Similar to learning to work with a brush and paint to create a painting, or a needle and thread to make a quilt, or your choice in beads in stringing a necklace, it is the tools you use, and the choices you make to create a beautiful piece of art as it is the choices you make to create a functioning profitable arts business.
Of course looking at the big picture can be overwhelming. I'm suggesting you take each step one at a time, at the time they come up and are important. You will learn what step to take next as time goes on. You will grow with your business.
Think about what you wish your business is to look like, feel like, and be!
Some of the questions you need to consider and ask yourself.
"Who, What, When, Where, Why"
Who do you see your self being as an artist and business person? Think of someone, and their business as an example of where you would like to see yourself in the future. This will change as you grow your business.
What will you do to make your business the best it can be and similar in scope to the art and business you admire? This too will change and grow as you become more focused on what is important to you and your business.
When do you see your business coming into fruition, is NOW even the time? If not, what more do you need to do to have it be "THE TIME?"
Where would you like to see yourself in a week, a month, six months, the next year, two or five years down the road? Looking ahead helps to setting goals and to managing your time.
Where do you envision yourself spending most of your time? In the studio, at arts and craft shows, exhibiting in galleries, teaching your craft, placing your art on the shelves of other businesses? Whom do you envision spending most of your time with, children, adults, business people? There are so many aspects of society that will open up to you when you begin your journey to making Art Your Business, you might like to think about how and where you wish to spend your days.
Importantly...Why does what you do or wish to embark on mean so much to you? This is your biggest question and it is the one that will carry you along during the challenging times of owning a business. If you look at it as your reason for being, you might find it easier to move forward and onward in those times when your vision, confidence and motives are being tested.
If you can honestly answer these questions you are on your way...
Be honest with yourself and real because as you are "creating a Business you are creating... "YOUR" life!
An important reminder...You will grow with your business! When you come to a point where you have to shift gears, with time, you will have the knowledge and experience to shift smoothly and effortlessly. We all wish for our lives and our business' to continue to grow, expand and evolve into what it is meant to be. We wish to live a creative fulfilling life!
Be Patient . Be Clear . Be Open Hold onto the vision of your business & your life's work. As you move forward it may take on a most exciting direction, one you had not counted on, or even conceived of. Enjoy the journey! Make it a creative one!
MAKE ART YOUR BUSINESS
Make Art Your Business is a decision of Carol Foldvary-Anderson / varyCarol.com all rights reserved 2020