What are you working on—on the side?
My newest side project is so new that it’s not even been announced yet! It’s a workshop I’m doing with a fellow independent designer, Veronica Corzo-Duchardt of Winterbureau. We’re really good buds and have worked together on a side gigs before, so we’re teaming up again! This workshop is called Sunday Sauce Brands, and we’re focusing on other micro-businesses, start-ups, and folks with their own side-hustle, but who don’t have the bandwidth right now to do a full exploration.
The best part about the workshop is that it’s scalable! Eventually, we want to take this workshop to young start-ups and non-profits, and work through the content with them onsite. Perhaps, we’ll even take it on the road to other cities!
How do you manage to work
on your side project(s)?
Nights and weekends, the inclusion of “Sunday” in the project’s name is not coincidence. It is when I find myself most frequently working on side stuff. The name comes from the Italian concept of a family’s pasta sauce, usually made on Sundays. The ingredients might be similar to other families, but after simmering all day, each develops their own unique flavor. It can take a while, but it’ll get there. We’ve been working on this side project on and off since the beginning of 2014.
Why have side projects?
For me, it’s the best way of exploring different directions to take my work and find new ways of hustling for income. Just nice to do something different, or try something new. And working with a partner like Veronica is good, because we both learn more about our own businesses through each other, with the added social benefit of working with a friend.
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Diptych courtesy of Margot Harrington.
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