What Your Art Business Will Cost You

Maggie Ruley’s Key West studio. Used with permission.

When you own your own business, it’s important to look at expenses as well as income in order to remain profitable.

I looked into various (not all – not even education or supplies and materials!) expenses for artists and thought it might be interesting to share the results. Feel free to add to our completely unscientific list in a comment on the Art Biz Blog.

Maggie Ruley’s Key West studio. Used with permission.

Studio Space

These numbers are based on responses I received through Twitter and Facebook. (sf = square feet)

Central Virginia (476sf): $355/month Key West, FL (750sf – 3 rooms): $1600 for studio + store front

Ravenswood, Chicago, IL (600+ sf): $540/month Downtown Chicago, IL (sf n/a): $485/month Gages Lake, IL (1200sf): $500/month with utilities

Albuquerque, NM (175sf): $200/mo

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I Recommend These Services for Your Art Business

Lisa, Alyson and Janice

In the beginning months and years of Art Biz Coach, I thought of my services as a one-stop shop. Bad idea. It’s never a good idea to try to be everything because you then become known for nothing.

Over the years, I have learned to work to my strengths, which include helping artists with foundational marketing pieces like building mailing lists, nurturing relationships, and improving professional presentation.

Artists usually begin with my Art Biz Bootcamp before we get into a private client relationship that helps them personalize their strategies. In addition, I am very good at helping artists improve their systems and productivity. This is why I teach Organize Your Art Biz.

Earlier Work Hasn't Sold: What to Do?

Deep Thought

You are up to your eyeballs in unsold work!

What you’d really like to do is just get rid of it. It’s taking up your energy and you can’t afford to rent storage just for early work.

Deep Thought: What do you do with early work that hasn’t sold and no one seems to want?

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An Appreciation of Mothers and of My Mom

Alyson and Barbara Stanfield

Here’s to the mothers who are artists. And to the mothers who raise healthy, informed artists who make the world a better place. To My Mom . . . Who is forgiven for not taking me to museums because she didn’t want me to misbehave in public. (She was probably right.)

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Searching for Content for Your Artist Blog

Photo of man looking for something

In my last post, I made the case that your blog is a gold mine for you. What I didn’t say is that it’s only a gold mine if you are consistently committed to blogging and to improving with each post. You can only fulfill this commitment with rich content.

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New to Art Biz Coach and Art Biz Blog?

artist video lessons

The Art Biz Blog is the blog for Art Biz Coach, which offers services and products to help artists build profitable businesses. One of my goals for Art Biz Coach over the next year or so is to simplify and streamline. I want to make it easy for new visitors to figure out where they should go on my sites. If you’re new here, I offer 6 tips for finding your way through the 2400+ posts as well as the artist services and products.

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Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Book Review

Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, a book of 40 artist essays edited by Sharon Louden.

I highly recommend the book Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, a book of 40 artist essays edited by Sharon Louden. From these successful artists, you’ll discover: You are not alone . . . The life of an artist doesn’t get easier with success. More people depend on you as you add to your list of obligations . . .

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Have a Good Day with Me - Time Sensitive

Alyson Stanfield

Today, February 3, is my birthday and I hope you’ll celebrate with me. It would be meaningful to know that you had a really good day on February 3. So I outlined 8 (my favorite number) things that I thought would make for a next-to-perfect day.

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Artists and Health Insurance

HealthCare.gov logo

I thought we should get a pulse on health insurance since everyone else is talking about it. Deep Thought . . . .Do you have health insurance? Did you get it for you as an individual or through work or a spouse? Have you tried to access health insurance through the HealthCare.gov site? Or have you used a state exchange?

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Hottest Art Biz Blog Posts of 2013

Fire

I have published 145 posts on this blog in 2013 – so far. Deep Thoughts received most of the comments, but there were also some surprises – including the most commented-on post of the year. The Hot Winners >> Exploring lower-priced work to increase your income. Affordable Art as an Option . . .

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