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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many artists struggle when determining how much to charge for their artwork. Experience, recognition, and cost of supplies are some of the factors that should go into determining your price. Lisa Clough-Lachri of Lachri Fine Art recently posted a video explaining these factors and a few common methods artists use.
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.
It’s been 3 months since I started following Neil Patel’s $100,000 per month blog challenge. He developed the idea of a challenge to see if he, an expert in his field, could grow a brand new blog in 12 months to earning $100k per month. Even for an expert blogger, this is no easy challenge.
We have all heard the famous line: "I bought it on Etsy". We might have even muttered those words ourselves.
As creative people, we know it's important to recognize the artist behind the work. But how do you get recognized as in independent artist when you are just one among many in the sea of Etsy?
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.
I made the move from WordPress to SquareSpace and haven’t looked back.
When I first started to look for a web hosting service, I did not know much about what I was getting myself into. I was very green and had no idea how websites were even built. I searched around Google and found that most everyone I came across were using WordPress.
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.
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.
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.
Many people believe one of the many good blogging habits to have is writing posts close to 2,000 words to help you have a higher Google ranking. Another good habit is to incorporate statistics and with links to well-respected sources. But regardless of the length and number of links, you still need to have great blog content.
I contemplated if I should find a lawyer in my town or find an online lawyer to trust. Both have their benefits. In person, you can actually meet who you will work with and build a relationship. Anything on-line is convenient, but convenience is not always the best option. For me, I considered my current needs.