Category Archives: Organizing & Managing Your Art Business

Setting up your art business, choosing a name, management and leadership

Project Management For Artists – Part I

Gantt Chart for an Artist Project

The most important step in any project is to determine the major tasks to be completed – by when, by who and how much

Artists and creative professionals live and thrive in a world of projects. Projects can be large or small, last from weeks to even years and involve only the artist or a multitude of people. Whatever your project, you need to be efficient in managing your projects as this will have a big impact on your bottom line.

Most art projects start with some kind of deadline when a work needs to be delivered to a client or to meet a show opening date. Project management will help you identify and schedule all of the steps or activities that need to be accomplished for a project to meet its deadlines. Meeting your deadlines is a key ingredient in your art business brand, so don’t take your commitments lightly. Remember: It is better to under promise and over deliver than to over promise and under deliver!

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Management Basics For Art Business Owners

The Five Functions of Management

As an art business owner you need to be concerned about management!

If you already run an art business or are thinking about starting one then one of the things you will want to get a good grasp of is management. Whether you are a one man show or employ numerous people you are involved in management.

As a business owner you need to be concerned about managing people, money, projects and all of the other business functions like accounting/finance and marketing. Even if you don’t employ others you will need management skills to work with others such as contractors, suppliers and even customers! If you are a business owner your overall success depends on having good management skills.

The role of management in your art business

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Sole Proprietorship, Partnership or Corporation – Choosing The Best Form Of Legal Organization For Your Art Business

When starting a new art or creative business (or any other business for that matter) you will be faced with choosing a legal form of organization for your company. In fact you may have already made that choice whether you are aware of it or not.

There are several kinds of legal forms of organization – sole proprietorship, limited liability company (LLC), partnership and a corporation. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages depending on your needs for financing, the level of control you wish to retain, tax consequences and the level of risk or liability that you are willing to take.

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Artists – Are You A Leader?

Engraving of Alexander the Great

You don’t need to be Alexander the Great to be considered a leader in your business, your field of art or your community!

You don’t have to be in the military or in politics to be a leader.  Leaders come from all walks of life and the art world is no exception.  There are leaders in business, the affairs of a community, promoting a cause or idea as well as leaders in a circle of friends or family.

As an artist you need to be concerned about leading your art business especially if you employ or work with others.  You should also be concerned about being a leader in your field and don’t forget about being a leader in your community.

A traditional definition of a leader is one who is able to get people to accomplish a common task or achieve a common goal.  There is a big difference between being a leader and being a boss.  A leader is followed because they have a vision and they can motivate people to excel.  A boss rules because they have the power or stripes on their shoulder to do so.  Companies, organizations, sports teams and armies that have great leaders will always outperform their competition.  If you are managing as a “boss” you are putting yourself at a great disadvantage.

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