You love to paint or draw. Maybe you are a sculptor. There are many art forms out there from music to masterpieces. What ever you are into, it is possible to earn money doing it. This may sound far-fetched and you may believe you are not good enough to become famous and earn money for your craft. YOU ARE WRONG. Keep reading and I will Lay out how to make money as an independent artist.
You Don’t Need to Be Famous
Get the idea about being the best in the world out of your mind. You don’t need to be the best. First off, art is subjective, there is no best. What one person sees as beautiful and breath taking another might see as drab and boring. If you are looking to sell your art directly then it is worth what ever someone is willing to pay for it.
So, stop thinking you are not good enough. You are. And because the world has changed so much with technology you are now able to reach a greater audience with your work. The internet has made the world a much smaller place. However, you don’t actually have to sell paintings to make money. There are other ways to get paid as an artist.
SELL YOUR ART IN GALLERIES
The obvious money maker is right in our faces. Sell your art directly. Many people are willing to pay for something they think is beautiful. Okay, I will be honest, this is probably the hardest way to make money as an artist.
How is it done? In short, paint what you want, get it seen by many people and hope they like it enough to buy it.
This is a very reasonable way to become a very popular and well-known artist. It does take more work though. You will need to network and get into the right circles. You may have to pay to have your work showcased in a gallery. You will need get yourself out there. Sitting around hoping someone will notice you and your work just isn’t going to cut it.
If this is something you want to pursue there are many resources that go much more in depth as to the steps to take to get your work into galleries. But you need to be honest with yourself. The famous “starving artist” stigmata are a self created. If you are starving as an artist it is because you are lazy, or you are too proud. Contradicting yourself saying you want people to pay you for your work but are not willing to sell out. That is some serious hipster CRAP.
CONTRACT YOURSELF OUT
There are lots of places to freelance as an artist if you look. If you want a full time job, then check out marketing agencies and graphic designers. Fiver is an okay place to freelance but you won’t make much money there. Do some digging. you will find people who need someone to draw or paint for them.
Craigslist and other classified ads are a good place to start. But if you read on further you might discover that starting a website and potentially your own company is more in line with what you want to do.
If you do contract your artistic ability out to others, make sure you don’t sell yourself short. Be sure to charge a fair rate for your work. Remember, if they could do it themselves then they wouldn’t need you. If you do good work you can justify charging more.
START A WEBSITE TO SELL YOUR ART
As above the concept is the same but instead of waiting for someone to notice you and showcase your work you can do it on your own. If your site gets popular enough, or even to help make it popular, showcase other artists works and help them sell (for a commission of course).
Having a website is a wonderful way to get your work out to the masses. Again, it will take some work but anything worth doing takes work. Maybe you are thinking that you are not tech savvy enough to build a website and to hire someone to do it will cost too much. WRONG.
There are technologies out now that let anyone easily build a website. Even if you don’t know anything about computers. I find it hard to believe anyone is completely computer illiterate these days.
WRITE A BLOG
Now that you have a website you can write a blog to highlight your work. Share it on social media and get noticed. The thing about the internet these days is attention equals money. Once you get a few followers and traffic starts flowing to your site you can monetize things.
There are thousands of people writing blogs these days. Why? Because they are trying to get traffic. People write about all sorts of things, and it is very possible to earn money by getting traffic to your site. Why do you think I am writing this? Yes, I want to help people, but money plays a part.
Once you get people to your site you can direct them to affiliate links like Amazon or Walmart or what ever. Once a person links to a site through your link you get a commission on the purchases they make. You can also have ads on the site that pay you every time some clicks on them.
So, by drawing people to your site with your blog, you get to showcase your art (and others art potentially) as well as have opportunities to make commissions through advertising.
You may have noticed that I have some tutorials on my site. This is one of the ways I blog, but it is also a way of helping people. Oh wait, it also gets my work out into the world. Are you starting to get a picture yet? I write tutorials and articles that people want to read. I make videos that go onto YouTube. These things all put my work out there.
Do you think everyone wants to read how great you and your paintings are? Do you think that if you build a website and post a bunch of pictures it will automatically draw people in? The internet doesn’t work like that. It is driven by people.
By helping other people to do something they wanted to do (painting) you give them value. You give people a reason to come to your site. Once they are there you have many opportunities to monetize yourself and your work.
The other way you can teach art is locally to where you live. There is a company that has regular events where local artists can get paid to teach others how to paint. Check out paintnite.com. If you chose to do so you could even start your own Paint Night sort of business doing the same thing.
People will pay you to show them how to do the things they want to do but don’t know how. This goes for painting, drawing, music lessons, whatever. My dad teaches people wood working. Find what you are good at and share it with others.
BRING IT ALL TOGETHER
You can use all of these methods together to bring in income with your painting ability. I hope you put it all together as you were reading. If you want to be famous and get your work showcased all over the world, Great! But you must start somewhere. People need to see you and your work.
Creating a website and doing all you can to help other people will allow you to get your work out into the world. The internet is a big place and there are lots of people on it. If you help those people, they will likely help you without even knowing it.
People share the things they like through social media and if you can tap into that then your reach can grow exponentially. And hopefully you can make some money doing what you like and helping people at the same time.
Are you interested in starting a website? Would you like to show off your work to the world? Maybe you just want to help teach other people what you know and help them find the same passion. Find out how you can start a website for FREE! Learn how to build your website and attract people to visit it. WEALTHY AFFILIATE is a great place to try things out and the community within is always there to help you along the way.
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Thank for reading,