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Why You Should Treat Your Art Like a Business

January 1, 2018

 

You’re an artist. You don’t do business.

 

You work with paints, pens, paper, fiber, color, crafting… not spreadsheets, taxes, numbers, analytics and marketing, right?

 

Wrong.

 

The fastest way to your success in the arts is to start treating your art like a business, because it is.

 

We all do art because we love it, we’re passionate about it, we think it could help make the world a better place. We don’t do it for the money, right?

 

Wrong again.

 

Sure, we do it for all those other reasons too, but one of the greatest ways to get inspired to create more incredible art is to…get paid for it!

 

Because when you get paid for your art, even just one piece you’ve created, then you’re one step closer to quitting your day job and living your day dream.

 

No one has ever received payment for their art and thought, huh, I wish I hadn’t been paid for that, it sure would have been better if I had done that for free.

 

That’s not art-work, that’s art-volunteering.

 

To truly consider yourself a WORKING artist, you need to find a way to get paid for the work you do. And it all starts, like everything in life, with the way you think. If you think about your art as a hobby, guess what? It’s going to remain a hobby. But, if you make that mental shift and start treating your art like a real business then you’re going to have a small business on your hands.

 

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are some of the most tenacious people on planet earth. They possess all the same qualities of a great artist: creativity, ingenuity, drive, resourcefulness, passion, belief, and even talent.

 

They work hard. Some work day and night to make sure their business succeeds. It’s like a member of their family and they want to do everything they can to see it grow.

 

Starting and running a business is not just about numbers and spreadsheets. Sure, they help you stay organized and pay the bills, but running a business can be an empowering act filled with creativity, excitement and opportunity to grow.

 

So if you want to turn your art into a real business, start thinking of it as a business and you'll be one step closer to making the money you deserve. 

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