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How to Sell Paintings and Make Money

Are you thinking about selling your paintings? 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 see how many paintings are for sale.

I remember when I 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 artist blogs 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 want to focus on so you can start selling your art.



How to Sell Paintings

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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 some people feel they cannot be successful is that they compare themselves to others who are already successful.

They do not see all the failed attempts and hard work that took place before the person reached their goals. They only see the success of a person. Everyone starts at the same place. The people who succeed are the ones who do not quit.

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 knowledge and experience you need to reach the finish line.

Matt Mayberry, a Speaker, Maximum Performance Strategist and CEO of Matt Mayberry Enterprises wrote a great article about the power of believing called, The Incredible Power of Believing in Yourself.

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 step closer to the finish line.

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’s book is motivating and covers eleven keys to more effective thinking.


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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 were 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 who had written their goals down earned ten times the amount of money than the people who did not set goals as well as the people who 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.

Make sure your goals are attainable and use the S.M.A.R.T. goal method.

For help on writing goals you can achieve visit:

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How to Sell Paintings and Make Money by Learning



Take some time to learn about how to start and operate an online business.

A good place to get started is by visiting

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:

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.


How to Sell Paintings and Make Money – Just Start

Did you ever wonder why some people achieve great things while others just dream?

People achieve great things because they have a vision, write goals and get to work.

If you wish for something, want something or dream of something, go for it. The only thing that is holding you back is you.

Start planning and put your plan into action. You will stumble, hit roadblocks and maybe even pull a few hairs out along the way but you will get to your destination if you just start and do not give up.

That is how you sell paintings and make money.

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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:

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!

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How to Price Your Paintings



If you would like to know how to sell paintings and make money, you will have to learn about pricing your artwork.

Your art prices will be one key factor that will determine if you land a sale and how much profit you will make.

Many artists price their artwork through 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 to similar work.

For more information on pricing your paintings visit, Art Pricing Guide – How to Price Art to Sell eBook


How to Ship Your Paintings

There is more than just knowing how to sell paintings and make money.

You have to know how you are going to ship your paintings after they have sold.

Shipping your painting will be 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 with the world.

However, if you are selling your artwork, 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 are a couple my favorite business and marketing books:


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Learning how to sell paintings is easy as long as you know where to start.

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Now that you know the basics of how to sell paintings and make money, it is time to take action. Start today by writing out your goals.

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