Year-End Review

Woman Writing in Note Book

You probably did more in 2012 than you are giving yourself credit for. Take time over the next two weeks to outline your accomplishments for the year. This exercise has been an annual Art Biz Coach tradition for many years. Subscribers who complete the exercise say they are surprised and proud of all they accomplished during the year.

A Quick-and-Easy DIY Marketing Recipe

Recipe for Success

What does your marketing mix look like? In the Artist Conspiracy this month, members are working on the ideal “recipe” for marketing activities. You can save yourself from overwhelm by doing the same – remembering, of course, that you can’t do everything. You must pick and choose.

How to Know It’s Time for a Change

©Gina Barry Harris, Joyful Tree. Acrylic on wood, 18 x 24 inches. Used with permission.

Change helps us innovate and become better leaders. I understand that change can be debilitating for many people. If you are open to change, there are two criteria I advise you to use when deciding whether change is necessary.

When To Give Up On Your Art Business

White Flag

You have to have thick skin and and iron stomach to endure the rejection and hard work that come with being an artist. Most artists weren’t born with this gene, but many of you have adapted. If you are missing the gene or haven’t been able to adapt to running an art business, there is no reason to feel like a failure.

Choosing to Live Excuse-Free

In my book, I’d Rather Be in the Studio, I share my philosophy of no-excuses art marketing. Accept full responsibility for your life and do the work required to get you where you want to be. Choose to live excuse-free.

Why I Never Advise You To Follow Your Passion

If “Follow Your Passion” works for you, heed the call! I’m not going to tell you not to follow your passion. You just won’t hear me offering those words as quick-and-easy business advice, which is often how they appear in print. Here’s my alternative version, which I hope serves you.

Beware of “I Am Not”

Stop defining yourself in the negative, and define yourself in terms hopes and aspirations. How you choose to define yourself will influence how others look at you and think of you.

Task List Navigation for Peace of Mind

Everyone feels overwhelmed at times. I find myself in this position more than I would like to admit and thought I’d share a process that has worked for me. First, make a list of everything that needs to get done, including the small steps necessary to complete the larger tasks. Everything!

Freedom To Be an Artist

In recognition of the Fourth of July holiday and celebrating independence, I interviewed Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup, who’s book is all about freedom.

Restart Your Intentions for 2012

The year is half over. Are you halfway through accomplishing your intentions for 2012? Don’t sweat it if you’re not. There’s still time! Just start over. Right here, right now. Let July be a fresh start for you. Let’s talk income goals since this is a business blog.