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.
Do you struggle with getting image sites right in terms of:
This morning I came across an incredibly helpful infographic which has now been imported into this site - see my new page Image Sizes for Social Media Sites in the Marketing section
The social media sites it covers include:
The infographic provides the precise dimensions for each specfic image.
TIPS AND TECHNIQUES: The post also provides detailed and very helpful notes about:
In summary I recommend this Infographic. I suggest your save the original post to your bookmarks - but if you lose it any time you now know you can find it again on this site.
I have a NEW page for those who want to know more about how to get publicity for:
This Making A Mark Guide provides a CHECKLIST of various action points - plus notes - associated with:
As such it also covers
I'm currently building a web page about art inventory management and software.
Please leave a comment if have any experiences you care to share about:
Alternatively if you've done a review I'd love to know where I can find this (URL etc)
The Software under review includes: the following - and you can see screenshots of their home pages above.
Cloud based Options:
Any others you know of and/or would recommend?
You’ll also get the chance to ask specific questions in the webinar and you don’t need a webcam or microphone to use this service.
My guess is the webinars are probably also suitable for more experienced people who want to check out they're doing the right thing! Or maybe just a refresher to remind you of anything you might have forgotten!
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