I think the best way to answer a big question like this is to start with your goals. What do you want to do? What are your plans? Think about the next 25 years and consider where you want to be at the end of it, and what it’s going […]
Multiple Streams of Income: A Step-by-Step Example
With my Money Bootcamp starting in just a few days I wanted to write to you about one the sharpest tools in an artist’s financial tool kit. This is where we as makers are poised to excel. This is the area of personal finance where we have the ability to […]
What I learned about selling art, by becoming a collector
But first let me tell you what I learned I’ve always been in the artist’s role myself, and the work I’ve acquired in my life has mostly been through trades and gifts from friends. But deciding to become a collector gave me some incredibly invaluable insight into what to do, […]
Trial by Fire!
I wanted to explain why you’ve gotten only crickets from Smartly lately. I’ve been lax in writing while prepping for the mother-of-all finance exams — just to demonstrate that indeed, I am serious about this whole, personal-finance-for-artiststhing I keep yammering on about. Over the last year, I spent 243 hours […]
I can hear them thinking “Well, good luck with that…”
When I tell people about Smartly — my business where I’ve created tools and strategies to help artists with their money — I often get a strange look: confusion, mixed with pity, sprinkled with a little good luck with that, tied up in a thin, how interesting! Apparently, there are […]
Guess what Smartly readers? I want to buy your art!
I just got home from a week-long trip, and immediately got sick — ugh. I was lying around, staring at the walls when I realized something — I don’t have enough art! Now that I’m back in full working order, I’m ready to invest in my surrounds, AND my community, […]
Are Your Side Jobs Just Wasting Your Time?
Dear Smartly, Here’s what’s tricky for me: time management. I am spending so much time on income-generating side projects that I am barely making any art. If I invested more time in my art, I might be able to sell it for more than the craft items I make, but […]
Don’t feel like you can afford to get an MFA… What if it was free?!
With the cost of an getting MFA higher now than any other time in history, I decided it would be a real service to the Smartly community to scour the internet to find all the fully (or mostly) funded programs across the U.S. for any of you considering going that […]
The key ingredient for financial success that all artists have: Grit
I think a lot of us have unconsciously adopted the idea that we’re ‘bad’ with money. The old stereotype that artists are disasters of finance starts seeping into our subconscious as early as the first time we hear of the tragic end to Egon Schiele, or figured out what was […]
Ready for the Challenge?!
New Years Day is such a great moment of possibility. We have the whole year stretched in front of us, without having made any mistakes yet! And it’s a perfect time to set a few strategic moves in place. A friend recently alerted me to the 52-week Money Challenge (thanks […]