October 14th, 2013by admin
Not so long ago being an artist meant living in poverty and rejection, struggling to sell your art and be appreciated. The examples of artists who were praised after their deaths having lived in anguish, are plenty. Van Gogh,Monet,Toulouse-Lautrec are only a few of these “starving artists”. And then came the internet and the world became an enormous community, a huge marketplace, a place where every artist can be recognized and appreciated. With a vast variety of online galleries, auction sites and social networks, selling your art is easy, quick and quite stress free. All you need is a computer, an internet connection and of course a little bit of work.
First of all, search the web regularly for online galleries. Read reviews in relevant forums in order to pick the most reliable ones. Most of these galleries offer a variety of tutorials. Watch them. Then, subscribe to their newsletters. You can find valuable information about upcoming events and exhibitions. Some of them offer only showcasing but there many that act as middlemen between you and the prospective buyer.
Set up accounts on various artists’ social networks. This way you can connect with several artist communities, exchange ideas and get feedback. Some even allow you to set up your own blog where you can showcase your art and even sell it on your own. You will be surprised with the number of galleries and art connoisseurs that are cruising these sites in search for fresh talent.
There are also several auction sites. It is easy to set up your own online store, decide on the selling price and duration of the auction. This is also a good way to measure the appeal your art has to the general public.
So, which is the best way you ask. The answer is :Put your art out there. Dear artist starve no more! Sell your art online.
October 1st, 2013by admin
Setting up an online art business can be rife with problems and set backs. There are the ones you can plan for, but then there are those unexpected issues which pop up without any warning and without any obvious solutions.
Finances are one of the biggest concerns when you initially set up any kind of business, but they are of primary concern when setting up an online art business. Undoubtedly, you will consider taking out a loan to cover the initial set up costs of the major aspects. The design, construction and implementation of the website is only the first of many major outlays.
Once your website is up and running, you will not only have to concern yourself with the ongoing hosting and site maintenance costs, but also stay on top of your online security. You will have a number of valuable elements displayed and stored on your website. If any of these were to be stolen or accidentally fall into the wrong hands, you could be responsible for some very hefty bills.
The costs keep on mounting during the first few months of your new online business. You can budget the exact amounts that you will spend on the website and on security. You can even budget how much you spend advertising online and in the real world. You will never be able to precisely prescribe your income. Sales are neither predictable nor consistent.
You may well find that after the first month’s boom in trade, you experience a slow couple of weeks or even the month. This is when your cash flow takes a hard hit and could even slow to nominal pace. You might consider taking out a loan to cover the running costs whilst still allowing yourself to push the advertising as hard as ever.
You could use a loan for any of your business needs and ensure that you are able to expand when the time is just right.
Even if you have a bad credit history you may find you can still get the financial assistance that you need for your art business. It’s definitely worth looking into loans for poor credit if you have been rejected for finance in the past.
September 13th, 2013by admin
Some people were gifted with a talent for art that many of us envy. This gift should never go to waste as there are many ways in which an artist can put his or her talents to use. Looking at beautiful objects serves as a source of pleasure to all the tired people getting home after a hard day and many of them search for something to make their homes more pleasing to look at. The main goal is to get your items to these people.
‘How can I make money of my art?’ you might ask. Well, this is where one of the greatest invention of humanity comes handy, the internet. There is a pool of potential customers looking for artistic creations online and there are several places to find them.
One of the biggest such source is eBay. People browse through its directory several times a day, even if they don’t necessarily need something. One can easily launch an account that would specify in selling their art. Selling the first item is always the hardest customers, however come much faster afterwards.
There are several other sites you might want to take a look at when considering selling online. Facebook, for example, is often used for such purpose. Many widen their market by creating a Facebook a page or a group for their work and raising a large clientele after some clever marketing work.
The main rules to live by when selling online are: to be prompt, answer to requests and make leaving feedback available. Feedback is crucial to earn on the online market. When seeing positive feedback left by others, a buyer would find the seller more trustworthy and this, naturally, increases the chance of him or her purchasing one of your items.
As you can see there are many ways in which you can use your talent to make a living. Do not be afraid to give it a go!