At the end of the day are you happy with your achievements? If you are not don’t worry I am going to share with you how you to write an art business plan so you can get more done in less time.
“Why do anything unless it is going to be great?”
~ Peter Block
Art Business Plan
With more success becomes more work.
I don’t know about you but once I achieve something, I have two or three more ideas on the back-burner ready to go.
If I reach a goal of selling one piece of art a week, the next week I want to sell two.
With the extra sales comes extra work.
I have to create more art. Photograph more art. Upload more art and write more descriptions for the art. Then comes the promoting that must be fulfilled in order to sell the extra art.
The additional work can become overwhelming. The good news is that the new work can be fulfilled with preparation.
You have the talent to achieve anything you can dream of. Where most people fall short is with the preparation and planning.
Nothing comes easy. To achieve greatness one must plan, be willing to learn, and work hard.
Working hard does not mean you work 24 hours in the day.
Working hard means planning, staying consistent with your efforts and finishing every project.
Your hardest job that you will face will be the planning. Developing plans and strategies are the jobs that are often overlooked by artists.
Expecting to achieve goals without a plan is like baking a cake not knowing what ingredients are needed and how long it takes to bake it.
Succeeding is a simple formula. Know what you want. Develop a plan on how to achieve it. Execute the plan.
“A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there.”
~ H. Stanely Judd
If you think that you are too busy to plan, you are wasting valuable time achieving little.
There is no excuse for not planning. If you are running an art business, devising a plan is part of the job. You must put aside time for planning.
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
Succeeding is a simple formula. Know what you want. Develop a plan on how to achieve it. Execute the plan. Click To Tweet
Art Business Plan Fundamentals
The foundation of your art business is your vision, mission, and goals. That is it. Your actions will originate from your vision (what you want), mission (why you are doing it) and goals (how you are going to achieve your dreams).
There is no one way to write the perfect plan. To be honest every plan falls short 99% of the time. The success comes from revising the plan. You will be revising for the span of your career.
There are some common reasons why people do not plan.
Some of the top reason I have heard from artists I coach are:
- Do not know how to plan.
- Afraid to fail.
- Don’t have the time.
- It will feel like a job.
Let’s go over these excuses.
Do not know how to plan.
No one knows how to write the first plan. The first step is the hardest. If you do not take the first step you will never learn how to walk.
Afraid to fail.
Your first plan will not give you the outcome you are desiring. You reap the rewards by revising the plan.
Don’t have the time.
If you can not find ten or fifteen minutes out of your day to plan, maybe selling art is not for you.
It will feel like a job.
If you sell a product you are running a business.
These might sound harsh but they are not, they are just the facts. You have to set aside some time to plan, assess and revise.Nothing comes easy. To achieve greatness one must plan, be willing to learn, and work hard.Click To Tweet
Art Business Plan Categories
You will want to first decide how many hours that you can work in a week.
Once you have a clear vision of how many hours you can put into your art business, you will want to know how long it will take to accomplish each category.The first step is the hardest. If you do not take the first step you will never learn how to walk.Click To Tweet
Art Business Plan Example
You have a 10-hour workweek.
It takes five hours to complete a piece of art
You will want to spend 4 hours on your marketing and 1 hour on your accounting.
- 5 hours to create art
- 4 hours marketing
- 1 hour accounting
You might be thinking that you can create 2 pieces of art in a week and you will be making twice the amount if you just spent the time creating it.
This is a mistake most artists make.
They do not account for the extra time required for marketing. You cannot sell your artwork if do not put in front of people.
It takes exceptional effort, consistency, patience, and perseverance to sell art.
Art Business Plan – Marketing
So far writing your art plan has been easy.
The hard part will be designing your marketing plan.
You want to write all of the different ways you will be marketing your art.
Do this once a week and mapped out a strategy so you do not overlook any important tasks that could cost you a sale.
Here are some examples of where you can promote your art online.
- Other social media sites
You can see now that marketing takes a great deal of time. If you do not have a plan you will be doing a little of this and a little of that and accomplishing very little.
Stay Organized with Editable Planners
I have been working hard to design planners for the artists I coach and I have decided to offer them to you.
Each planner will help you to easily keep track of all the important information you need to run a successful business.
You might not need them all so just grab the ones that will help you to stay organized.
Visit Edible Planners to see what is available.
To succeed you first need a dream, then a plan.
You can achieve great things with a plan.
Sit down now and start writing your art business plan.
What is the hardest part of writing an art business plan for you?
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