Five New Business Resources

Learning Resources

We are back with five new business resources for the week of September 20. We are making these posts items you can use anytime, with the free portions denoted on the date. This week we have included two short blog posts to read because sometimes that is all the time you have to learn. 

Below is the current week of resources:

Use Anytime

Seven Ways to Boost Your Confidence as an Artist 

An article posted on Artwork Archive. Seven things to think about and work on as an artist to help you gain confidence in yourself as an artist. Some suggestions are as simple as getting up and moving to give yourself a break from a piece of work which you can’t get quite right. It is a quick read and worth the few minutes of your time.

Staying Connected to Meaning in Your Work – Leo Babauta writes on Zen Habits the importance of working with your why and staying connected to it during your day. The past six months have taken its toll on us, and it is essential to take time each day to reconnect with why you are doing what you do. Continue reading “Five New Business Resources”

Getting started with Amazon Handmade

Online Amazon Handmade

Getting started with Amazon Handmade

There are many different online platforms to sell your handmade items. Today, we will discuss getting started with Amazon Handmade. Amazon is one of the largest online stores. And they have created a specific online shop just for handmade items. Amazon Handmade isn’t like Etsy or other online stores; you will need to apply and be accepted before you are allowed to open up your shop.

So, what is involved in the application, and who can apply?   Continue reading “Getting started with Amazon Handmade”

Quick Steps to Get Selling on Etsy Today

Selling Online

Want to setup an online storefront, but think it is too hard.  Today, we will outline the quick steps needed to get selling on Etsy today.  Of all of the online platforms to sell from,  Etsy is one of the simplest to get your storefront open today.   With a little investment in time, pictures of what you wish to sell, and a store name, you can be up and running within an hour. If you are starting and do not have an online following, Etsy is an easy option for online sales.

These are the five quick steps to get selling on Etsy today!

Continue reading “Quick Steps to Get Selling on Etsy Today”

When All Events Canceled

Photo of an Art Fair

Sometimes when you are over-scheduled, having an event canceled feels good. Maybe you were trying to do one more thing in an already packed schedule. However, when you look at your calendar and all your events have canceled, it is scary. As an artist and maker who sells through live shows, it is overwhelming now.

I will be the first to admit I thought events would be canceled through early summer. I never thought events would be canceled throughout the summer, and some are even postponing into November. Continue reading “When All Events Canceled”

Apply to the Best Art Fairs For Your Unique Art Style

Applying Art Fairs

You did your search and found a few art or craft shows where you would like to sell. Now, to apply to the best art fairs based on your unique style and needs.

Do a little work and think about what you sell. Who do you think buys what you sell? Do you sell soap, photographs, hand-knit baby blankets, paintings? What is your price point?  Where would your potential customers be shopping?

Now go back to your list of potential shows you found from your previous search.  

Click into the event or go into the application and look at the information the event organizer is telling you. Is this a small-town show with a few vendors? Is the small town wealthy? Quirky? Full of tourists? Continue reading “Apply to the Best Art Fairs For Your Unique Art Style”

Your Art Fair was Canceled due to the COVID

Art Fair Canceled Due to COVID

Your art fair canceled due to COVID, now what do you do? You are an artist, a maker, a freelancer. You sell art in public venues, at church functions, art fairs, farmer’s markets, in galleries. And now, due to the coronavirus, the public is told to avoid these types of venues. The art fair patrons are not sure what to do, do we stay home or continue with life.

What do you do as an artist, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic? Do you have a plan b to earn money if your event cancels? Continue reading “Your Art Fair was Canceled due to the COVID”

Online Art Presence – Setting Yourself Up for Success

Computer Online Presence

In a world where everything seems to be increasingly done through an online presence instead of brick and mortar sales, the art world has a foot firmly in both worlds. Artists and makers sell through fairs, shows, exhibits, markets, and galleries as well as Etsy, Amazon Handmade, eBay, and your online stores. Choosing one over the other can be confusing.  

This article makes the assumption you are already selling in person. Either through fairs, galleries or pop-ups. You may have a thriving business or maybe you have just started. Either way, you may be thinking, why do I want to add one more thing to my already busy life. Especially if you do not want to deal with selling online, shipping items, returned items and paying state sales tax! Continue reading “Online Art Presence – Setting Yourself Up for Success”

How to Find Art & Craft Fairs to Sell at

Art Fair

Selling at Art Fairs!

This is your year! You’ve decided to start selling the amazing work you have been creating. Congratulations! Now, the decision you need to make is where will you sell it.

On any given weekend across the country, there could be hundreds of art and craft fairs. How do you know which one will work best for you? And when do you need to apply? Continue reading “How to Find Art & Craft Fairs to Sell at”

Four Simple Ways to Grow Your Email List

4 simple ways to grow your email list

You have heard you should have an email list.  But it seems like just one more thing to do.  Here are four simple ways to grow your email list, which won’t take a lot of your time or energy.  Having this list will give you the ability to reach out to your customers before your next event.

The first is through your merchant provider. 

Square is used by many artisans.  Did you know they have a service where you can update your customer data base directly from the payment information?  I found this information from the bottom of their website.  The best thing about this, it is free when you use Square.  If you don’t use Square, see if you merchant provider provides the same service. And if they do have it, use the service. 

Make sure when you collect your customers information this way, you get the correct confirmation from them allowing you to add them to your email list, before adding them to an email newsletter. Continue reading “Four Simple Ways to Grow Your Email List”