Boston Handmade is brimming with successful artrepeneurs of many types, working in various media, and at differing levels of capacity, from home studios, off-site work spaces, and the occasional lap. Maintaining any business has its challenges, but establishing and sustaining an art business can pose very specific hurdles to vault and we'd like to share a few of our favorite business tips with you to help with the navigation along your path.
Tip from Jessica Burko
"When fulfilling a photo request from the press, sending photos as part of an application, or posting photos of your work to a blog, make sure the file name is your name or your business name. That way it's not misplaced and will be identifiable, and searchable. Sample file name: Burko_EncausticCollage.jpg."
A Year of Goals
Tip from Dana of The Patterned Peacock
Tip from Lynn of Prunella's Workshop
Checklist for Shows
Tip from Karen of City by the Sea Ceramics
use a checklist for each show I apply to, to keep track of all the
details from beginning to end. It begins with dates I applied and paid
fees. The day of the event I run down the checklist to make sure I don't
forget anything I need at home, and afterwards I write down my sales, tax collected, and any other notes I have about
the day that I think will be handy later like the types of shoppers that
were there, weather, organization, and so on. I staple the carbon copy
of sales for the day to this page so I can look and see exactly what had
Daily To Do List
Tip from Bev of Linkouture
Evernote of every little thing that I need to get done. I then like to lump things together by categories, such as social media, blogging, listing on Etsy, making jewelry, etc. and block off chunks of time in my Google calendar when I am going to work on these things (and try my hardest to actually stick to it). I also schedule in things like going to the gym and taking a lunch break since they are important but are easily overlooked. A girl's also gotta take a breather!"