I had all these dreams inside me. Ones that wanted to be let loose. My fingers itched to draw and paint and make miracles. I’d sit at my cubicle job, lay my head on the desk, eyes burned out from too much computer work. And my heart ached. I knew there was something else I wanted to do. Something else I wanted to spend my precious hours doing. I didn’t want my real life – the one that brought me so much joy – to be lived only at nights and on weekends.
I would write feverish notes in my journals: I want to do this as my job. I want my life to be a dream. WHEN IS IT GOING TO HAPPEN? AND HOW?
The HOW was a big one. I’d made a little money selling my art and running small workshops.
But I’d calculated how many prints I needed to sell in order to make a living and actually do this thing full time. And how many sales I’d have to make per day. Then I’d lay my head back down on the desk, and shake my head.
It was impossible. It wasn’t going to happen like this. Not if I stayed the same way.
One afternoon, late, after I got home from work, I went for a walk. I remember the path so well – around the meadow, up to the swings, and back past the house with a yard filled with white doves. And I set in my mind a goal: I want to make $30 000 in the next year from the things I love to do.
I got home, and my jaw was set firm. I knew where I wanted to go. I only needed to learn how to get there. Obviously, what I knew right now wasn’t enough. I’d spent so many years building and growing and honing my creativity & spirituality muscles. Those were the things I loved to do. They were as strong as any gym bunnies. But my business muscles? I had none. They were weak & flaccid (tee hee! I said flaccid! *gigglesnort*) There was only one thing to do: start building them. Training them. Growing them. Making them so strong that they could build a ship to hold my gifts in, and deliver them safely to the world.
So that’s what I did.
I became a Business Goddess.
I read every business and finance blog and book I could get my hands on. And I started actually DOING the things I was learning. There’s only one way to grow muscles – and it’s by practising. I made that $30 000 within a year. The next year I doubled it. The next year I doubled it again. And all my dreams came true. Really truly. A real life fairytale for a mermaid who very rarely brushes her hair.
I quit my cubicle job. And I had a wee little mermaid named Ostara. And my beautiful goddess business was doing so well that my love left his job too so we could both be stay at home parents. And we moved across the countryside – leaving behind the alpine city to be at home again in tropical paradise in remote Northern Queensland, Australia.
I’m writing this to you, giggling away. I’m sitting up the top of a massive ancient fig tree (just like the one Buddha sat beneath to get enlightened!!!!) It’s Autumn, but I’m barefoot, in cut-off jeans and a singlet. There are blue butterflies and a tiny iridescent gecko is sitting beside me, watching me type.
This is my job. Everyday, while my daughter sleeps and my love stays with her, I run down the road to the park and climb the tree. I open my laptop or my sketchbook, and I pour out love letters and meditations and e-courses. All the miracles inside me that I could possibly muster.
I’m shaking my head at the miracle of this.
I’m getting teary.
I can’t quite believe this is my job. Of helping women remember they are goddesses. It’s my sweetest, most precious dream come true. I am grateful for every damn moment of it. I get to be a mama. And a creative goddess. A writer. A maker. A dream-believer. Everything I’ve ever wanted to be. My heart is full.
And so, my darling. That’s my story of how I came to be a Business Goddess.
I have another huge, big, massive dream now.
I want to help you make your dream come true too. I want you to write me love letters from your ancient fig tree too. Or your studio. Or the local sushi & cupcake shop. I want to help you become a Business Goddess, and have a job that makes you shake your head and well up with tears and giggle with rapturous giggles. Coz yes, this can be yours too.
The Become a Business Goddess e-course
So for the last year, I’ve been pouring everything I know into creating the Become a Business Goddess e-course. It’s HUGE. Ginormous. Absoloodely all the wisdom & inspiration & guidance & genius bits I could muster.
8 Ways to make Money Online
The Blueprint of how I did it: with all ze juicy goss
The Practical Parts: website, pricing, techie bits
100 Ways to market magically, mindfully & joyously
How to stay sane & joyful when business gets BUSY
AND some deeeelicious bonuses:
Profiles of Business Gods & Goddesses
The Becoming a Business Goddess workbook
The Magic Money Maker kit.
There’s over 150 pages of wisdom + genius + experience + love in this baby. All the business goddess goodness you could need.
This isn’t just an e-course for beginners.
