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Selling art through an agency?

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Getting ready for 2015...What are your goals?

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Learning Graphic Design questions

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Comment by Melissa AuClair on September 23, 2014 at 7:40pm

Deby, thank you for sharing your heart and your path. I wasn't able to listen to the whole call, but I'm looking out for the replay.  Your story from your speaking engagement in Europe (did you say it was Scotland?) about the government giving the artists subsidies and subsequently the artists losing their drive to fight for their art- that struck a nerve in me. Makes me value the struggle a bit more; to see the value in the beautiful fight.

Thank you for sharing your heart and your pain- I want a "clear" path as an artist but the longer I do this, the more I see I can't predict what will happen or what I will go through. It's a bit daunting at times; you help me be brave at going down the path and letting go of control (or the perception of it!)

Comment by Melissa AuClair on September 23, 2014 at 5:19pm

Deby, how fun! I'm looking forward to it :)

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Comment by Deby Dearman on September 23, 2014 at 12:04pm

Join us tonight, I'll be interviewed by Dan Miller:


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Comment by Deby Dearman on September 22, 2014 at 8:29pm

Hey creatives - just a heads up - Don't miss Tuesday's w/ Deby Dearman Don't be a 'Starving Artist'

Comment by Billie Wells on September 18, 2014 at 8:29am

Thanks Janise, That's great and very clear advice. Plus I net $25 more.

Comment by Janise Cookston on September 17, 2014 at 2:57pm

Hi Billie,

For my custom designed printed goods (usually invitations and photo Christmas cards) I charge double what it cost me to make/print. I then offer a 20% friends and family discount to people I know personally. This pricing structure has served me well for three years. Keeps my pricing competitive and allows me a decent amount of margin. Unlike you, however, I have never sold single pieces at a time (my minimum order is 25) so perhaps that warrants a higher markup.

So if I were in your shoes, given your existing pricing. I would charge him ($3.25 x 40) x 20% discount = $104.

I would recommend, even though you owe your landlord for utilities, actually charging him and exchanging money for the cards. It's a more professional transaction that way and helps keep you business books organized. Customers, even if they happen to be your landlord, will attach more value to your goods if your present them professionally and not just as a hobby that you trade for basic needs like utilities.

Comment by Billie Wells on September 17, 2014 at 10:56am

Hi Guys, I have a client wanted 40 of my homemade cards with one image. They cost 78cents each to make. I usually sell them for about $3.25 each. But these are easy to make. It's for my landlord, also a photographer, and what I do is get blank photo cards from AC Moore and print 4x6 at a local printer. Then a label for the back. I gave him one with the rent just for fun. My costs would be $25.

What should I charge for the set. I actually owe $71 for utilities due about now. We could even exchange. Here's the image which you all may have seen before.

Comment by Chris Callen on September 14, 2014 at 8:11am

That's great to hear Billie!  I "liked" your Facebook page.  

Comment by Billie Wells on September 10, 2014 at 10:39am

Hi Brad, that is really awesome. I love it!

Comment by Billie Wells on September 10, 2014 at 10:13am

Hi Guys, Dan issued a challenge in August - read something positive for 30 minutes each morning. And in six months our income will double.

I've been doing it for over a year - and what a difference. I feel different, things are happening. I am a better mom, a happier person doing more art. I just did a book I am getting ready to launch and just redid my art site.

I floundered for many years until I started doing this - and since I started it's not been all roses and sunshine. It's also taken me longer than six months. But life is soooo much better. I just got a text last night from my kiddo (a teen) saying how she loved me to the moon and back.

I want to create encouragement and support for each other as we do this. So I just created a facebook page where we can connect and help each other. We can help each other with resources. What are we reading or listening to, how is it changing us?

Okay here's the facebook page. I'm calling it the Good Morning Challenge


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