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Why Instagram Stats Are Ruining Your Artwork

My best tips for dealing with “posting anxiety” as an artist on Instagram: Creative and emotional people: Don’t look at your statistics! There's a new phrase I've heard recently, as I was speaking with a friend and colleague about social media management — and mainly the stress of constantly creating content. After a while, we arrived at a common major issue: posting anxiety. Posting the...
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Why Artists Need To Consider Live-Streaming And Video Content for 2020

After all of the algorithmic changes across social media, content creators have been feeling the impact. With ‘the death of email’ amongst my generation, I needed a space to directly connect with my readers and followers. Somewhere the people who care about my work the most are guaranteed to see it. If you’re feeling ignored, overlooked, or censored (which was my issue) — creating your...

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...
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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...

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...

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...

How To Use Your Doubts and Fears To Build and Motivate Your Business: 1 of 2 articles

Have you ever wanted to start over? Hit the reset button on your life? Quit what you’re doing and go for your dream? Or you might even be in the situation where — as most people I know — you have a stable job that you don’t have an intention on leaving. You’re satisfied with where you’re at right now, even content. But, haven't you had the urge to do more? What if there was something...

How I Successfully Improved My Etsy Shop Performance: Love Setting Up As A New Shop Owner!

If you are: Someone who has ever wanted to run a side hustleA creator with too much physical merchandiseAn artist with an overflowing archiveA crocheter or any other talented crafter with more creations than you can give away My point is, if you make anything, one of my favourite ways for you to make an easy income is Etsy. I want to be transparent that this is not a sponsored post, I’m just a...