Hey, friends! Today I’m excited to launch a new blog series called, Creative Insights. My hopes for this series is to take a peek into the lives of other creatives and learn a little about them. I will be launching it with yours truly so you can get an idea of what to expect while learning a little about me. The plan is to feature a new creative every Wednesday. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
1. Tell us a little bit about Forth and Wild and what it means to you.
Forth and Wild is a design studio run by one gal, me. It was born last August after I decided to take the leap into freelance. The name, Forth and Wild is meaningful to me, it’s all about taking chances and living with intention. My main goal for this company is to create meaningful brands for small businesses, and collaborate with other creatives.
2. What is one daily ritual you can’t live without?
Working from home is awesome! But it’s easy to fall into the trap of not leaving the apartment at all during the day and missing out on getting some fresh air. If I don’t get fresh air I usually find myself restless and grumpy come nighttime. To avoid this I make sure to get outside at least once a day. It’s always a good idea to get out, take a walk, get a coffee, and give yourself a break from the computer.
3. When you’re not creating where can we find you?
When I’m not working away on Etsy orders, portfolio items, or blog posts, you can find me either in front of the tv watching Netflix, reading a new book, or hanging out with friends. I made it a goal this year to check out more coffee shops around Toronto, and explore the city a bit more.
4. What do you struggle with most when it comes to freelancing?
My biggest struggle right now is finding a steady stream of clients. I need to work on promoting my brand as much as possible. When I don’t have any client work I’m constantly reading about freelance, taking courses, and working on my own projects to add to my portfolio. It’s a slow process but with some hard work I know it will pay off in the end.
5. What’s one business goal you hope to achieve for, Forth and Wild in 2015
My main goal for 2015 is to feel confident enough to know that I can continue on with freelancing comfortably.
6. How do you treat yourself?
I recently treated myself by creating a new creative space where I can work. Sushi nights, and Starbucks trips are also on the list.
7. Any tips for staying organized? Do you have any project management tools you can’t live without?
Staying organized is not one of my strong suits but it’s something I work on daily. Keeping your files clean, organized, and most importantly backed up is key. I use Evernote almost daily, for taking notes, writing out goals, and planning blog posts. I’ve been trying to find a good project management site to use for client projects. Having a client portal where we can talk and upload files all in one place is important to me. I recently came across, Podio and so far it looks promising. Best of all there’s a free option and seems to fit all my needs. I definitely recommend checking it out.
8. Favourite part of living in Toronto. Any favourite coffee shops / restaurants?
Toronto is a great city to be apart of. I love the culture, the endless options for a night out, being able to hop on the transit and go just about anywhere easily, summer days walking around, or hanging out in a park. One of my favourite spots for a beer and food is, Bellwoods Brewery. Aside from the great beer, it’s a great place to hang out in the summer, especially with Trinity Bellwoods Park so close by.
9. A genie grants you 3 wishes for your business, what are they?
1. iMac, because I would love to have a desktop computer with a larger screen while working.
2. The ability to travel and work with clients and creatives in other countries when I want.
3. Job security and brand growth.