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You Can Be Self Employed

It’s been about two and a half years since Klee and I packed up the Explorer and hit the road for what has been an adventure of a life time. In this adventure we’ve traveled around the country, started businesses in Pensacola Florida, and are still going strong. We wake up every morning looking forward to what tomorrow will bring.

The road we’ve been on hasn’t been all sunshine and roses. We’ve run into some struggles on the road, We’ve also run into plenty of problems while starting businesses from scratch with no money or real financial backing. There have been times where we had no idea if we could pay our bills or even afford a place to camp for the night… let alone if we could afford our next meal.

So why is the title of my blog “Being Self Employed is easy”? Because it is.

I look at the struggles that we’ve overcome and realize that we are still going strong and moving forward. Even when it looked like we might be down for the count we never allowed ourselves to give up.

It almost seems silly to me that I would worry about something that hadn’t happened yet or might happen back then. It always seemed to work out one way or another.

I think the only thing that could ever stand in your way of doing something that you love to do and making a living from it is you. To be honest, it was the negative and pessimistic thinking in my own mind that would cause stress and problems. Financial Stress is the biggest one to cope with and it is the most harmful to your motivation.

Yet, the only way you can ever really fail at making money in your new business is by quitting. I’m serious, you cannot fail if you don’t quit doing what you love. Even when people tell you that you are crazy, or you can’t do it… it doesn’t matter what they say, it’s your life and only you know what it is you truly want out of life.

What made it easier for us was the ability to be flexible and not stay on a dead horse once the race was over. Being flexible is adapting, growing, learning from what doesn’t work for you and shifting it little by little until you find a temporary formula that works for you and then tweaking it some more… That’s the fun part.

Too many people give up way too soon and most give up before they even start. Start talking yourself into it instead of out.

Klee and I are still on our adventure and still having fun… Ultimately, in my opinion that’s all that really matters.

Reach for the stars, do what you love and take a leap… Who knows, you may just have fun!

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You Can Do Anything You Set Your Mind To | Get Creative!

It’s interesting to me how doing something vs talking about it can make all the difference.

I am an Artist, Filmmaker and Graphic Designer… And that’s how I make my living. I’m not pulling in millions of dollars at the moment, but I do make enough to live comfortably, something I had always deemed impossible.

You see, a few years back I looked at myself through the eyes of a pessimist who believed that you had to be lucky in order to do what you love to do. When I look back I realize I just didn’t believe in myself and in my ability to make it through my own road blocks. There is one thing that all professional creative people have in common, they didn’t give up even when it seemed like they were going nowhere… Even when people added in their two cents and told them they should get a “real” job.

As far as I’m concerned working on a project (art, film or computer graphic design) finishing it and eventually selling it is the best job in the world.

The problem wasn’t what other people were telling me, it was what I was telling myself.

I had fantastic excuses on why I couldn’t start a career in a creative field. My resume showed 10 years of corporate management, I had no proper schooling, it was just a hobby, it’s hard to make it as an artist, There’s a reason why they call them starving artist, I don’t have enough time, I don’t know where to start, I need money to get this started, No one thinks I can do it, I’m not creative enough… Basically I would talk myself out of it before I even attempted to make it.

The fact is, you can do what ever you dream of. In fact I know that if anyone decides they want to do something, there is nothing that can stand in their way other than themselves.

I have free wristbands that I give out at my store that have my website on them, on the other side it reads “You Only Live Once” and on my business card it reads “If you knew you could not fail, what dream would you dare to dream.”

I know now, that failure is impossible unless you give up… If you don’t give up, no matter what the odds, there is no way you can fail… eventually, you would have to get it right.

I have met some amazing people who wish they could do what I’m doing… My answer to them and to you if you are reading this is “you can.” You can do anything!

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I HATE TAXES! or At Least Doing Them!

Doing my taxes was always a pain in the ass, but at least back then all I had to deal with was a w-2… I would plug in my numbers and watch my refund grow, submit it, run into a few issues here and there but it was relatively easy.

When you run your own business the game changes into one of tears and confusion. I’ve spent all day organizing spreadsheets, calculating cost, inventory and what ever else I THINK I’m supposed to be calculating… Unfortunately it’s all still a mystery.

Maybe it’s my foul disposition on doing these taxes that is messing me up.

Today was an absolutely beautiful day, yet I feel like I evoked Murphy’s Law from the moment I decided today would be a good day to finally do what I had been putting off for months.

When you run your own business as sole proprietor you are supposed to fill out a 1099-C… The only problem is that when you first look at the 1099-c, it looks like you need to be a genius at code breaking.

Like I said… Foul disposition. I’ll be continuing my battle with numbers tomorrow, but I think I’ll try to have fun and relax while I do it. We’ll see what happens.

Worse comes to worse the Local IRS office does offer to help you with your taxes for free if you make under a certain amount a year… If they can help figure it out, I’m their number one fan!

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Rafi’s Sketch Book Art

I’m very excited to say that I sold four paintings this weekend. I was not as productive as my usual self, I decided to work on some sketches instead. You can view all my sketches on the Rafi Was Here Facebook page. I do have some special designs that are a surprise for Gallery Night here in Pensacola on May 18, so those I left out. See you soon!

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Ok… Yes I’m a nerd, Do you even know what LARP is?

So as you know at one point I was going to make the tag line for Rafi Was Here Studios “Bringing Imagination To Life” which in my opinion was absolutely brilliant! Then I realized I didn’t make it up and it actually belonged to G.E. or something like that. Well, this last film wasn’t only imagination, but it was also just totally nerdy! You have no idea how cool it is too see yourself on film doing things that you hope you will never have to really do in real life.

Such as having an epic gun battle or over the top sword fight! reliving my childhood days of playing cops and robbers, or pirate battles. Of course now they call it LARP Live Action Role Playing… Back then it was just a battle with wooden sticks as swords and shields.

This video is proof that most of us never really want to grow up!

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Working on Some New Amazing Artwork in Gulf Breeze This Weekend

Klee and I had a wonderful day having a photo shoot in which we took several great pictures for some of the new paintings I’ll be working on at in Gulf Breeze. Some of the designs will be for a secret unveiling at Gallery Night in Pensacola on May 18th.

The pictures themselves were amazing and we loved how they came out. You can find some more on my facebook page.

"In Prayer" New Design for Rafi Was Here Studios

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Creedence Revived Ultimate CCR Tribute Band

Recently I’ve had the honor of filming a group of amazingly talented musicians who have come together in a musical project called Creedence Revived. Check them out, they are an awesome CCR Tribute band!

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New Things For Rafi Was Here Studios in The New Year

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This year we are getting a new look here at Rafi Was Here Studios. As you I already love to share entertaining videos on youtube… This year I will be adding a few new elements to my studio, including Art and Music. I will also be offering production services to consumers and opening a location in Gulf Breeze Florida. Coming Soon Rafi Was Here Studios at Gulf Breeze Flea Market.