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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My Top 3 Business Ideas For Artists and Photographers

Artists' Booths at 2010 Artwalk on the Bay
Artist booths - Art Walk on the Bay
So you’re an artist or photographer who has decided to follow your passion. Now you want to start making money with your art. Here at Studio 747 our mission is to inspire you to turn that dream into a reality. As an artist myself, I’ve researched all the different ways that I could make money with my art and photography.

Here are a few business ideas that I’ve come across:

1. Sell your art or photography to a greeting card or post card company. Visit a place that sells greeting cards and make note of the companies that print art or photo greeting cards. The company name can usually be found on the back of the card. Research the company online to find out what their submission guidelines are.

2. Set up an online shop on and sell your original artwork or photography directly to people. Etsy has become a very popular site for artists of all types to sell their creative works. The process of setting up a shop is pretty straight forward, but if you have any problems, there are many guides and tutorials that can be found by doing a web search.

3. Sell your art or photography at art fairs. There are plenty of art fairs going on across the country on a regular basis, so if you love to road trip, then this could be a fun option for you. You could sell your original works as well as prints. What I’ve noticed at art fairs is that people like to buy canvas prints because they’re much more affordable than buying original art or photography.

There are sites like Photo in Canvas that will turn your art or photos into canvas prints. All you have to do is upload your work to their site and voila! You have your art or photos reprinted in bulk to sell at art fairs.

On the Photo in Canvas site you can also edit or crop your photo after the photo is uploaded. They also offer a free editing and proofing service that can help get rid of red eye or blemishes. What I like about this company in particular is that they have free shipping on every order, plus they have a 10-year guarantee on their products. This is great for you because you can then pass on this guarantee to your customers. To visit their site, click here.

Hopefully these ideas will get the wheels spinning in your mind on how you can start making money with your art or photography.  Do you have any business ideas that you would like to share for artists and photographers?