Do wish you had the time to sell your artwork so you can generate some extra income? There is a way for you to work as an artist part-time and generate some good spending money. First, you will have to answer, “What are your priorities?”
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What Are Your Priorities? How To Succeed As A Part-time Artist
Becoming productive with your time stars with having a sharp vision of your priorities and knowing how you spend your time.
We all have 24 hours in the day and we all have a choice on how we manage those 24 hours.
Before you can start to manage your days you need to know what you have to get done and how long it takes you to complete each task.
I can almost guarantee that you can find an extra ten or fifteen hours a week that you can devote to your art business.
What Are Your Priorities
Setting aside time every week for creating and marketing your art will be one of your priorities if your goal is to sell your artwork.
You will also have other priorities to consider such as, making enough money to pay the bills, spending quality time with the family, children’s activities and so on.
Everyone will have different responsibilities that will have to be taking into consideration.
Make a list of all your responsibilities and prioritize them.
The most important tasks should be on top of the list and the least important should be on the bottom of the list.
For example, a list might look like:
- Getting the children ready for school
- Preparing meals
- Helping children with homework or after-school activities
- Paying the bills
- Grocery shopping
- Household chores
- Watching television
- Having a glass of wine
- Reading a book
Make A List of Your Daily Activities
The next step is to write your daily activities and prioritize them.
For example, block off Monday through Friday from 9-5 if that is your work schedule.
Take into consideration travel time and how long it takes you to get ready for work.
If you have children, block off the times that are dedicated to them.
Block off the time it takes for preparing meals and grocery shopping.
Account for every bit of time that you have from when you wake up until you go to bed.
This exercise is to have a clear vision of how much time you can devote to your art career.
Write how long it takes to complete each task.
Be accurate and do not overlook anything.
It is better to overestimate the time than it is to underestimate the amount of time it takes to complete each project.
For example, it might only take you 45 minutes to grocery shop.
But how long does it take to get to the store and back home?
How long does it take to put the groceries away?
This is the additional time that needs to be accounted for.
If you want to be successful in selling your art, you need to have a plan and you can not develop a plan if you do not know when you can take action.
Block off Time
The next step is to write out your weekly schedule.
Find an hour or two you can devote to your art business each day.
The time can be split into different segments.
For example, you might be able to spend an hour in the morning before you go to work and an hour at night after the children go to bed.
Your schedule might allow you to work for 5 hours on the weekend and an hour a day during the week.
Everyone will have a different schedule and that is ok.
What is important is that you know exactly when you will be scheduled to work on your art business.
Now that you have a work schedule, you will be able to develop a plan that will show you real results.
I will be writing a post soon about planning your days so you can be more productive with your time.
Until then write out your work week.
You need to be consistent with creating and marketing your art if you want to have any hope at all selling your art online.
The only way you can be consistent is if you know when you can devote time to your career.
What Are Your Priorities How to Succeed as a Part-time Artist Overview:
- What Are Your Priorities
- Make a List of Your Daily Activities
- Block Off Time
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