Diary of a Small Business, Freelancer Artist : March 2020 Review

Diary of a Small Business, Freelancer Artist : March 2020 Review

Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below and I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post. However, these are all products I use myself and thus highly recommend and support.

MARCH UPDATE : Life of an Artist

This past week I had been down with the flu. Although I was trying to keep myself content and high vibe, at one point I found myself in a panic mode.

There is too much media noise and then there is so much grief and fear around the world. And when you are a sensitive person like me, the fear and panic will rise at some time or another. We quarantined ourselves even before the virus spread reached an alarming number.

Which means all the more a solid reason to go inwards.
Revive old soul connection if needed. And review your place in the world.

As outbound flights were stopped, so did our Product based business of Wall Decals and Stickers. This nearly threw me banging my head on a wall.

I am guilty of not giving full attention to my digital products and graphics store. For the last couple of days, I reviewed my business direction and the dimensions it needs to spread into.

I revisited my Goals and the tasks that needed to be accomplished. And I did a lot of work!.

So the good news that came out of it is that my store is being stocked up!

I have been adding cliparts for easter, st patrick’s day cliparts, Art Prints and more. The current condition of the world, which ofcourse was unexpected gave me all the more reason to keep working on the digital aspect of my business.

I have read and seen so many graphic designers and artists going jobless during this time, which makes me think how I can help them in anyway. For now I have my Start Selling Art Online Ecourse ( which is free) to help you get started right now because it is never too late.

 

Now here are some of my actions that I took in the last few months which maybe you will find helpful in some way.

 

 

Got myself Ultimate Bundle Genius Bloggers Toolkit ( The best decision)

Yes I bought myself Ultimate Bundle’s Genius Bloggers Toolkit. This is one of the best decisions I made!. The bundle is jam packed with courses from some of the leaders in the industry. There is always room for learning and once you are doing business online you must keep yourself updated.

After learning so many things from so many people my mid is buzzing with ideas and ways to take my business to next level. I will be sharing my experience whenever I can through this blog and through my email.

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Moved my Email list to SendPulse 

I have been using Mailerlite for a while now and I even mentioned it in one of my posts earlier about alternate email provider to mailchimp . But since I noticed that my email list needs cleaning up with so many people who signued up for Free 75+ Cliparts but never even opened their emails after that. The email list grew so much!. While there is no point in investing in upgrading the account if there is no return on investment.

Anyway I moved my list to Sendpulse I am loving the ease of use and how it is free upto 2400 email subscribers and even after that the cost is not as high as Mailchimp or mailerlite.

Favorite Podcasts this month

Happy Wealth By Elise McDowell

Oh My Goodness Podcast by Hayley Tapper

The Ed Mylet Show 

Manifestation Babe | Money | Mindset | Manifestation

Business Management Tools that I am loving !

Trello Boards ( used for project management)

2 Checkout for payment processing

Elegant Themes for clients and my own websites

Other Useful tools that I always recommend

My Go to Planner to Streamline my Creative Business Goals

 

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Diary of a Small Business, Freelancer Artist : August Review

Diary of a Small Business, Freelancer Artist : August Review

Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below and I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post. However, these are all products I use myself and thus highly recommend and support.

AUGUST EARNINGS BREAKDOWN USING ONLINE TOOLS TO SELL ART ONLINE

A lot of time Small Businesses online suffer and fall of the wagon when they have low sales. But I was compelled to share this month progress with other online digital sellers and small business owners in hope that this will somehow help other creative sellers like me .

In this post I will be sharing with you how I spent the month with THE low sales of the year time.I have been doing business online for a while now. But this summer had been the worst in terms of earnings but since there were not many sales to take care of I used the month of June for my own progress and spent most of the time learning a few tools and started integrating them in my own business.

There are two ways that you can face the “precieved failures ” . Either fight these times and take them as an opportunity of your growth or just kick it all goodbye. In the past as well I have shared with you some of my failed months but when i look back at them they were always there to teach me something. So How did this month go? Lets review.

 

Hired a Coach to get clarity ( FAILED Decision)

Since I had some time in my hands I joined some courses that helped me immensely to look into where I am going and what I am doing . I did hire a couch as well to help me pull through which turned out to be a really bad decision OR choice. Either way again an opportunity in disguise, this helped me clear out “Who NOT to hire as your coach! “. For us Artists there arent many coaches out there mainly because we are creative beings, we love to create art and already are stealing time from our busy life. This creative instinct helps us to move forward in our business but this also sometimes leads to frustrations when we are not able to see things moving forward.

For me the solution to turn my passion into biz involved learning new tech and then creatively twisting it to fit it into my own business using instinct and intuition.

Subscribed to Wham Bam Business Plan Business Plan for Small business owners

I can not be happy more ! , this has been one of the best decisions that I have made to date. Terra of Uncork Your Dork Provides her heart out in a well managed and maintained subscription plan. Wham Bam Business Plan takes you step by step through the various Phases of your business. Why I loved this community and subscription is that it has all the bits and bolts that you need to learn in order to run a business online.
In the past I have been a part of Various subscriptions and since my focus had been entirely on selling products instead on sales, those subscriptions were not helping me much. Although this subscription is also not focused entirely for sellers who are into creating and selling products but this is the best place you can know it all and implement into your business.

Being a member I can do have a special offer if someone else is interested you can signup using my link HERE and get $10 off for the first month and try it out yourself.

Successfully increased sales of Etsy using a few apps and tools.

I was successful in finding a go to business tools usage plan and have it streamlined. Nailing it and found out the best combination that fit my need. The first app in this list is Planoly for instagram, FriendsPlusMe for sharing my content to Google plus communities, Etsy Marketing Tool to autoschedule to Etsy ( get a 14 day free trial if you use this link) , Tailwind (14 day trial if you use this link to signup) to Schedule to pinterest and last but not the least a little script iMacros for Chrome to automate tasks. I will try to write a detail on all of these tools and share my blue print with you soon.

 

Stats for the month of August

Earned commission of stock photo sites ( I have talked about the details on these websites here)
Dreamstime $26.28 Last uploaded photo on this site 2010 ( I am no longer updating my content there )
Shutterstock $2.86 Last uploaded photo on this site 2010 ( no longer  updating my portfolio here)
Creative Market $10 Last uploaded photo on this site 2014 ( I rarely add something new now)
Wall Stickers & Murals Decalideas at Etsy $3000

istockphoto (12% off on photos when you use this link) 

Favorite Podcasts this month

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

Unshakeable by Tony Robbins

Positive Soul

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Podcast

Manifestation Babe | Money | Mindset | Manifestation

Business Management Tools that I am loving !

Trello Boards ( used for project management)

2 Checkout for payment processing

Elegant Themes for clients and my own websites

Other Useful tools that I always recommend

My Go to Planner to Streamline my Creative Business Goals

September Followers Goals

  • Blog Subscribers: Increase the numbers of followers and traffic July 2,400 in August 2,301 Goal Sept is 3,301
  • Instagram Followers: 784 followers Gaol 1,000
  • Pinterest: 2,232 followers , Goal 2,500 –  Monthly viewers 131,473 , Goal 1,50,000
  • Email List : 1,230  Goal 1,500
  • Open 2 new Pinterest Group Boards and grow them 
  • Autoschedule Instagram 15 Days content and streamline the process. (I am using Planoly)
  • Autoschedule tweets 15 Days content (I am using Postplanner)

 

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