The Art Biz ep. 179: Virtual Assistance for Your Social Media and Websites with Artist VA Hallie Edlund
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by Alyson Stanfield
2d ago
If you’re like a lot of the artist-clients that I work with at Art Biz Success, you would love someone to help you with social media. Or your website. Or maybe anything else to help lighten the load. Having any kind of help sounds like a dream. It may seem like an impossible dream. ©Kathy Kehoe Bambeck, Garden Party. Acrylic, gouache, and ink on watercolor paper, 20 x 16 inches. You might be looking for someone like my guest for this episode of The Art Biz: Hallie Edlund, a virtual assistant for artists. We discuss how she started doing this work and how she helps artists with social medi ..read more
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How to Hire An Assistant to Help with Your Art Business
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by Alyson Stanfield
5d ago
When I first published this post, I had just hired my first employee, other than myself. Yes, I am an employee of Art Biz Success. I'm not encouraging you to hire an employee. (See employees v. contractors.) But I do think that most artists can benefit from an assistant. Wouldn't it feel great to get help answering emails, sending proposals, and emailing your newsletters? Here are some steps you can take to help you hire an assistant for your art business. I've been blessed with some wonderful team members. Make a List Start with simple list titled Everything I'm doing ..read more
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Checklist for Crediting Your Art
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by Alyson Stanfield
1w ago
This article is for every artist who is concerned about getting credit for their art. It's not unusual for artists to be concerned about protecting their copyright. Back in the early days of the Internet, I recall many an artist fearful of putting their work online for fear it be “stolen.” Then Pinterest came along and, boy, you would have thought it was the end of the world. Somebody somewhere read the small print in the user agreement and misinterpreted it as Pinterest being able to do whatever it wanted to with your art. Same for every social media platform. The Fear of Someone Stealing ..read more
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The Art Biz ep. 178: Every Artist Is Designed Differently and What It Means with Jahje Ives
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by Alyson Stanfield
2w ago
I want to share a tool I was introduced to a number of years ago that helps me in life and in my business. And it’s helped many of my clients. It’s a life map, of sorts, called Human Design. ©Jahje Ives, Tricia, Gate 11: Ideas. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 11 x 14 inches. My guest for this episode of The Art Biz is Jahje Ives, an artist and a Human Design coach and guide. While I have worked with Human Design guides in the past, Jahje is the first artist I have met in this realm. I wanted her insights as to how knowing your Human Design could help with your art and art business. To get ..read more
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The Art Biz ep. 177: Why You Should Raise the Prices of Your Art and How to Do It
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by Alyson Stanfield
3w ago
There isn’t much certainty around how to price your art, but two things are clear when it comes to pricing. First, it’s a struggle for most artists. And, second, there’s a good chance that your prices are too low. The difficulty with pricing art is legendary. You’re not the only one who doesn’t have it all figured out. Even if you’re confident in your prices today, it’s almost guaranteed that you will question them again within a few weeks or months. You heard it here first. You are not the only artist who has doubts about pricing. And these doubts are compounded when your art isn’t sel ..read more
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The Art Biz ep. 176: Series, Catalogs, and Museum Shows with Susan Abbott
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by Alyson Stanfield
1M ago
You will often hear me say that your art isn’t complete until someone else experiences it. Until you’re standing in front of it and talking about it with people who are interested. In real life. Digital-only viewing doesn’t count. ©Susan Abbott, Early Morning, April. Oil on linen panel, 28 x 40 inches. Photo by Paul Rogers. Every person who sees your work brings themselves and their background to your work—adding new layers of meaning to your original intention. My guest for this episode is Susan Abbott, and she recognizes the importance of getting her work out of the studio and in front o ..read more
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The Big Secret About a Successful Art Career or Business
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by Alyson Stanfield
1M ago
I feel like there is this big secret in the art world. It’s about how things work and how to be successful.  Everyone but me seems to know what it is. ©Katrina Thorstensen, Snow Patterns. Pastel on archival paper, 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Have you ever felt that way? Or how about this … If I only knew this one thing—this one elusive thing that I can't identify—my art business would be a success.  But I don’t even know what questions to ask to find it. You Are Not Alone If you feel like everyone has the secret figured out except you, you’re not alone. Many artists are on a quest t ..read more
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The Art Biz ep. 174: Presenting Yourself Professionally on Your Artist Website with Jessica Burko
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by Alyson Stanfield
2M ago
Your artist website is your portfolio these days. It’s usually the first place people go to get a full picture of you and your art. They might initially find you on Instagram and scroll through the images there, but when their interest is piqued and they want to know more, they’ll click that almighty link in your bio. ©2022, Jessica Burko, Just Calm Down. Image transfer, encaustic, found drawers, 52 x 44 x 14 inches. Your website is the 1 piece of virtual real estate that you have 100% control over. You select what people see and define how they will navigate the experience. Are you ready ..read more
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A Fresh Start: Actions To Take Before January 1
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by Alyson Stanfield
2M ago
Seeing January 1 on the calendar is enough to get almost anyone’s blood pumping. The thrill of starting fresh! The anticipation of creating new benchmarks and attaining new dreams! Oh, but wait. There’s a lot of crap that you need to get rid of –stuff that might get in your way if it doesn’t drive you crazy first. What would it be like if the New Year felt . . . well . . . felt truly new? Make this week and next just for you. If you can, resist the urge to add anything new to your calendar so you can focus on tying up loose ends and preparing for the New Year.  Here are some ideas ..read more
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The Art Biz ep. 173: Starting Your Art Career
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by Alyson Stanfield
2M ago
This post might be for you or, as you’ll see, it might be a gift you share with another artist. This isn’t for artists who want to dabble and keep art as a hobby. I so respect your desire to enter and exit the studio whenever you feel like it, but this isn’t for you. This isn’t even for artists who want to set up a side hustle of selling art here and there to make some extra cash. Again, I respect the fact that you want or need to do that, but what I share here isn’t for you. ©Lana Tyler, In a Mare’s Eye. Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches inches. This Is For You If You Are Serious This is fo ..read more
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