I totally & firmly believe that EVERY goddess at EVERY stage of their business will get wisdom & mojo from this course… enough to make their money back ten times over. Coz that’s what I reckon a good business e-course should do. When ya put ze time & effort in, you should get 10x the amount back. AT LEAST.
So my darlinghearts. That’s the course.
The other important deets
When does it start?
How long does it go for?
I’m doing something COMPLETELY wackadoodle (by my standards). You get the FULL course & ALL the bonuses on day one.
Why? So you can start right where you need to. You can grab whatever your business needs right now. You can dive in & do it at the perfect Business Goddess speed for you.
So the answer? It goes for however long you need it to.
Okay! Let’s play!
Basic Business Goddess.
You can get the Business Goddess e-course all on its lonesome for $79.
VIP Business Goddess
But what I really recommend? Is grabbing a Goddess Circle membership instead. It’s only $99. It’s only $20 extra, but you get $700 more of my stuff (I KNOW. Crazy but true. All part of my grand Pour Lashings of Love On The World scheme. It makes me happy!). And you’ll get ALL my meditations, workbooks & other e-courses. AND a year’s access to the Goddess Circle private sanctuary, including the Business Goddess Circle. You can brainstorm it up & make miracles happen with all the other business goddesses. So that’s the option I’d recommend, not because it’s more expensive, but because it’s absoloodely all the support and love I can lavash upon you. I wanna be penpals with you when you’re sitting in a tree too remember? Business Goddesses forevaaaa!
Let’s make magic happen!
Got questions dearest?
I’d so dearly love to help. Just pop me an email & I’ll do my ding dang darndest to help.
I am SO honoured to be here… and would be utterly delighted to help you on your beautiful journey to making your biggest dreams come true.
Welcome to ze epic final conclusion to our Biz & Blog Goddess 101 workshop series!!!
Today I’ve got an epic Q&A for you… of all the goddess’ questions I’ve received about becoming business goddesses!!!
This would have to be one of the biggest blog posts I’ve ever done… it’s filled with questions on selling & blogging & time management & marketing & how-to & art & even marriage!
I so hope these are all helpful and magnificent for you…
Let the magic begin!
Would love to know how you find time for your business while caring for your beautiful babe!
Hee! Love this question… it’s something I think about a LOT.
I realise that I’m in a very fortunate position at the moment – my love & I made the decision to simplify our lifestyles & move to a place with much lower living expenses so that we could both stay at home & raise our baby daughter together. I know not everyone gets that luxury.
Having said that, I still have to practice a lot of discipline and relationship-management and time-management to get my stuff done and be a mama.What works for us right now is that I nurse my daughter to sleep for her once-daily nap whenever she’s ready. (We’re not on any kind of schedule. I’m just not a schedules kinda girl. Sometimes I wonder if I should, but I just don’t, really. She’s happy and settled, and so are we. All good!)
Once she’s asleep, I kiss her cute lil forehead, pull some clothes on (you know… the kind you can be seen in public in), toss my laptop & everything I need in my Mobile Office (my canvas rucksack) & head across the back lot into town. We live only one street away from the centre of our little town, and I have a couple of different places I usually go to get work done: the top of an ancient fig tree in a little park (it could be like Swiss Family Robinson up there! Oh my goshness, so dreamy!), or the town library, or one of the little cafes for a cupcake or hot chocolate. I’m writing this in our car in the parking lot of our library. It’s pouring with monsoonal rain, but I kinda feel like being outside anyways. The car facing the library’s tropical gardens is a nice in-between.
Then I have two hours to create my next product or e-course or write blog posts or guest posts. I don’t have internet access and this is el fantastico for productivity. No distractions… only the white page & wild donkeys to ride.
Then when two hours is up, I head home again, and hang out with my daughter while my love studies. We make art & eat & play with the dogs and nestle up on a mattress on the floor. I usually have a couple of loose projects we can “work on” together (this week we are making & painting Thank You cards, doing a big painting & making a video together for a mini-workshop). And I make sure we rest as much as possible. I’ve only got a limited amount of energy per day, and if I run around like a headless chook, I soon lose the rest of me too.
Once she’s asleep at night, I jump on my laptop and do another couple of hours of work – this time with internet access. Weee! This is when I publish blog posts, answer emails, hang out in the Goddess Circle to answer questions, and post stuff to Facebook & Twitter.
