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IT’S 3 AM

I’m still obsessed with making money online. I paused my Etsy shop and created a new one here, on this site. There’s a link on the menu.

The site is also optimized for Google Adsense, and ads keep coming up. I am on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter and some viewers come along now and then, but far from being enough. None of them turned into a customer for my services as an illustrator nor purchased something from my store. The only useful page in this site has been the Portfolio, which link I send to potential customers from the Zaask freelance platform. They like my work and make business with me.

I have some regular readers from the WordPress community. That feeds the ego when they’re sincere, but it means nothing for my pockets.

I’m considering giving up any expectations of making money through blogging. I will focus on sharing CHRONOS and hope for nothing in return. Money is to be found somewhere else.

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Real Estate Comic Ad #2

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Real Estate Comic Ad #1

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Ad Experiment

Image may contain: text that says "Não consegue vender ou comprar casa? Fale comigo. 919163460 nneves@htailors.com NUNO NEVES CONSULTOR DE NEGÓCIOS HOME TAILORS REAL ESTATE"

I decided to use my wallpapers on ads for my services as a real estate business consultant. In case they prove to be appealing I will conceive wallpapers specifically for that purpose, as it happened with some of the illustrations for the items on my Etsy shop.

One important issue is the fun I’m having with this. There is joy in the process and that is new to me. The freedom to use my aesthetic creativity to generate income gives me a sense of purpose and achievement. This is quite challenging for someone raised to hate money.

Self-employment or business owning is radically different from being an employee with a regular salary. One has to be proactive and in a state of alert for business opportunities to get food on the table and a roof to live under. Instability becomes the daily routine. I am hoping to get used to it and have fun in the process of watching my abilities being useful, both as a service and as generators of wealth.

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Am I Being Silly?

I sure have been over confident. I am making two digital wallpapers a day and quite certainly no one will ever buy them. I do make research on selling online, but something escapes me. Visits to my Etsy shop raised astonishingly and sales keep being sporadic. Taking the feedback into account, people seem to really like my designs. My prices are average, I guess. I wonder if my designs are nice to look at but too bold to wear. That might be applied to clothing, but not to mugs and stationery. Truth be told, I’ve been selling products from almost all the sections of my shop. But the pace is excruciating slow and the timing random, as far as I can perceive.

One motivation for creating my own business is having control. I make the decisions. I would really like to know which are the right ones to selling regularly and substantially. I hate competition but only competitive businesses thrive. Quality is not enough. Marketing is the decisive factor here. I’ve already written on that. I must learn the ways to make people feel the urge to buy from me.

NunoNevesStore must become essential on people’s lives. Buying from me should be a moment of happiness. This is so silly!