Starting a Business? Build Your Creative Community

In a world where business competition can seem cutthroat and menacing, the arts community is a refuge. The creative spirit is a generous one, and as a new entrepreneur you will find that other artists will help you learn.

Art Consignment is Unhealthy for Your Business

They are asking you to take a huge risk on an arrangement that leaves you out of control, while they take no risk and are in control – plus they have possession of your merchandise.

How to Wholesale Your Work – Interview with Bruce Baker

If you are going to be successful, you have to have some level of balance, or hire somebody to fill in the gaps, who knows the business side. That is really what separates the wheat from the chaff. I meet fabulous artists all the time – they just can’t make a living because they don’t have a business model, a business plan.

20 Cheapskate Trade Show Booth Ideas

Twenty tried and true ideas for setting up a great-looking trade show booth on a shoestring.

Wholesale Start-up for Professional Artists

Introduction to wholesaling your artwork to museum shops, art galleries, jewelry stores and luxury retailers.

History of the American Craft Movement

How did the craft movement grow from hobby craft to the professional craft marketplace? Today there are more than 10,000 retailers selling contemporary American craft art.

Adding Value to your Artwork

Does your artwork speak for itself? Probably not! Every object, product or work of art needs a little help translating your message to a potential customer.

Understanding Cost of Sale for Artists

While travel expenses are obvious, there are hidden expenses that few artists count. Time out of the studio is one often neglected item.

Retail Art Fairs vs Wholesale Shows

Are you selling your work at half-price? Probably not. If you select only the “better” art fairs you’ll be able to increase your retail prices. Most artists at “average” retail fairs are already selling at wholesale!

Starting Out in Wholesale – Selling to Galleries

The Arts Business Institute can provide you with not only classes on starting a wholesale business, but also mentors, gallery owner advisors and experts to help you step-by-step.