Ink Tuesday, Month 3: Giving My Artist Shop a Refresh

Trying to start a brand from scratch while still having a day job is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Some months it feels like I have all the time in the world, and others I’m lucky if I get enough sleep and food in me, let alone work towards my side hustle. Despite my obstacles, this past October, I was still able to put out Ink Tuesday content, go viral once with a TikTok video that receivedRead more

Ink Tuesday, Month 2: My First Sale, the TikTok Algorithm, and More

Starting a brand from scratch is thrilling, but after that initial enthusiasm wears off, things get progressively harder. Especially when you don’t see much success posting online to keep you motivated. It’s easy to get frustrated making artwork no one sees. This is part of what I experienced during Month 2 of Ink Tuesday, my 365 project where I freehand paint for 52 weeks straight. Even though I didn’t see the kind of growth I wanted during September, I’m stillRead more

Introducing Ink Tuesday: Month 1 of Starting a Brand from Scratch

I’m the creator of Ink Tuesday, and this past month has been the best of my life. This is surprising, considering this summer I was the most anxious I’ve been in years. I felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me. I was just going through the motions of work, eat, sleep, and repeat with very little to look forward to. All those gut-wrenching feelings of self-doubt went away when I decided to start a 365 projectRead more

Numbers Don’t Lie: Grow Your Business with These Tools

If you’re an Artist Shop owner, you have the skill and imagination you need to make incredible art. We know because we’ve seen it! However, no matter how adept you are at wielding a paintbrush, pen, or stylus, you might not be familiar with the online tools you can use to better sell your art. There are two tools in particular that reveal how customers interact with your shop. Read on to learn how Google Analytics and targeted ad campaignsRead more

7 Ways to Grow Your Business with Social Media

One of your simplest and most accessible marketing tools as a small business owner is social media. It’s a powerful, impactful way to meet customers on their terms. With social media, you can increase brand awareness, connect with current customers, and grow your audience. The trick (as always) is strategically leveraging social media in an efficient and authentic way for your brand.  We’ve gathered seven of our favorite Creative Resources to help stoke your social success and grow your business.Read more

Promoting Your Designs on Social Just Got Easier

If you’ve been making art or running an online business for a while, you’ve probably got a comprehensive social media strategy you use to stay on top of your marketing game. Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are critical platforms for promoting your work. We’re happy to announce, it just got easier to share your products on social. Thanks to the new Promo Tools feature in your Artist Shop dashboard, you can quickly and easily download images of your designs on productsRead more

Add New Designs and Promote them Frequently for Artist Shops Success

Want to know one of the biggest keys to success we’ve heard from thriving Artist Shops owners? It’s not just dialing in your audience and really understanding who you’re designing for (though that’s important). It’s not simply hosting a bunch of giveaways on social or constantly running sales (though both of those things are important).  It may seem obvious, but regularly creating and promoting your new designs is the best way to drive sales and growth for your Artist ShopRead more

Why Twitter For Small Business Isn’t Dead

As a small business owner, time is your greatest resource. From admin activities to marketing your brand to actually crafting your product, you’re constantly making decisions about how to allocate your time. In 2016, when eMarketer predicted that Twitter usage growth would drop from 8% to 2%, many business owners decided Twitter wasn’t worth their time. Of the brands that stuck around, a large percentage continue to use the post-and-ghost method, yielding little results and bolstering the rumor that TwitterRead more