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? [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

May Day! May Day!

Are you prepared if you are affected by a natural disaster or computer crash? Craig Nutt, artist and Director of Programs for CERF+, shares what you can do RIGHT NOW to lessen your losses. [...]

Fail-Proof Business Advice from 10 Years of Art Biz Coach

In continuing the celebration of my 10-year anniversary at Art Biz Coach, I share my top 10 pieces of sound business advice that it pays to review from time to time. What’s #1 ?? [...]

How to Avoid Information Overload

You will always have a hard time focusing on your art and prioritizing your art business if you haven’t taken the time to assess and plan. Knowing your priorities helps you avoid information overload. [...]

Low on Brain Cells? 6 Brainless Business Actions

©2012 Mel Ristau, At the Start of a New Day. Pigmented digital print.

We all have moments when we feel our creative juices are spent. Here are six brainless business actions you can take when you don’t have the energy to think too much. [...]