A few days before Christmas is the perfect time to share some of my favorite things with you: business and personal tips, recipes, online email classes, and products I love.
Skip the famous eggnog recipe at the end at your own peril. Merry merry!
Tech and Online Stuff
Emil Pakarklis offers loads of info in his complimentary video tutorial for hacking your iPhone camera: 7 Hidden iPhone Camera Features That Every Photographer Should Use. I learned a ton and I didn’t even get to all of his lessons.
Later’s IG Email Class
Later.com is an online service that allows you to schedule your Instagram posts. They also have a fantastic free e-mail course on using Instagram for Business and regular tips via email when you sign up.
It’s totally worth it to learn more about taking advantage of Instagram. Check out their blog, too.
Seize The Year Calendar
You gotta have a wall calendar to see the rhythm of your year. I heard about this find via Jane La Fazio who I believe got turned on to it by Patti Digh. This wall calendar is uber functional and attractive.
The clincher is the way the months run into one another instead of being compartmentalized.
I also love that this calendar isn’t
When I heard about Architecture’s Odd Couple, the new bio about Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson, I couldn’t wait to read it.
I have a thang for architecture, and reading about the friendly rivalry between these two opposites was too appealing to pass up.
It’s my summer reading.
What’s on your list?
While you’re creating interest lists on Facebook to help you stay connected, how about adding an interest list for staying up-to-date on your art business.
You could start by adding the Art Biz Coach page. Just sayin’.
Here are the business pages on my art business interest list (just click that link to follow my list), though note that I also have individual profiles on my list as well.
Please leave your favorite art business pages on Facebook in a comment here.
At year’s end, a look back at the top posts here from the past year.
Top 6 Most-Commented-On Posts
Yep, It’s Art and It’s for Sale
©Patricia Coulter, Jubilant. Acrylic on gallery wrapped stretch canvas, 48 x 42 inches. Used with permission.
Many artists seem are shocked when people don’t understand that your work is for sale. And, yet, you’re not doing enough to clue them in.
Your Job Is in the Studio
A perennial favorite! This is my annual reminder that if you don’t make art, you have nothing to promote or build a career on.
Turn On Your Cell Phones
Take advantage of the
When you own your own business, it’s important to look at expenses as well as income in order to remain profitable.
I looked into various (not all – not even education or supplies and materials!) expenses for artists and thought it might be interesting to share the results. Feel free to add to our completely unscientific list in a comment on the Art Biz Blog.
Maggie Ruley’s Key West studio. Used with permission.
These numbers are based on responses I received through Twitter and Facebook. (sf = square feet)
Central Virginia (476sf): $355/month Key West, FL (750sf – 3 rooms): $1600 for studio + store front
Ravenswood, Chicago, IL (600+ sf): $540/month Downtown Chicago, IL (sf n/a): $485/month Gages Lake, IL (1200sf): $500/month with utilities
Albuquerque, NM (175sf): $200/mo in
In the beginning months and years of Art Biz Coach, I thought of my services as a one-stop shop. Bad idea. It’s never a good idea to try to be everything because you then become known for nothing.
Over the years, I have learned to work to my strengths, which include helping artists with foundational marketing pieces like building mailing lists, nurturing relationships, and improving professional presentation.
Artists usually begin with my Art Biz Bootcamp before we get into a private client relationship that helps them personalize their strategies. In addition, I am very good at helping artists improve their systems and productivity. This is why I teach Organize Your Art Biz.
You are up to your eyeballs in unsold work!
What you’d really like to do is just get rid of it. It’s taking up your energy and you can’t afford to rent storage just for early work.
Deep Thought: What do you do with early work that hasn’t sold and no one seems to want?
Here’s to the mothers who are artists. And to the mothers who raise healthy, informed artists who make the world a better place. To My Mom . . . Who is forgiven for not taking me to museums because she didn’t want me to misbehave in public. (She was probably right.)
In my last post, I made the case that your blog is a gold mine for you. What I didn’t say is that it’s only a gold mine if you are consistently committed to blogging and to improving with each post. You can only fulfill this commitment with rich content.
Were you, like me, crushed when FileMaker discontinued Bento? I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t prepared to restart the search for new inventory software. Instead, I asked, how I can maximize what I’m using already?