What they aren’t telling about selling Art Online

For years I believed that selling Art is an easy task , which ofcourse I was led to believe . Somehow , some where and by someone.

I have no idea.

BUT I believed that all you had to do is to come with a creative idea that is brand spanking new and create something around it . Enjoy creating it , create it from the heart, throw it out in the world , get praised and that’s what creativity is all about.

I nailed it, I was led to believe by the praises that I got for my work that I nailed it .It was easy for me to wake up to a new day create something new and just be content with it.

For years I believed that,  I am a very creative person and that I can easily sell my creativity. Now a belief deep rooted like that has two sides of it , either, you become over confident. OR , you get so lost in creating new Art that you entirely forget about selling side of it.

But wait here is another downside of this

You confidently give your art in the hands of “trusted” source to be sold “For you ” and on your behalf.

But what they aren’t telling you about selling Art Online is that you must know your rights and besides just knowing your rights , you must also know HOW they can ” Trusted” sources can go about cheating you.

I got badly cheated and stabbed on the back by an Art Licensing agency. Who took my art and took advantage of a “Line in the contract” that “really meant” something which ripped me off “MY RIGHT” over “My Work”.

To this day since last 2 years I have NO IDEA how many copies and products of my art have been sold by this Agency and they continue to do so. My emails were answered back for a while for the initial time of my protesting but not for so long.

As a result the Artist within me had a jolt !

I mean the deep initial jolt that really shook my creative side and I was unable to draw or create for a period of 2 years. Damn two years, I found myself lamenting about not being able to create something or anything.

I felt suffocated ! the artist within me screaming …….the ideas and creativity both abandoned me….. I was left alone.

I found myself struggling to find help trying to find the root cause of “not being able to create anything”.

Struggling to create something , anything !!

All this while the creative side of me screaming at me from inside , trying to break free , come out and like Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear says

” creativity screams to come out through you and if you don’t listen to it…. it will go and look for some other souls to bring it into realization”. (Read in detail here )

Dozens of ideas , failed to see the daylight through me found new souls those who listened to them and brought them into realization.

Ironically it is really painful to feel an idea banging against you screaming to you for realization. And then comes a time that you can feel them fading away.

Gone…….

And then suddenly you come across that creative idea, making bad faces at you, cause they found another outlet . Another creative soul who respected them enough and shaped them out.

I am a bit of an empath, ideas when they come to me they just come in bunches and no being able to transform them into reality really feels painful. I fought for a long time with the inability to create anything, inability to “Birth” these ideas. Failing at it , painfully seeing them adopted elsewhere.

I paid a heavy price for not listening to my intuitive sensitive side , burdening it with the “betrayed acts of trusted body”. I wasted 2 creative years of my life . Hell dozens of ideas knocking at my creative door and then finding other homes……..

Fighting it I tried “OTHER” arenas to bring my ideas and creativity to reality only to find being “betrayed” once again. Well thats another story for another day………

Today I find myself waking up from this burden of betrayal by someone else. And I wanted to start my journey by letting go of the pain of betrayal, and come out of the black cloak over my creative side.

And I am compelled to share my journey and the struggles of the two years and the process that helped me overcome that in hope that someone else might find a way out of un-creativeness a bit sooner than me.

With less scars left over the creative soul……

In the coming posts I hope to share how you can too come out of it if…..

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Tools that i use and Recommend

Tools that i use and Recommend

Tools

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES AND TOOLS FOR ONLINE DIGITAL BIZ OWNERS , ARTISTS AND MAKERS

THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO SUCCEED AT EVERY LEVEL

Welcome to Art Inspire Studio Resources page, here I have listed the tools and resources that I use and recommend. Occasionally i mention the tools that i use for my graphic design and other technical bits. Here is a list of them all for your easy reference they might be helpful to you too. I do get a little compensation if you purchase anything following my link but these are my top most recommended ones.

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As I continue to learn more, I’ll add to the list. So check back again! ^-^

Email Marketing

ConvertKit

Convert kit

For email marketing convert kit is the best one out there. If you have a smaller email list or trying to figure out the whole concept of Email Marketing you can start for free which Mailchimp but with convertkit you can easily segment your readers and send them personalized content so your engagement level is always booming.