Having said all that… whilst I’m grateful my love is at home, I’ve also done this business while taking care of Ostara on my own. I had six weeks of maternity leave, then dove back into my work schedule whilst being a full time mama. Up until she was five months old, I was at home by myself without any helpers.
Oh and I did it with Ostara in my arms. I always held her when she napped, she wasn’t put down for a nap on her own, and I always went to bed at 6pm with her during this time. (Kinda bonkerdoodles now I think about it, but that’s cool, that’s just where I was at.)
So, babe in arms. Still running a massively busy business.
I have no idea. I just did it.
One of the keys to it was this: my love gave me an iPod Touch when Ostara was a week old. I protested at first. I said “But! I’m supposed to be looking in her eyes 24/7! Even when she’s got them closed! Even when we’re breastfeeding 15 hours a day! It’s supposed to be ALL NATURAL, honey!”
And he said “I’m cool with you being all natural, but you’ve gotta stay sane too ya know. A bit of entertainment is a good thing for a mama.”
Damn he’s hot. I mean wise. I mean hot.
Anywaysies, that lil iPod Touch became my Business Workstation for all those months. I wrote 1100 word blog posts with one finger as I breastfed my daughter to sleep, and as she slept for hours on me. It was what I had to do, so I just did it. In a world that had become suddenly so ensconced with mamahood, to keep writing and doing this beautiful business of mine was my outlet and my joy and my sense of normal.
Here’s the things I’ve learned about getting stuff done as a mama
I do *not* stay up at night to get more done. I’ve experimented, and 9:30 is my conk-out time. If I go to bed any later, I am exhausted the next day, it’s harder to write (and function), and I crash and burn a lot more.
I don’t try & do work on the laptop while she’s awake. I could while she was a little button, but not now she’s super active. She now knows the art of pressing keys on the laptop, and it’s totally adorable and everything, but doesn’t result in much work being done. Unless you count my brain saying “ark! arch! productivity! make stuff happen! but not happening!” It’s SO much better if I just accept the hours I have with my daughter as being just that: hang out time with her. Stuff can get done when her eyelids are closed.
I don’t spend as much time anymore on stuff that doesn’t make much impact. I’ve got a big vision of what I want to do. I’ve got big goals. And I try to only concentrate on stuff that’s going to get me there.
For me now, getting time out everyday serves two purposes: I get my work done. And it’s my happy time. My sane time. When I don’t get it, my anxiety returns from its happy cave where I wish it would stay. I feel like getting time to myself everyday is pretty much essential to my mental health. I used to think I would be 24/7 attachment mama, but for this particular constellation of cells, I work best when I have time to integrate on my own each day. And I will move mountains to make sure that happens. A happy mama is as important as a happy baby.
What will happen if Chris goes back to work? I’ll work it out. We’ll work it out. I’d get someone in my family to help with regular babysitting. Work will get done in naps. I’ll get better (again) at doing things even faster. I’ll use a Virtual Assistant a lot more.
How on earth do I charge for my stuff?
Go read this post on Sacred Pricing I wrote a couple of years ago sweetness. It remains one of my most popular to date.
What if I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up?
Career Counselling Goddess to ze rescuuuuueeee!!!
I remember making this video bonkeradoodles ago in our Canberra backyard… long before Lil Mermaid was even dreamed of!!!
And yet, it all still sings utterly true!
How do you make your videos and post them ? What kind of camera do you use ?
I make most of my videos on my Mac laptop using iMovie & the inbuilt camera.
I can’t recommend Macs enough for doing creative work.
They are magnificent and perfect and beautiful. I’m so in love with them I can’t stand it.
I also bought a digital video camera to use for new e-courses when Ostara was four days old because I was hormonal and tearfully told Chris that I needed to record her face because her blinks were changing as she grew up and I needed to record them and remember them foreverrrrrrr. He said yes, because what else do you tell a new mama, and also, because he is hot.
Anywaysies, I have a blue Panasonic SDR-S50. I’ll let you know how it goes once I get to recording something other than my daughter’s blinks. Hee!
How do you create your art and how do you post them ? What is the process from creating to posting?
I make these using a waterproof black ink pen. The waterproof part is the most important!!!
I use these pens – Uni-Ball eye fine. I draw and write it all first. And then I use watered down acrylics like they are a watercolour… I find it gives me a much brighter colour. And I like bright! Yay! Vibrant! Yay!
