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September 19, 2021 — Quitting your job to start a business can be scary, but the longer you stay, the harder it is to leave.

In 2014, I started my first full-time job working as an agency copywriter, and it seemed like a dream come true…

Half an hour from…


July 10, 2021 — If you’re tired of clunky cushion shoes, here’s how to transition to barefoot walking and running.

Hey, my name’s Andrew, and today I’m going to show you how to transition from cushion shoes to barefoot shoes — and if you’re really adventurous, to running completely barefoot!


October 7, 2021 — The harder you try to persuade people, the less they listen, which is why it’s better to stay playful.

When I used to work part-time at a run specialty store, my biggest challenge was the simplest thing: getting people’s phone numbers.

I would explain how we…


October 6, 2021 — Buying cheap can seem like a good way to save money, but it actually ends up costing more in the long run.

When I started my 365 Comics challenge in 2019, I wanted to get a nice drawing tablet with a screen, but $650 seemed way…


October 5, 2021 — Food is energy, but it also takes energy to digest, which is why you should fast while being creative.

Since I was born, I’ve eaten breakfast roughly 10,000 times, which is even longer than I’ve been walking on two feet.

Milk, cereal, eggs, sausage, banana…the idea…


October 2, 2021 — Digital distraction is a huge time suck, but pausing to set a clear intention can fix it in a few seconds.

I woke up at 4 am last night and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I got up and started looping.

You know…email, Facebook, Instagram…


September 22, 2021 — The ratio of followers to following can tell you how focused you are right now as a creative person.

When my Instagram blew up in August of 2020, I went from 60 to 600 followers in one day — and for the first time in my…


September 21, 2021 — Following people is as easy as clicking a button, but how many of them actually inspire you?

When I first got on Instagram in 2014, I had no idea who to follow, so I just started following everyone.

Illustrators, writers, designers, web developers, painters, life coaches…


September 18, 2021 — Fonts save time, but handwriting is the best way to build a unique brand no one else can copy.

Three weeks into my 365 Comics challenge back in 2019, I started to get tired of handwriting all the captions.

I was spending an extra half hour…


September 11, 2021 — Having to explain your art to people is a sign that it’s not quite “there” and needs more work.

In college, I had an advertising professor named Kevin O’Neill who was something of a real-world Don Draper.

I’d go up to his office with a stack…

Andrew Folts

Author of 365 Comics. Writer, illustrator, and barefoot writer slinging minimalist tips for creative rebels.

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