Week 26 Income Check-up

©2009 Shane Cooper, Clemintino y Javier. Oil on canvas.

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

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Artist-Mother Tips

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?

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Balancing the Roles of Artist and Mother

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.

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Support Your Goals with a Creativity Brief

Josh Linkner

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.

Linker writes:

Warning: the Creativity Brief

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Commit to Something Big

Carla Gauthier, What We Worship. Watercolor on paper.

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

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How to Run a Mastermind Meeting

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.

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Conspire Against the Artist Myths

Bruce L. Bunch, Greenback Cutthroat Trout. Watercolor.

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

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The 7th Step to Achieving Income Goals

A. Alabi Akinloye, Female #1. Pastel on board.

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

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6 Steps to Identify Your Income Goals

Cathleen Rehfeld, Three Pomegranates. Oil on canvas on panel.

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

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Get a Grip on Your Projects by January 1

Will Lineberger Eskridge, Time of the Season III. Oil on canvasboard.

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

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