The acrylics I use are the cheapest I can find… I buy tubes for $2 at hardware stores and cheap stores… wherever I see them pretty much! hee hee hee!
I create them on watercolour paper. I buy them in A4 pads, and usually use cheaper ones like these ones by Reeves.
Once they are dry, I scan them in. I’ve got a cheap multifunction printer/scanner – an Epson CX5900. It’s a couple of years old so I don’t think you can buy the same one, but I’m sure the current range is pretty much the same. I scan them in and make sure that Photoshop scans it like it is a reflective image – it means it makes the background pretty much white instead of grey-ish and textured.
Then I white out and crop and make sure it looks sparkling, and wa-la! It’s up on da web!
I create these on stretched canvas, usually on 50×50 cm ones.
I buy them wherever I can get them cheaply – at el cheapo stores or when art stores have sales I stock up like a wild woman.
Which reminds me… check out this picture of my old studio when I was in full paint mode… projects EVERYWHERE! hee! Cracks me up! I love!
Back to the story!
So I start on those by pencilling out the face. Then I paint it up using the same el cheapo acrylic paints watered down. Then I collage and embellish with glitter paint, bindis, metallic 3d paint, sequins, crystals, feathers. I use PVA glue, and for heavier objects a hot glue gun to adhere it all.
And right at the end, I use a black permanent marker to draw the outline of the face.
Once she’s finished I bless her & pour love & reiki energy all over her!
To create a digital image of her, I take a photo outside in the shade, making sure I’m parallel to the painting so it’s all beautiful and straight.
Then I import into Photoshop, crop and colour-alter if I need to.
WA-LA! Beautiful Goddess art!
How do I get my creative doodles into a ebook or an ecourse?
As you know, all my ebooks are hand-drawn… they have my handwriting & illustrations… they are rainbow and inky, just the way I like them. I feel like it gives a really gorgeous energy & spirit to them… plus it makes me happy to create them.
So! The how-to!
I hand-write them using the same process as the Soul Story Messages artworks above – a waterproof pen and watered down acrylics or watercolours. I tend to just use plain photocopy paper for ebooks though – not watercolour paper. Then I scan in each page, crop and correct using Photoshop and save as an image. I usually save the name of the image as the page number it will be – eg 13.jpg.
Then once I’ve scanned in all the pages, I use either Microsoft Word or OpenOffice or Adobe InDesign (it depends on what software I’m in the mood for… I go through software-adoration phases!) to create a document, and on each page, I insert an image of the scanned page. Once all the pages are in, I then save or export it as a PDF.
Word of warning – when you make an ebook using hand drawn images, it’s gunna be much, much bigger than a normal text document. Make sure when you save the images that you don’t save them as a high res, or as a huge image. I tend to make each about 1000px wide, but you’ll need to find a way that works for you.
But yus! WA-LA!
Utterly beautiful & unique & exquisite hand-drawn ebook! We like that!
How do you work out if something is profitable for you or not ?
Here’s the questions I ask myself:
1. Does it make me happy or do I feel drained or angry while I’m making it?
2. I have a clear idea of how much money I need to make per month. And if I do the figures and realise that I can’t possibly make the money I need to with the time I put in to a project, then I don’t do it.
I have fun side-projects to work on when I have the time. But when I need to make the money, I go where the money is.
For me right now, what is profitable is creating e-courses & meditation kits & workbooks that I can help as many people as possible with. They are to a big extent passive income – as in, I don’t have to recreate each one whenever anyone has to buy it.
Being a new mama, I don’t have much time – that’s the thing that is in major deficit for me. So I only do a very very limited amount of custom artwork & coaching now. And I’m not currently planning any live events until Ostara is a wee bit older.
My aim is to help as many goddesses as possible, so creating e-products is a great fit for that.
And as to what will be profitable?
The tribe of goddesses decides on that. I create things based on what I get asked for a lot, or what I’m getting a soul-nudging to create.
And I try to put the same amount of marketing in as I can with each.
But always some products will ring the bell, others won’t as much. That’s okay. You can always create more.
I’m okay with those things because it lit me up and I knew it was the right thing to do.
There are many other things that I don’t share simply because my gut says not to. And that’s cool with me.
And my love (who is very hot) is much more private than me, so I usually ask his permission before I write something about him or post too many photos of him. Because oh my goshness, it would be a 24/7 tsunami of Chris hotness if I didn’t.
