How To Start Your Online Business

Now that you have clear the idea to start your online business based on your art or crafts, you might be wondering what comes first on the “To do list”

I will share with you a small list to follow so you can start your own online business.

A Website Platform.

The first thing you will need to think on is a website platform, there are many where you can choose one for you and your work.

Blogger and WordPress are the most used platforms, you can choose from a free where your name will keep blogger.com or wordpress.com, but I will recommend to invest on your business from the beginning and get a pay one to get your name .com, your online business will be then professional from the beginning.

I will also recommend WordPress from the beginning as it’s more professional and you can choose a theme that will be perfect for your work and your style, WordPress has many themes where you can choose the right one for you.

Once you get your WordPress site working, take a few days or a couple of weeks to get your work on your new site and write some quality content.

After you work on your site, you will be ready to do the next step.

Get Social

Congratulations, your site has now some content and you worked to get an online Gallery where your clients will find your work and you also have your blog where you share quality information for your clients.

Now it’s time to get social, today you can’t have a website for your business if you don’t share your content on Social Media.

You need to work to let your client know that your business is open now for business, let your client know about your work, you passion and why they will find the right art or crafts they are looking for.

You don’t need to be on every social media, you will find the right two or one for you and your business.

You don’t know what social media is right for you? the answer is easy to find, the social media right for you and your business is the one where your client is, you can read more about how to find your client here.

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Get great photography for your art.

Internet nowadays is visual, it’s all about images or photography but when we talk about selling arts and crafts on the internet, then to get great photographed of your products and art is a most.

If you’re good taking photos of your art, you will be doing great, but if you are not too good at it, then you will need to get some help.

You can find a professional photographer to take great pictures of your art so you can share them on your website, but if you can’t afford to pay a professional, then you can consider to pay for a photography course so you can learn about how to take great pictures of your work.

Both investments will be great options for you and your business.

Share your story.

Today in business to share your own story is important.

Why you are and artist, why you are making this kind of art, what does your art mean to you?

All those important things that are related to your art and to you are important for your client.

A piece of art and a piece of craft is important for you as an artist and your client will love to know more about it.

What did it take you to get at this moment of your life and live of your art, you will be writing about it on your blog.

Your client will be buying a unique piece from you, and it will add value to it.

Write valuable content on your blog that will let your client to know more about you and your art.

An artist is an entrepreneur.

To be an entrepreneur is a learning curve and you can do it.

It might look hard to do the first day, but today you can learn a little every day, you will be working on different things until you find your own way.

We are so lucky to live in this moment, there is so much information free and to pay for where we can learn from.

Set your goals, make a plan, and learn what you need about business and marketing while you keep working on your art and crafts.

You need to work on both at the same time, and soon you will see yourself running a successful business based on your art.

Don’t be afraid to ask.

Today, many artist have their own online business.

Internet is a good place to make business based on art and crafts.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, as you work on social media, you will find more artist on it, and you will become friends, many artist are also helpful friends.

If you find an artist who is doing well, don’t be afraid to send a private message to ask where did he or she learn about online business.

If this artist took a business course they will refer you to it, so you can learn also from it.

There are also some curators and art dealers who now have their own online art schools where they share their best secrets or tips so you can also make a living from your art.

I got all the help I needed to get a great website for my Quilts site and all the information about marketing and affiliate business from Wealthy Affiliate.

You can join it for free for nine days and for the first 10 lesson, then if you want to learn more you can pay your membership to learn more from it.

If you are looking for a hosting where you can have your website, Wealthy Affiliate is hosting websites and you can get your own domain there.

If you have any questions about this article, leave a comment and I will answer to it.

I also would love to know about your art, leave a comment and share with us what do you do?

Alejandra.

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4 thoughts on “How To Start Your Online Business

  • June 17, 2017 at 1:45 am
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    Hi Ale,
    wow! Your website is a nice treat. I felt your passion as I read your blog and appreciated your keen insights. Two things I walked away with:

    1) The “artist is an entrepreneur”

    This really hits home because I once did contract work helping artists write their bios for the internet. Indeed one of the common things that they all struggled with was presenting themselves as entrepreneurs. I had to show them not only how to express themselves as artists, but also how their creativity also makes them good at connecting with people. A great skill that any company or successful person needs.

    2) Telling your story through illustrations

    I have studied fim and I love the way your illustrations remind me of storyboards. Nice work!

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    • June 17, 2017 at 12:46 pm
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      Hi Thabo,

      I’m glad you took the time to read my blog and leave a comment,

      It’s a very nice comment you left here today, I think artist need to see themselves as entrepreneur and their work is a valuable work a client is looking for, so they can change the way they see themselves and they will be making a living on their work.

      Thanks so much for your nice words about my illustrations, I enjoy making them and I want to give my site my personal touch 🙂

      Alejandra.

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  • June 17, 2017 at 3:57 pm
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    Awesome article!! Sharing your story is such a huge portion of an online business. People like to know they are dealing with a real human being instead of just a robotic site platform. I really like the way you break down the steps and touch on social media as well. That is truly a huge portion as well. Nobody will know who you are if you’re not social!

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  • June 17, 2017 at 4:28 pm
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    Good point about getting social. I would like to do away with social media but I agree with you that it is necessary to share on social media if you want a good online business. Thank you for telling me that I don’t have to be on every social outlet in the world!

    I like your expression of being an entrepreneur as an artist. It’s true! That’s a good way to think of it and I will take that with me from now on.

    Thanks for all your hard work!

    Blessings,
    Mike Jay

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