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Want to Roto-Rooter Your Money Fountain?
By Thea Fiore-Bloom, Ph.D
Are you like me?
Ever get into an art sales slump and wonder if there’s some big, caked-on hairball you can’t see clogging up your financial fountain?
If the answer is yes, are you up for Roto-Rootering that fountain today?
If you do this fountain maintenance I bet you’ll feel more empowered and prosperous.
Some of you may even experience a bit of actual elation if you’re up for implementing the fifteen-minute, table-turning, website improvement that I suggest at the end of this post.
How Artists Can Make More Money: First Fire Someone
The first thing you can do to remove those unsightly hairballs from your prosperity fountain is to fire someone.
I suggest firing whoever has been in charge of marketing in your brain.
That’s right, it’s time to oust that toy monkey with the cymbals from your C suite.
Integrity Valence is In Town
Because there’s a new sheriff in town and her name is Integrity.
Let me explain.
Heart-centered creatives like us came to earth with something I call a built-in “integrity package.”
We can’t shut it off or override it (without consequences like art burnout.)
When I stress about sales, I try to remember to call Security to escort the monkey with the cymbals- out.
Once he’s out replace him with your Integrity (along with your Imagination, Intuition, and Intelligence.)
Consider Trying the Following Experiment:
Periodically try to shake off all selling expectations and guilt.
Clear the deck of all the art biz expert’s advice and let Integrity & Company take the reigns again.
Make a new three-month plan based on the guidance of your uncanny Intuition, your sharp Intelligence, your rich Imagination.
You can brainstorm the plan via a long journaling session.
Or, I you may great results from this powerful fifteen-minute “Meet Your Business” meditation.
What are your new CEOs telling you?
Don’t be afraid to act on their guidance.
Even if they tell you to ease up on social media and … go rollerskating.
(Sure, it’s risky to listen to kind inner voices but no riskier than taking orders from a cymbal monkey right?)
Listen to your joy. Joy attracts prosperity.
And don’t do what you’re told by art marketing authorities.
(My colleague Maria Brophy has a new, snobbery-free book for artists called Art, Money, Success that supports creatives to sell more art by not doing what we’re told by art marketing authorities.)
Okay, now that we’ve got more water flowing between our hearts and our heads let’s finish up with that website prosperity tweak I mentioned at the beginning.
How Artists Can Make More Money: Giving To Receive
Want to snap yourself out of the “I’m-a-subservient-slug-I-need-a-buyer mode?”
Want to get back into the “Ahoy!-I’m-the-queen-of-this-crazy-pirate-ship-and-we’re-headed-east!” mode?
Consider donating a percentage of your future art sales (aka tithing) to one or more charities you believe in with all your heart.
I remember to occasionally donate to no-kill dog and cat shelters.
But last year I decided wanted to make it a regular thing and thought it might help if I committed to it in writing on my website.
So I put a small announcement on the bottom of my writing coaching sales page.
Now, hear me out. My pledge didn’t increase my sales.
I doubt folks even noticed it.
But my pledge did positively alter my relationship with money and it might do the same for you.
How Tithing Helps Artist Make More Money Without Marketing
Tithing helped me re-wire my mental financial computer and create new, healthy, emotional associations with money.
I don’t know about you but in the past selling was often laden with feelings of panic, money guilt, shame, or fear.
However now if you buy a piece of my art or a coaching package from me I have no time for second-guessing my work’s worth.
Because… I’m too busy doing a happy dance as I head over to Paypal’s new charitable giving site to send one of my animal rescue organizations ten percent.
Selling is now linked in my lizard brain with anticipation, excitement, and a feeling of micro-heroism for our furry friends.
How Artists Can Make More Money: Announcement Action Step
So if you want to re-train your brain to associate money with “Hell Yes!” maybe you want to take fifteen minutes this week and:
- Select a handful of your favorite charities.
- Decide the percentage you feel comfortable with. (Start with 5% perhaps?)
- Put an announcement in your sidebar, footer, or at the bottom of your sales page with your promise. (Example of mine below.)
- Then smile your head off knowing you’re switching your financial brain channel from “Whoa is me” to “Hell Yes, I’m Helping These Guys!”
One of The Charmed Studio’s Tithing Announcements
Spam Avoidance Hack: Check out PayPal’s New Generosity Network Page.
It will allow you to easily give money without having to divulge any of your contact info.
This is fabulous because it’s a way to give small frequent amounts to charity without being barraged by those endless, scary pitch letters featuring harrowing pictures of animals in need.
Just keep the box that says “Let the Charity Know” unchecked.
If this sounds good to you, give it a go.
I sincerely hope that your prosperity fountain will soon be gurgling and flowing in no time; aided by the power of your love and care for the kids, animals, or areas of the environment you want to support and protect.
“A life based on giving becomes a life that produces wealth.
A life based on getting is a life of anxiety and money problems.”
Over to you: what do you think?
Or you an animal lover? Is there a prosperity book you like? Let us know in the comments below.