We all know the difficulties that artists who are highly talented can face in making a living off their work. However, with enough effort and the right knowledge, it is possible to build a rewarding, stable career and showcase your talents. We will be discussing a few methods to start making money with art in a brief time.
You can improve your skills
They say practice makes perfect. Even if you have the most amazing talent, there is always room for improvement. Exploring new techniques, using new tools, and practicing like crazy will all help you reach your goal to make money as an artist.
You can keep your practice in check, no matter how advanced or new you may be. This will allow you to be confident that you’re constantly learning and mastering your craft, particularly if you keep the 1000 hours rule in mind! ).
You don’t have to be afraid of making your art public. The more people that see your work, you’re more likely to make new contacts and help you progress your career. You may even earn a small commission. This can be done at festivals or in galleries. You may also earn commissions through local businesses that have your connections. All kinds of artists, from musicians to filmmakers to dancers, should strive for as much exposure and visibility as possible. You never know who might be interested in seeing your film at a local museum, a display of dance at a Sunday festival, or even a painting on a cafe window.
It is important to determine the value of your work when marketing your art. Do your homework. Find out what other artists are charging for similar work, the platforms they use (e.g. Etsy) and how they get paid. Don’t let yourself down. Think about everything you are investing in your art. Materials, time, shipping costs, and so on. This brings us to our next point.
It is essential that you understand the financial side to running a successful business. Since you are an artist who is independent, this is what it is. A liberal study program will enable you to pursue your interests in arts while taking finance and accounting courses. You’ll learn the skills needed to make sales and manage your finances well. If you haven’t gone to school before, or don’t plan on going, there are many online learning options. These range from YouTube tutorials and one-off college courses.
A solid understanding and application of accounting and finance can make it easier to manage the business side of your art.
Be organized and disciplined
This is a great tip for creative jobs in freelance. Artists and creators must manage their own time, marketing, expenses, as well as other tasks. Consistent schedules benefit both creators, and artist. Independent artists need to be strategic in how they use their time. Some people find that it is more beneficial to dedicate the first 3 hours of the day for creating, and the 2 hours after lunch to business or marketing. This will enable you to plan your day and allow you to make use of any time you have left over.
For burnout prevention, be sure to include some flexibility and down time. Many creators do not have traditional jobs. They are more inclined to blur the lines between personal and work time. Consider scheduling some breaks throughout the week, if you find that you work around the clock.
Think about teaching
You are an artist because you have a skill that is highly sought after and people are willing to pay you to learn it. Apart from selling your work, teaching others how to do it, helping them practice, giving feedback and other ways to make money can all be a way to monetize your skills. Teaching can also bring out the best in us: we learn a lot about ourselves and our craft from others. Sometimes students ask questions that force us to study more. Sometimes, however, we may discover that we are wrongly instructing others. The more you learn, the more you can teach. Cool, right?
As we’ve said before, however you must know how much to charge.
These tips are intended to help you get started in selling your art or skills. It might take some time to build a business, but if there are things you do well, such as learning how to market and manage finances and finding creative ways to make a profit, it can be possible.