Charlotte Goes Live

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I'm hoping to give art and - specifically - making some money from art, a try during 2018. It's still not certain that I will get the chance to do this, but I'm thinking the chances I follow through will increase if I make my plans public. Kind of like when people buy an expensive membership to the gym to motivate them exercising more often and then they don't, anyway. 

Hopefully documenting my endevours or lack thereof will work as a kick in the butt. Plus I'll learn how this forum's blog tools work. Yay. 

Right. Should I repeat the intro? :dumb: Do emojis work?

Uh. It's with a slight sense of panic and a large dollop of I-haven't-got-a-clue that I am starting up this blog. I was thinking I'd start next year but... what the heck. And besides, the longer I put it off, the greater the chance that I change my mind. 

I've been painting since I was little, but I haven't actually sold or tried to sell anything since my teens (my priciest piece to date is a drawing of my sister, bought by my mom for SEK 200 to prevent me from giving it away to someone else). During the past ten years I've suffered increasingly from headaches that the doctor's tell me are stress related (while simultaneously calculating that my stress levels are low). During this time I've been considering whether I could make money by painting during days and hours when I feel fine, rather than trying to force myself to fit into a 9-5 job. I know making money in this business is hard. But I figure I could at least give it a try, by working part time for my employer and part-time for myself. I have enough savings to try (and fail), so.... here goes. 

I have: 

Started documenting and planning what i need to know with regards to taxes and documentation and what not.

Posted an interest check on Aywas where there's a commission feature for people to pay USD to artists.

I have not:

Updated my website.

Put together a decent portfolio. (Better start somewhere around there.)

Asked my boss if I can get this much time off... 


For the remainder of this year I am still at work, though on partial sick leave, and attending some pain therapy magickything. And hoping my sis will give me a cat. Wouldn't it be great if I could work from home with a cat on my desk? *dreams*


Anyway. Wish me luck. Unless that's bad luck. 

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Charlotte replied the topic: #19478 07 Dec 2017 15:28
I have recently been to see a team of medical professionals about my headaches etc. and while this is partially what made me decide that now's the time to try a change, this will probably also cause a bit of a delay in that change.

I've been admitted into some therapy groups focussing on stress and pain, and ironically they take up a lot of time plus I have to travel to a neighbouring city which also takes up a lot of time. I'm not yet sure whether I can work part time and go to the therapy sessions in my free time (which will then be reduced to practically 0) or if I should wait until the therapy is over before I start working... well... "as little as I can" (I'm already working part time to a lesser extent).

This week, I've been travelling either after or before work, 4 days out of five (or I will have, after tomorrow). Next week I have at least three visits to make, possibly four again. But next year it should be max. 3 visits per week, and hopefully just two... at least after a while and if I can do some exercises here at home, instead.

Either way, the therapy lasts until march, assuming I can manage it and don't stress myself out over all the travelling or get increased headache issues. So my idea to start the new year "fresh", will be more like starting around april, maybe...

My dad always said you have to be in very good health to be ill, and he's right... It's exhausting :P
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Charlotte replied the topic: #19432 02 Dec 2017 09:50
:p Thanks Val...
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Valence replied the topic: #19428 01 Dec 2017 23:18
The Vat is what you leave your brain in after you spend hours failing to understand all this tax stuff.

I'd offer advice but I know a literal nothing about any of this so I can only offer my ignorant support from the distant sidelines. :)
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Charlotte replied the topic: #19426 01 Dec 2017 20:02
Been trying to understand "VAT" today. Man it's confusing. It's usually 25 % but for art it's 12 % except when it isn't, because then it's either 6 % or 25 %. Also if you make less than 336,000 SEK a year from art, you mustn't add VAT at all, but you have to even if you make less than 30,000 SEK (which is apparently a limit where others don't need to pay VAT)

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Charlotte replied the topic: #19388 29 Nov 2017 20:31
:unsure: maybe that was obvious...