This week marks the halfway point in the year. How are you doing on your goals?
©2009 Shane Cooper, Clemintino y Javier. Oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches.
Because my primary concern is about your business goals and financial well-being, let me remind you of a couple of articles about achieving your income goals. Have you read these?
6 Steps to Identify Your Income Goals
The 7th Step to Achieving Income Goals
Get Real with Where the Money Comes From
My income-achieving process is daunting for some artists who find it a challenge to face the bottom line. But ignoring your financial situation based on fear or lack of knowledge doesn’t make it better. It just makes you an oblivious businessperson.
The process is based on multiple streams of income for your art business (art sales, teaching, greeting
What advice would you give other artist-mothers who might be struggling to find time for their art or feeling guilty about spending time on their art and away from their families?
Guest blogger Sandhya Manne says, “When you love something, you will make time for it — whether “it” is children or art.” She shares how she balances her roles as mother and artist.
A Creativity Brief can help you make any creative project more successful.
Caution: It’s hard work!
In his book Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, Josh Linkner, founder of ePrize, shares an outline for a Creativity Brief that you can use for any project – a major installation, an exhibit, a workshop, or a new blog or website.
Warning: the Creativity Brief is intense and will take real work to complete. But that work is a good investment. By taking the time up front to get it right, you will yield an exponentially better end result.
He’s not kidding! It’s an intense process that isn’t for the weak. I’d compare it to writing a grant application.
Defining, in detail, the major components of your project gives you a blueprint to take action. You don’t
When there are no big plans on the horizon – no major deadlines – we flounder and may find it easier to procrastinate.
Without something to work toward, we get tangled up in Facebook, Twitter, and other time-wasters.
Carla Gauthier, What We Worship. Watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 inches. ©The Artist
I’m a firm believer in deadlines for my clients and for myself. I schedule teleseminars and classes without planning every detail because I know the deadline will drive me to completion.
Big ideas motivate us to take action, and each action builds momentum toward a larger goal.
Seth Godin says: Make Big Plans . . . that’s the best way to make big things happen. Write down your plans. Share them with trusted colleagues. Seek out team members and accomplices.
We need the focus that these big
Last week we talked about finding a mastermind partner. This week I’ll give you tips on running your meetings. While there isn’t a correct way to organize a mastermind meeting, there are incorrect ways.
One week from today, on February 23, I will let you in on the secret Artist Conspiracy membership program that I have been testing since the first of the year.
Bruce L. Bunch, Greenback Cutthroat Trout. Watercolor, 9 x 12 inches. ©The Artist
I have a positive spin on the word “Conspiracy.” I view the Artist Conspiracy as a get-together of like-minded artists who are conspiring against perpetuated myths such as:
Artists must be poor and sacrifice their well-being for their art. Artists are “bad” at marketing. Artists should accept the solitary life and find solutions on their own.
You can conspire against the same myths in your daily work.
Don’t refer to yourself or other artists as poor or starving. Don’t say you’re bad at marketing. Don’t accept that you have to do it all alone.
A. Alabi Akinloye, Female #1. Pastel on board, 24 x 18 inches. ©The Artist
Last week we were reviewing income sources for the past 3-4 years in order to set new income goals for 2011.
After you have your goals, it’s time to figure out how the money will come in. This was the next step (the 7th step) I took for myself in the process, and here’s how I did it.
Time to create another spreadsheet!
Record all of your areas of income in the left column. Across the top, you’ll list the months, January through December.
Under the corresponding months, you’ll note your major events: exhibits, festivals, sales, trade shows, and so forth. This gives you a visual as to where most of your activity will be happening.
Based on previous performance and new goals, divvy up
You have a grasp on how much money you’d like to make, but you have no idea how it’s going to happen.
I have an ambitious income goal for the year.
With my number in mind, I woke up in a panic moment early (too early) one morning last week.
I was alarmed because I realized that I had no plan to reach that number.
The first step I took was to ground myself in reality. I encourage you to do the same by following the process I went through.
1. Decide on your income goal. It’s not the number that’s important, but that you create a plan to attain it.
2. Create a space to focus. Shut down email, Facebook, and Twitter and clear your calendar for the day. Really. This is all you’re going to
How would you like to feel more in control of your New Year?
Will Lineberger Eskridge, Time of the Season III. Oil on canvasboard, 5.5 x 5.5 inches. ©The Artist
Next week – between Christmas and New Year’s – set aside at least half a day to review your commitments.
We’re all juggling various projects that we compartmentalize. The steps we take to put together an exhibition are different from the actions required to fill a workshop.
Create a System
To ensure that you don’t miss vital tasks that will make your project a success, take time to gather the details for each project in a single place.
There are a number of ways to do this. You could:
Make a page for each project inside a notebook. Create a document for each project on your computer. Create a