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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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Artists – Meet Henri Fayol

Henri Fayol Pioneer in Management

Henri Fayol was a pioneer in the field of management with 14 Principles of Management every art business can use.

Henri Fayol wasn’t an artist but he was one of the founders of the art of management. He was one of the first to take a look at an organization and come up with some basic principles of management that should be applied to organizations of all types and sizes. If you run, manage or work for an organization you should really consider what Henri Fayol had to say.

One thing in common that all successful businesses share is that they are well managed – and successful art businesses are no different! Whether your art business is large or small, whether you devote full time or part-time to your art business, or if you manage other people or other people manage you, then learning about management is one of the keys to success in business.

One of the early classics on management, General and Industrial Management was written by Henri Fayol in 1916. He was in charge of a mining operation in France at the turn of the 19th century and was responsible for over a 1,000 employees. Fayol came up with 14 principles of management which you should become familiar with. Some of his ideas have become tempered in the 21st century but they still provide a good foundation upon which to build your management skills.

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