Save Time with Consistent Naming Conventions

One of the best ways to save time on your computer is to be consistent when naming your files. It not only saves you time, but will be imperative when (not if) you bring someone in to help you expand your art business. It makes no sense to hire an assistant only to spend half of your time trying to find things in the computer for your assistant. [...]

Why I Teach Artists How to Get Organized

Piles of Paper

What is someone who wrote a book on self-promotion doing teaching an organizing class for artists? I teach Organize Your Art Business for two reasons. 1) You Need It . . . Well, maybe not You, but artists in general need to have access to this information. When you are disorganized, your business suffers. When you are disorganized, you miss deadlines and commitments. [...]

How to Find Anything When You Need It

Similar works are distinguished by titles, such as these in Jane Guthrie’s exhibition.

I subscribe to the theory that less clutter and a more organized mind and workspace mean more room for creativity. How can you make really good art when you’re worried about where you stored the image the reporter is requesting or wondering what you did with that exhibition contract that’s due tomorrow? If you are struggling to stay organized, here are five naming tips that will help you find anything when you need it. [...]

4 Semi-Unrelated Business Lessons

photo of cat and computer

Here are four semi-unrelated business lessons I either learned or shared last week. I hope they help you with your art business. 1. Capture it. Write it down. . . . My housekeeper was overwhelmed with all she had to do following her father’s passing. The coach in me kicked in: “If you don’t mind my asking, do you write things down?” “I never write anything down,” she admitted. [...]

2 Steps To An Empty Inbox

My crazy inbox while on vacation last summer.

We entrepreneurs are slaves to our inboxes, and we could spend all day answering email – but let’s not! There’s a smarter way to manage this. While the elusive Inbox Zero may not be your main goal, holding on to unanswered or unprocessed email is a drain on your mental energy. [...]

5 Ways to Simplify Your Art Business in 2013

2 candles

My word for 2013 is Simplify. I’m over all of the patched-together solutions and convoluted systems that were created in order to save money. I’ve had enough of chaos and complications. I’m ready for smooth and simple. How about you? [...]

Organizing Financial Invoices and Receipts Electronically

2013 finances

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to update your files to 2013. I thought I’d share how I organize my finances electronically to avoid finding more space for paper files. Here’s how my Finances e-file looked a couple of days ago. [...]

Clean Up, Wrap Up, Gear Up

blank canvas to start the new year

With less than a week to go before the New Year, we are all feeling the promise of a fresh start. Oh, the anticipation of attaining big goals. But wait! There’s a lot of crap in the way of those promises and goals. Wouldn’t it feel good if the New Year felt . . . well . . . new? Kind of like a blank canvas? [...]

3 Hacks for Organizing Your Ideas

It’s important to create systems that make it easy to access and use what we learn. Here are three of my favorite hacks for storing ideas for my blog posts, classes, books, and newsletter. [...]

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! [...]