Hello my friends, Last few blogs I was talking about goal settings. I am very fortunate with the help of my husband Paul, I have been doing my dream business for the past 12 years.
The truth about owning your dream business
The other thing about living your dream is that you need to be very aware of what your economic environment and your sales are dictating, listen to your business intuition and slowly modify it to your satisfaction. I do find as we age and get wiser, our goals change, what seemed to be the perfect set up before may not be anymore as we grow.
Growth and Changes
For instance, I started out with a part time Brick and Mortar Gallery and seasonal shows throughout spring and winter. That posed a problem once my husband and I got tired of doing shows, at one point we were doing 22 shows a year and that was too much traveling. So we did a huge change on our business and became a full time Brick and Mortar Gallery, which entailed us to move to a bigger center.
After 9 years of being a full time gallery, there is another shift in the economy and our business is in need of a pivot again. I find that business is an entity that has a life of it's own, you got to listen to your inner wisdom and make changes as you grow. And that is one of the beautiful thing about owning your own business, you can test things out to your satisfaction or discard it. Don't be shy about testing things and trying new things out because that is the only way we can learn and improve.
If you wished to be an artist, please believe me that it is possible. If you really want it, you will find a way to do it. You might have to start small and scale up from there. But by all means start now and don't wait.
What make Artists unique is our ability and our need to create but unfortunately if you want to make your art into a business having a talent is definitely not enough. There is so much more when it comes to making a business out of your passion. You need the right mind set, dedication and some business knowledge.
Mindset and Knowledge
There are three factors that may stop you from achieving your goal and I believe these are your internal enemies: Fear, Discipline and Faith. If you could conquer these three factors then you have the right mindset to start your dream business.
And in regards to business knowledge, it is all learn-able. You just have to dedicate some time into being a student of marketing and book keeping. Give yourself grace when you are learning, things do not come together all at once, it takes time to learn, implement, test, rinse and repeat.
Please check out my video below that explains what being a full time artist is all about. If you have any questions please feel free to ask, I will be happy to help you out.
With honor in mind and in spirit,
Ting Yuen Art
Hi I am Ting, I am so glad that you are here.