I was an artist myself for the better part of 30 years.  A bronze sculptor and lost-wax jewelry designer, to be precise.  My business, The Best Friends Collection, was one of the premier dog and animal jewelry sites on the web for over a decade.

All of this is to say that I understand trying to figure out how to make a living from art.  I understand sitting down in a studio alone in the morning with the whole day stretching ahead and the refrigerator only a few yards away.  I’ve tried just about every way to market art there is, from juried shows to galleries to eBay and the internet.  And I understand what it’s like to try to bend the artistic brain into mastering bookkeeping and web coding.

But what may be hard for other artists to understand is that I LOVE that end of the business!  I like it better than the art itself.  So after mentoring a number of other artists and craftspeople through business basics, and doing a lot of web sites, I hung out my shingle to do this as a living.

We speak artist here at MicroBusiness Toolbox.  In fact, I’m spinning off a sister site that will be focused exclusively on arts management.

In the meantime, get in touch.  Tell me about your work and the challenges you are finding.  Your job is to be creative. My job is to help you free up studio time, organize your business, and get your art out in front of the public.

I can help with:

  • Building or optimizing your web site
  • Installing shopping cart software and setting up online payment solutions
  • Establishing your web presence through social media
  • Developing your sales literature, blogs, and newsletter
  • Setting up systems for managing your business

Microbusiness Toolbox also offers coaching to help you clarify your vision and choose an approach to your business which works with the person you are; consulting to help you start, manage, and grow your business on a practical level; and an array of services to help you start or grow your business. While we do not provide legal or financial services, we can also walk you through the process of finding reputable local providers for these needs.