Selling art is an incredible way to make money. There are many ways to do it, but all start with you as an artist having a passion for your craft and creativity. If you’re not sure if you have that passion yet, try practicing your skills and sharing your work! The more people see of your talent, the more likely they will believe in your potential as an artist.
Selling art online is one of the best ways to sell artwork because you get access to high quality buyers and sellers at any time. You can create products and services that help market your own artistic talents or those of other artists, which is another way to gain exposure.
There are several sites where you can advertise your artwork and receive payment without needing to physically handle the item yourself. This is especially helpful if you are not very experienced in displaying and selling your pieces. Some of the most popular websites where individuals and businesses buy and sell art include eBay, Amazon, Facebook, and PicassoAuction.com.
The number of people using these sites makes it possible for there to be plenty of customers who love buying art. These sites also offer tools and features to aid in the process of shopping and shipping via chat, messaging, and reviews.
Choose a theme
Choosing a them is one of the most important things you will do as a art seller. Your theme or genre will determine how your audience perceives your artwork and what kind of reactions they have for it.
For example, if your chosen theme is nature then people can assume your work is aesthetically pleasing, inspirational and/or motivational. On the other hand, if your theme is abstract then some may perceive your work as cryptic and intellectual.
You get the point!
It’s all about creating an effect on someone else, which is why being familiar with the styles of different genres is essential. For instance, looking at lots of pictures of still lifes can help you create effective paintings that focus on shape and balance.
Conversely, studies show that people are drawn to moving shapes such as cars, animals and humans so thinking about ways to include those into your painting style could be helpful.
There are many online tools that can help you find out more about yourself and the world around you. There are even apps that use this information to develop new artistic concepts. An easy way to start is by taking beginner classes or buying simple supplies like brushes to test out your creativity.
Buy products to sell
A great way to get into the art selling business is to start by buying some art! You can pick and choose which types of artists you want to represent your business as you grow.
There are many ways to buy art online, including through sites that let you create an account so you can place orders yourself or have someone else do it for you.
Some sellers will take pre-orders for their work and then contact buyers directly to see if they’re interested in purchasing before sending them the item. This saves you time waiting for responses from potential customers, but requires you to be proactive about finding possible purchasers.
You could also try listing your items on various websites like eBay or Amazon where people can view and purchase the goods.
Choose your location
Selling art is all about choosing the right market for your piece. You can sell online or offline, in person or via phone or chat apps, and either directly through sites like eBay or Amazon, or through middlemen that offer wider exposure.
Making money off of your artwork depends mostly on two things: how much you invest in it and how well you position it.
The first one goes without saying – investing in quality materials and putting time into your work will ensure its lasting value. The second one is marketing yourself as an artist correctly and consistently.
There are many ways to do this, but being active on social media and responding to comments and messages is a great way to promote yourself while giving away free content.
Register your business
The next step in selling art online is registering your business as an artist or seller. This includes creating an Etsy, Amazon, or other website where you can list and sell your artwork!
Most people start by buying some cheap trinkets at garage sales and flea markets and putting them up for sale on eBay or another site. By doing this, you increase your exposure and capital very quickly!
By having your own platform, you will get more traffic which could lead to more buyers. People love consistency, so once you have it, people will visit your page over and over again to see what new products you have uploaded.
Making money through art buying and selling is not easy, but there are many ways to do it. You just need to know how to market yourself and be consistent in your efforts.
Apply for a website address
Many people begin selling art online by creating an account on one of the many websites that sell digital content, such as YouTube or Facebook. However, before you start advertising your services online, you must have a stable source of income to spend your money on.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make money online without requiring too much investment. One of these is having a domain name!
Domains allow you to use.com,.ca,.net, etc. after your chosen service’s “hobbyist level” site (like YouTube) so that people can easily access your services. Most people already own their own domain name, which is why most professionals and non-professionals begin their journey in business with sites like Fyber, Amazon, eBay, or any other similar type of marketplace.
Yourdomainname.com is a great way to create your own little business site where you can advertise your services and pick up new clients.
Get your business license
Now that you have done some research, determined what kind of art you want to sell and how you want to market yourself, it is time to get your business license!
Most states require you to be licensed as an artist before you can open an Etsy store or start any other type of online artwork sales business. This way, people will be able to check out your products with ease and know that they are being sold by someone who has their foot in the door for artistic careers.
Some sellers also choose to register their business name with both the state and federal governments to make sure there aren’t already existing businesses using the same moniker. This helps prevent confusion for customers looking to buy from you!
Business licenses vary depending on whether you are selling through Amazon, Ebay, your own website, or all three at once.
After deciding what type of art you want to sell, how much you need to spend on marketing materials and advertisements, and what platforms are best for your business, it’s time to start promoting!
Start by picking one platform that feels comfortable to you. Then, choose an industry or area of the market that is actively growing. For example, choosing fashion as a medium and investing in social media ads or Etsy advertisements will produce different results than choosing watercolor paintings and placing advertisements in magazines.
It takes time to find which strategies work, so don’t get discouraged if you can’t immediately see results. Continue experimenting until you find ones that do not only help grow your business, but also improve your mood!
Once you have chosen a platform and genre, research ways to promote your artwork. There may be free resources available, such as sponsored blogs where companies pay to feature their products, or you could create your own with just-in-time sponsorships.
Whatever route you decide on, remember that this is your business and your money, so go into it with eyes open.
Know your customers
A lot of people start selling art online without really knowing who their audience is or what types of buyers are looking at them. This can be tricky if you’re just starting out as an artist!
As vendors, we sellers must know our products very well. We have to understand how different platforms work so that we can maximize our sales through marketing and promoting ourselves where most people will find us.
We also need to be familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of each platform so that we don’t waste time trying to sell on sites that are not working for us.
It’s important to remember that no matter which site you choose to advertise on, it will only ever reach people in the area covered by that site.
So, whether you pick Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Etsy, Flickrid, etc., you will still need to actively market yourself outside of those areas to grow your business.