I hear from some of you that being an artist is difficult to fit into your daily life.
If it is on the back burner then you may not be ready to push your art forward.
Ask yourself a few questions to see where you are with your art career:
1. What is important to you and your family.
How does your family feel about you being an artist, are they supportive?
Would they be willing to make changes if needed, cut back on spending etc...
2. Are you able to support your family with your art?
Do you have enough money set aside to support your family if you have a month or so with slow sales?
Do you know how to live within a budget, does your family? Some people wait till they retire from other types of careers so they can have at least some steady income.
3. How much do you know about running a business?
Have you had any previous schooling, experience, etc...of running a business?
Are you willing to find resources, courses or a mentor who can give you advice?
Do you know the laws in your area that pertain to small businesses?
Have you research financing the business with loans etc...
Without doing the research you will be left behind and not have a good experience.
What do you know about advertising? Advertising is important to all businesses.
4. What about your artwork?
Do you know what type of artist you are or want to be?
Is your art quality up to par? If not do you plan to take courses to better your work?
Do you use quality supplies so your works will last and keep collectors coming back for years to come?
Do you set a certain amount of time to do your artwork and have a place you can work comfortably?
Are you passionate about your art? Can you readily talk about what you create?
I know how difficult it is to sell art in todays market. You have to decide where you are with your art and where you want to be. You should set a time as to when you want each phase of your business to advance and work towards it.