I woke today to an email from a past client of mine and I wanted to share it because I think it tells such an important story – that you never know where the little things you are doing now will lead you.
Here is the rest of the story in the email that Ffion sent me this morning:
I don’t know if this interests you, but I thought I’d share, as a good example of what small seeds we plant along the way can turn into :)
You know that Fiverr Monster drawing gig I started way back when in 2013 because of your Make Money Hustle Facebook Challenge?
After drawing 200 monsters over around half a year on Fiverr and earning about $2000 from it I eventually had the gig shut down because my design business started getting better and I didn’t need the extra pocket money so much and it wasn’t worth the time I was putting in.
The other day, a past client got in touch via Fiverr, and asked if I could reopen the gig so she could get one more illustration in the same style. I opened the gig for her as I’ve done for a couple of other good past clients. She never showed up.
Instead a different person got in touch asking what I’d charge if I was to sign over all the rights for the images they comissioned, so I offered them a significantly higher rate. They said they’d like to commission 3 monsters as an experiment, and if that went well, would I be interested in working for them on a larger project. I said sure, what was the scope of the project. They said it’d be a book of 35 black and white illustrated monsters, but they assumed they’d need several artists. I said, nah, I could do 35 monsters ;)
The first three were a success, and we moved the project away from Fiverr. The Kickstarter for the book reached all its stretch goals at $22,000, so we went from 35 – 49 monsters, and they commissioned them all in colour, not just black and white.
Day before yesterday I turned in the final monster.
It’s been my biggest (and best paid) gig ever. I’ll have illustrated an actual physical book! And I find it just hilariously amazing that I’m getting offered big bucks to draw monsters.
This has also been my financially most successful month ever in my business (including other design work). And I’m starting to feel like so much more is possible.
This would have been completely unimaginable for me just a few months ago, and in 2013 I’d probably have laughed in your face if you’d suggested it.
I’ve come a long way from my ailing first business steps and the $5 monster drawing gig started for a laugh because of your challenge :)
Life is good.
Thank you for helping me plant those first seeds. I am so grateful I took the leap in 2013.
UYB and your community has been the catalyst for so many wonderful things and connections in my business and life.
Thank you for the awesome work you’re doing and for modelling such an alternative lifestyle.
You are an amazing person.
Thank you. From the bottom of my heart.
Remember – just because you don’t know the ending, doesn’t mean that this isn’t the beginning of something amazing. Huge thanks to Ffion for allowing me to share her story with you.You can check out her design work here. I hope it reminds you to stay open to the possibilities of what’s to come. Because you just never know.