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I think there are several things Lucasso should and shouldn’t do while thinking about, searching, and applying for potential day jobs. Those are not the things which concern the job search, rather the mindset when in the job searching process. The top three dos are the following.
1/ Keep creating content daily just as normal (which is easy when you have passion — you actually don’t need to make that decision — Lucasso’s case). It’s very important to remember what your priority as a creative is and that you are on a completely different path than those who don’t have anything else (the job will be everything they’ll do — non-creatives). I guess in many cases Lucasso would lose to those non-creatives who appear to potential employers as better candidates because they don’t have anything else going on in their lives (career or job wise) and so there is no threat that they could think of something else than the job. I think many (probably even most) employers like (or would appreciate) the fact that the employee will have nothing else on his / her mind. Those are the positions and work environments which Lucasso should definitely avoid.
2/ Watch other people (or read about them) who are struggling artists. This can inspire him, give him ideas as to what types of day job he could look for, etc., but it will also help him go through that process as seeing other people in similar situations (or who had been through something similar and shared their stories — told others about the process of going through it) definitely helps us — we feel that we are not alone in this process, that the way we approach our career and life is not the wrong way, that it’s possible, and we can observe what else we could be doing to keep ourselves afloat, which mindset helps and which doesn’t, etc.
3/ Constantly look for ways to make an income instantly (no matter how insignificant the amount — anything is better than zero) and, equally, for ways to cut costs (especially the stable monthly costs).
Making an income instantly can include:
- selling unused stuff through sites like Craigslist or eBay (this is particularly advantageous because the amount you get from that sale is the disposable amount — you don’t need to cover any big operating costs as most of it you include in the asking prices; you don’t need to pay a tax as it’s not a business activity when you sell your old snowboard or chair).
Cutting costs can include:
- buying cheaper products (especially food, cosmetics, clothes),
- buying fewer products (especially food, cosmetics, clothes),
- using fewer products (especially food, cosmetics, clothes),
- eliminating waste (especially food, cosmetics),
- eating less,
- eating cheaper food (doesn’t mean it will be worse for your health),
- not eating in restaurants at all,
- buying new clothes only when absolutely necessary,
- not going out with your friends,
- not treating yourself with a glass of wine on weekends or even every day as it was the case when you had a stable and reliable income,
- eliminating sweets,
- eliminating costly habits,
- renegotiating the prices with service providers, banks, etc.
- asking for discounts each time you buy something,
- negotiating better prices with new service providers, banks, etc.
- doing things yourself,
- buying used things through sites like Craigslist or eBay (instead of new from the store),
- using less electricity and water (using them when it’s absolutely necessary and being extra careful how much is being used and if it’s justified — eliminating waste),
- getting rid of the services which can’t be justified in your current financial situation,
- switching to different (cheaper) service providers,
- being more efficient (doing things in batches, being careful how you spend each dollar / pound / euro, etc.),
- checking what the things are the service providers charge you for and eliminating anything which isn’t absolutely necessary (doing it at least two times per year with the same provider, because they change their policies, charges and fees partly because they want to make more money and they hope that people will not revisit them and not ask questions and not remove services which are included by default),
- using public transport instead of your car (or even better, a bike or a skateboard or scooter, or an electric skateboard or scooter, especially when you live in a big city and the roads are good and you can usually go from any point A to any point B without much problem),
- sharing everything you can with other people.