Charlotte Goes Live

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I'm hoping to give art and - specifically - making some money from art, a try during 2018. It's still not certain that I will get the chance to do this, but I'm thinking the chances I follow through will increase if I make my plans public. Kind of like when people buy an expensive membership to the gym to motivate them exercising more often and then they don't, anyway. 

Hopefully documenting my endevours or lack thereof will work as a kick in the butt. Plus I'll learn how this forum's blog tools work. Yay. 

Right. Should I repeat the intro? :dumb: Do emojis work?

Uh. It's with a slight sense of panic and a large dollop of I-haven't-got-a-clue that I am starting up this blog. I was thinking I'd start next year but... what the heck. And besides, the longer I put it off, the greater the chance that I change my mind. 

I've been painting since I was little, but I haven't actually sold or tried to sell anything since my teens (my priciest piece to date is a drawing of my sister, bought by my mom for SEK 200 to prevent me from giving it away to someone else). During the past ten years I've suffered increasingly from headaches that the doctor's tell me are stress related (while simultaneously calculating that my stress levels are low). During this time I've been considering whether I could make money by painting during days and hours when I feel fine, rather than trying to force myself to fit into a 9-5 job. I know making money in this business is hard. But I figure I could at least give it a try, by working part time for my employer and part-time for myself. I have enough savings to try (and fail), so.... here goes. 

I have: 

Started documenting and planning what i need to know with regards to taxes and documentation and what not.

Posted an interest check on Aywas where there's a commission feature for people to pay USD to artists.

I have not:

Updated my website.

Put together a decent portfolio. (Better start somewhere around there.)

Asked my boss if I can get this much time off... 


For the remainder of this year I am still at work, though on partial sick leave, and attending some pain therapy magickything. And hoping my sis will give me a cat. Wouldn't it be great if I could work from home with a cat on my desk? *dreams*


Anyway. Wish me luck. Unless that's bad luck. 

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Charlotte replied the topic: #20145 03 Feb 2018 09:41
yeah... I'm having a vague idea about having some stuff done for this year's winter market (physical stuff, maybe postcards or colouring books or something like christmas ornaments) but I don't really know yet, what I'll manage. And it'll require some investments that might cost more than I get back :p
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Valence replied the topic: #20137 02 Feb 2018 21:59

Charlotte wrote: ...lots of sellers and not very many buyers...

I think that's the big issue right there! :)

Never heard of Displate (not being a facebooker) but I think a lot of online moneymaking sites only work well when you have fans or followers. Over on Patreon, sakimichan can easily cash in with all those fans coughing up 50-60 thousand dollars a month but if you don't have that kind of fanbase I imagine it can be a pretty desolate place.
It'd be great if it was just about doing the paintings but it also requires marketing and promotion and ...erm... stuff. And I know as much about that as I do about tax. :lol:
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Charlotte replied the topic: #20123 02 Feb 2018 11:32
I've not noticed Displate at all, but I've been thinking about Etsy too. There are other places where the company prints your art on merchandise and take a cut, but I'm concerned they have lots of sellers and not very many buyers :P

Still focusing on some health related stuff though. My REAL life (as a cat-owning artist) will begin at the end of March or so :)
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Atto replied the topic: #20121 02 Feb 2018 11:10
I wish I could help with that tax stuff - I'm self employed after all - but I know UK law but nothing else. It's pretty straight forward here and I fill in my own tax returns and prepare my wifes books - hers are much more complicated - for our accountants.
I've been thinking recently that I would like to earn some money from art but with all the printing process' involved I felt kinda overwhelmed with all the choices. However, yesterday I did see that Etsy have lots of artists who sell their work as digital downloads - literally as jpegs pngs etc - and their customers then print them out themselves.
I believe Etsy is free until you sell something though in the uk you do need a PayPal account.
The other avenue I've been looking at is something called Displate. If you spend any time on FB I'm sure you've seen their ads that pop up with monotonous regularity. This is a site that you upload artwork to, they print and ship it to customers and obviously take a commission. I have no idea how popular it is with art buyers - I'm always a little concerned about anything that appears so regularly on FaceBook - but the images I can see look a lot more like the kind of thing we produce on this site.
As a word of warning though I have no idea how safe (copyright wise) Displate is. There is an option to report copyright infringes but I cant imagine how you would even know if some one is stealing your work.
Anyway, good luck with it all Charlotte, keep us informed and I'll let you know if I have any success figuring out how to set up a decent Etsy shop.
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Charlotte replied the topic: #19478 07 Dec 2017 15:28
I have recently been to see a team of medical professionals about my headaches etc. and while this is partially what made me decide that now's the time to try a change, this will probably also cause a bit of a delay in that change.

I've been admitted into some therapy groups focussing on stress and pain, and ironically they take up a lot of time plus I have to travel to a neighbouring city which also takes up a lot of time. I'm not yet sure whether I can work part time and go to the therapy sessions in my free time (which will then be reduced to practically 0) or if I should wait until the therapy is over before I start working... well... "as little as I can" (I'm already working part time to a lesser extent).

This week, I've been travelling either after or before work, 4 days out of five (or I will have, after tomorrow). Next week I have at least three visits to make, possibly four again. But next year it should be max. 3 visits per week, and hopefully just two... at least after a while and if I can do some exercises here at home, instead.

Either way, the therapy lasts until march, assuming I can manage it and don't stress myself out over all the travelling or get increased headache issues. So my idea to start the new year "fresh", will be more like starting around april, maybe...

My dad always said you have to be in very good health to be ill, and he's right... It's exhausting :P