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ALAMODEST Thanksgiving & Black Friday SALE: Buy 1 Get 1 50% OFF

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Buy 1, get 1 50% off on any combination of items from my Etsy & Vinted stores! No limit. Discount is applied to the lower priced item. Free shipping on domestic orders on my Etsy store if you use coupon “ALAMODESHIP.” Free shipping on Vinted if you choose to pay through PayPal. PLUS 20% off TOTAL if you buy more than 2 items. Today and tomorrow only!

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Shop My Vinted Closet & Links à la Mode

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I recently signed up for a really neat app or website called Vinted, which is a service like Poshmark that lets you shop fellow fashionistas’ closets or swap with their items. A lot of the stuff I have on there I amassed from years past that do not necessarily reflect my style or my size. However, I’ve been using it to sell my personal clothes as well. Some of the things I have listed are practically to give away, because I just want to make room around the house! So if you find anything you see from my closet, just send me a reasonable offer. I will most likely accept!

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Your Guide to: Cheap, Used, and Unique Holiday Dresses on the Web

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Christmas and New Year’s are coming up, and it’s that time of the year to spend (time and money) on others instead of yourself. However, you don’t want your personal low budget to rain on your wanting to show how festive you are as a fashionista. What do you do? If your hands can knit or sew, you upcycle. If you have a good eye but not hands, you go thrifting. If you are any of these but don’t have the patience or time to make something or look through racks of old clothing, you turn online for vintage or unique dresses.

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My Previous Jobs Side by Side on a Typical Day

If you haven’t read my previous job-related post on my career change success, I highly recommend it, especially if you’re thinking of switching jobs! Below I have a chart showing what my typical day looks like from each of my previous jobs, juxtaposed with my current job (which I love the most)!

 

 

Time JOB #1: Full-time employee graphic/web designer (family business) JOB #2: Freelance web/  graphic designer JOB #3: Buy & sell vintage, blogging
7 am Get up, Breakfast Sleep in Sleep in
8-11 am Work Sleep in Get up, breakfast, walk outside, work
12-1 pm Lunch Work Lunch, TV
2-5 pm Work Lunch, TV, Work Work
6-8pm Work, Dinner Work, TV Work Out, Shop, Dinner, TV
9-11pm Work Dinner, work, TV Work, TV
12-2am Work, talk to Rob, sleep Work, TV, sleep Sleep

bulletstar Job #1: Employee

Before I got married, I was working for my parents in a family printing business. In a way, didn’t we all used to work for our parents? My parents have always owned businesses, and they raised my siblings and me to have an entrepreneurial mindset. Family life eventually became intertwined with business, so I decided I was going to keep that one separate and go into full time IT.

 

bulletstar Job #2: Freelance Web/graphic designer (The IT job)

 

It was great to be able to set my own hours doing freelance for the first time ever (unlike the previous job), but I became very heavily invested in each job I took on. I spoke directly to each client and had he or she describe to me their goals, and I did my best to make them happen. My job was a combination of facets both technical and artsy, so keep that in mind when you’re going into the web or graphic design field. You need to work with the client and not just make what you think looks good to you. The problem with involving yourself with art is that it can be very subjective, and you can run into problems with nuanced perspectives.

From the above chart, you’ll see that I used to work up until I went to sleep. That wasn’t good for me or my husband, because I often took the work with me to bed. If you can pull an all nighter to finish a job or at least be organized about your time, then freelancing is no problem!

bulletstar Job #3: Buy & sell vintage / blogging (business)


I was blogging all throughout my freelance work, too, but I only started to make extra cash from it when I started a store. I don’t think the revenue from blogging was correlated with setting up a store. It just reached that momentum around the same time as I started a business with my husband. We started a business together after he got laid off from work, unfortunately—and fortunately! With our business, we have the fortune of setting our own hours as well. However, because we absolutely loved our new job, we started to get up earlier than we did when I was freelancing to start our day! Our relationship as a married couple also only got better, because now we get to spend all our time together. To some, that would maybe aggravate problems. To us, it alleviates them! Our job is perfect for needy couples.

How to Realistically Transition Vs Day Dreaming About It

You need to be properly educated in the field you’re going into. Switching careers is not like switching majors. You will suffer real life consequences such as paying fines or getting sued if you don’t follow guidelines. If you’re going to be setting up a business, you need a business license and a permit—and you’ll know all of this and more by  just taking basic business classes. Same goes with IT. Working with the Internet doesn’t mean you don’t get to follow offline rules. There are plenty of accessible classes that you can sign up for, so you don’t miss out on any details. Remember, the real lessons come when you start working!

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Have you switched jobs? How has it changed you?

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A Career Change Might Do You Good

 I blog and sell vintage online, even though I went to school for IT. How about you?It seems like many of us are doing something different than the field we majored in. Some see it as a mishap, a loss of dollars, or just an embarrassing fact of life. However, if you’re like me, I believe that a career change in general is awesome!Why is it awesome? A career change presents a new opportunity to get away from stagnation, to start over, and to make something better of yourself! Why wouldn’t you want that? This is, after all, America.

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Out of the Belly of the eBay Monster and Into the Sea of Etsy: Gaining from Giving Back After a Loss

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If you are anything like me, a very small online business owner,  you know how nerve racking it is to be selling in the largest market there is out there—the World Wide Web. Besides the up side of having more customers to sell to, we’ve also got a ton of competitors from all over the world selling the same stuff constantly undercutting each other’s prices.

Some of us are living the life, but some of us are barely making it.

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