©Tara Pappas, The Release. Mixed media, 12 x 6 inches. Used with permission.
The biggest lesson from last week’s Art Biz Makeover: Let go of control.
After several discussions with my guests, it was clear that few people were willing to bring others into their art businesses.
When someone asked me if I ever slept, I happily responded that I got 8 hours sleep the night before. Really. And I did it because I hired people that I trust to stuff the goodie bags, get the name badges together, staff the registration table, select the music, order the food, and put out fires.
I learned a long time ago that if I was going to build my business to be more profitable, I was going to have to trust others.
I have read plenty of books over
st hired my first employee, other than myself, at Art Biz Coach. Yes, I have other assistants who work with me on a contract basis, but Maeve Eichelberger is a full-fledged employee. I’m not encouraging you to hire an employee. But I do think that most artists can benefit from an assistant. Here are some steps you can take to help move that process along.
You think you can do everything yourself. You maintain this mindset because you either can’t imagine what tasks you’d be willing to turn over to someone else, or you don’t want to spend the money on hiring someone.
You might need an assistant if any of the following apply:
You don’t feel like you can leave the office or studio for vacation. You can’t make enough work to keep up with the demand. You’re avoiding the work you don’t like to do. You make a good deal more money per hour than you’d pay an assistant. You’re spending more than 50% of your time doing tasks other than making art.
In honor of the start of the Tour de France . . . Andrea Hupke de Palacio, Eiffel Tower, View from Trocadero on a Misty Day. Watercolor. ©The Artist