Arts & Crafts & Photographs
I thought I’d create a separate chapter for Artists, Photographers & Crafts People as there are options available outside of the storefront models that you might like to consider.
Additional Resources for Crafty Folk
The skills, benefits and challenges are pretty much the same as you just read in the “Sell Your Own Creations” section of the last chapter so I will just give you a few additional resources that you may find useful — particularly if you’d like to get your feet wet in a small way.
Art & Craft Communities:
- Etsy has a vibrant community of crafts people and active buyers. It doesn’t cost anything to set up a shop and they charge only a small fee for each product you list.
- ArtFire and Aftcra are two more marketplaces with social community aspects.
- DeviantArt is currently the largest online community of artists, photographers and crafts people. As a free member you can exhibit and promote your creations.
- As discussed in the Artist & Photographer section below, image-based communities such as Pinterest and CircleMe work equally well for crafts people.
There are several popular communities where artists and photographers can exhibit, sell, and offer commissions.
Many freelancing websites have job requests for digital artwork, book or cartoon illustration, animation or graphic design projects.
You could also offer your services and artwork through design marketplaces, royalty free image websites, or even micro job sites.
And finally, you can showcase your work through image-based communities:
I’ve put together a list of the most popular ones in the Resources section below.
The Skills You’ll Need
You need be self-motivated, have good people skills and be able to meet deadlines if you are doing commissions or working on contract.
You will need some technical skills.
Gives you great exposure.
Can lead to long term, or permanent, contracts.
Can be very rewarding
Managing multiple profiles on different websites.
Dealing with “fussy” clients.
Getting work when you first start out.
Making sure you don’t take on more work than you can handle when you become in demand.
How to Get Started
Create a portfolio to showcase your work.
Decide on your fee structure for commissions or finished artwork.
Sign up as a member to the freelancing sites/communities that suit your specialty.
Upload your portfolio and/or start bidding on jobs.
Artists’ Success Stories
They’ve been doing this in their since they were around 15 years old and their income has averaged between $100 and $600 a month with their prices ranging from $15 for small projects to $150 for larger commissions.
It’s a great way for artistic teens to earn some pocket money in their spare time – and something that could lead to greater things. . .
For example: One of my girls has recently been asked to do a series of book covers for a well-known author’s upcoming novels.
Resources for Artists & Photographers
Artist & Photographer Communities:
- DeviantArt is currently the largest online community of artists and photographers. As a free member you can exhibit, promote and share your art and photography, sell prints and digital downloads of your work, or offer commissions. You can even offer photo prints, fine art prints, wrapped canvas art, or art gifts through their shop. Be sure to check out their Job Services Forum and Job Offers Forum.
Image Based Communities:
- Pinterest has been making headlines for the last couple of years as it’s user base and ability to convert to sales has grown phenomenally
- Another site similar to Pinterest is CircleMe.
- ODesk, Elance or Freelancer have job requests for digital artwork, book or cartoon illustration, animation or graphic design projects.
- People per Hour has an “Hourlies” section where you can offer specific art services for a set fee per commissioned piece, in addition to it’s job board.
- 99Designs is a marketplace for crowd sourced design and is a very popular with small businesses looking to get illustrations, logos, web pages, business cards, banner ads, book covers and even t-shirts designed. Artists submit their designs to competitions and the winner receives the monetary prize. See How it Works.
Royalty Free Image Marketplaces:
Micro Job Sites:
Through micro job sites such as Fiverr you can offer your artistic or creative services at very low, usually fixed, prices — but don’t let the low prices deter you from advertising through them as you can very easily earn quite a lot more by offering add-on services.
- Fiverr is by far the busiest, but also the hardest to get seen on because there are so many vendors. . . so here‘s another site to consider: Fourerr.
In addition to the above, you will find more resources & courses that apply in general to online marketing in the last chapter of this book: “Essential Resources”.
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