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Working From Home – Simon Beale (Bearded Creative Studio)

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#workingfromhome is a way of helping out newcomers to the home studio life and hopefully reassuring people that it’s possible to be productive while everything around you is up in the air.


Number three in a new series of self isolation insights, we digitally met Simon Beale, starting his full time freelance career right now might seem crazy to some but it’s the only way!


Read the other #workingfromhome interviews with Sam DunnTom J Newell & Drew Millward

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do…

My name is Simon Beale, I am a 30-year-old bearded freelance graphic designer based in Exeter, Devon (originally from Brighton). I specialise in branding and logo design although as any freelance designer will tell you we can lend our hands to anything.

How are you doing? It’s an odd time right now…

I am doing well, trying to stay positive. Avoiding too much social media, which is tricky considering its a part of my job, but I find right now keeping social media to a minimum definitely helps, and just keeping busy, being mindful of my time and finally working on those projects that I have been meaning to tackle for a while.

How are you adapting to this new normality?

Well, it’s a strange one for me, as I only went full time freelance two weeks before all this happened. So to me this kind of feels like a normal working environment as I have no point of reference, so I am just powering through. Heck, if I can survive this mad period in our industry I can survive anything! That’s the way I look at it. I still have a handful of clients coming, which I am grateful for. Now more than ever it’s all about being the best you can be for clients and supporting them as much as you can. Go above and beyond where you can as right now every little helps.

What attracted you to our Mercht platform?

I have been a customer of Awesome Merchandise for years now and would always recommend them as printers for jobs, and now use them for any of my freelance clients too. So when I saw they had this service I was straight away racking my brain for a product I could sell on there.

As an independent creative I have always wanted to sell t-shirts and other merchandise to get my work out there, but the cost of producing a run of shirts or stickers was always quite expensive. Then you will have to store and ship the items, it can turn into a whole other job. Mercht takes all the fuss out of the experience and allows you to focus on designing something stunning and takes care of getting it printed and shipped to customers.

Do you have any productivity or organisation tips for people who are new to working from home?

First of all, I have found getting dressed every morning as if I were going to work at the office really helps. I know it’s very tempting to work in pyjamas but that tends to lead to procrastination. Also lists, writing down a list at the beginning of each week massively helps my productivity. I know it sounds simple but its tried and tested, and that satisfaction of crossing off items on the list is pretty good.

But right now more than ever be mindful of your time. If it’s getting a little too much just take time to relax, listen to some music, read a book, learn to play that instrument you have always said you would. Break up your day, you don’t need to be so rigid in these times.

Who is inspiring you right now?

Right now more than ever the NHS and everyone helping the country and the fight against Coronavirus, they will go down in history as heroes and are inspiring me everyday.
Shout out to @fried.cactus.studio for keeping me sane and chatting, always putting out great content. A few others that are always up for chatting in this mad time are @standard_shapes @begoodstudio & @mcletters. And for making me laugh which is very important right now @extrafabulous_comics & @safely_endangered

Where can people find you?

Insta @beardedcreative_studioDribbble – beardedcreative

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