MailChimp

if you have a smaller email list and hoping to start off small then i will recommend MailChimp . My mailchimp account has around 5 email lists . Once you get to know this tool it is very easy to use.

Web & Graphic Design

Photoshop & illustrator

Adobe Photoshop  and Adobe Illustrator  are the best pals for me , as I use them everyday . My number one tool  however is Photoshop . If you are starting out in learning photoshop you can get photoshop 7 which is free. You can download photoshop free to get sarted.

Canva

I recently seriously started using Canva , it does have some limitations when it comes to design , but overall it is a great tool for people who dont have enough knowledge of photoshop or illustrator to create graphics for their businesses.

Social Media

There are tons of tools for social media but I recommend the following

Hootsuite 

I use hootsuite as a free tool at the moment and it is working fine for me . I have my instagram and twitter connected to Hootsuite. That way I can easily schedule messages for the period of a month in batch & push posts for instagram with ease. I love this tool !

Archie.co

Archie is another tool if you are looking for some automation in the very begining of starting to use instagram. Although I do not like the use of automation tools which like and just that. But if you are initially startign up with instagram just to get a number of followers visible on your account I think it is a great tool.

Video editing

Snagit

One of favourite tool which working is Snagit , from screen capture to creating graphics to screencast , this little tool is great for everyday use. Since my kids like to try their hands on recording minecraft videos even they can use it . Hands down simple to use !

Camtasia Studio 8 – Academic [Download]

Workflow tools

Zapier

A very practical tool indeed , it zaps bit of tasks for you while you sleep . Examples of zaps it can trigger are like add your subscribers of one list to another , send email , Automating tasks , posting your Instagram posts to other social media and so on.

IFTTT

Like zapier , IFTTT can be really handy . I use ifttt to take items from my rss feed of etsy shop and then spread them over the social media networks. So once I publish a new product it is automatically posted to many channels , including but not limited to facebook , twitter and blogger.

Trello

I used trello to plan my week ahead see my sample board here

Boardbooster

If you are a user of pinterest then you should not be missing out on Boardbooster, this has been a nifty little tool that helps me silently in the background , autoposting to pinterest and to other group boards/.

My Income Streams

Photoshop Brushes & Cliparts

I just recently closed my etsy shop and decided to sell from my own shop . While I am still in the process of shifting products you will find a few of my designs still available.

Creative Market

Creative market is my go to site when I need fonts or graphics. I use to like graphic river but on creative market you will find far more superior quality of work.

15 places to sell stock images and graphics from.

I do earn comission on selling my stock graphic and images , in a recent post i have share 15 plces that you can also use to sell your graphics from.

Keeping Track of Money

Freshbooks

Hiveage

Ebooks

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

I love love love this book , I got my hands on this one just recently and I think every artist should read this.
Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free

if you are into time management then this book is one that you should be looking into.

Website & Blog Design

Blue host

Blue host is regarded as the best hosting web platforms out there . If you are starting a blog or looking into shifting to a new hosting provider then this should be your choice of hosting provider.

 

 

Project Planner Or Goal Setting Worksheet : Planner Tour with Free Printables !

I have a confession to make , I had always struggled with the “just right ” planner to do everything for me . And I have always printed tons of pages from everywhere in search for just ONE planner that will streamline everything in my head hoping to get the perfect Goal setting worksheet.

I had always been looking for , buying , printing “Just the right” planner. And I love how creatively designed planners are out there. But I’m sorry dudes and dudesses (is it even the right word?). None served the task of planning out this blogging graphic designer , who is an artist.

So what did I do ? You know me I designed my own version of goal planning worksheet. Maybe it wont fit requirements of many of you who are like me . But for me it work like a charm. I have been 80% more productive after starting to do this goal planning exercise along with finding my focus workbook.

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My personal workflow for projects is this baby , but I will admit , I rarely use the monthly , weekly and daily pages included in this. But I did include them because I know there are many who will love it.

I have shared this planner before on the blog  but now I wanted to give you an updated walk through ,So lets get working , I will walk you through my goal planner system and let you download each section of goal planning worksheet as we move forward.

Why would you even need a project planner

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Let me be clear here , YOU MUST ALWAYS , sit down before you even start working on a projct , yours or someone else’s . And walk through visualizing its completion. You will be amazed that if you only go through this planner , even if you decide to through these planner sheets out the window , into the trash . This planner would already have done its job. that is to make you visualize the project you are getting into.

