The following article is written by Carolyn Edlund from her Artsy Shark blog.
I love this article as it demonstrates many creative ways to make a living with your business. Maybe the economy looks bad, but if you look beyond that, you may come up with some great ideas.
Hope this article inspires you!
What’s Your Potential?
by Carolyn Edlund
Don’t underestimate your possibilities. They’re greater than ever!
Over the past few months, I’ve talked to many artists, and heard some self-defeating comments, like:
– It’s not like it was back in the 1990’s; you just can’t make money like that anymore.
– I’ve never been able to take my business past being a start-up.
– I know that the market is saturated for my type of work, so I can’t make much money. I don’t want to price my work any higher, or I won’t make any sales.
– I get frightened that I’m not thinking the right way, or making the right choices, and so I freeze and do nothing.
Have you been thinking along the same lines? It’s easy to fall into that trap. Many artists aren’t born businesspeople. Creating business plans and marketing strategies are not familiar activities. Fear of rejection and lack of confidence combine to grind everything to a halt. You “freeze and do nothing.”