How long is the goddess circle open for? I would LOVE to sign up, but haven’t had the money yet. When is the closing date?
No closing date!
(None that I can see anyhowsies!)
It’s a beautiful, thriving community that lights me up inside.
The part*y payments are also going to be around for the foreseeable future too – I get too many emails each week thanking me for this option, so I’ll suck up the extra admin work, and keep on carrying them on! YAY!
How do I know what I can offer my readers that they would buy from me? How do I figure out what that is?
1. What do they ask you about a lot?
2. What are you feeling called to making?
3. Why don’t you just TRY IT OUT and SEE?
How do I send out automatic emails when someone purchases an ebook or ecourse?
I use e-junkie – you can use them for both free and paid products. They are pretty cheap ($5 a month I think?) and they integrate perfectly with Paypal. I heart e-junkie forever. Also! They have the added benefit of being able to set up an affiliate program for your goodies too!
How do I deal with people’s criticism?
Ignore anyone’s advice/criticism/judgements unless they are genuinely happier than you.
I haven’t been in a circumstance yet when someone criticising me is actually happier than me.
SO I WIN. YAY!
That’s my two second answer.
Want my forever long story that has a bit of swearing in it?
I got judged & bullied when I was a kid. When I was 15, I got so fed up with being bullied for being me, I informed my parents that I was either going to send myself to boarding school or go and be an exchange student. I ended up choosing to go to a wonderful little country boarding school where I very happily spent the next two years swimming in quiet waters. Yay! No bullying!
But here’s the thing I learned.
It’s a very special motto:
If you say it quickly enough, you’ll hear my sacred saying.
The thing is…
I really bloody LOVE being Leonie. I make me happy. I like my quirks and my silliness and who I am. I dig that my brain doesn’t work like many other people’s.
And I don’t want to be like anyone else. Especially boring people who judge me.
I LOVE my little life.
And I have a blatant disregard for anyone who doesn’t love me. I think “ummm… well aren’t you a bit daft then! I’m awesome! Okay then! I’m off to keep dancing!”
If people don’t get it, it’s cool by me. Because what I am and what I do makes me totally happpppy.
And I get to hang out with people who DO get it and get me (nearly most of the time) and they are the kind of peeps I want to hang out with.
(Also, as an aside… you know what happens quite often when you think someone doesn’t get it or doesn’t love you? They often come to their senses much later. Like I’ve had a number of people I lost contact with who I thought just didn’t adore me anymore… and they’ve found me later on and said “Leonie, I really need to tell you how much a blessing you were in my life… thank you for everything… even when I didn’t get it….”)
And I totally believe that all of life is like that. We all see each other’s beauty eventually. Just give it time.
And in the meantime, carry on having a freaking amazing time being you.
Because you are magnificent and beautiful and incredible and filled with the good stuff. The magic stuff.
How do I cope with the fear of putting my stuff out there?
I met him approximately 300 metres from where I’m currently sitting writing this right now… just down the street in an office!
Ten years and four moves to other towns later, we are back here… where we began. Still in love!
On May 21 we are heading back to the beach ten years to the day where we first held hands beneath the sky, and marrying. Barefoot mermaid bride & her merman love. And their shining little mermaid daughter.
We’ve been in love for ten years. We’ve lived together since a month after our first date. We’ve owned two houses together. We’ve got one daughter. We’ve always been intensely & fiercely committed to each other.
We always knew we’d get married. We’d always knew we wanted to have children.
We thought it would be in that order.
We got engaged 2.5 years ago in September. And we started thinking about when we would get married. We thought we’d be engaged for about 18 months before we arranged the wedding.
And then around June, we suddenly both knew that there was a new little soul wanting to come into the world. And we looked at each other with tears in our eyes, and we said *yes* to it.
That wasn’t the moment we fell pregnant. But it was just this incredibly profound moment that I’ll always remember of being in Chris’ arms, and us making this monumental decision to say yes.
And I told Chris that we had about a month to get married otherwise we’d be pregnant & would wait until after babe was born. And he said:
Wouldn’t it be beautiful to share the day with our child?
And I had this stunningly beautiful vision in my head of marrying my love with a daughter in my arms. And it felt so good and so right.
A month or two later, we were pregnant.
And now the time is finally right… the moons have aligned… and we’ll finally do what our souls have been all along… be married.
