brush calligraphy class somewhere in the Twin Cities this summer. It helps to be able to just turn the page and start fresh to get my thoughts down. Most of the utility of a bullet journal isn’t so much that I reference these pages, but to organize my thoughts AS I write it down. It clears up my brain and frees it up for other creative problem solving.
So there you have it! That’s what I have so far – I’ll probably add a few more collections like a wishlist, techniques I want to learn, partnership I want to create, and more. Like you might know, I don’t find it productive to agonize over all the possible spreads I’ll need. These came to mind immediately and I set them up; as I use it more I will get a better sense of what new spreads to fill in. If you have suggestions for what’s helped you in your freelance work, please let me know! I’d love to learn 🙂