Step #2: Inform & Educate Yourself

Today we continue on our path to creating your declaration of independence as an artist. The first step is identifying your vision and fortifying your mindset (see yesterday’s email lesson).

As I mentioned initially my Dad’s journey to live The American Dream. He knew education was key to making this happen. He was a lifelong learner and I likely got my insatiable curiosity from him.


Step #2: Inform & Educate Yourself

I didn’t have a lemonade stand as a kid, but, I have been entrepreneurial my whole adult life. My first business was while I was in college studying art and photography.

I created handmade greeting cards and wanted to sell them to local shops (pre-Internet). I was less interested in the selling, so I teamed up with my friend Leslie because she was great at sales. We were a good team.

As I started this business oodles of questions arose and I didn’t have the answers — yet!

Again, this is pre-Internet, so my research options were limited to the phone book (remember that?), telephone, and library. The last two are still legit options today.

Questions I had to figure out:
– Where do I find the shops to sell to? Who is my customer exactly?
– Do I need to register my business? How do I do that? Where do I do that?
– Will Leslie and I really work well together? Do we need a contract?
– Do I need to charge sales tax?
– How much do I charge for the greeting cards?
– And, many more



Do you want to know my secret weapon?

I like to experiment and figure things out on my own often — just to at least test something out. But, I also value my time very highly since it is our most finite resource. After all, we all only have 24 hours in our day.

However, I have a secret weapon that I will share with you now.

To avoid wasting this precious resource I seek to bend time.

What the heck is bending time?

Well, I simply choose 1) collaboration and 2) education over being stuck and taking forever and a day to gain momentum all by myself.

The more I can strategically team up and learn with and from experts I get exponential results — each and every time.

And, by doing this I not only save time, but, money also. It’s a very efficient use of your resources. Time really is money.

This is why I have distilled all my 25+ years of experience for you in these courses to dramatically reduce your learning curve and get you to your destination faster and with less frustration.



What do you need to learn, re-learn, or update to get to your destination?

My Art Biz Jumpstart System will help you. I guide you through the process of understanding how pursuing an art career is right for you personally, creatively, and financially.

This course has 6 self-paced modules:

  • Module 1 — How To Go Part or Full Time As An Artist
  • Module 2 — How To Get Started Without Resources
  • Module 3 — How To Network and Get Clients
  • Module 4 — Branding, Marketing, and PR for Artists
  • Module 5 — Periscope for Your Art Biz Success
  • Module 6 — Design Your Abundant Life

This bundle will set you on the right path as an independent artist.

Like I said, collaboration is one my secret weapons and now it is yours, too.

I carefully researched and interviewed additional experts on topics are critical to your knowledge base as part of The Thriving Artist Creative Summit series:

→ Kiffanie Stahle, lawyer, photographer, and fellow small business ownershares how to protect your creations and eliminate costly surprises.

→ Maria Brophy, top art licensing agent, discusses specific tips, tactics and insights all artists need to know about contracts and the licensing industry.

→ Creative Business Coach and entrepreneur Lisa Jacobs shares her insights on building a foundation for your business and how to pivot when it evolves.

→ Luna Jaffe, artist, author and certified financial planner shares how to achieve financial success through a playful and creative mindset.


These and all the other mentors, artists, experts (50+ in total) are included in the All Access Program Bundle.


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Bonnie 🙂


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Bonnie Glendinning,
Artists’ Coach and Mentor

Bonnie Glendinning, Founder of The Thriving Artist and The Artists’ Mentor, and is an Artists’ Coach and Mentor. With her professional artist programs, she empowers artists to live and work prosperously. Join Bonnie and other artists in her global community here on the web.

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