A Pocket Business Guide for Artists & Designers: 100 Things by Alison Branagan

By Alison Branagan

Aimed at arts graduates, this useful pocket advisor solutions the main urgent questions graduates have whilst developing an inventive enterprise. Many scholars who graduate from paintings tuition do not know how you can make a dwelling out in their paintings, yet this publication offers a hundred invaluable enterprise similar issues (explained in 250 phrases or much less) that they need to be aware of sooner than embarking on a occupation within the arts. The booklet is split into five sections that may support visible artists be successful during this aggressive box: enterprise, advertising, criminal stuff, funds and final concepts. in brief, it in brief covers all of the major questions arts scholars can have approximately beginning their careers.

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You might wish to take out public liability insurance and a policy for your studio contents, artworks or products. Explore less expensive options before hiring a studio or workshop. If money is not coming in, then spending huge sums on a studio space is not very sensible. Equally, having a studio can increase the likelihood of sales from open-studio events and allows you to access other support such as business training. You may wish to set up your own studio complex or convert part of a commercial premises into a workshop.

Maintaining your knowledge base will ensure you stay a step ahead of any fresh competition. 57. 27, to run a business you must be proficient in a number of skills. If you are self-employed, you will have ‘invisible’ work in addition to making or selling your artwork and creative products. You may find that up to 40 per cent of your time is spent on other management tasks that, without assistants, only you can do. Businesses do not run themselves and without ongoing maintenance they will simply grind to a halt.

Prepare a handout for the session as this will act as a useful teaching aid. Consider the amount of materials you will require for each participant. Remember to factor in a proper break for refreshments. When planning short workshops of one to two-and-a-half hours do not make them overly complicated or include too many activities. If people finish early you could invite them to help another student, or provide them with resource books to browse through and paper and pencils so that they can sketch ideas for their next project.

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