Are you prepared for the next couple of months? If you plan properly this could be a very profitable time of the year for you. In this Holiday Art Business Planner Part 2 October I will share with you how to plan and prepare for your holiday art sales.
Holiday Art Business Planner Part 2 October
It is the beginning of October. You should have all of your supplies ordered by this point as discussed in Holiday Planner Part 1 September and have your marketing planned out on your calendar.
October is the time for you to be proactive. The tips I will be sharing with you will help you to save time and prevent headaches in the upcoming months.
The more you can organize and get done now, the better your chance will be to increase your art sales this holiday season.
Prepackaged your artwork
At this point, you should have an inventory of all the art you have available to sell for the holidays.
Photos of your artwork should already be stored on your computer for marketing purposes. If you have not done this by now, take the time now to get it done. You do not want to lose sales because you do not have time to photograph your art.
Once you have all of the photos on your computer, start packaging your artwork. Have them ready to ship.
Label each box with a sticky note that clearly describes what is inside of the package.
Store your prepackaged art where you can easily read the sticky notes.
When orders start rolling in you will be able to easily locate the sold items and bring them to the post office or your shipping service.
Packaging your art now will allow you to focus on other areas of your business during the next few months.
Take an inventory of all your shipping supplies and order any supplies you will need for the holidays. now.
Visit this article for more helpful shipping tips. Shipping Tips for Artists
Now is a good time to make an “order by” deadline to guarantee arrival for the holidays.Contact your shipping service to find out when their cutoff date is for this years holiday.
Contact your shipping service to find out when their cutoff date is for this years holiday.
I suggest adding a few days to the expected delivery date to make sure your shipment arrives in time for the holidays. You do not want to have an upset customer due to a shipping service issue. Your customer will be upset with you, not the shipping service.
Now that you have the “order by” deadline, start advertising what you have available for sale. Include the “order by” date for holiday shipping. This will encourage your audience to shop sooner than later.
Keep your advertisements updated by showcase every piece of art that has recently been sold. You want your audience to know that your artwork is selling. Doing this will encourage them to order now.
Many artists do well by showcasing what they have sold on their social media networks. This tactic might encourage your following to make a purchase now instead of putting it off to a later time.
Now is the time for you to create as much art as you can. During the months of November and December, your time will be limited. The days will be filled by promoting, answering emails, shipping, etc. Take advantage of your time now and create as much art as you can.
After you have complete a piece of art, take a photo and upload it to your computer. Advertise your new art on your blog, social media sites, and online art gallery. Don’t forget to highlight the ordering cut-off date.
Blog and Website
If you have a blog, start blogging about what you have available for sale for the Holidays. Go over all of the details including Holiday shipping dates and your policies.
Add the “holiday order by”, on your home page so everyone sees it.
October is to get the last few things done for the rush. Have everything ready to ship if possible. Advertise, advertise and do some more advertising. Have your blog, website, and policies up to date. Have your order by date everywhere.
Extra thoughts, keep your book work up to date. Do this every day. It is easier to take 15 minutes each day rather than piling it up for a different day.
Are you ready to put this Holiday Art Business Planner Part 2 October into action?
Best wishes with your holiday sales.
You might also be interested in:
- Package Your Art for the Holidays
- Holiday Art Business Planner
- Best Shipping Tips for Artists Selling Art Online
- How to Become an Expert Marketing Your Art
- How to be More Productive Working at Home
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