Business Lessons from Potty Training

Business Lessons from Potty Training

We’ve been in the death throes of potty training our three year old for the last 300 years months. Only recently did things finally start to click. It just dawned on me that learning to deposit metabolic waste in a designated receptacle is a lot like learning how to...
When was the last time you ran a mile (willingly)?

When was the last time you ran a mile (willingly)?

This week, with absolutely no warm-up or training, I ran a mile in under ten minutes. Which I’m sure is nothing to all you dedicated marathoners, but it was a big deal to me considering the last time I ran a mile was in 8th grade and I’m pretty sure my time was...
10 Things to Put in Your Freelance Contract

10 Things to Put in Your Freelance Contract

Contracts might seem like scary, mystifying documents, and I see many young freelancers avoid issuing and signing them. But a contract simply exists to protect you and your business by managing expectations. At this point, I wouldn’t do a project for anyone without a...
Adventures in Rejection

Adventures in Rejection

Let’s talk about rejection, baby. Back in 2017, I applied for an internship with a local branding and design studio that was famous for doing great work and building authentic community. I wore my 8-month-old baby to the group interview (they were cool with it)...
Giving Yourself a Raise

Giving Yourself a Raise

I’m sure I’m the only one who is a compulsive job searcher. Even when I had a full-time job, I was always curious to see what else was out there. (It didn’t help that the only “raises” I got in teaching came from years of experience, regardless of...
Passive Income for Hard Workers: A Guide

Passive Income for Hard Workers: A Guide

The idea of passive income may seem outrageous to Asian Americans who are used to striving and taught that hard work is our moral duty. (Commentary withheld about the popularity of passive income among white people.)  The good – or maybe bad – news is...
The Duty of Creativity

The Duty of Creativity

During my graduate program and my first year of teaching, I was something of an overachiever. I stubbornly wrote all of my curriculum from scratch and diligently checked all the boxes on my lesson plans. Differentiated instruction, formative assessment, IEP...
Pricing Your Work as a Creative Freelancer

Pricing Your Work as a Creative Freelancer

Ah, pricing: the eternal conundrum facing creative freelancers (and any business owner). When I surveyed Asian Creative Network, one of the most common questions asked was, “How do I price my work?” Along with several variations: What’s a fair price...
Buckets Full of Rebranding

Buckets Full of Rebranding

l just finished my semi-annual business identity crisis and as a result, I both rebranded and redecorated. While l don’t recommend the large quantity of identity crisis navel-gazing l seem to do, l do suggest occasionally stepping back and asking yourself a few...