DIY Not DIA Marketing

Kerry Thompson (a.k.a. Kerry Millard) talks about illustrating a book.

Art Biz Coach was launched 11 years ago after I heard from many artists that they wanted an agent. They were looking for someone to do the work for them so that they could stay in the studio and work. I opted to teach artists how to best represent themselves and take control of their careers (Do It Yourself or DIY) without doing it alone (DIA).

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Step-by-Step Procedures Save You Time and Money

Stone Steps

Procedures save you time because you don’t have to think about what to do when the steps are in place. Procedures save you energy because you don’t use brainpower or become frustrated over your next moves. Procedures save you money because Time + Energy = Money.

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5 Ways to Simplify Your Art Business in 2013

2 candles

My word for 2013 is Simplify. I’m over all of the patched-together solutions and convoluted systems that were created in order to save money. I’ve had enough of chaos and complications. I’m ready for smooth and simple. How about you?

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Organizing Financial Invoices and Receipts Electronically

2013 finances

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to update your files to 2013. I thought I’d share how I organize my finances electronically to avoid finding more space for paper files. Here’s how my Finances e-file looked a couple of days ago.

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Clean Up, Wrap Up, Gear Up

blank canvas to start the new year

With less than a week to go before the New Year, we are all feeling the promise of a fresh start. Oh, the anticipation of attaining big goals. But wait! There’s a lot of crap in the way of those promises and goals. Wouldn’t it feel good if the New Year felt . . . well . . . new? Kind of like a blank canvas?

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Track Your Business Growth

My tracks at Nye Beach, OR. Photograph ©Alyson B. Stanfield

For years I’ve been tracking monthly numbers in my business. When I slack off on the tracking, my numbers decline. It’s the exact opposite of “Ignorance is bliss.” I believe that tracking numbers tells the Universe that you are committed to your business. And the Universe doesn’t give you more of something until you’re ready to accept more.

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How to Act Like The CEO Of Your Art Business

You are the CEO of your art business. The CEO is the person at the top of a company’s hierarchy. The buck stops, ultimately, with the CEO. Start acting like the CEO of your art business with these 5 tips.

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Are you in charge of your workflow?

In his talk to the World Domination Summit, Behance Founder/CEO Scott Belsky encouraged us to stop reacting and start pro-acting (my word) in order to protect our ideas and make them happen. When we react, we are inviting others to prioritize our time. We allow others to steal our attention away from our big ideas.

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Why Working in Coffee Shops Works

Computer at Coffee Shop

Grab your computer or your art materials and get thee to a coffee shop. There are at least four reasons to leave home and work amid the white noise of a café.

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Curating a Library of Art Business Books

Lindsey Harnish of the Ferndale Public Library in Michigan inquires: “I just won a grant for my library, specifically to purchase art business books. While I’ve got a long list of titles on my wish list, are there particular books that you strongly recommend?” Here’s what I recommend.

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