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...

How Artists Can Use Their Art To Improve Their Self-Care Routine

I have trouble making time for my art these days — I bet you can relate.  Something about having to find the right lighting and drag out all my supplies has me constantly putting off my painting. The thought of sitting down for 3 hours to illustrate sometimes has me hiding my pens away. We make excuses, sometimes without noticing they’re excuses at all. An uninspired mind creates a lack...

How To Keep Working On Your Art When You’re Burnt-Out

Let’s face it — we all get burnt out. It can look like working over-time and living off take-out for a week, or for me it looks more like eating pizza in bed with my cats and not contacting another soul for days. Winter is known to worsen our mental health (or “steal your spoons”, as I like to say) — between the pressure of holidays and the physical stress of the cold, it's easy to...
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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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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...
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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...