My Top 10 Free Apps I Actually Use For My Online Art Business

These 10 apps will help you nail your next art project, keep on top of your clients, and build your social media presence! I’ve been using an iPad Pro since I began working for myself, back in 2016. It was the first investment I had ever made in my business, ever. It was a big deal! There were a lot of things I needed out out one device and couldn’t spend so much. I had limited experience...

Journalling Ideas To Guide You Through 2020 + A Free Journal Prompt List

One of my favourite things to do at the end of each year is to reflect on the previous 12 months and make “goals that build” for the next year — relevant goals that align to an overall vision. This time of year really forces me to reflect on the past year and determine how close I am to my future vision as the previous one. Here's a bit more on developing your future vision. Download your...
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How To Make People Care About Your Art

Connection = Caring So I was perusing the Internet yesterday thinking up a new side-hustle, when I found someone else had already taken my idea! This happens to me all the time, but this time was different. The blog I came across was featuring an artist — the artist with my idea — and all they talked about was their childhood and how it’s affected their current work. How to make people...

A Gift Guide for Artists: Top 10 Gifts For You or The Crafter You Love

A gift guide for people who have no idea how to buy art supplies — what do they even want anyway?  Because gifts aren’t about what they need, it’s about what will light up their face and make them feel special — like it was picked just for them! In this guide I’ve included the following, so you can find what that person is looking for with ease! Who the gift is best suited forThe...
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A Minimalist Tidying Up With Mari Kondo

*Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission to fund my coffee drinking habit if you use these links to make a purchase. You will not be charged extra, and you’ll keep me supplied in caffeine. It’s a win for everyone, really. Despite reading similar or related information from many other sources, reading the life-changing magic of tidying up first hand...

How To Find Your Art Niche And Why You Need One To Rock Your Business This Year

Finding a niche is easier said than done. I'm going to give you some tips on where to look for your niche interests and talents, as well as some journalling (or deep thinking) prompts to help you get in the right mindsetFinding a niche is easier said than done. I'm going to give you some tips on where to look for your niche interests and talents, as well as some journalling (or deep thinking)...
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The Truth About How I Started An Online Art Business What You Should Know Before Getting Started

In the beginning... I was a stable and reliable worker my entire educational career. I went to school full time, volunteered 15 hours per week on campus, and had two separate tutoring gigs going while never missing an appointment. These days, it can take all my effort to be on time for a single meeting with a client and I'm sure you can relate to this. My art career started when I was a college...
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Develop A Workflow To Free Up More Time To Work On Your Art Business

What is a workflow? The best way for me to describe a workflow, work map as you may have heard before, would be: it's a checklist of everything you do. To elaborate, a workflow is the order of steps your work passes through from start to finish. It’s the method you set up for getting your stuff done. You probably already have workflows you follow in your life. Your morning/night time...

How I Accidentally Started A Brand And You Can Too!

Before writing more great advice about creating content, I wanted to give you a run-down of my background, what I make, and how I got started. I’ve been really excited to share this story, as I feel it’s a great learning experience to share with other creators, whether you’re just starting out, or stuck in a career-rut. Toadstool Illustrates is the online apparel and print shop I run....

Use Your Doubts And Fears To Find Future Success: 2 of 2 articles

In my previous post: How To Use Your Doubts And Fears To Build Your Business, I brought up something that makes us all a little uncomfortable: our biggest doubts and fears. More specifically, insecurities that have you stuck in your situation, or are hurting your ability to set effective goals for yourself. I covered how improving your mindset will improve your productivity; How to build the...