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Making It As A Web-Based Creative Entrepreneur

Making It As A Web-Based Creative Entrepreneur

It’s been six months since I officially launched Left Side Art and I’m proud to say I earned my first official commission.  If you’ve been following my New Blog Series, you know that I have been working on my business while working full time for a large company and raising two very young boys.  I wish I could spend more time on my side business, but it’s tough. 

New Creative Businesses Need to Focus on This, Not That

New Creative Businesses Need to Focus on This, Not That

Creating a new business can be very overwhelming.  There are so many things you read about online and it can be hard to know where to start.  For most creative businesses, there are some key items you can focus on to get started in the right direction.  Slowly expand your knowledge and capabilities overtime and you will lessen your frustrations for trying to do too much too quickly.  

How to Find Your Target Market for Creatives

How to Find Your Target Market for Creatives

I often see people asking the same questions about how to sell their art on a Facebook group that I follow specifically developed for promoting and selling art.  The questions range from 'how much should they charge' to 'how do they know who to sell to'.  For the former, if it is appropriate, I usually post a link to the article I recently wrote based on advice from an expert that outlines a couple great methods for pricing art. For the latter, the answer is a bit more complicated.

Focus Your Blog Around Your Customer To Be Successful

Focus Your Blog Around Your Customer To Be Successful

Every business, whether you have a creative small business or a large architectural firm, should have a blog in addition to their website.  Your product, service, and blog should be designed around your customers’ wants, needs, and desires.  You can imagine your blog content as the glue between your customer and the overall success of your business.  

Why Artists Need a Blog

Why Artists Need a Blog

It’s a lot of work. It’s time consuming. And it can propel your art career forward faster than any other platform

Like most artists, you may have several social media accounts you regularly update with your latest work.  Fine Art America, Art Pal, Ebay, and Etsy, might be at the top of your list for where to sell your art.  All of these are great resources, especially when you are diversified across several platforms.

Create Outstanding Blog Posts Under One Hour

Create Outstanding Blog Posts Under One Hour

We live in a fast paced world with a lot of demands.  Creating an article does not have to be a half day event especially when you are in a time crunch.  If keeping up with your blogging is crucial to the success of your business, which it is for most of us, then this article is for you. 

Follow along with this outline and you’ll be well on your way to writing your next blog post.  You will learn how writing an outstanding blog post in under an hour is possible without sacrificing quality. 

Freelancers Using Pro-Bono or Spec Work To Build Portfolios

Freelancers Using Pro-Bono or Spec Work To Build Portfolios

Starting out new in any business is not easy, especially the creative freelancing world.  You have to prove your talents and capabilities before someone is willing to pay a decent fee for your services.  

How is freelancing different than working for an established company?  If you go the traditional route of going to college and are lucky enough to land a job working for a corporation in any industry, you are paid a lot of money to do a job that you likely haven't yet convinced anyone you are capable of doing.  You are hired on the expectation that you will perform well and be a valuable asset.  

How I Doubled My Traffic In 2 Months

How I Doubled My Traffic In 2 Months

After two months of launching my site, I doubled my traffic.  When I first launched, I had 6 bogs and a very basic website.  Over the past couple of months, I have learned a lot about blogging and marketing.

I've been following along with Neil Patel of QuickSprout and his personal challenge of growing a brand new blog to $100k per month within 12 months.  He launched a nutritional site called Nutritional Secrets.  He has been posting updates on his blog about his progress since also launching 2 months ago. 

How I Got My First Followers on Social Media

How I Got My First Followers on Social Media

We often hear about super success stories with new businesses taking off right from day one.  They have 10,000 email sign-ups in the first month!  Or something like that.  But how do they do that?  Luck?  A post or video that went viral?  Maybe they have tried and failed 100 times before that and now have success.  We might not ever really know the truth behind some of these stories.  

3 Ways Expert Bloggers Grow Traffic That You Might Not Know About

3 Ways Expert Bloggers Grow Traffic That You Might Not Know About

The number one thing people often feared when starting a new site is wondering if anyone find value in their content and keep coming back for more. How are you going to generate and continue to grow traffic? We’ve all read success stories that increased their organic traffic from 0 to 100 or even to 10,000 per month seemingly overnight or just after a few short months. How do they do it? Write great content, market the heck out of it, and have an effective way of capturing email addresses. Simple enough, right? Wrong. This is one of the hardest things to do.