When I was in college, I took a job with a successful businessman. I worked for him for years, until I got a job in media. I often joked I should have paid him for an education instead of the university I went to. I learned many things from him, but one of the most valuable was also one of the simplest.
My friend and fellow poet, Dorothy Fletcher, and I are sitting in a Florida coffee shop and sharing a piece of pumpkin bread. Actually, we are here on serious business. Today, we are surgeons for poetry.
Regardless of the art form you work in, there’s a resource for your inspiration or blog right under your nose, and it’s completely free.
How many times have you seen indie bands doing fundraisers for a worthy cause? Or craft makers exhibiting at a festival to raise money for a charity? Or an artist donate his or her time to help a nonprofit?
Independent artists often must act as their own marketing, branding, and promotional department. Lacking a lavish budget, it’s natural to turn to social media. Doing so requires an investment of time. Does it pay off?
Independent artists who are self-employed face a dilemma each year. It’s necessary to carry health insurance on yourself because not doing so makes you subject to a tax penalty. Several artists who are self-employed have told me they have to search for a new insurance plan each year. The bottom line, though, has to do with getting your paperwork right.