Visit the new site here.

Visit the new site here.

After more than a year of sharing with you what we call “Art Lessons From God”, we have decided to take what we’ve learned and what you’ve said you wanted more of and deliver it on our NEW and IMPROVED site, ArtLessonsFromGod.com !

The new site has more of what you’ve been asking for, such as:

 

 

So change your links and your bookmarks to the new ArtLessonsFromGod.com site and send us your comments letting us know what you think!

Tony Snipes

ArtLessonsFromGod.com

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stickmanMoney is especially tight for the typical Small Business owner, and it can be tighter for artists and designers.

 

Since art and design can often be seen as a budgetary “extra”, the artist or designer may find it harder than ever to earn an any type of income from their talent.

 

 

 

But this current economy provides more time to focus on existing customers and time to explore innovative ways to improve your creative business.

 

Here are a few top strategies that work. They are basic, yet effective:

 

 

1. CONNECT WITH CURRENT CUSTOMERS:

Your number one priority should be to stay close to those that do business with you now or have in the recent past. Research shows us two key things in this area:

  • Loyal customers buy more and are likely to buy from you again.
  • Gaining a new customer cost 5 times more than retaining a current one.

New business is always important, but increasing customer loyalty drives long-term profitability. (more…)

And now, the 4th and final thing that every artist needs for the new year.

  • You’ve identified your goals (Pt1)
  • Those goals include an eyecatching businesscard (Pt2)
  • Your business cards include your website where you can share and connect with others (Pt3)

The fourth thing: You need to know what God’s promises are concerning His artists.

praying-artistAn artist or designer who has a convenant with God through Jesus Christ has certain privileges, access and assurances that only a life in Christ can give.

purpose and plan for your talent, guidance when times as an artist get tough, divine connections and open doors,  and support when those doors seem shut. All of this is written in God’s word, but it is a secret if you don’t know what it says.

Just like knowing the details of a contract tell you what entitlements and protections you have, familiarizing yourself with God’s word does the same for the artist that has accepted Christ.

To help, feel free to download our special report: “7 Biblical Scriptures for Artists”. It can get you started on knowing what God’s word says about your life as an artist or designer.

interconnected1The 3rd thing that every artist and designer needs for the New Year is …a WEB SITE.

 

Gone are the days of a website being a “nice to have”, it’s a “need to have”.

 

Why?

 

It’s the most immediate method of showing your work to the people that need to see it.

If your plan is to sell more work, display more work or do more freelance work as a designer; you must make sure that the patrons or buyers can view your work when they want to and from where they want. And even if the goal is not to sell your work, you need to be able to show it to your  audience 24/7.

 

I have had so many opportunities come open because I either passed someone my business card that sent them my website, or sent them an email with a direct link to my work.

 

Now, I know that most of you already agree with this. You’ve known for quite some time that you need some form of web presence as an artist or designer. The problem is that you STILL have yet to take action. The paradox about this situation is that many artists that know that they need a website go on the web everyday.

 

Tips: (more…)

Last time we said that the first thing you need to have are written goals.

The second thing may sound so basic, but you’d be surprised how many artists go without it.

The second thing is BUSINESS CARDS.

bizcardI don’t mean business cards from your “other job” where you write your contact number on it for someone interested in your art or design work. I mean a set of business cards specifically designed to identify you as an artist.

Why:

Think about it: How many times expectantly in conversation it comes up that you’re an artist? What should come next is you passing them an eye catching card so that they can not only remember you, but so that they can follow up with you.

It also allows you to stand out in a sea of artists that may be out there.

Here’s a website that allows you to create your own custom designed business cards, even in non-standard sizes: http://www.zazzle.com/businesscards

See Part 1 Here>>

There are 4 basic things that every artist needs in order to set the stage for their success in the new year. We’ll post each of these 4 things in a “miniseries” over the next few days.

 

Here’s the first of the 4:

 

goalsOne of the most overlooked yet most critical needs that every artist or designer must have if they plan to make any type of progress in the New Year is to have WRITTEN goals.

 

For the artist, having written goals does not have to be a hard thing to accomplish. You probably already have those goals in mind already or have talked about them forever! Now’s the time to take action by committing them to paper, which is the first step toward the goal being more than something you only talk about.

 

I recommend identifying and WRITING DOWN at least 3 key objectives that you as an artist or designer really want to accomplish this year. To help narrow the goals down, they must follow the “S.M.A.R.T.” model:

 

S- Specific: The goal must not be vague like “to create more art” but specific like “create a minimum of one new art piece each month (or each quarter, etc)”.

 

M- Measurable: The goal must be something that you can track and measure. This allows you to better determine how close or far away you are from your target.

 

A-  Achievable: It must be something that you can actually reach. “Being the number one artist in the city” may not be achievable (nor is it measurable). “Competing in 2 city-wide art shows per year” is more achievable.

 

R- It must be realistic: Selling $1,000 per month in artwork after only selling $60 per month may not be a realistic goal.

 

T- The goal must be time-specific: Writing it down on a calendar is a great way to stay on top of achieving it as weeks go by.

 

Keep watching for the 2nd in this miniseries coming soon.

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