Hello hello! I’m SO excited to get the Day in the Life series going on the blog! If you haven’t been around here, I shared a Day in the Life post back in November because, well, I love reading day in the life posts from other business owners.
I then got the idea of starting a series on the blog featuring all kinds of business owners, from people doing this full time, part time, side hustle, whatever. I also wanted to feature different industries and people from all over the globe because I think it’s so interesting to get a peek inside someone else’s day.
My first guest is the always amazing Jessica Freeman from Jess Creatives. We “met” on Twitter (I think?!), started messaging on Instagram and now we’re texting buddies! This online world is surreal, isn’t it?
Anyways, I’m so excited to have her be the first guest on the series and if you’re interested in being featured, check out the guidelines. I’d love to feature you!
Onto the post!
Yep, that is when my alarm goes off 4-5 days per week. (Sometimes we sleep later on Fridays.) Don’t be fooled – I do not just leap out of bed right away. My husband and I wake up at this time to go hit the gym before work. Feel free to call us crazy, you wouldn’t be the first!
It takes a little bit to actually get OUT of bed, and to drive over to the gym. I will say, it’s nice because the gym is a little less crowded that early in the morning! My brother-in-law is a personal trainer who trains his clients via a custom app, so our work-outs are always planned out ahead of time. Just another thing I don’t have to think about 🙂
Another reason we go to the gym so early is so that my husband doesn’t have to hurry and get ready, and race off to work. We get back from the gym and eat breakfast, shower, watch GMA, and play with our dog until my husband leaves from work.
Full disclosure: I have been known to take a cat nap on the couch during this time. 🙂
I always tackle emails first thing in the morning. Sometimes I have several emails, sometimes only one. I’m not an inbox zero person, nor am I an only-check-your-email-twice-a-day person. I like to be responsive to client questions, new inquiries, collaboration emails, etc. Some would say I’m chained to my inbox, but it doesn’t bother me all that much, honestly!
I’m a graphic and web designer, so inevitably, past clients are asking me questions about their website, needing a file or a hex code, etc. Like I said, it’s important for me to be responsive with my clients – even after the project is done!
After that, I usually jump right into client work! This day, I was working on finalizing a client’s site, so we could launch! I was migrating this client from WordPress to Squarespace, which I’ve done numerous times. But, during this process, he also wanted to transfer his domain and email to a new provider. This makes everything a little bit trickier!
And, let’s be honest – I usually pop in and out of Facebook throughout the day. Facebook groups help me feel more connected to other entrepreneurs, and it’s also how I’ve connected with many of my clients!
I like to write and schedule out my weekly emails the day before they go out. I like to be consistent in what time I send them each week. Consistency in general is just important to me, even down to the specific time, haha!
I just send a weekly email to my list (via ConvertKit) with links to my weekly blog and video. I usually like to throw in a bonus tip, or remind people why the topics I’m talking about even matter to begin with. I know a lot of entrepreneurs struggle with what to say in a newsletter, I used to as well! I try to write my emails with a specific person (like a friend) in mind, to make it more personal and easier to write.A day in the life of #freelance graphic designer @jesscreatives. Check it out on @brittneyllynn's blog! Click To Tweet
I had a call with a new client this morning! If I’m being totally honest, I don’t like talking on the phone much. I’m usually awkward, not really sure what to say. But, I know that sometimes it’s easier to just hash things out over the phone, and people want to really connect and see if you’re a good fit!
What was fun about this call was this new client was actually my babysitter 20 years ago. Crazy, right?! She is now a professional (and amazing) photographer who needed a whole new brand and website.
I work with entrepreneurs in all different industries – copywriters, photographers, salon owners, and everything in between. I love the variety of people that I get to work with, and the variety of projects I work on every month – websites, logos, books, social media graphics, etc. The variety of everything is one reason I love being my own boss!
Lunch time! Okay, yes…. I am usually one to sit at my desk and eat. My husband wishes I wouldn’t, but why would I sit at the kitchen table when I can watch YouTube videos while I eat?! It’s true, I love watching YouTube videos – usually Gary Vaynerchuk, or the occasional Jimmy Fallon video.
But, this week was crazy beautiful outside, especially for January. We have a two-year-old dog named Morgan, and since it was so nice out, I decided to play with him in the backyard. I’m obsessed with him, and I’m pretty sure I’m his favorite (don’t tell my husband). He spends most of the day quietly laying at my feet, but he does love a good game of fetch!
Our trainer makes a meal plan for us each week, and then on Saturdays, we meal prep for the entire week! So, I only have to heat up my lunch each day.
I love being a part of a mastermind group! It’s great to have people to bounce ideas off of and learn from. Maggie and I have been in a mastermind group together the last few months, and have been collaborating on several things. I love that even though there is an ocean between us, we can still hop on a video chat! (But really, it still kind of blows my mind we can do that.)
If you’re wanting a mastermind group, I highly recommend connecting with others in Facebook groups. I’ve always liked having a group of creatives that are all in different industries. If you can also find people who are in similar stages of business, that’s great, too!
So, on top of client work and blogging, I also have a YouTube channel and a podcast! My husband and I edit these each week. I do most of the video editing now, but he helps tweak the audio for my podcast.
I actually use my old iMac to do all the video and audio editing, so those files aren’t taking up a ton of space on my new computer. It’s also helpful because my husband can edit on one computer, and then I can still do client work on my other computer!
I promise this is not staged… but it just so happened that when I finally remembered to ‘track’ my day for this blog post, I also had a coffee chat scheduled with Brittney! You know, Brittney… the girl whose website you’re on right now. She’s fabulous, if you hadn’t noticed. We actually connected through Twitter! Then, Instagram…. And now we’re friends who text each other lots of emojis and GIFs.
My husband usually comes home around 5 p.m., and I’m actually pretty good about “shutting down” when he comes home! We take Morgan on a walk, and then eat dinner! Like I mentioned earlier, we meal prep all of our food for the week, so it’s just a matter of heating up dinner. I seriously love meal prepping, I couldn’t imagine going back to cooking a full meal each night. Also, I’m obsessed with our dog. Who can resist that cute face?!
My husband and I don’t have much of a night routine. Nor, do we often do much in the evenings. On this day, we ran some errands. Want to know something random? My husband and I gave up Netflix for 2017! Yep, no Netflix binging for us anymore. So far, we’ve been doing a lot of reading, learning new languages (thanks to Duolingo), and doing more DIY projects around the house. We don’t have cable, either! (And, I’m not allowed to just keep working all night.)
We go to bed around 9–9:30, since we wake up at 4:30 in the morning! Some days are more tiring than others, just depending what exactly happens during the day. I’m an introvert, so the days that I have client calls and podcast interviews, I’m definitely more mentally exhausted on those days.
No day is perfect, but I like to try and have a (somewhat) balance of fun and work! We’re our own boss because we wanted freedom, might as well try to have a little bit of fun or relaxation in each day, right?!
Jessica Freeman is an award-winning graphic and web designer, helping service-based entrepreneurs create a brand that shines through every level of their business. Outside of designing, she also loves producing for her YouTube channel and podcast. Jess lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Aaron.
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