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You will have a clear understanding before you start
If you are working with a client you will know before you even start that which section might need some client input . You can note it down and send to client to start working on that section before you are at it.

So basically this goal planning worksheet or project planner whatever you need to call it walks you through project visualization.

Lets get started

Out of your mind and onto the paper!

GET THE FULL GOAL PLANNING WORKSHEETS HERE

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Project Planner Supplies

You might need the following supplies if you are a neat freak and one who likes to manage their lives better. I have linked them to external source so should you decide to get the best out there , it is easier for you to get it.

Lets start the walk through.

THE COVER

The first thing is the cover , many binders have a pocket to slide in the cover page , but if yours does not have then dont worry you can either paste it over the front of just leave it . But “it looks pretty”.

I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet to track daily habits . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet to track daily habits . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

Download it here

DIVIDERS

I will suggest that you print out the dividers and then either have them managed as Sections or projects. What i mean by this is

I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet to track daily habits . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet to track daily habits . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

Download here

For projects.

Print the divider with the project name and insert it where it belongs . And then print the goal planner pages , its phases pages and then monthly pages. Insert these in the projects section. While in the end of the who planner binder you can insert monthly and weekly and daily tasks sheet.

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For Sections

You can print the dividers and name them as sections , that is , Projects , Monthly pages , Weekly pages , Daily to-dos.

I personally prefer Projects way of managing it, but it is totally upto

Brain Dump page for GOALS or project

You are your master , think away! dream big
This is the master goal planning worksheet if you have multiple projects and goals that you want to accomplish. Just print this buddy out , and write down your goals in a big picture. You can also include personal goals , relationships , financial goals or projects just get everything out of your head and onto the paper.

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Download this Brain Dump Page

PLANNING

STEP 1

Get working on the planning now . Now take the notes out of your brain dump pages and write them more clearly with some key dates! . These are your Yearly goals , these can be spanning to 5 years to, this is all ok!.

I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet to track daily habits . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet to track daily habits . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

STEP 2

You will be taking ONE goal to the next step that is use the goal planning worksheet page to break it down. This is where things get more fun. You will be now focusing on ONE goal and breaking it down into its time frame and timeline. Give it a time mapping it out to 12 months if needed. This way you have a clear understanding of when you need to get it done.

One yearly goal is broken down to 12 months with a due date , then to 6 months , then 3 months , 30 days and finally 7 days . Key is to start thinking backward and visualizing that what you must have achieved by 30 days , 3 months or 6 months.

I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet to track daily habits . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet to track daily habits . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

STEP 3

Goal Planner To-Do tasks 

Next lets break it down to further to-do master list which will consist of further breaking it down and focusing more on next job to do ahead.

You will break down your goal span of 12 months into phases now , refer to the goal planning worksheet above and then dump to-do tasks . Track your progress and give yourself even smaller goals by filling in “By the end of phase 3 I will have ____”.

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I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet to track daily habits . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet to track daily habits . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

STEP 4

Monthly planner pages

Moving on to now monthly tasks. Once you have mapped out the tasks now you can just totally forget about next 6 months and 12 months and just concentrate on the next month. Use the tasks pages to fill out your current month plan.

This monthly planner page can handle 3 projects so you get a birds view of the current work plan. How neat is that!!

I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet to track daily habits . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet to track daily habits . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

STEP 5

Monthly Tracker pages (Bonus)

I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet to track daily habits . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet to track daily habits . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

This  system also includes tracker pages , so if you are working on a social media task and want to map it out or your blogging habbit OR just your water intake this is your planner page to go!. Print as many as you like.

STEP 6

Daily and Weekly planner pages (Bonus)

Included are daily and weekly planner pages as well which you can use to plan out your day to day tasks . I suggest that you fill each day out at night so when you wake up you know where to start your day from.

I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

I have never found something as useful as this weekly goal planning worksheet . Just print it out and add your to-do tasks and get them done!

PS: COPYRIGHTS ALL RIGHTS RESERVED THIS SYSTEM IS MY OWN CREATION PLEASE DO NOT COPY OR REDISTRIBUTE I HAVE SPENT DAYS CREATING THIS PLANNING SYSTEM RESPECT THE CREATOR , NECESSARY STEPS WILL BE TAKEN IF NEEDED

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