How To Prepare Yourself For Taking On New Design Clients

Taking on new clients can be a dream for fresh freelancers... or a dreaded endeavour for the inexperienced. You don't know your worth, your clients' expectations or even what your edge on the competition is. It's very easy to undervalue yourself when you're first starting out! But what if you knew what to ask these higher-paying clients? Would you still be intimidated by taking on higher-paying...

Questions To Ask Yourself When Trying To Nail Down Your Niche + Why You Need To Envision Your Success

Do you ever feel lost in what you're doing? Do you have trouble remembering the bigger picture? As artists and creative people, it can be easy to forget why we began creating in the first place. It can so easily feel like you're talking into the vacuum of space, posting all your hard work into a black hole. So how you do get noticed? You need "a thing", or a niche. Something important to us as...
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The Best Way To Spend Your Time As A Creative Business Owner

Before I started this project, I really had no clue what I did in a day. If there’s no pictures, it didn’t happen as far as my memory is concerned But when I recently had to write a piece on my experiences as a creative business owner and freelancer, I had to figure out what I actually did before I could start writing. During this project I also came across a big problem... It’s difficult...
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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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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...