One of the most frequent questions I am asked if “What can I do to grow my art / creative business?” I have built my own art business arounds a mix of art sales, workshops, and camps.
I can’t believe it was only 4 years ago that I quit my job as a public school art teacher. When I started out I taught watercolor classes at nursing homes, started my own kid’s camp, and started showing work locally. It was tough and terrifying at times. However, as a mother, I craved having the freedom to set my schedule. Four years in, I think I have figured out a formula that works for me. I also have some more ideas about creating a watercolor e-course this year.
I can look at my journey and realize how I had lots of support and help along the way. Here are my favorite resources that have used on this art journey. One of the biggest tips I can give to anyone starting out is INVEST. Invest in yourself, your skills, and invest in the right kind of support. I took business classes with the best people in the industry, and it was an investment.
So, without further ado here is my list of my favorite resources:
Daring Adventures in Business with Mati Rose is by far one of the best classes for immersing yourself in a creative community. Mati is warm, welcoming and builds an online community like no one else can.
100 Rejection Letters is a year long business cohort led by Tiffany Han. She teaches students to write pitches, and make connections in the business world.
The Artreprenuer aka Renee Phillips, is focused on building your career in fine arts. Even if you don’t work with her on coaching her articles and resources are SO informative.
Storybrand These folks are branding gurus.
Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero