Are you an artist and trying to make money selling your product online,?
Then consider art as a basic start. After all, it’s a part of our culture that has a big impact on our lives and people can never quite get enough of it as it is the expression of our creative ideas and imagination into something tangible, regardless of how many art pieces that they already created.
Art is also something that people will buy regardless of the economy.
Almost everyone has any form of art in their homes, offices, school, and shop or to any places. There’s a painting, a framed photograph, a table centerpiece, and even the main layout and design of a house is art.
Art is not purely for looking at and admiring, a lot of it is functional too, especially when it comes to our homes. Everything from a delightfully patterned quilt on the bed or even your decorative tea towels and teacups can be considered a form of art, our brain is conditioned to think that it is not art when it’s not only for decoration.
Art is also something that people will buy regardless of the economy. The majority of people all over the globe buy art and crafts they like or love which correlates to intangibility. You notice people buying art even when it is out of their budget. Because art simply acts as a way to make us feel our surrounding good and it’s a little bit of luxury.
But the question is, would you like to make money selling art online?
Is this the better way around you think to make money online for a living?
You might want to consider what type of art you plan to sell.
3 Ways To Make Money Selling Art Online
1.) Make Money Selling Art You Own
It is good to sell art that you own if you have a large collection of art or if you have a good place to find cheap art and sell them. For example, some people enjoy trawling second-hand stores and this can be a great place to find bargains, on sale items. As long as you pick the right art suitable with your budget and later on you sell them.
When it comes to selling this type of art, one of the challenges is figuring out how much will you spend and how much would be your kickback as a seller. If its visual art like painting, drawing, sculpture then you’re selling based on value, rather than any inherent appearance of the segment. However, even then, you have to seriously consider what people can afford to pay.
Besides, if you’re selling quality art, then there are a range of factors that can influence the price. You also have to determine whether the art is authentic or counterfeit. Determining the value of an artwork look at its size, medium, it’s a message, whether it has any art-historical significance, and whether it is an edition. The cost of the material used for the work does not normally influence the price of the work unless it is an installation or sculptural work with high material costs like bronze. In the case of expensive pieces, you may even need to be able to prove their originality.
These tasks are all very achievable but they are things that you need to seriously consider before trying to sell art. If they sound too complex, you may want to consider an alternative approach.
The reality of selling art online, one of the most obvious ways to do so is by signing an account with one of the best marketplaces of art and sell your product like Artfire. Now, Artfire is certainly a site that lets you sell pretty much anything and there is a large amount of art for sale on there at any given time. For example, the image below is some examples of the art on sale in Artfire.
There are marketplaces to sell art as well, such as on Singulart, Creative Market, Artfinder, Society, Artplode, Artistic and many more.
I wanted to extend this information sites like Etsy, eBay, Shopify and Amazon (especially eBay) can make selling difficult. In the case of eBay, the company places a strong prominence on the rights of the buyers over sellers’ rights and there are restrictions in between. In some cases, sellers have found that they have been forced to refund buyers or have even had their accounts closed altogether – even though the reason is unknown.
So, selling art through these sites can end up being stressful and complicated.
The truth is, it’s not easy to sell your art creations easily with such a lot of Artists competing with various techniques and ideas and various mediums which they use. Honestly, the biggest challenge you will face in this approach is the competition.
Wherever you go there is an art the same goes with so many different places out there to buy art, both online and offline. Unless you are selling something unusual or unique, you probably have a chance of successfully making money this way based on the size and medium of your work
Fine Art is a luxury. One does not need art to survive: you can’t eat it, wear it, or use it as shelter.
And… even if the art you find is unusual, you still have to get people to notice it. With all the listings on eBay and Amazon (not to mention other sites), getting your products noticed is not an easy task.
2.) Make Money Selling Art You Make
In many ways, selling homemade art is easier than selling art that you own, especially as people are becoming increasingly passionate about homemade products. There is also a large number of sites out there that specifically cater to selling homemade products.
Perhaps the most well-known of these is Artpal, which hosts upwards of 115,000 artists all over the world and thousands of different products right now and continues to grow. While the competition on the site is intense, there is also a huge amount of customers that buy products from the site, which can make it worthwhile.
You could also make your web store on a platform like Shopify. It’s quite a bit more complicated to set up, but there are systems in place, including internal training, YouTube videos, forums, and bloggers where you can information that can teach you the process.
It’s much harder to get exposure when you’re just one drop in a sea of online eCommerce stores, but the rewards can be much larger too. Rather than competing for just Shopify traffic, you now have exposure to the entire internet, and you don’t have to give Shopify a cut.
With your own art, you do have the advantage that whatever you’re making is unique and maybe unusual as well. But, you do still face the challenge of getting it noticed. After all, the number of products on Shopify is extreme, which makes for intense competition.
You can also check to other sites for selling homemade art, as there are quite a few options for them out there. Some examples include eCrater, Folksy, and Free Craft FAir.
Each site has its own unique aspects and fee structures. The more obscure sites may be better If you want to get your products noticed but they do tend to have fewer customers as well, so you might not end up better off.
It is certainly possible to make money selling homemade art online, especially if you are creating something a little unusual. You may also have a better chance if you can build up a positive reputation with customers on the site you choose and if you pick an area that has lower competition.
Even so, being successful in this way is certainly an exercise of patience.
It’s also important to note that you do have to deal directly with customers, which may include emailing them about specifications and receiving feedback. Personally, I find that aspect especially challenging, as customers are often unrealizable and you can often end up with bad feedback or out-of-pocket, even if you don’t do anything wrong.
3. ) Selling Art As An Affiliate
Regardless of whether you sell Art that you own or Art that you make, the process of trying to make money selling Art online is never simple. Not only are you sourcing and producing the product, but now you’re marketing, deal with inventory and shipping the product too. It’s a lot of hats to wear for a brand new business owner.
Does that make selling art online is a waste of time? Not at all! If it’s a passion project, it’ll be a great experience.
One alternative for those of you (including myself) that don’t want to actually make and sell products out of your home is to become an affiliate.
You can make money from being an affiliate simply by promoting products from other companies. You don’t make as much per sale as you would from selling physical art but you also don’t have to worry about having stock/inventory on hand or shipping products out.
Since you don’t need to make, market, sell, and ship products, you can focus just on the marketing aspect. You still get to participate in the process of selling art online, but by focusing on just one area, you can master it, and then grow your earnings faster.
Affiliate marketing is what some people do to make a living, although I don’t sell art. I focus on building my website and teaching people how to be an affiliate (with the website you’re on right now).
You can do affiliate marketing with just about any topic, so if your only reason to sell art online is that you thought it was the easiest way to make money, you could potentially pick something more interesting to you like health, relationships, travel, computers, drones, or recipes.
Of course, being an affiliate, you will need to build your website, no matter what! It’s not like some of the other options above where you can leverage other company systems like Etsy or Amazon. Getting your website found in Google is certainly the most challenging part of affiliate marketing, but it’s doable for anyone that can write a basic article about a niche they are interested in.
The Potential of Having a Website
Do you have a business but no website?
If you said yes, this means that you are losing your potential customers as they don’t see the existence of your business. In this modern era, people and companies are on the internet for information. Why do you think people visit a website? It’s primarily to find information. And if you’re in the business world, information is critical. You need to have a website for your customers. It needs to contain information about what you can do for them. Below are just a few of the advantages and benefits of having a website for your business.
- Less expensive
- Improve Business Credibility. …
- Build Your Business. …
- Enhance Your Online Presence. …
- Build a Strong Relationship with Your Market. …
- Efficient Way to Promote Your Business. …
- Boost Your Reputation as an Authority. …
- Create a Tool for Sales Generation. …
- Showcase Your Work.
- Consumer Convenience
In any approach, you take, having your own website lets you get ahead of the competition and results.
Now, if you’re selling products on a site like eBay or Etsy, your main tools for getting your products noticed are having good images and good descriptions, as well as (possibly) paying for ads. People search Etsy for stuff, then run across your store based on what you offer and what keywords you use. But, with your site, you have so much more potential!
Think of how many people use Google versus Shopify!
Through your site, you can work on getting your website ranked on Google, which makes it so much easier for people to find it. An example of this is a snipped image below where it shows the list of websites related to art. So imagine if your business website is one among the listings that appear when someone uses Google to get the information they needed.
It is vast to have your website nowadays so why don’t you take the opportunity?
At the end of the day, selling products from your own site is a powerful way to make money – regardless of whether you have physical products or not. The biggest challenge of building your site is not the actual “website making” process. It’s getting traffic – a similar issue to listing your goods on other sites.
But because search engines users are much greater in numbers, they have much more diverse searches, meaning there are so many more avenues that you can use to generate traffic to your site. For example, you could teach people how to make their art similar to yours, and that would be an incentive for them to buy examples! This challenge might sound like a deal-breaker but it doesn’t have to be.
I will show you a few tips about how I have built my website.