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Balancing Art & Business: Advice From Professional Artists

What’s the best way to do that without being overwhelmed and stressed?

Time management skills are a must to complete your daily tasks. Especially when running an art business, it becomes quite challenging to balance the time to create your art while managing your business at the same time. So what’s the best way to do that without being overwhelmed and stressed? 

Well, here are 8 tips and tricks that can help you figure out how to balance both your art and business:

  1. Stay Motivated To Work

One of the key points to running your art business successfully is making sure that you stay motivated. Don’t try to only work commission-based orders because that will only produce a half-hearted result, and don’t get discouraged by others’ opinions on your work; instead, use that as a drive to improve your work.

  1. Experiment With New Things

When it comes to art, it’s best to always try out different methods and styles to make your work look as appealing and attention-grabbing as possible. This helps you to become more experienced in different fields regarding art and gain more exposure. It is also a way of making you more open-minded and flexible to sudden changes in your artwork.

  1. Staying Active On Social Media

If you want to gain more recognition, then being active on your social media is one way to go. Post pictures and videos of your art in the process of being made. Interact with your followers by holding Q/As and asking what they would like to see more. Hold DIY sessions and offer monthly giveaways as a means to boost engagement. This helps you gain more followers and brings exposure to your business. For example, a carpet cleaning company can use their Instagram profile to conduct a poll on what’s their go-to carpet cleaning product to learn more about the items their audiences use. 

  1. Create Appropriate Atmosphere To Work In

Most of the time, when working, the atmosphere of your surroundings has a negative or positive effect on your art. So always make sure that you have a nice and healthy environment to work in. For example, if you think your art studio is too dull, then add things like house plants and furniture to make it look livelier and add more light to give your studio a brighter aura. 

  1. Get Out And Network

Wanting to stay in your comfort zone is understandable, but it’s also important to socialize so that you can make connections with other artists. This can also help you in finding potential investors that are interested in your work. You can also gain sponsors that are willing to advertise your art business and open doors to more opportunities.

  1. Don’t Get Caught Up In Competition

Don’t focus on how others’ work is better than yours or how their progress is in terms of revenue; instead, observe what makes their strategies different from yours and how you can use those techniques by adding your own spin on it. Looking at your competitors shouldn’t discourage you or slow you down; instead, it should fuel your passion and push you further towards your business goals and turning them into accomplishments.

  1. Put Yourself In Your Clients’ Shoes

If you are looking to sell pieces of your work at an auction or an art gallery, then you must first observe your artwork from the perspective of a prospective buyer. Ask yourself if it will look nice in your home, is it the perfect size for your walls, etc. By doing this, you will be able to add adjustments and improvements to your work, which can help you gain more clients.

  1. Be Around People Who Are Supportive and Encouraging

It is important to surround yourself with people who love your art and try to encourage you any chance they get. They will influence you to keep working hard and give you the push that you need to keep moving forward with your art. Some people may be able to succeed just fine without all of this, but most of the time, they end up regretting it because, without support from your loved ones, you won’t be able to stay motivated.


To make sure that you run a successful and well-balanced art business, you must always stay motivated while working hard. Be open-minded when trying out new concepts and playing with different styles to amplify the quality of your artwork. Don’t hesitate to engage in networking and grow your social circles with people that love, encourage, and appreciate your work. 

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Arslan Hassan is an electrical engineer with a passion for writing, designing, and anything tech-related. His educational background in the technical field has given him the edge to write on many topics. He occasionally writes blog articles for Dynamologic Solutions. Follow him on Twitter.

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