How to Build a T-Shirt Business: Week 3

Building a T-Shirt Business: Week 3 Artist Shops is a platform associated with creatives, designers and artists, but it can be used for anything. What I’ll be attempting in this series is to build a t-shirt business from scratch within the limitations of 30 minutes a day. Expect a lot of hacks, automation, and stealing to get this done.  Read the rest of the series here:  Week One & Week Two Day Eleven Social Promotion It’s time to get a couple social media accounts created. I’m going toRead more

How to Build a T-Shirt Business: Week 1

Building a T-Shirt Business Artist Shops is a platform associated with creatives, designers and artists, but it can be used for anything. What I’ll be attempting in this series is to create a new t-shirt business from scratch within the limitations of 30 minutes a day. Expect a lot of hacks, automation and stealing to get this done. Want to read the other parts? Week Two & Week Three Day One Brand Focus I’ve decided to focus on martial arts as a theme. I’veRead more

How to Sell Your Photography Online and Off

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 online and offline in a world where there’s a seemingly unlimited amount of free photography 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 online andRead more

7 Ways to Sell Your Products 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 your products in real life is nice… it just may just seem kind of hard to approach. How to Sell Products in RealRead 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

Case Study: Zen Pencils

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

How to Make a Creative Cover Photo

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and even Threadless Artist Shops may all be pretty different online outlets. But the one thing they (and most social media outlets) have in common is that you can add a cover photo to the top of your page. Cover photos are a relief for those of us who are indecisive when picking out our profile picture. But besides being fun and cool-looking, cover photos can also be a great tool to uniquely advertise your art! Here are aRead more

9 Ways to Get Your Art Noticed

“How do I get people to see my art?” – that is the question. Because let’s be real – there’s a lot of art out there. Not all of it is good, buy-worthy art, but the whole artistic industry is pretty saturated, and it’s easy for art to get lost in the fray. So how do you make yours stand out? Here 9 ways to get your art noticed: 1. Posters for Local Events Try starting local! If your town has a regular FarmersRead more

How to Launch and Grow Your Artist Shop

With e-commerce making it easier to reach a global audience, actually setting up an online shop shouldn’t feel like a virtual Rube Goldberg machine. That’s why we created the Artist Shop platform in the first place – to make your online store as easy as possible so you have more time to make awesome art and less time spent doing this: Artist Shops aim to make e-commerce as easy as scrolling through “confused John Travolta” gifs on Giphy. But as easy as it is to set up a shop of your own,Read more

What Rewards Should I Offer for My Kickstarter?

Kickstarters, Indiegogo campaigns, and all those great crowdfunding tools are fantastic ways of garnering some funding and attention for your passion project, and have proven to be super successful! Setting these up is super easy…but deciding and planning what rewards to offer your backers? Surprisingly hard. So if you’re wondering, “damn, what rewards should I offer for my Kickstarter?” here are some tips. .     .     . Video or printable tutorials This is a perk that LoishRead more