Autumn Sun Rag Rug — available in my shop
Today marks my one year anniversary of moving out of my parents’ house and the one year anniversary of me supporting myself entirely with my craft//art. YOU GUYS — I’M DOING IT!!!!
So how did I do it?
1. Before I moved out I saved up an emergency fund, so that when I left home I’d have safety net. When you’re selling art//craft and running your own business, money won’t come in steady chunks —
(sometimes I sell 3 rugs in a day and sometimes I sell nothing for 2 weeks), be prepared.
2. Talk to the people who do what you want to be doing. I’ve been fortunate in that my parents make and sell art for a living but I’ve also sought advice from successful artist such as Shelly Klein & Faythe Lavine.
3. Know exactly how much you need to make to cover your set expenses, rent, bills, food, supplies, etc.
Art by Tom Moglu
4. Keep track of how much you make//spend, I have a book that I write every single sale or purchase, that way I know when I can spend and when I really shouldn’t.
Photo by blomadetroit
5. LIVE CHEAPLY – I’ve addressed how, in this post (Rich living for small paychecks).
6. Spend half your time making, and the other half split between publicity, blogging, Flickr, Tumblr, Facebook, and selling, Etsy, Craft fairs, Stores, custom work (you can’t just be an artist you also have to be a publicist and a salesman).
Art by sol ▲nna
oh. and also, you have to be a photographer…
7. Love it enough to work REALLY, REALLY, HARD.
8. Be brave, if you are your own boss there will be no one to blame but yourself.
9. If you’re doing something you’re proud of – every small victory will give you the energy to move forward.