3 Things To Know Before Starting Your Art Business

 
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Before I started my own company, I didn’t realize that there was such a big difference between being an artist and being an artist who runs a business. While there are struggles for anybody who works from home (you can read about some of them in this post), below are three things that are important to know before you take your artistic hobby and turn it into a business.

1. Realize running a business is a lot of work

Running a business (even a creative one) means you spend a ton of time doing business related things like emails, accounting, and media management, to name just a few. I actually have to carve out time in my calendar to sit down to draw! The idyllic picture of an artist at the easel drawing for hours in a burst of creative inspiration is not exactly reality. Sometimes you have a deadline for a project and you have to sit down to create art regardless of your inspiration level. If you are considering starting your own business as an artist, being able to execute regardless of your creative mood is necessary to running a successful business. 

2. Be willing to evolve

When I first started running my business I had a clear view of what I was aiming for and what my future “successful” business looked like. That picture over the past few years has evolved. Similar to what Greg McKeown talks about it in his book Essentialism, when you change your mind you are really only admitting that you are wiser than you once were. I have grown to know myself so much better, and as I know myself better I have a clearer view of what I want the future to look like. It is okay if what you wanted when you started is different than what you want farther down the road. In fact, it can be a sign of growth and wisdom.

3. Don’t sweat the small stuff

Once you start your business you will be overwhelmed with all the things you didn’t realize went into running a business. It can be a lot to tackle all at once. Take a breath, make a list, and sit down to prioritize. Just start with one thing. You can’t be a seasoned business owner right off the bat. I am amazed at how some tasks that were so hard in the beginning are now second nature to me. I need to continually remind myself that learning new skills takes time. No business owner started off knowing everything about running their business. Give yourself grace to learn, make mistakes, and grow. 

It is okay if what you wanted when you started is different than what you want farther down the road. In fact, it can be a sign of growth and wisdom.

I’m so grateful to be where I am right now with my business. It is tons of hard work, but if you are willing to roll with the punches and let go of the need to be perfect at everything you do, you will be running a successful business in no time.

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