Are you thinking about selling your artwork? In this post, discover how to sell paintings and make money doing something you love.
How to Sell Paintings and Make Money
How exciting would it be to make some money from what you love to do most, creating art? I want to tell you, YOU CAN! If you don’t believe me, just look online and observe how many paintings are for sale.
I remember when I first started selling art online in the early 2,000s, there were only a few options available.
eBay was becoming popular and that is what started the ball rolling for me. After about a year selling on eBay, I decided to have a website built to sell my art.
Today artists have so many options available.
You do not have to start selling on eBay if you don’t want.
You could build a professional artist website in minutes with WordPress.
There are plenty of third-party websites available for you to sell your paintings on.
Building brand awareness online is easy with blogging and social media.
Before you can utilize all of the tools available you need to build a solid foundation.
I am going to talk about the basics you will need to think about so you can start selling your art.
How to Sell Paintings
- Just Start
- Where to Sell Your Paintings
- How to Price Your Paintings
- How to Ship Your Paintings
- You’re in Business
Before you can accomplish anything, you must first believe in yourself. Look at anyone who is successful. They all believed in their ability to achieve their dreams.
One reason people feel they cannot do something is that they are comparing themselves to someone who is already successful. They do not see all the failed attempts that took place before the person reached their goals. They only see the success of a person.
You need to believe you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. There will be struggles and plenty of failures along the way. The struggles and failures will give you the tools and knowledge you need to reach the finish line.
There is one point Matt shared that I believe to be so true:
“As human beings, we naturally have the tendency to get stuck on the negative and think about all of our losses for the day, instead of counting our wins and finding all of the good that took place.”
Everything that you do is a win. Every step forward is a victory. Every failed attempt is a learning experience. At the end of every day reward your efforts and enjoy your wins.
Here is an excellent book by John C. Maxwell, How Successful People Think – John C. Maxwell
John covers eleven keys to more effective thinking.
You might have read this study from my post, Sell Art Online Basics Setting Goals.
A study from Harvard showed some eye-opening results.
A group of people was asked if they had set goals. They were also asked if they had written goals and plans to accomplish their vision.
After a ten-year study, the results showed that 13 percent of the people had goals but did not have them written down. Those people earned twice the amount of money than the people who did not set goals.
The people that had written their goals down earned ten times the amount of money than the people that did not set goals as well as the people that had goals but did not write them down. Only three percent of the people had written goals.
If you are not motivated to write your goal down now, please read the study again.
Do you want to know how to sell paintings and make money?
Set goals! It is that simple.
Do you struggle writing goals?
If you do you’re not alone, many people do not know how to write goals efficiently. That is why I developed a FREE course on writing goals. Start the How to Write Goals Course today.
Before you start your art business you will want to do some research. A good place to get started is by visiting www.sba.gov.
You will find answers to all your business questions at U.S. Small Business Administration as well as some helpful tips on how to start your business.
Be sure to become familiar with these articles:
- How to Start a Business
- Write Your Business Plan
- Choose Your Business Structure
- Choose and Register Your Business
- Choose Your Business Location and Equipment
- Business and Licenses & Permits
- Learn About Business Laws
- Business Financials
- Finance Your Business
- Filing and Paying Taxes
- Hire & Retain Employees
All articles listed above can be found at U.S. Small Business Administration.
This might seem overwhelming at first. Take one article at a time and accomplish any tasks necessary. You can always get help by calling your Town Office.
Did you ever wonder why some people achieve great things while others just wish they could?
The answer is simple- just start. If you wish for something, want something or dream of something, go for it. Start planning and put your plan into action. You will stumble, hit road blocks and maybe even pull a few hairs out along the way but you will get to your destination if you start and do not give up.
Here is a book I know you will enjoy by Jason Harvey, Achieve Anything in Just One Year: Be Inspired Daily to Live Your Dreams and Accomplish Your Goals.
Where to Sell Your Paintings
There are many ways you can start selling your paintings. You will want to think about what would be best for you and your business.
Here are some ideas to help get you started:
- Local Craft Shows
- Local Family Owned Businesses
- Open House Studio
Outlined above are the most common places to sell your artwork. If you think outside of the box, you will be surprised by how many ways you can start selling your paintings.
For example, you might want to become friends with a Real Estate Agent or a home decorator. The options are endless!
How to Price Your Paintings
How you price your artwork will determine if you land a sale and how much profit you will make. Many artists price their artwork per their emotions of the piece. This is the wrong way to go about pricing your artwork.
You might have a special connection to the art you create, but the value is only worth what someone is willing to pay.
Get familiar with the market and how other artists are pricing their artwork. Make sure you are comparing your work with similar work.
For more detailed information read How to Price Your Artwork.
How to Ship Your Paintings
Shipping your painting is the last time you will be handling your artwork. It is critical to your business’s reputation and future sales that you take extra special care in packaging your artwork.
The shipping companies will not handle your package as you will. It is your responsibility to reduce any shipping and handling issues that could arise.
Please take some time and read these articles about shipping:
You’re in Business
Most artists want to spend their time in the studio. It makes sense; that is their passion and how they communicate to the world.
However, if you are selling your art, you are a business person. You need to learn all about how to run a business and market your business if you want any success.
Here is a list of some of my favorite business and marketing books:
- The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business – Steve Mariotti
- Lean Business Planning – Tim Berry
- A Joosr Guide to… Invisible Selling Machine by Ryan Deiss – Joosr
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Learning how to sell paintings is easy as long as you know where to start. Best wishes on your success.
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