It’s going to be a magical, magical day wedding my love by the sea, beneath the mountain where the eagles fly. I have happy glowing shivers everytime I think of it!
Conway Beach… the sacred place we are getting married…
My spiritual mentor Ellanita is our celebrant. Our doula Rachel is our photographer. I’m wearing a simple white flowing dress from Etsy, and a flower wreath on my head (called a halo! weeeooo!) My love still hasn’t worked out what he’s wearing yet, but it will be hot because he’s in it. Ostara’s wearing a tie dye rainbow dress and one of these beautiful rainbow silk wreaths.
The most important parts for me is creating a sacred, joyful ceremony… I’m still brewing to see what wants to emerge!
I can’t wait to share the photos & stories with you all!
I would like to know about your Dreamtime Elders and how you open yourself up to inspiration from them. Many of the people who asked questions here, I believe, would benefit from just that~ opening up to the possibility/PROBABILITY of getting that perfect, inspired idea!
So, how do you set it up? Do you pray/talk with them before you sleep, or before you meditate, or is it just a general expectation thing for you, where you expect that they’ll be talking to you?
For me, I’m just happy to receive whatever comes.
There’s a few things I need to do to get better & clearer dreams:
1.) Get enough sleep.
When I don’t, my body is too tired to let my soul go wandering! I don’t think I dreamed at all for the first six months after Ostara was born.
2.) Make sure what I’m eating is A-OK for dreaming.
I get crazy weird dreams after eating tomato-based foods (like spaghetti) for dinner. From my super-extensive scientific research, my love & my friends do too.
So I tend to only eat that sort of stuff for lunch.
Also, for me, eating beef makes my dreams anxious and nightmarish. So I don’t eat much beef.
(I used to be vegetarian, but I’m much more flexitarian now. A balanced approach is working best for me right now. I thought I would be a vegetarian forever and it was utterly perfect for my journey when I was – but now what I need is different, and being a flexitarian is what is right for me.)
3.) I give myself a white light shower when I go to sleep. When I remember to.
All I imagine is myself standing under a waterfall made out of white light.
And just feel it wash all the way over me. It feels gooooood.
For example, last week, I told Chris that I could remember I had a dream where I got told that he should be having a certain flower from the Australian Bushflower Essences range, and that I could remember very clearly what the flower looked like. I had a look online, and found the flower and knew instantly it was the one from the dream. I showed it to Chris, and he was happy to try it out, so we ordered it, and he’s taking it.
All from a dream.
I try to listen. I don’t disregard anything. It all makes sense to me.
You seem to close comments for a lot of your posts & I was just curious to know your reasoning. I have literally just started blogging and am a bit undecided on the whole comments thing.
I thought about comments & closing them for a LONG time.
And have gone backwards & forwards between having them open & closing them so many times.
There’s no right or wrong answer…
just whatever is right for you right now.
My decision to currently close comments is because:
I don’t tend to get a huge number of comments on my blogs. Not because I’m not awesome, but more because my tribe like to listen. I am super cool with that. I also know that often the measure of a blog’s success is how many comments a blog generates, and I didn’t want my blog to be reduced to that.
I would rather goddesses share the blog post along on Facebook or Twitter if it is something that’s really helped them or touched them. Spreading the word is wonderful & so powerful & helpful!
Less admin time for me to manage comments. I’ve only got a tiny bit of time to create big miracles… I’d rather be creating and helping as many goddesses as I can than managing spam or counting comments.
So that’s what works for me right now.
We made it!
That was HUGE. And glorious. And wonderful!
I so, so, so hope it was helpful to you dearest, and answered any questions you might have had!
Doing the Biz & Blogging Goddess Workshop 101 was SUCH a precious experience… I so hope it has given you power and wisdom and magic for you to spread your wings & share your story & gifts with the world.
If you want to go back over & check all the gloriousness out again, there’s:
Marketing wisdom & how to sell your stuff. Hurrah!
First and foremost:
I want to sell my artwork as prints. How do I do that?
How to do prints: There’s a decision to make here. Print them yourself or outsource them?
How to get your art into prints
This all depends on your kind of artwork.
If it is smaller than A4, you can scan it in using a scanner. Scanners come in most multifunction print units now – getting so cheap! Yay! Weeoooo!
