Never Forget: Reminders for Your Art Business

Every year I mark Memorial Day with reminders for your art business on this blog. Here is this year's batch.

Judith Peck, Veiled Identity
© Judith Peck, Veiled Identity. From the Original Positions series. Oil on linen, 24 x 18 inches. Courtesy Meyer Metro Gallery. Used with permission.

Remember that a consistent studio practice is the foundation for any art career. Without the art, you are not an artist and have nothing to promote. It's all about the art.
Remember to establish trusted systems. Your success will be the result of the habits and routines you put in place for your studio and marketing time. Without systems, you are without direction. This marketing habit is our focus in Art Biz Bootcamp.
Remember to get your art out of the studio and in front of people. Exhibiting brings new layers of meaning and helps you become a stronger advocate for your art.
Remember to listen. Listening to what people are saying about your art will help you craft better responses and become proactive about the way you present your art.
Remember your manners. It’s too easy to send a terse email without a signature. And it’s inconsiderate to overlook that thank-you note because you’re “too busy.” Show your professionalism by expressing abundant appreciation and gratitude. Slow down and get it right.
Remember to challenge yourself. If it's too easy, it's probably not worth pursuing. You grow with each challenge, whether it's in the studio or when you take your art into the world.
Remember to persevere. Your successful art career won’t be built in months, but will take years. Prepare yourself for the long haul.
Remember that you can’t do it all. You can only take one step at a time. Don’t punish yourself for something you should have done a long time ago. Just look forward and know you’re doing the best you can.
What do you need to be reminded of?

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10 thoughts on “Never Forget: Reminders for Your Art Business”

  1. Very timely reminders. For me it is the first, the penultimate, and the last which most resonate at the moment, although all of these are extremely important and worth being reviewed more often.
    Thank you.

  2. Thank you Alyson. I’ve copied and pasted these onto a sheet of paper and they will be put on the back of my studio door as a constant reminder.

    1. Alyson Stanfield

      Cool, Bee. I’ve also turned this into a short special report that I’ll be giving to new blog subscribers. Stay tuned!

  3. If you can expand, what is the best way to keep on top of all these tasks? Is it worth the time of creating a schedule for yourself? My art and business development is very important to me but only gets a hand full of hours a week given other responsibilities in my life. What is the most efficient way for me to stay on top of all of this?

    1. Alyson Stanfield

      Julia: I’ve written a lot about time management on this blog – planning, scheduling, productivity. I think it’s especially important to have a schedule when you lead such a busy life.

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