What I've learned as an Entrepreneur with Rail & Anchor *GIVEAWAY


Happy Sunday All –

It’s a rainy day here in Michigan so that means, chilling at a coffee shop and working on the large to-do list that is grown over the weekend. I like to allow myself to take a mental break over the weekend to refuel my creative mind for when Monday rears it’s ugly head. This week marks a year of graduating with my BFA in design. It doesn’t feel like a year at all. When I saw my memories on Facebook, I almost fell out of my chair. In saying that, I’ve learned so much as an entrepreneur and a creative. Which brings us to today’s post. I’ve teamed up with Rail & Anchor in Royal Oak, MI for this blog posts and a giveaway (more details on that later). I wanted talk to you guys about this book that I’m featuring today in which oddly enough holds a beautiful place in my heart. The Eye by Nathan Williams is the new book written by the creator of Kinfolk Magazine. Before I started my design focus in college, I was home in Chesaning going to community college for my degree in general studies with a focus in psychology and printmaking. I was testing the waters and putting my feelers out to see if anything new would stick. After my confidence was destroyed by an illustration teacher back in 2012, I knew that something knocked me out for awhile. I did study film photography after that and let me tell you, that was a fun time. Anyways, when I was searching for myself, I found myself scrolling through Instagram and I found Kinfolk. It opened up my world to this simple beauty that could be found in the everyday. I started reading and subscribing to their magazine and it completely changed my world. Now from collecting and reading all of Kinfolk’s books, The Eye was recently released and am now showing you the beauty of it today. Here’s more about the book:

Join Nathan Williams, founder of Kinfolk magazine, as he brings over 90 of the world’s leading creative directors into the spotlight. We meet fashion designers like Thom Browne and Yohji Yamamoto, editorial directors including Fabien Baron and Marie-Amélie Sauvé, and tastemakers like Grace Coddington and Linda Rodin. We learn about the books they read, the mentors who guided them, and their individual techniques for achieving success. And we discover how they developed their “eye”—and how they use it to communicate visual ideas that have captured generations, and continue to shape the future.

As an entrepreneur whose own work is defined by its instantly recognizable aesthetic, Nathan Williams has a unique vision of contemporary culture that will make this an invaluable book for art directors, designers, photographers, stylists, and any creative professionals seeking inspiration and advice.

I’ve been thumbing through this book and reading some of the passages and theres nothing more that I love than a story of an entrepreneur and the self proclaimed success. Reading stories of those who are the purveyors of the world that I’ve indulged myself into truly is what I’ve focused on when I moved home. From then until, I’ve learned a few things that I want to share with you guys because knowledge as power and learning from my mistakes the best way to grow.

1: SAVE FOR YOUR TAXES: I’m still learning this one but put a percentage away for your taxes during tax season. I recently had to pay a lot of money because I didn’t hold anything back. No one tells you that Uncle Sam wants a little bit of your hard earned money. I suggest getting turbotax and quickbooks because that’s what saved me during this tax season.

2. CALENDAR: Make sure you write everything down and or keep it in a google calendar. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

3. PROOF READ EVERYTHING: I’ve been on the bad end of a misworded email early on last year and I’ll never forget the response. I’m not going to say what happened but make sure you proof read everything. Also, If you have a friend or family member that is capable, have them proof read it as well.

4. GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO TAKE A BREAK: Allow yourself to take a mental break. Go to the gym, go for a run, take a nap, grab a cup of coffee with a friend without your computer, and most importantly shut off social media for awhile.

5. FOLLOW UP: If you’re applying for a job, talking with a client, and haven’t heard from them in awhile (a week-ish) follow up with an email just asking how things are going and if they have any questions. It shows that they’re interested in the position/project.

6. DON’T COUNT ON A PAYCHECK: This is a hard one, possible the most heartbreaking one that I’ve currently experienced. Being cancelled by a client is truly rather difficult to deal with but allow yourself to know that sometimes the threads don’t mesh together and the client may have wanted something else. Also, a project may go down hill and the client runs into personal problems or they have to close up shop. Make sure you have some money saved up just in case this happens.

There will always been things to learn and mistakes to learn from but hey, that’s life. “If you don’t make mistakes you wont learn anything “ -Jarlene Boyd

Alright, lets get on with the giveaway details. Rail & Anchor was gracious enough to give away a copy of The Eye to one luck winner. The winner would be able to pick it up from the store and or they would be able to ship it out to someone. Sadly, we can only keep it open to the USA for shipping purposes.

All you have to do is:

Follow @wendlingandboyd and @railandanchor on Instagram and tag 3 friends in both of our posts!

Winner will be announced Wednesday May 15th, 2019

Thanks again to Rail & Anchor for this collaboration!

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Ciao ~