If you can’t fit it onto your scanner, you can either photograph it, or scan it in different parts and then stitch it back together using Photoshop. I can’t tell you if your camera is good enough to take prints – just trial it and see how it goes! You may not necessarily need an SLR camera to do it – your point and shoot might rock it. Tips when photographing art: Don’t use flash. Don’t put in direct sunlight. Photograph in the shade, or in a well lit room. Try and get the sides of your frame to line up parallel with your artwork to make cropping easier later. Stand parallel to your artwork.
You will need to crop it using a digital photo editor like Photoshop or Elements. You will also want to play around with contrast and colour to get it looking as lovely digitally as it looks in real life. Colours usually get dimmer when you scan/photograph an image, so digital photo editing is all about restoring that & making things pop again.
If you don’t have a camera, or access to a digital photo editor, you could try:
asking a friend to do it
hiring a professional studio to take photos & edit for you.
How to price your prints:
Usual pricing is about $25 for A4 sized prints, but can range from $10-$100 (with a high end priced print, you’ll need to have them professionally printed)
Hint: If you print A4 sized, you can send them in a flat envelope and it is much cheaper. As soon as you start making bigger that you have to roll, it costs WAY more to send in a tube.
Print them yourself:
You need to buy a colour printer if you don’t already have one. I have an Epson CX5900 printer/scanner, but I think any is fine.
Print on some good card stock. I would just buy watercolour paper at 180gsm and print on that. It gave a lovely texture to it!
Just start out with one size for right now.
You can do sales on them when you like & hand-package
My feeling is that if you list your prints on Etsy (which you can’t when you outsource the printing), you get more sales.
You need to buy printer, ink and paper
You need to print & mail them out
It can get frustrating when your printer makes mistakes & screws up ink/paper.
Outsource the printing:
Upload your images to a Print on Demand service, which will host a shop for you. People buy the prints, and the company prints & sends them out.
You decide how much royalty you want to earn for each print.
You don’t suffer ze cost of print mistakes/messups
You don’t have to outlay anything for printers, ink & paper.
You don’t get as much profit.
I don’t think you get as many sales through companies like this.
Some companies won’t pay out your royalties until you reach a certain level like $25.
Do what is doable for you right now.
You can always change later.
If you can do the printing yourself great. Or if outsourcing prints is good for you right now, go for that.
DO WHAT IS DOABLE.
Share your gifts. Start now, beautiful Goddess!
I want to sell my art more. How do I actually tell people about what I do? And get them to buy??? I feel so frustrated!!!
I so hear you sweetie. It can be so, so frustrating… to want to do big things in the world and not know HOW.
So, first I have a story. And then I have some practical bits.
Ya know, when I was growing up, I was a little cowgirl. I rode horses & mustered cattle & got very very dirty & stinky. And I loved it. My horse was my best friend. And if I could bottle the smell of horse so I could spray it over me everyday, I totally would.
Me at 12 & my horsey soul mate, Rebble.
Anyhewsies, sometimes, I’d fall off my horse. And I’d cry, and in one movement, my Dad would come over, scoop me up, dust me off, check me over for broken bones, kiss my cheek, and plant me firmly back in my saddle again.
Back on the horse again, darling. It’s good up there.
When pushed why I needed to get back on there, he simply said:
Because the longer you leave it, the more you get afraid of getting back on.
He was right in his own way. My elder sister came off once and didn’t get back on that day, or the days that followed. I think she still hasn’t been on one.
I think about my sweet horses often. Especially when I get frustrated, when a door closes, when a No appears, when the way I want things to happen… just doesn’t.
It would be easy to toss aside horses. Write it off as The Thing That Didn’t Work Out.
But I look around. And I get back on the horse. Because up there?
That’s where I belong.
There’s no place in the world I’d rather be than making miracles with my art & words. Even if I get thrown once in a while.
So no matter how much my butt hurts from a fall in frustration, I get back on.
So my darlingheart, that’s my story.
Now. Let’s get on to some super-practical wisdom, mmmmkay?
Make a blog on your website. Everytime you create something new, post it on the blog and share about what it’s about, why you painted it, whatever… and put a link to where they can buy it (either on Etsy or print company).
Make sure your website has an About page. On the About page, write a love letter about you in first person. Have a picture of your face on it. Let us know you!
Create a Facebook page or profile for your art. I see more people creating profiles instead of pages. I’m cool with both.
Update your Facebook page regularly with new art, etsy links, links to your blog.
