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: #21411 12 Jun 2018 06:53
Dad has told me a couple of things that I believe I shall agree with when I get to the age he was when he said those things (around 65 I think, he's now nearer 85):

1) He's starting to realise he'll never be rich
2) He feels like he's just pretended to be an artist and to know how to paint, all his life...
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Valence replied the topic: #21410 11 Jun 2018 21:10

You both may as well be talking Swedish for all I understand. Verkligen!

This is the reason I shall remain poor for the rest of my life. Well, this and all the other reasons. :lol:
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Charlotte replied the topic: #21404 11 Jun 2018 14:54
(I wouldn't even make £85,000 a year working my regular job full time, even if I included the social fees etc that I never even see - and that I think you need to handle yourselves, in England)
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Banj replied the topic: #21403 11 Jun 2018 14:53
That all sounds back to front :huh:
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Charlotte replied the topic: #21402 11 Jun 2018 14:50
well apparently since I'm selling digital art, it counts as services rather than art, and also because I'm selling to the US (Aywas). But then because it IS art I need to register for VAT even if I don't need to pay it (in fact I'm not allowed to charge VAT if I'm expected to sell for less than 30,000 SEK but I still have to register). It's all a complete mess, I dunno who thunk up these rules... :dumb: