5 Constructive Tips That’ll Help You Make Money As An Artist

5 Constructive Tips That’ll Help You Make Money As An Artist

If you’ve found your way onto this blog, you’re more than likely a creative in some form. And like any artist, you’d love to have your creative passion as your full-time job. But it doesn’t always feel easy. If history has taught us anything, it’s that you only reach the dizzying heights of world-renown in art after you’ve gone. Just look at Van Gogh.

In this digital age, it might feel easier making money from cryptocurrency or Forex Trading than art. But y ou can make your dream a reality; it just takes some time and dedication. And you’re in the right place. Here are five tips that will help you make real money from your lifelong passion.

Image by Anthony Shkraba via Pexels

1. Learn How To Run Your Business

It doesn’t sound like much fun, but it’s often where artists go wrong when entering the market. They don’t see what they do as a business! But you’re selling something, in this case, your skill, so you are a business. If you don’t know much business jargon, try taking a quick online course. It’ll bump up your skills and leave you with the confidence to manage your art business.

2. Embrace What You’re Amazing At

The people that are the most demanding and most critical of our work are ourselves. And this can leave us questioning what avenue to go down and whether we’re good enough...but it's time to leave that attitude at the door.

Take the time to write down what you’re good at and what sets you apart from the crowd. That’ll help you identify your niche or even make your own! Knowing your place gives you an advantage because it allows you to pinpoint your market. That way, you can get your finger on the pulse of what they like and start providing it to them. 

3. Start Networking

Everyone you meet is a possible client. And many of them will be more than happy to hear about the art world from the artist. Tell them all about what you do and give them a business card or your website. Make flyers or note cards that you can hand out to prospective customers. You never know who might be the next person to make a life-changing purchase from you. 

Image by Anthony Shkraba via Pexels


4. Branding - Sell Your Business

Most people are sold on a company or website just by how it looks. Your branding is literally the image you present across both the internet and the real world. Make sure it speaks to your business and gives off the right first impression. If you’re not tech-savvy, or branding is just not your thing - hire a professional. It’s not a long job, and once it’s done, you’ll be thanking yourself.

5. Get Creative With How To Sell Your Creativity

Selling yourself online as an artist doesn’t have to be confined to only offering original art pieces. Use your creativity to think of a new and innovative way to offer up your creative skills. Here are just a few ideas to try:

  • Selling your designs to stock websites
  • Teaching online or face-to-face
  • Work for the art industry in galleries
  • Sell merchandise alongside your artwork
  • Give people the opportunity to get a one-of-a-kind work via commissions

Once you start to think of your art skills and offering as a business, there are so many opportunities. The world is your oyster!

Image by Andrea Piacquadio via Pexels



Andrea Smith 7th & Palm was created to support giving away more time and resources to help others. Giving back 1% of our time, 1% of our profits, and 1% of our products at a bare minimum to the local and global community, 7th & Palm remains committed to a 1/1/1 giving pledge. YOU can be a part of that by shopping small and voting with your dollar! All artwork, stationery and greeting cards, prints, and home goods are created by artist Andrea Smith.
Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.