Mailing list! Get people to sign up to receive regular updates from you. You can get a free mailing list for up to 500 people at www.mailchimp.com.
If you are on Twitter, hang out there & share about your art & blog whenever you feel called.
Magic ways to get the word out:
All you are doing is helping people learn about you, and remember what you offer.
Some people will be utterly called to your work. That is perfect. That is all you need to focus on. Some people won’t need your work right now. That is utterly perfect too.
The more you can involve people in your story, your world and your art, the better.
People want to be excited and inspired and part of a movement.
Share in your voice! Have fun! You will find your way, dearest heart!
Things to try when it doesn’t feel like things are working:
Are you staying in touch with your customers at all? Do you have a mailing list? Do you ask all your customers if they want to be on it? Do you regularly send out love letters and reminders of what you are doing?
Try new styles of artwork! Art is a funny peculiar flavoured whimsical thingmebob. All art is sacred. Utterly and true. And some art can be much more popular in sales than others. I have no idea why. It just is. Some of the things I created that I loved and thought would be HUGE ended up being fairly quiet. Other ones totally stunned me with how popular they were. I loved all my art the same of course. But some just had this popular gene. So keep trying out new styles. See what happens. Take note of what’s popular.
Create a series. I used to just create bobs and bits in all different kinds of styles. But things became much more popular when I took an art piece that I already loved and loved the style of and that I’d received a lot of love + feedback from others on… and made it into a whole series. A whole series of goddess girls.
Create custom options. And make it EASY. Like, Build-A-Bear style custom options. Don’t say “any size”. Have one or two options max: Big and small. One price for each size. In one particular style. People LOVE custom!
Check out the two customs options I offered… both were popular, the Soul Story Custom Messages were the most!
I so so so hope this was helpful, beautiful, magnificent creative goddesses.
I so want to see your art in the world.
And I want it to be SO abundant and profitable for you.
This week is the last week of the Biz & Blog Goddess Workshop!
Today I’ll be telling you all the most important ways I’ve gotten all my blog readers, and tomorrow we’ll end with All the Goddess’ Secrets: an epic Q&A!!! Weeeoooo!
Let the magic commence!!!
Blog blog blog!
So blogging has been the centrepin of my business since the very beginning… it’s where I started six years ago as a fun lil hobby, and it’s now the engine that my business runs on. It’s the place my tribe gathers. It’s where goddesses get to know me and fall in love with me.
And I’m very grateful to have all the wonderful readers I have.
I’m *so* passionate about blogging, and wanted to share with you the seven most important things that have helped my blog soar.
1. Pour your heart out.
This is the important thing.
The one that the rest doesn’t matter if you don’t do this.
Photograph if you love to photograph. Video blog. Write exceptional articles as much as you can.
Don’t hold back. Write the very best you can.
Make yourself cry with your own writing.
I know I’ve done my job when I read back over something I’ve read and I get goosebumps and a happy smile and an ooooooh!!!
Think of the most inspiring blog you know.
How could you make your own blog more inspiring?
What would The Most Perfect Blog In The World To You look like?
Why don’t you make it?
2. Keep in contact.
Hey ho, mailing list central! A lot of people don’t want to subscribe by RSS. They want to get newsletters from you.
I use this one for my Facebook & Twitter & Stumbleupon share buttons.
A note on Facebook like/share buttons: personally, I’m not a fan of just the Facebook “Like” button. If people reallllly like it and find it beautiful or helpful, they’d want to share it along to show and help the peoples they love. So I heart the Facebook “Share” instead.
7. Your path will be utterly different from mine.
All of these points may be absolutely not right for you.
And that’s perfectly okay.
Find the way that works and sings to you.
I’ve tried commenting on other blogs – people recommend it all the time. It’s not for me.
You might not like doing any of these things.
What you WILL do, is keep finding what works for you.
What makes you happy, what lights you up, and what lights other people up as well.
You’ll find your path. For what works for you today.
And that will be the right one.
Most of all, I want you to know that I believe in you, and the power of your gifts and your story.
You have so much to share with the world, and I really want to wave rainbow encrusted pom poms & bounce about in a crinkly short skirt chanting your name.
Yes you CAN do it.
Dearest, beautiful you.
I want to hear your story. I want to know what gifts you have to share. I want to read the stuff that is you. I want to learn from you.
Please turn up and write and share and create all the miracles that are inside you.