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Why a Simple Art Business Works Well for Visual Artists


A small business is an amazing way to serve and leave an impact on the world you live in.

— Nicole Snow

Are you looking for ways to stay busy, earn extra cash, or supplement your income? If yes, then why not consider starting a simple art business on the side? This suggestion is a great way to generate additional revenue without spending too much time or effort.

Starting a simple art business requires little capital investment. All you need is a computer, some basic supplies, and maybe a few tools. The key is to create something unique that no one else does the way you do.

There are several reasons why a simple art business works well for visual artists. First, you don’t need to invest in expensive equipment or hire employees. Instead, you can start working from home and focus on creating art-related products and services. Secondly, you also have the freedom to work when it suits you best. Finally, if you find the idea of working at a corporate job impossible, you’ll love being your boss.

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What Is a Simple Art Business?

A simple art business is any art-related job that doesn’t require a lot of money or expertise to start. It may be a small-scale operation with only a few products or services. But it could grow to a large-scale business with multiple products or services. It happens, and you never know how good it can be until you try.

The main difference between a simple art business and other types of businesses is that there aren’t a lot of rules or regulations. There isn’t a specific industry standard. So, anyone can start a simple art business if they follow guidelines. Primarily, you’re good to go if your business is legal and ethical. 

I suggest you look for examples of simple businesses of all sorts, not just those that relate to art. Maybe you have an outside interest you can follow to create a new steady income source. And it will do the job of supplanting your art sales income. Or perhaps your creativity will find new uses to promote and utilize your art in the business.

Here are tips to start a simple art business:

  • Decide what kind of product or service you want to offer.
  • Create a website or blog about your product or service.
  • Investigate how much it costs to run your business.
  • Determine whether you will use a physical location or operate online.
  • Choose a name for your company and register your business with the appropriate government agencies.
  • Be sure your business complies with local laws and has the proper insurance.
  • Set up a bank and a PayPal account and determine which payment methods you’ll accept.

Simple Art Businesses Are Unregulated.

A simple art business is a business not regulated by law. And that means you can start a simple art company with few formalities. You don’t need permission from anyone. Moreover, because there are so many different types of simple art businesses, you can choose whatever type of business appeals to you most.

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How To Start a Simple Art Business

To start a simple art business, you need to find a product or service that others want. Finding unique ways to work your art business into other businesses can make it easier. Be creative in your thinking and approach.

For instance, since pet portraits are a high-demand category, you could offer custom pet portraits as a customer perk. Real estate agents often give a custom artwork of a homebuyer’s new house as a gift. It has the longevity of a birthday card in most cases. A pet portrait will hang prominently as a reminder of the realtor’s gift. But, it doesn’t have to be pets; it could be humans or other subjects, depending on what works for you.

Once you know what to offer, you can begin marketing it online or in physical locations.

Ten simple art business examples:

  1. Sell merchandise such as t-shirts, mugs, and prints of your original artworks or those from the public domain online.
  2. Find a niche where passion runs deep, such as custom cars or quilting, and learn to photograph the works in a stylistic artistic manner to sell to the tribe invested in the product. Your sincerity shows when your art honors people and their accomplishments. It grows your tribe.
  3. Offer color consultant services.
  4. Sell jewelry made from recycled materials.
  5. Design logos and visual content for companies, including digital images for clients’ websites or social media pages.
  6. Ghostwrite articles about art and interior design topics.
  7. Teach art lessons online or in person.
  8. Create websites for other artists where people can buy their art.
  9. Sell handmade items such as greeting cards, candles, and stationery.
  10. Run an Etsy shop where people can buy unique gifts such as your line of jewelry, clothing, and accessories.

How Can I Learn More About How to Start and Operate A Simple Art Business?

Remember that fine artists who wish to earn an additional income using their creative abilities will often use simple art businesses as the solution. Instead, they find that generating extra income removes the pressure to pay the bills from selling original art, which allows them to concentrate on creating art they wish to make without making concessions to the business of art.   

How to Find Yourself in the Art Business
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Are you an artist who feels burdened by conforming to the traditional methods of marketing art? For example, suppose you find the idea of dealing with the actual or perceived necessity to paint or create in the same style to satisfy gallery owners and other third-party distributors. In that case, pulling income from a simple art business is perfect for you.

Start Your Own Simple Art Business Today.

The best way to get started is to do research. Learn all you can about creating a simple art business. Then, pick one idea that interests you and learn how it works. If you have questions, ask those who currently operate a similar art business you admire.

Approach them with a genuine interest in them and their business. It will surprise you how open others are to sharing their knowledge and helping you. A lesson I hope you will learn and pay forward in your art career.

It will please you to discover how easy it is to start a simple art business. That’s because it doesn’t require much money upfront. A good idea, willingness to learn, and a desire to succeed are all you need. You’ll also be glad to discover that operating a simple art business does not take too much time. If you’re willing to work hard, you might make a living from your simple business.

If You Need a Second Source of Income, Consider Creating a Simple Art Business.

The internet offers resources to teach you everything you need to know about starting a simple art business. You can read books, watch videos, attend seminars, and talk with experts. The choice is yours.

I recommend that you start small. Start with just one idea. Pick something that interests you, but don’t try to sell anything until you’ve learned enough to feel comfortable doing so. Don’t worry if you fail at first. Just keep trying. Eventually, you’ll figure out what you’re doing wrong and correct it. And when you do, you’ll see success.

I’m sure you’ll agree that starting a simple art business is easier than you think. So why wait any longer? Go ahead and start today.

How to Find Yourself in the Art Business
Success leaves tracks — learn to find and follow them here.

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