February 14, 2022 at 1:09 pm #2194Ryan PerryParticipant
Hello, Im Ryan I retired after 24 years on Sept 2020,
Ive been running a small soapstone carving business since. I would like to know how to expand a art based business and how to effectively calculate overhead to make my business grow.February 15, 2022 at 7:50 pm #2228Artur GalajParticipant
Hey Ryan, love your work. Post links to your online presence.February 16, 2022 at 6:58 pm #2238Erin MelnychukModerator
Growing an arts based business is often quite different than other product based businesses. Social media has been a powerful sales channel for artists, but it takes some skill. You’ll want to link a Shopify store to your IG. You’ll also want to invest in either paid ads or paying to boost posts to get stronger traction. I would also look for other arts based online selling platforms. The more places you can be, the more exposure you’ll get. I’ve also seen artists go on travelling road shows, booking space in hotels to do small showings.
I can appreciate how difficult it is to get a handle on your costs as an artist. It’s tricky to value your time appropriately and know how much of your materials are used in any given piece. And there’s also the difficulty of accessing materials in big enough volumes to access preferred pricing. I would recommend talking to other artists to learn their tips and tricks. It’s possible, if you get to know other soapstone carvers, that you might be able to bulk buy materials together, to get the volume required to access the better pricing.
I hope that helps!
e.February 19, 2022 at 8:25 pm #2257Judy EvansKeymaster
I have some artist friends who collaborate to sell their art. They each have unique art and have found that by working together they can attract a larger audience and share the cost of marketing. They also sell their art in several galleries and collaborate with the gallery owners for events and other marketing opportunities. In other words, collaboration is key.
Are you part of a group of artists?
JudyFebruary 20, 2022 at 10:38 am #2265Ryan PerryParticipant
No, im not a part of any art group. So far in my experience artists in my area dont share well with other. The Gallery in Fort Saskatchewan is really supportive.February 20, 2022 at 9:33 pm #2270Judy EvansKeymaster
Do you think the other artists who sell through the Fort Saskatchewan gallery are selling in other places and using other methods of marketing?
If so, what can you learn by interviewing those artists?
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