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Carla Brauer: The Oregon Artist Surviving On Skulls
  1.  >Carla Brauer: The Oregon Artist Surviving On Skulls

How do you make a living as an artist? For Carla Brauer, it took rethinking her first business and discovering big skull money. The then-vegan quit her desk job in San Francisco to travel the country and learn how to live off the land. She was fascinated by growing her own food and wanted to raise animals, so she rented farmland and got to work. But turns out, her dream job couldn’t pay the bills, so she took up a side hustle cleaning animal skulls. Given her skilled artistry, business was soon booming! Skulls don’t come around every day though, so Carla came up with a genius way to serve her customers during slow seasons.

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Take Risks

Carla advises entrepreneurs to save up so that their new business has room to fail a little bit at the beginning. Read more about setting aside money to prepare for the unexpected on your new journey.

Digging Yourself Out of Debt

It was hard for Carla to break even when she started farming, but she found a way to overcome her financial hardships. See how you can better equip your business to handle challenges.

Don’t Be Afraid to Pivot

When one business flailed, Carla had the wisdom to pivot her strategy and focus on a new product that was in demand. Learn how to develop a business plan so it’s easy to see what is and isn’t working.