29 January 2010

Tim Okamura & the Top 10 Links of the Month

Artist: Tim Okamura, The Crown 
ARTIST: Tim Okamura, The Crown

THIS MONTH: 5 reasons why artists need social media; why your mailing list is your number one asset; how to network on a daily basis; how to avoid deadbeat clients; and, more....


#1.  Art Marketing Success Tips for 2010
In this challenging economy, being a successful artist not only consists of creating great art, but it is also about creating a strong business. Unless you are the next coming of artist/business mogul, Thomas Kinkade, artists should think of themselves as small business owners. Small businesses that succeeded in 2009 were based on trust, longevity, and personal branding. With that in mind, I’ve researched some of the top websites for advice on small businesses and pulled together 7 helpful art marketing tips for 2010....
by Lori McKnee | Lori McKnee Fine Art & Tips | READ ENTIRE POST

#2.  Don't Be A Jack
Here was an artist who has sold consistently for many years to people from all over the country. He had a huge mailing list of people who loved his work; people who had spent their hard earned money on his work.... I was envious of his mailing list, yet he didn’t see the value of it. He didn’t use it. To be fair, I can’t say that he never used it. But certainly, he didn’t understand the potential.... Alyson Stanfield has said time and again, “Your mailing list is your number one asset.” Let me repeat that: Your mailing list is your number one asset. Do you need to read it again?
by Keith Bond | Fine Art Views | READ ENTIRE POST

#3.  5 Reasons Why Artists Need Social Media & Eye Opening Stats to Back It Up!
Social media isn’t a fad, it’s a fundamental shift in the way we communicate. But, many artists still are intimidated or scoff at the idea of joining in on the Social Media Revolution. In fact, there are many artists out there who still don’t have a website or email! Well if it’s working, more power to them! But for the rest of us artists who are challenged by the economy, it is time for us to "think outside the box" or studio! Here’s why....
by Lori McKnee | Lori McKnee Fine Art & Tips | READ ENTIRE POST

Artist: Tim Okamura, Subway Soul
ARTIST: Tim Okamura, Subway Soul


#4. Open Studios
Back in late May, Nancy Natale suggested I do a post on the topic of Open Studios. I decided to wait until fall, when many of these artist-run events coincide with the new art season. For unrepresented artists, Open Studios are an opportunity to show work and build a collector base. Even for represented artists, they're an opportunity to participate in a community event....
by Joanne Mattera | Joanne Mattera Art Blog | READ ENTIRE POST


#5.  Non-Profit, Not-for-Profit, Corporation or Sole Proprietorship: Don’t Let the Details Keep You from Getting Started Now
In the past ten days, I’ve received three inquiries from readers and clients seeking advise about the form their business should take. It surprised me to learn that this was actually a significant stumbling block for many aspiring entrepreneurs....
by Terri Belford | Inspired Living | READ ENTIRE POST

#6.  31 Days to Start a Freelancing Business (or Make Yours a Better One)
Whether you’re just starting out in freelancing, or would like to make your freelancing biz more profitable, these tips and advice will help you make a living as a freelancer and actually enjoy it....
by Alexis Rodrigo | The Savvy Freelancer | READ ENTIRE POST

Artist: Tim Okamura, Fortis
ARTIST: Tim Okamura, Fortis


#7.  How to Avoid Deadbeat Clients
Consistent problems getting paid may indicate deeper problems in your business model....
by Herman Wong | Fortune Small Business | READ ENTIRE POST

#8.  How to Network on a Daily Basis
Networking is the most effective means of expanding business and career opportunities, and it’s also one of the least expensive. For those of you who do not work in a corporate office place, the personal nature of networking can enable you to feel less isolated. Do a good enough job cultivating relationships and those contacts can even expand into your personal sphere and enrich your life on an entirely different level....
by Ligaya Figueras | Art Calendar | READ ENTIRE POST

#9.  Why a Blog is Important for Your Freelance Business
So, you’ve just decided to become a freelancer. What is the best way to get started? Obviously, you need to apply for gigs. But, is there anything else that you should be doing for your business when you start out? If you ask me, you should also be blogging....
by Laura Spencer | Freelance Folder | READ ENTIRE POST

#10. The Ubiquity of Competition
There are three hundred photographers looking for work in a particular specialty. One puts a creative commons license on his shots in Flickr and they start showing up in many places, from presentations to brochures. Which of the 300 photographers has won the competition for attention? Which one of the three hundred has shared his ideas enough to be noticed?
by Seth Godin | Seth Godin's Blog | READ ENTIRE POST

ARTWORK by Tim Okamura  (Edmonton, Alberta)
Want more info on this artist? Please visit his Web site: TimOkamura.com
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