Are you interested in selling art online and you do not know where to start? In this post, you will discover where to sell art online as well as how to get started.
Where To Sell Art Online – How To Get Started
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If I ask you 20 years ago if it would be possible to make a living selling art online, what do you think your response would have been?
I am sure most of you would have said, “No”.
I started selling art online over 15 years ago because I needed to generate some extra income. I was teaching private guitar lessons and performing at local clubs at the time. When the economy crashed so did most of my work. I needed to do something.
I decided to try to sell my art online but I didn’t know anything about online sales. I believe at the time eBay was one of the few places for artists to sell their art online unless they had a website built for them.
I remember spending many late nights learning about online marketing. In just two years I was able to triple my income just by selling art online.
There have been many changes over the past 15 years and all of the changes are in our favor.
Yes it is more difficult to be noticed online because of the amount of competition, but if you are patient, work hard, stay up-to-date with all of the digital marketing changes and continue to learn, you can build a business larger than you could have ever imagined.
To get you started, I have developed a list of places where you can sell your drawings and paintings online. They are separated by online art galleries, print on demand sites and others.
Go through the list and see what platform will work best for you.
Online Art Gallery
In the beginning, I started selling my work on eBay. I soon realized that if I wanted to grow my business I needed to have a website built for me. It was a large investment but I took a gamble. Needless to say, I am happy that I made that decision.
Lucky for you it does not cost as much today to build a website as it did 15 years ago.
WordPress makes it easy for anyone to build a professional looking website and best of all the software is free. All you have to do is pay for hosting (affiliate link) and purchase a domain name (affiliate link). You will also want to purchase a Premium Theme. For this website, I use The Executive Pro Theme by StudioPress Themes (affiliate link). To learn how to build a WordPress website just go to YouTube. It is easier than you think to get a site up and running.
After you have your Website live you might want to consider taking my WordPress Basics Course to become familiar with the WordPress Dashboard and the WordPress SEO Basic Course so you can optimize your site for search.
If you do not feel comfortable building a WordPress site you can get started with a Third-Party Platform.
Below is a list of Third-Party sites that allow artists to build online art galleries. Most of the sites listed have a monthly fee and are limited to what you can customize.
- Crevado Free Online Portfolio
Print on Demand
If you are interested in selling prints of your original artwork you are in luck. There are plenty of Print on Demand sites that allow you to do just that.
For more information on Print on Demand services read – Print on Demand Sites For Artists – What You Should Know
- Café Press
Other Places to Sell Art Online
Here are a couple of other options you have.
How to Sell Art Online
After you have decided on what platform you will be showcasing your art on, you will want to focus on learning how to drive traffic to your site.
Visit Sell Art Online Startup Plan to help you get started.
Take some time going through these sites and become familiar with all of the terms and fees before you just jump in.
The list I provided are some of the most popular sites out there but there are options available as well.
Now that you know where to sell art online, it is time to learn how to market your art.
You might also be interested in:
- How to Become an Expert Marketing Your Art
- How An Artist Can Supplement Their Income
- 10 Tips for Pricing Your Art
- How to Stay Creative and Productive as an Artist
- How to Sell Art on Etsy and Make Money