11 Ways to Sell Your Photography

Now that everyone and their Grandma (and sometimes even their tech-savvy Great Grandma) has a smartphone with a camera in their pocket, everyone thinks they’re a photographer nowadays. Figuring out how to sell your photography in a world where there’s a seemingly unlimited amount of free photography online is tricky. But don’t worry! There are many ways to get your photography noticed and sold – it just takes a little extra creativity. Here are 11 ways to sell your photography. .     .Read more

8 Ideas For Fall Sales

“It’s beginning to look a lot like sale season!” As crazy as it may have been to see Halloween decorations and even Christmas lights lining the aisles of Target in July, planning and starting sales a little early is a good idea. A study done by the National Retail Federation found that 40% of people shopping for holiday gifts start before Halloween, but an equal amount of shoppers start in November (woocommerce). But fall sales are also a great way to test your bestsellers, worstsellers, and to help youRead more

Introducing Artist Shops 1.5, Now With Wall Art!

Been wanting to print your Artist Shop designs on 100% cotton paper as well as 100% cotton tees? Now you can! Announcing Artist Shops 1.5, now with Wall Art! We’re as excited about this new Artist Shops feature as Apple was about the iPhone 7. Now you can put designs that already live in your shop (as well as any new designs) on art prints, framed art prints, or stretched canvases in a slew of sizes that would make for a cohesive gallery wall. How do I set up wallRead more

It’s About the Process, Not Just the Result

There’s a great episode of RadioLab where they set out to discover the secret of what goes on in a caterpillar’s cocoon while it’s transforming into a butterfly. Most of us assume that inside this chrysalis, there’s some half caterpillar, half butterfly hybrid mid-transformation, kind of like a tadpole turning into a frog. But no. When they crack open the chrysalis? It just looks like sludge. You’re probably reading this thinking 1: ew, and 2: what does this have anything to do with theRead more

There’s No Such Thing as “The Right Time”: Don’t Wait Around for Inspiration

We’ve all heard the phrase, “good things come to those who wait.” It’s been tweeted, tattooed on many-a body, and photoshopped on inspirational nature photos a million times over. Because it’s reassuring to say, “if I’m patient, good things will happen,” especially for creatives in times of the inspiration-less doldrums, or waiting for your first online shop sale – all of which does take patience. But there’s a difference between waiting to, say, push your online shop until you’ve got enough designs uploaded, and just waiting around forRead more

7 Ways to Sell Your Product In Real Life

Nowadays, it’s next to essential to have an online shop for your product. It’s the best way to reach a wide audience and to build brand visibility. Not to mention, ecommerce platforms like Artist Shops allow you to order your own high-quality products at a big discount, which never hurts. But whether it’s in Urban Outfitters, a local street fest, or a sandwich shop, selling a physical product in real life is nice…it just may just seem kind of hard to approach. Here are 7 Ways toRead more

10 Podcasts You Should be Listening to

There are a ton of helpful ecommerce and marketing books out there. But you’re a busy artist growing their business, maybe growing your online store. You don’t always have time to sit down and read Ecommerce For Dummies. That’s where podcasts can come in handy. Podcasts allow you to multi-task, maybe make some art and tend to your shop, while you passively listen and get some amazing advice. If you want lots of ecommerce answers with none of the hours put into scouring through booksRead more

14 Ways to Promote Your Band

There was a story on This American Life about a band that got publicity…from a trick. The band, Ghosts of Pasha was new in the scene and was picked out by a group called “Improv Everywhere,” who wanted to give them the “best show of their lives.” The improv group showed up, pretended to be wild Ghosts of Pasha fans (despite the band being super new on the scene), and that was that. It seems like kind of a cruel trick to play, but when the news of this happeningRead more

25 Inspirational Quotes for Creatives

I know, I know – quotes may seem a little cliché. But don’t be so quick to count out how motivational quotes can be! Sometimes when you’re in a creative or artistic rut, the best thing to do for that block is to read through quotes spoken by some of the most creative minds, and use them as fuel. So whether you’re hitting an artistic wall, trying to figure out what designs you should sell, or just looking for a new tattoo, here are 25Read more

9 Reasons Why You Should Have a Blog For Your Business

Blogging may not seem like it would be super helpful in building your business. After all, if you don’t have a big following for your online business yet, what good is a blog gonna do, right? But actually, having a blog for your online business, or business in general, can help build that audience in multiple ways. Here are 9 reasons why you should have a blog for your business, and what it can do for you. .     .    Read more

Case Study: How “Zen Pencils” Quit His Day Job to Pursue Art

Every creative dreams of being able to quit their day job to pursue their craft full time. And Zen Pencils creator (and Artist Shop owner) Gavin Aung Than managed to successfully trade his corporate design job to pursue his passion of cartooning. But while Gavin managed to turn his passion project into a successful career, his story is also humbling and realistic. It took more than simply posting a comic and gaining success – getting to where he is nowRead more

5 Ways to Support Your Cause

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need events to raise money for causes – people would just donate! Luckily there are a million different ways to raise money and awareness for your cause, charity, or movement. Here are 5 ways to support your cause in the form of events, swag, and some important organization tips. .     .     . 1: Don’t create an event, create an experience Sometimes, the draw of a charity or cause alone just isn’t enough. Consider throwing anRead more