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You want to turn your Art into a business?

Posted by: Wellydogdesigns

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Wellydogdesigns

 

I wrote this a little while ago on my own blog and thought I would share with you now 


People are always saying how lucky I am that I managed to turn my hobby into a business.  I wont argue generally with that statement and I do have to pinch myself occasionally that I do indeed work for myself, doing something I love.  But I always get the impression that people feel I have an easy life.  To some extent then I will agree, as I truly believe the old saying,

 

"If you do a job you love, you never do a days work"


But I have also learnt a lot over the last year about what it takes to run your own business, so thought I would share some of it with you.......

 

 

 

 

 

 

Money


When working out whether you can afford to take the plunge  don't just look at the monthly costs.  Think about those yearly costs like MOT's and insurance, take into account, birthday presents, christmas, petrol money to visit relatives etc...its amazing how much they add up.

 

Have a pot of money for emergencies,  when you  have no money everything will suddenly turn on you and break, in my case, the microwave blew up, the car windscreen got chipped and my clutch died.......

 

Everything costs more than you think, allow extra on everything.

 

I have worked out a weekly target.  Its the minimum I have to make every week to just stay in business,  its a great motivator.

 

Don't get sick or have family emergencies....you can't afford it.

 

Pay all your bills on time,  companies appear far less forgiving if they think you are a business.

 

Expect not to make any money in the first year,  anything you do make will go straight back into the business anyway.

 

Have more than one revenue stream. My teaching keeps me though the winter months and my selling through the summer when my students are on holiday.

 

Do your accounts weekly at minimum,  if I can I try and do them daily,  then you know where you stand all the time, and also no hassle looking for receipts etc at the end of the year

 

Planning

 

I would say have a good business plan and don't jump in until you know you are ready,  but I can't really, as I didn't do that,  but it is probably advisable. But if you are going to just do it,  don't just dip your toe in to test the water.  jump right in and commit totally.  as Master yoda says

 

"Do, or do not. There is no 'try.'"


Within reason try to never say NO.  I try my best to take every opportunity offered.  If it doesn't work out I never do it again.

 

Trust your ideas, don't over think things,  its a waste of time.

 

Promotion


Your local paper is your new best friend...they can really bring in business.  I have never paid for an advert but I e-mail our local reporter every opportunity I have.  I have got some great spreads in the editorial.

 

Everyone you meet from now on is a prospective customer,  never be caught short without a business card.  I chat to people in the supermarket queue and give them my card.

 

Reply promptly to all enquiries. People love quick replies and appreciate not being kept waiting, even if they didn't get the answer they wanted.

 

 

Day to day

 

Stay true to your vision,  its easy to get sucked into, making or doing things you think will be money winners,  they wont work as the lack of passion that you have, will show.

 

Never agree to any work unless you have a deposit that will at least cover your costs. Not even if you think you can sell it anyway.  Its just not worth it

 

Your reputation is everything,  don't give anyone an opportunity to bad mouth you.

 

If someone says they will come back later and buy something,  never believe them.  That way your wont be disappointed and wait around hoping.

 


Personal

 

The buck stops with you,  you HAVE to make all the decisions,  other people can only advise, but at the end of the day its your call. ( something I love,  I always hated being told what to do, as I always knew I was right anyway :-)

 

Your business hours are every hour,  you no longer have a personal life.  You will bore your family and friends at every social occasion.You WILL turn into a work-acholic,  if you don't, your not doing it right!

 

Have fun,  there is no point in doing all this and putting so much in if you are not getting anything out.

 

Finally,

 

Even after all I have said,  put it all into perspective,  it is after all, only a job.....................................

 

not really!

 

 

 

 


Monster project

Posted by: gringrimaceandsqueak

Tagged in: original , horror , drawing , charcoal , black and white

gringrimaceandsqueak

This year looks like it's going to be  a fun one :)

A few months ago, I took the plunge and made my most personal demon available for sale.

Stephen has been with me for years and although he was a menace in the beginning because he's the only one of mine to give me nightmares, he has become part of our household. It's an odd concept, selling your dreams but that's what we do isn't it ? I knew that if this one went, I'd want another at home so it would encourage me to get on with new images.

To help with this, a model was made to scale so that I would have something physical to start with. As you can probably imagine, figuring out lighting, perspective etc is very difficult with such an elusive subject but this way I could try out new poses and take photos of the ones that looked to be most fun.

I've printed out half a dozen already in black and white and it's really spurred me on. The first drawing of any new monster is an anatomical study so I tend to draw them side on in isolation. Now I've done that I can start drawing him as I see him out and about......worrying thought that :)

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 


Marketing skills

Posted by: tjCervantesArt

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tjCervantesArt

I, first, want to thank Cathy for helping me with her critique of my shop. It was eye opening to the market world on the internet.  What she has given me is priceless!

I am not only new to totalartsoul, I am plain new to everything. I have only been trying to sell me wares for about 18 months and just now, I get it. Tagging and keywords are everything!!

Come and look and tell me what you think. I am trying. and I will not give up ever. This is my new job. Thanks Cathy!!


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