You Are the Ringmaster of Your Life

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When you work on your own, it’s easy to get into an unproductive rut. The demands of everyday life can pull you off track. Soon, you find, you’re taxiing kids, doing the laundry or waiting for repair people. Well, YOU are the Ringmaster of your life. You get to call the shots, and you can step up and create a structure to drive momentum and increase productivity. [...]

You Can't Afford Not to Hire Someone

Photographer Sam Nguyen shoots Alix Christian with her work.

There comes a point in a growing business where you can’t afford not to hire someone. It’s not easy to write those first checks to someone else for a task you know you could do, but your business can’t grow as long as you continue to do everything by yourself. Let’s look at six situations where you should get help from others. [...]

Tips for Working with an Accountability Partner in Your Art Marketing

Amantha Tsaros Art

Most artists work alone and flourish in their silence without interruptions. This is critical for the creative process. But when it comes to building a business, know this: You will make better progress in art marketing and business planning by joining up with an equally ambitious accountability partner. [...]

2 Guidelines for Requesting a Donation

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You’re probably accustomed to people asking you to donate your art to this or that cause, but have you ever been on the other side? Have you ever been the one making the request for a donation? There will come a time in your art career when you must ask for donations. Not just money, but also gifts of services or products. [...]

How to Find Anything When You Need It

Similar works are distinguished by titles, such as these in Jane Guthrie’s exhibition.

I subscribe to the theory that less clutter and a more organized mind and workspace mean more room for creativity. How can you make really good art when you’re worried about where you stored the image the reporter is requesting or wondering what you did with that exhibition contract that’s due tomorrow? If you are struggling to stay organized, here are five naming tips that will help you find anything when you need it. [...]

4 Semi-Unrelated Business Lessons

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Here are four semi-unrelated business lessons I either learned or shared last week. I hope they help you with your art business. 1. Capture it. Write it down. . . . My housekeeper was overwhelmed with all she had to do following her father’s passing. The coach in me kicked in: “If you don’t mind my asking, do you write things down?” “I never write anything down,” she admitted. [...]

4 Moves To Ignite The Passion For Your Art Business

©Frances Vettergreen, One Hundred. Oil and wax on panel, 36 x 36 inches. Used with permission

Is that the sound of July 4th fireworks I hear? Or is your art business on fire? I would love to hear that it’s your business – that you are Hot – Hot – Hot for what you have to share with the world. If you’re only hearing fireworks outside your walls and not inside your head and heart, there are four things you should do – and keep doing – to ignite the passion for your art business. [...]

5 Timelines To Help You Plan

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Throughout my years in business, I have found timelines to be invaluable for planning. Regardless of how much or little you have going on, timelines help you sleep better at night since you know you have all of your bases covered. I created five timelines to help. [...]

Roll Out the Red Carpet for Your VIPs

Red security rope by red carpet.

Your friends and followers on social media are valuable, but the people who buy from you and entrust you with their email and physical addresses are your VIPs. How do you roll out the red carpet for VIPs who offer their support and trust? Here are some ideas. [...]

2 Steps To An Empty Inbox

My crazy inbox while on vacation last summer.

We entrepreneurs are slaves to our inboxes, and we could spend all day answering email – but let’s not! There’s a smarter way to manage this. While the elusive Inbox Zero may not be your main goal, holding on to unanswered or unprocessed email is a drain on your mental energy. [...]