Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nine Small Business Tools for Artist Entrepreneurs

Nine Small Business Tools for Artist Entrepreneurs

What small business tools do you use an entrepreneur?

small business toolsAs an artist seeking to make a living, or at least generate income from selling your art and related products, you are a small business owner, and entrepreneur. This means you take on the tasks of organizing and managing your operation, and assume the risks inherent in running it. Effective use of small business tools is essential to your art…

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Selling Art with a Back Story

Selling Art with a Back Story

THE SUPERMODEL AND THE BRILLO BOX Back Stories and Peculiar Economics from the World of Contemporary ArtI have been reading with fascination The Supermodel and the Brillo Box: Back Stories and Peculiar Economics from the World of Contemporary Art, a new book by economist Don Thompson. As Georgia Adam quotes, “Don Thompson lays bare the world of high-octane auctions, canny collectors, culture-hungry new economies, and opaque million-dollar art deals.”

I find Thompson’s unique outlook on the…

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Bad Ass Awesome Sauce Replay

Bad Ass Awesome Sauce Replay

Happy July 4th! Pour some bad ass awesome sauce on your art career.

bad ass awesome sauceWe are taking a break this weekend to celebrate our national holiday in the U.S. Here is a replay of an article first published in July 2012. If anything, the advice has aged well.

Bad Ass Awesome Sauce Is about Attitude.

It is a state of mind. When you feel it in your career, others will, too! Use it generously and share often.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

What Makes People Buy Your Art?

What Makes People Buy Your Art?

What really makes people buy your work?

Artist John Colley at work in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza Artist John Colley at work in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza It’s an age-old question, “What makes people buy your art?’

Editor’s Note: Guest post author, Chris Davies, offers a unique a perspective from a unique locale on the reasons behind art buyers’ motivation.

Finding out how to sell your art is an essential milestone for any artist, yet so many of us…

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

How to Improve Your Art Business

How to Improve Your Art Business

Here are useful tips to improve your art business. how to improve your art businessKnow Who Buys Your Art.

If your art is florals and landscapes, this is harder than if you are in a niche such as nautical art. Nonetheless, you need to define your buyers. Are they mostly women or men? Are they over 50 or under 40? Are they outdoor types who drive Jeeps, or urbanites who drive a BMW? There is nearly always some crossover, but you…

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Top Ten Art Marketing Tools to Transform Your Career

Top Ten Art Marketing Tools to Transform Your Career

Essential Art Marketing Tools

Top Ten Art Marketing Tools

These art marketing tools are like building blocks. Learning to use them and interweave them with each other is how you can efficiently grow your art business. They are not the be all to end all. You still need great, desirable work, finely tuned artist’s statement and bio, online galleries and more. Those are for another conversation or post.

Lists like this one…

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Seven Questions for Artists Considering the Art Print Market

Seven Questions for Artists Considering the Art Print Market

Discover how to know if art print market will work for you.

Robert Laduke - giclee for the art print marketBefore artists jump in the art print market, it is crucial they know the most important questions about breaking into it, and if it is right for them. Reading this post will challenge you to start organizing actions based on what is important, as well as what is most urgent, in launching your print-market career.

Basics for success in…

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Five Reasons Why Art Careers Fail

Five Reasons Why Art Careers Fail

Boost your success by learning why art careers fail. Why art careers failArt careers can fail for many reasons. Here are five common fails you need to avoid.
  1. Fail to choose success -

Success never just happens.

It is a result of choosing to be successful. As the late Stephen Covey said, “You are the product of your own decisions.” He encouraged us to be proactive in our lives – to reinvent ourselves. Circumstances…

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Art Career Clarity | Successful Art Careers | Part Twelve

Art Career Clarity | Successful Art Careers | Part Twelve

Do you have art career clarity?

Art Career Clarity

Gaining clarity can make the difference between a marginally and a highly successful result for your art career. Can you easily describe how your career will look in one year? What about in five years, or oh my goodness, ten years?

Or, do your thoughts resolve to vague notions of how things are going with not much more than hope things will pan out?

If you are…

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Social Media for Artists | Does It Pay?

Social Media for Artists | Does It Pay?

Making social media for artists work for you. Social Media for ArtistsSocial media is just a marketing tool for artists.

In a hurry. Check the terrific limited time offers at the page bottom.

Success is strictly about what you do with the tool rather than which tool you use. Nearly any social media program can deliver results when used properly. It is analogous to giving the same basic paints, brushes and canvas to two artists. You know you will get you drastically different results. Not…

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