Warm summer weather has finally arrived where I live, and along with it comes the annual summer slide… that state of mind where all you want to do is go out and play in the sunshine!
We all know that fall is an important season for art shows, networking and sales, but if you don’t take advantage of the summer months to prepare, you might miss the boat!
Most artists I know either slack off and tell themselves they’ll work hard in the fall to make up for it (and end up feeling guilty about their choice) or burn themselves out trying to do too much at once.
Neither of those scenarios is a good one! Slow and steady wins the race, remember?
So this summer, I want you to commit to doing these two things, so you can enjoy yourself AND continue to build a healthy, thriving art business!
First: Stop putting everyone else’s needs before your business’s needs!
I know your cousin is moving, that annual fundraiser is coming up again, and your daughter’s soccer league is pushing you to volunteer again, but how important are these things to you?! Will they help you reach your ultimate end goal?
You need to prioritize yourself and your dreams this summer. What do you want to accomplish most? What would move the needle most in your business?
Every time you get a request – from your family, your friends, or that friend-of-a-friend you met at a picnic that one time – I want you to stop and really consider what they’re asking for and why you feel like you have to say yes. How much of your time, energy, and mental space will their request take up? Probably more than you anticipated!
By saying “no” to requests that eat up your time and brainpower, you’re saying “yes” to yourself and the art business that you love.
Trust me on this one: saying no the first time is hard, but it does get easier with time. :-)
Second: Stop trying to get everything done all at once
Your second most important task is to sit down and make a list of all the things you want to get done this summer. Now, visualise yourself after Labor Day… Which of “all the things” you listed will really matter? Which ones will really move the needle?
Identify 1, 2, or 3 desired outcomes and outline why they are important, what strategies you’ll use to accomplish them, and how you’ll know when you’re done.
If your desired outcomes are really big ones, break them down into smaller pieces (and by small… I mean 20-30 minute tasks!). Then schedule all those tasks on a calendar so you’ll know what you need to be doing when, and won’t waste time figuring out what to do next.
Now commit to working on just one of these things each day!
By creating a step-by-step, actionable roadmap, and checking off one small thing each day, you’ll build steady momentum… and at the end of the summer you’ll congratulate yourself on everything you accomplished!
Need some help staying focused this summer?
As always, I’ve got your back! If you have mixed feelings about juggling business, family, and fun during the summer months, then The Artist Entrepreneur “Summer School” is exactly what you need!
What is The Artist Entrepreneur “Summer School?”
I’m offering 4 extremely targeted “workshop + toolkit packages” over the course of the summer. In these workshops you will not only learn, but also implement (with my support) strategies and tactics that will actually move the needle in your art business… at a ridiculously low price!
During July and August, we’ll cover:
1) Finding Your Niche and Connecting with the Right Audience
2) Branding and Pricing Your Art for the High End Market
3) Getting More Clients to Say YES! and Selling without Feeling like a Sell Out
4) Facebook + Instagram + Email = Growing Your Art Business
And the best part is… I’m offering these workshops + toolkits individually, so you get to choose which areas you want to focus on this summer OR take advantage of my bundle offer and spend the entire summer with me!
What’s included in The Artist Entrepreneur Summer School packages?
Each of the Summer School packages includes:
A 75 minute live and recorded workshop on the package’s area of focus. You can join the workshop live, listen to a replay, or do both!
A 60 minute live and recorded group Q&A call exclusive to our Summer School group. During the call, you’ll have the opportunity to ask me anything you like about the topic we discussed during the workshop for advice on applying it to you, your business, and your challenges!
A printable worksheet to support you in the implementation of the concepts I’ll be teaching during the workshop.
A printable checklist that will guide you through each step so you don’t feel confused or overwhelmed about what you should be doing next.
In addition to this great content, you’ll get lifetime access to all the material so you can come back to it as many times as you need!
Who is Summer School for?
Summer School is for artists and creatives who are ready to get out of their own way and take action in their businesses.
Surrounded by a group of like-minded artists, you’ll get proven strategies and tactics you know you should be implementing in your business but just haven’t gotten around to doing yet!
How much does Summer School cost?
Once summer is over, the recordings of each of these workshop + toolkit packages will be available on my website for $97 USD each. Join The Artist Entrepreneur Summer School today and pay only $47 USD per package! Not only that, but you’ll get live access to me, which you won’t be getting if you purchase from my website this fall…
Stop trying to guess your way out of building your business, and start doing things that will actually get you results!
Join Summer School today! Click below and register for the package(s) of your choice!
PACKAGE 1: Finding Your Niche and Connecting with the Right Audience (July 12, 2017)
PACKAGE 2: Branding and Pricing Your Art for the High-End Market (July 26, 2017)
PACKAGE 3: Getting More Clients to Say YES! and Selling without Feeling Like A Sell Out (August 16, 2017)
And don’t worry if you are out of town or unavailable on these dates because you’ll have lifetime access to all the recordings!
Got questions about The Artist Entrepreneur Summer School? Just leave a comment in the comment section below!
I’d love to help you grow your art business this summer… Are you in?