Lots of artists sell art from home. It's a business model that can work well for many artists. BUT you do need to be aware of the legal and other implications of selling from home.
Artsy published an article on 4th January about How to Start a Gallery in Your Apartment. This article by Casey Lesser
Unfortunately the article tends to focus only on the social and artistic considerations and wholly omits to mention critical factors which should ALWAYS be taken into consideration before you open a gallery in your spare bedroom - or your living room and a bedroom as Leo Castelli did.
Hence this blog post. I would urge all those thinking of widening their options for selling art in 2017 to read on before they potentially create a lot of problems for themselves.
It's not that you can't do it - but rather than it's rather more complicated than this "how to" article suggests it might be.
So here are the factors it omits to mention - but if YOU ignore them you could find yourself landed with some very expensive repercussions!
My page on Selling Art from Home provides you with a whole page of things you need to think about and resolve before you sell art from home
There is no mention in the Artsy article of:
Do please read this page before being seduced into thinking it's really quite simple and straightforward from a legal and financial perspective to open a gallery at home.
I've set up a page about Selling Art from Home.
Here's what it covers at present, what will be developed in future and how you can help to share good advice for artists like yourself.
What it covers
What it will also cover - in future
Can you help?
I'm looking for four things to help develop this page and make it more useful for artists wanting to sell art from home
I'm looking for:
If you think you can help with any of this please leave a message - either as a comment on this blog or contact me (see About)
There's a lot of regulations you may need to comply with - not least those relating to liability to third parties and the payment of any taxes for running a business from home.
If you don't want to be caught out take a look at the page I've started to develop on 'Selling Art from Home'. It's not finished but it's got a lot of the key messages for people thinking about selling from home.
Obviously the rules vary depending on where in the world you live.
Do you - or have you considered - selling art from home
I'm very interested in hearing from people who have gone through the process of setting themselves up to sell art from home.
If you've got a useful experience to share please leave a comment below
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