Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"7. Where do you sell? I have my own Website which I'm finally happy with now (I switched providers/hosting three times, changed my logo three times, changed the layout three times. Yikes). I learned alot about HTML codes, scripts, php, and I don't ever want to do that again. I also have my Artfire Studio, some items in Etsy, Handmade Artists Forum Shop (which I just joined recently) and have set up a little shop on my Facebook Page. I also sell at local craft fairs and trade shows. Would love to start putting my pieces into stores (anyone interested in that, contact me, wink wink)

8. Can you tell us about some important goals you have achieved with your work? Patience. In this line of work, there are months where I haven't sold a thing. My motto is 'if you build it they will come' (I read alot of Stephen King novels). To take criticism with a smile and a nod and understand that some people just don't see my pieces as my art, basically don't take things personally.

9. What advice would you give to someone who is interested or starting out a business? Take a course in starting your own small business. Research everything there is to research about setting up a business, see whether you're willing to accept all the pros and cons of selling your art/craft. Talk to other people that are doing the same thing. Promote, promote, promote. Your pieces are the information in your resume. And like all resumes your best must show through. Be patient and willing to listen to criticism. If you are into it only for the money and not for the love of being an artist, then going into business will not work out."

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