Do you ever wonder what separates highly successful entrepreneurs from the average person? Is there a secret to entrepreneurial success for artists selling online? What is the entrepreneurial success for artists selling art online?
Why does one artist sell more art than another?
Why does some art show in search results while yours is never to be found?
Is there a way for you to be successful selling your art online?
Did you ever dream about selling your art or becoming a professional artist?
I can still remember the dreams I had as a child. I was fascinated with drawing. I don’t know where the passion came from, but I do know I always loved to draw and look at art.
I still remember when I would look through magazines as a child and see the advertisements for drawing competitions. There was a cartoon that you had to draw and mail it in. (This story is starting to date me.)
I always dreamt of winning it but I never had the courage to enter the competition. That never stop me from dreaming and drawing.
As the years passed by I started putting the pencil down more and more. I didn’t lose the passion for drawing, I just didn’t have the time. I was more focused on other things that were happening in my life.
I always had the drive to be self-employed and work for myself. I got that from my grandfather and father who both owned successful businesses.
While I was trying to figure out how I could make a living doing something I loved I worked a full-time job.
The time came when I decided to make music my career. I didn’t expect to be famous, but I knew I could make a living teaching guitar and perform at local clubs.
I did this for over ten years until the economy crashed.
At that Point, I knew I had to do something to bring in some extra income. Families were losing their jobs and could not afford to send their children to lessons and the people going to clubs started to decline. My income was cut in half.
I don’t know exactly how it happened, but I remember in the early 2,000s seeing art being sold online on eBay. I said to myself, “I can do that.”
I never created art with paint or color for that matter, so I decided to work on it. While I was working on my painting skills I was learning about selling art online. I had to learn quickly if I didn’t want to go back working a 9-5 job. I worked around the clock.
Then it happened, I sold my first piece of art on eBay. I was so excited, that I sent every second I was not teaching guitar and performing on painting and learning about how to sell art online.
Within two years I was making more money selling paintings online than I have with any other job I had and this includes being a manager for a department at a supermarket.
Learning how to sell art online was tough back then. There was not a lot of information available at that time and people buying products online was fairly new.
During the learning stages, I spent more time trying new ideas and failing than I did succeeding at a plan. While I was failing I was learning. I learned what worked best for me. If I saw potential with an idea I would go full force on the plan.
What excites me about online marketing is that it is always changing. You can always learn new tactics that will help you to build your business even larger.
Seventeen years went by and some changes have happened in my life. The biggest changes were getting married, giving up the painting business and start a new business selling my graphite drawings while starting this website to help artists learn how to sell art online.
I am still teaching guitar and have been doing so for the past twenty-five years. I love to play and help others learn. That is why I have this website. I love to help others reach their goals.
Why am I telling you this story?
I just wanted to share my journey and how I never gave up.
There were a lot of roads traveled and many obstacles I had to overcome but I never stopped. I had a burning desire to do what I am doing today and I worked at it until I reached my destination.
I want to disclose that I put in many hours. It did not come easy. But I have always lived by the saying, “You get what you put into it.”
I want to tell you, you can live your dreams.
You can do whatever you put your mind to.
You can be the artist people are buying from online.
You just have to believe you can. Don’t wait for someone else to believe in you. You have to believe in yourself and your dreams.
Don’t think that success will happen overnight.
Take a look at all of the successful people in the world.
You will soon see that they all struggled and worked hard to get to where they are today. They never stopped working towards their vision and they never gave up.
I want to share with you some other common traits successful people have to motivate you to work hard for what you believe in.
Entrepreneurial Success For Artists Selling Art Online
There are a few key components that I want to share with you that are essential to attain the kind of success you’re striving for.
Now you probably think this is another article about passion. It’s not. Passion is good; however, it isn’t enough.
Passion has to lead to something more.
Passion has to lead to action.
If you have passion but do not act on it all you have is a dream.
When you take action on your passion you are setting goals. Once you have set goals to reach your vision you are becoming committed and disciplined. That is the magic potion, the special ingredient, the secret to entrepreneurial success.
Passion, vision, goals, commitment, and discipline are the key ingredients for eentrepreneurial success for artists selling art online.
Before a person can be totally committed to starting a project, you must have a passion or a need to accomplish a project.
What is your passion?
Why do you want to sell art online?
Why do you create art?
Your passion will be your fuel, your drive, and your motivation.
Take some time to think about:
Why do you love what you do?
Why is it the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning?
Why is it the last thing you think about before you close your eyes to end the day?
All of the information you gather will be your story and a large part of your Content Marketing Plan.
Your passion will not be the reason you become successful. Entrepreneurial success for artists selling online comes from hard work. Your passion will help you to stay motivated for those long hours you will be putting in. There will be many times, in the beginning, you will feel like you are wasting your time.
There will be many times, in the beginning, you will feel like you are wasting your time but you’re not. Always keep in the back of your mind, everything you do will take you one step closer to the finish line. Be prepared to take many steps.Your passion will be your fuel, your drive, and your motivation. @NevueArtClick To Tweet
Where would you like to be in five years?
