Mostly Free Resources To Grow Your Art or Writing Business
Here’s a list of my go-to people.
Folks who aren’t “all hat and no cattle.”
Most of the sites and services are free. Those that cost anything here are ones that I’ve bought myself and think are worth the money.
This list does include a few affiliate links. That means if you click on those links and end up purchasing the class or service on that company’s site, I get a small commission. My commission comes at no additional cost to you, and you’ll make my day.
Let me know if you have any favorite websites to add.
Free Resource For Artists: Great Ideas for Where To Sell Online
Best giant, free, helpful list of where to sell your type of art on the web put out by ArtsyShark.Com.
Free Resource For Artists Who Want To Blog
I don’t miss a week of Darren Rowse’s weekly podcast. He’s been my smart, ethical guide through blog-land.
Check out his free “31 Days To Build A Better Blog” podcast course. It gave me the push I needed to launch my blog.
The Charmed Studio now offers a coaching session to help you deal with the fear and doubt surrounding the writing or editing your first blog post.
My free Blog Tool Kit for Artists may help too.
Free DIY Video Resource For Packing Your Art to Ship
No More Damaged Art Work
Ever had a work of art you shipped out to a gallery or client arrive punctured, torn, wet or broken?
Laura den Hertog is a wonderful painter who kindly put together a charming, free four-part video guide that will show you exactly how to securely prepare your paintings for shipping without breaking the bank.
Green, Art Supplies Resource. Earth-friendly, kid-friendly:
Eco-Friendly, Non-Toxic, Earth Based Paints for Fine Artists.
Want to learn S.E.O. This Year? Really Good, Free Resource For Artists
Isn’t it time to learn what the heck SEO is?
Try it. I bet you’ll see your numbers jump up.
Check out Moritz’s blog if you feel you are putting a lot of effort into social media but getting few results.
Moritz is a spitfire of a marketer from Australia who does not come off like a used car salesman. She actually has a soul.
Learn How To Wholesale! Resource for Artists
I noticed something weird last year.
They all took this wholesaling course by Artsyshark.com founder Carolyn Edlund.
Have you considered upping your income by wholesaling your art or jewelry?
Drew Kimble, the blogger behind Skinnyartist.Com feels your pain and has some great hacks to handle the problem.
Check out his article: “Stop Stealing My Sh*T!“
What Is Your Favorite Podcast For Artists?
Here’s one of mine.
Painter Antrese Wood hosts an excellent podcast to have on in the background to keep you company in your studio.
When I listen to The Savvy Painter I feel as if I’m getting an MFA by osmosis.
Especially wonderful for painters.
Great show notes for art geeks like me.
Resource For Artists Feeling Lethargic and Discouraged
I love this post on Medium written by Charmed Studio subscriber and creative coach Chey Rasmussen:
Quit trying so hard to make perfect art and just make art. Lots of it.
Resource For Getting into Art Licensing
If you are an illustrator who dreams of seeing your work on t-shirts at Urban Outfitters or on dishes at CB2, you need info on art licensing.
Check out this blog by surf brand goddess, MariaBrophy.Com.
What About Getting an Art Agent?
An art agent may be your ticket to an additional, prosperous revenue stream.
The best art licensing agency for illustrators I have run into so far is Lilla Rogers Studio.
Rogers and her team get artist’s work reproduced on those cute kids’ bedding sets, plates or pajamas that you saw at Target, Pier One or Nordstrom last month.
Look at Lilla’s site ( it’s gorgeous btw) if you’re curious what art licensing looks like from an artist’s perspective.
Best Free Resource for Business Advice for Jewelers & Metal Smiths
Jewelers and metalsmith tell me the best art business blogs for jewelers and metalsmiths are:
Best Marketing Resource Books for Artists
Looking for the right business or marketing book?
Here’s a good book list from the business of art maven, Carolyn Edlund.
Resource for Writers Who Want to Get Paid for Their Writing
Founder/Writer Carol Tice offers the best writing classes and business of writing classes I have ever taken, period. I owe much of my success in magazine writing to The Den. Stay one month or one year. I pop in and out irregularly for short spurts of inspiration and information.
The Den helped me improve my writing, learn how to make grown-up money writing and find a positive, informed community. Great for fiction and non-fiction writers of all levels. Super for learning to promote yourself or your work without being or feeling “sale-sy” or inauthentic.
Free Resource For Artists on New, Upcoming Art Competitions
Up to the minute exhibition, competition, grants and employment opportunities for creatives.
Want a weekly list of legit, grown-up opportunities?
Submishmash Weekly is a free, weekly, curated newsletter bringing news and opportunities in publishing and other creative industries to artists, filmmakers, and writers.
Free Resource For Artists Who Want Info On Legal Stuff
Visit “Ask Harriete’s” Professional Guidelines Page for a jaw-dropping amount of detailed, free, info for artists on competitions, contracts, taxes, and other vital biz topics.
Resource for Artists Who Need Excellent Help Creating a New Website
Your website is the number one marketing tool you’ve got as an artist, period.
You need to have a hassle-free, mobile-friendly website that welcomes your ideal readers and buyers.
If you want the quality, reliability, flexibility of WordPress without the tech freakouts — I would try Outstanding Setup.
I would say the money I’ve spent on Outstanding Setup is the best money I’ve spent on my business so far.