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!

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Week of August 30 Trainings

Time to Apply to Art Fairs

We are back with the week of August 30 Trainings for creatives.  This week we have a few which you can watch whenever you have the time.  Again, I am listing courses from CreativeLive.  I believe it is a great resource for you.

Below is the current week of free classes:

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Capture striking photography with iPhone  Apple stores, pre-COVID had a series of classes you could take in their stores. Now they have started a short series of courses you can take online. This course is less than 3 minutes and shows ways to take, edit, and share photos using your iPhone. It is worth watching. Continue reading “Week of August 30 Trainings”

Current Week Free Classes

Computer Online Presence

Who doesn’t love finding new resources and if they are free, even better! We are starting a new feature of weekly free or inexpensive classes, webinars, and fun things to do. This current week list of free classes is the first time we are doing this, so we welcome your input for courses you may be hosting or a favorite you would like to share with our community. Below is the current week of free classes:
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Applying to Art Fairs During Covid-19

Time to Apply to Art Fairs

Applying to art fairs was always a bit of art and science. Choosing the best one for you and what you sell. Finding one which fits into your desire to travel, life, art, and type of event has always been fun. You don’t want to sell at an event which doesn’t have the right customers for you either!

Now, there is an additional layer of shows canceling because of safety concerns. What happens if you apply to a fair, and it has to cancel due to state regulations? What happens to your entry fee, your both fee? Continue reading “Applying to Art Fairs During Covid-19”

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”