What do you see yourself doing in ten years?
What would be your perfect story?
If you asked one hundred entrepreneurial’s, “Where will your business be in five years?” They would all have a clear picture as if it was already a reality.
A vision and a goal are similar but different. A goal is a documented plan. Your vision is what will help you develop a strategy.
Your vision will stem from your passion. You just have to think of how you can make your passion into something you can generate income from.
Selling graphite drawings is more challenging than selling paintings. Many people purchase art to add color to their home. Graphite drawings attract a limited crowd which makes it more difficult, but where there is a will there is a way.
I truly believe there is a market for everything, you just have to find the sweet spot.
Here are a couple of examples:
Slinky – it was a large spring that everyone had to have as a child.
Hula hoop – It was a round plastic tube every child wanted.
Jump rope – It’s a rope.
You can see where I am going with this. There is a market for everything.
Take some time now to think about your vision. Write it down and place it where you can see it every day. This is your motivation. Everything you do should direct you towards your vision.
Commitment is defined as:
The act of committing, pledging or engaging oneself
A pledge or promise; obligation: we have made a commitment to pay our bills on time
Engagement; involvement: you have a sincere commitment to something.
Commitment comes from having a focus on what you want to accomplish and the means to see it through despite any obstacles, challenges or hurdles you must overcome to get there.
Commitment can exist because you have a passion for your art and goals. However, commitment can also come because you have no other alternative. Often, people are committed to a goal because they must succeed, there’s simply no other option but to see it through. Just like when the market crashed and I lost half of my income.
The commitment will help you get through the difficult parts of owning an art business. It’ll motivate you to enhance your strengths and to improve your weaknesses. It’ll help you strive for excellence and continue pushing to grow and prosper.
Commitment, however, isn’t a stand-alone quality. You can have the commitment to success, but only when it is paired with discipline do you have a winning combination.Passion, vision, goals, commitment, and discipline are the key ingredients for entrepreneurial success.Click To Tweet
Discipline is defined as:
Activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training
The rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc
Behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control.
Discipline is getting on the treadmill every day because you want to lose those last four pounds even though you dislike running on the treadmill.
Discipline is working on those business-building projects you dislike because you know it’ll get you where you want to go. Discipline is the action part of the commitment and discipline equation.
Is it possible to cultivate commitment and discipline?
Acknowledging that commitment and discipline are required to achieve significant success is easy enough, but embracing commitment and discipline as part of your personality, philosophy, and way of life is a bit trickier.
The reason experts and coaches often talk about passion is that with the passion for your business, goal, and industry, commitment and discipline almost fall into place.
When you enjoy what you’re doing, being committed to success and disciplined to accomplish the tasks to see it through are much easier – in fact, they’re almost effortless.
However, when you don’t feel passion and joy for your business, commitment and discipline are a struggle. They’re like getting on that treadmill; you have to force yourself to do it.
You can, of course, take steps to find other things to motivate yourself like money, prestige, and freedom. But, it won’t be nearly as fun as if you have a passion for what you do.
Before you can start developing an art marketing plan that will help you to sell art online, you will want to define success.
What does success look like for you?
Some people might think it about making a certain amount of money, others might think it is being accepted in a gallery.
Everyone will have a different answer and you will want to know what your answer is.
Once you know what you are working for, you will be able to start developing a plan that will guide you there.
You will know how you should promote your art on Pinterest.
You will know how to price your art.
You will know what type of content you should be including into your newsletters.
You will know how to develop a content marketing plan that will work for your business.
During your career, your goals will change. As your goals change you will want to adjust your marketing plan.
The best way to stay on top of the changes you will want to constantly review your goals and marketing plan to see if they are still on track.
I have seen so many people including myself, in the beginning, lose track of what they are doing and they start to get derailed.
It will take you less time to adjust things in the beginning, then it would be if you let it go for too long.
Sell Art Online
There are 5 areas that you will want to focus on for selling art online.
The five area are:
- Setting Goals
- Showcase Your Art
- Email List
- Artist Blog
- Social Media
Visit, Sell Art Online Startup Plan for more information on these areas. You will find a lot of helpful information to help get you started.
You will also want to know what tools will work best for you. I have created a post that has a list of all the tools I use for selling art online.
You can view all of the tools I use at Art Marketing Resource.
You can achieve everything you dream of. I truly believe this.
The question is how bad do you want it? Are you willing to put in the time and effort?
Are you willing to put in the time and effort?
The question is how bad do you want it? Are you willing to put in the time and effort?
Are you willing to put in the time and effort?
The Secret For Entrepreneurial Success is passion, vision, commitment, and discipline. Everyone who is successful is just like you. The people who reach the top live these four qualities every day.
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Art Marketing Video Courses by Dave Nevue
Art Marketing Resource – All of the tools I use and recommend for my online art business.
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