Posts tagged Creative business
Jackson's art supplies - review and first impressions

Last year I set myself a goal to draw more. I used to have so much fun sketching and painting with watercolours but art school kind of ruined it for me. Now, I feel ready to try my hand at it again. I didn't have a sketchbook or enough drawing materials so I’ve decided to treat myself a little. We all know how addictive shopping for art supplies can be, haha. I’ve ordered some stuff from Jackson's art supplies mostly because of their gorgeous website and convenient delivery times. I hope this will be helpful if you’re considering this website for your next art supplies haul!

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Doll artist's studio tour

Let me begin just by telling you how grateful I am for everyone who supports me by purchasing dolls, doll making classes, tutorials or just spreading the word around. Just because of you guys, I can rent a space for my doll making adventures! I’ve been renting a studio for a few years now and it was probably the best investment in my career. Just by separating my home life from my work life, I’ve become much more productive and much happier as well. Having a dedicated work space, you’re able to free your mind from such things like tidying everything after each work session and stop worrying about art supplies taking over your living room. I understand not everyone can afford to have a studio. Try to work with what you have and find some space at your home that could be just for your art and nothing else.

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How I take photos of my dolls?

Taking photos of dolls is one of my favourite tasks, but it wasn't the case a few years ago. In the past, I'd make a doll that I really love, which looks great in real life, but the second I take the photo, I realise, I can't capture how unique and wonderful this doll is. Because doll making is my full-time job, selling the dolls online was my main source of income. I can't tell you enough how many times people said my dolls looked better in real life than in pictures, and when you're selling online, not in the real life, it becomes an issue. I'm wondering how many sales I've lost just because I couldn't convey how they look in person.

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When Etsy is not enough. Open a shop with Wix or Shopify

I get a lot of messages from my readers asking advice on how I manage to make living from the art I create. It took me a few years to figure out how to turn my passion of doll making into the actual business. And I'm more than willing to share! You'll find a few articles on my blog where I talk about the business side of being an artist. Maybe it'll be a starting point to turn your life around.

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How to get published as a doll artist?

Seeing your own work in the glossy pages of a beautiful magazine. Tempting, isn't it? I'd thought it would get me ages to achieve something like that. Nowadays it really seems that only artists with a huge following on social media, managers and connections gain such opportunities. But this belief is far from the truth. Continue to read and find out how to get published as a doll artist!

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How to turn your doll making hobby into a career?

I interact with fellow doll makers on a daily basis. Some of them are students in my doll making classes, some of them are artists who share they work on Facebook groups or Instagram. A lot of them have two things in common: love for doll making and a desire doing it full time. For the past two years, I've been fortunate enough to call myself a doll artist and transform my doll making hobby into a career. I'm not going to lie, it wasn't easy at all. There were situations where I'd have loved to have some guidance. But I strongly believe that with the right attitude and hard work everyone could do it. Today I'm going to share the actions I took to make this happen. I hope they will encourage you to turn your doll making hobby into a career.

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Opening your own shop with Wix website builder

In the recent article, we already talked about that Etsy is not a very reliable option if your creative business is growing and developing. Especially if your Etsy shop brings you 100% of your income. Because at this point, even you're doing great, your shop doesn't really belong to you. Scary thought, isn't it? I don't know if you heard the horror stories about Etsy closing people's shops, declining sales and constant changes that don't always benefit all the shops. In this case, it's better to be prepared and don't lose your whole business overnight.

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Opening your own online shop with Shopify

In the recent article, I shared my opinion why Etsy is not a very strong foundation for your creative business. Especially if you're shooting for long-term success and growing your independent shop. While having all those shoppers coming to Etsy is great, have you ever imagined how many competitors you have? In the end of 2016, there were 1.7 million active sellers on Etsy. If you're driving a lot of your traffic using social media like Instagram or Facebook, you're helping other sellers as well. Etsy doesn't really care if you or your competitor is making a sale because in both cases they are getting their share. While I'm still a huge fan of Etsy, having my own website gives me a freedom that I can't get anywhere else.

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3 greatest fears I face every day

One of most asked question I get is “Was I afraid to start working for myself?” I guess I was a little, but disappointing job, unfulfilled dreams and dissatisfaction scares me more. I’m not trying to deny that I’m never afraid and like some sort of superwoman strongly march trough the world. All those doubts come to me pretty often. Understanding and supporting people around me help a lot. I have to work with myself too and carry a constant reminder to be courageous in life and work. I believe some of these fears will be familiar to you as well. Maybe we can beat them together?

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7 lessons I gained as a self-employed artist

Next month it will be half a year since I’ve started my full time artist career. Before that I was working two jobs: lifeless assignments from 9 to 5 and becoming doll artist on the evenings. I’m so grateful that I have this amazing opportunity to work for myself, set my own working hours and say YES to all the interesting projects which I didn’t have time before. To celebrate this first anniversary, let me share with you most valuable lessons I’ve learned as a self-employed artist.

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Being your own boss. How I've started?

Being your own boss is a very tempting idea. All that flexibility to organise your own working hours and make the decisions. But is it enough to have an idea and take a risk? Sometimes starting your own business isn’t as glamorous as it sounds. But creative freedom redeems everything. Today I wanted to share my story and how I made it to where I am now. Maybe this will become an inspiration to take the real actions for yourself?

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How do you cope with artist block?

If you’re an artist or other creative person, you probably face an artist block every once in a while. It could be super annoying, especially if you’re working full time and you rely on your creativity to pay the bills. Well, what if I say that you could change all this by simply adjusting your attitude? Lets look over some solutions when you are feeling stuck.

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