Instead of being all about “Who you know”, be all about “What you know” & share that knowledge!

We all know many times in life it’s not “what you know, but rather, who you know” that will help you land that great corporate job or meet the right contacts for a business opportunity you’ve been working on.  That still applies when you are thinking about ways to make extra money or change your career focus all together.  However, if you are in a position where you need to do something completely different to make additional income, replace income due to a lay off/downsizing or are just in a plain ole stuck-in-a-rut  frame of mind, why not do something that you love or are really good at instead of doing what is familiar for you?  Here are some ideas to think about if you love Art or have an artistic/crafty flair that you haven’t thought of sharing.

#86 – Art; if you are a seasoned artist or novice, share your art –

There are many forms of art and beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder, but if you happen to dabble in some form of artistic endeavor to relieve stress or just because you love it, why not share it with others?  See if any local Galleries, Coffee Houses, or Cafe’s would like to do a showing of your artistic medium?  You could host an “Opening Night”  event and serve wine or see if the Coffee House or Cafe might offer a special discount for anyone who comes in to see or purchase your art.  Offer the place that is “hosting” your art a percentage of your sales.  They will be more apt to want to display your art if they might be able to make a buck or two.

For “Openings” or events that showcase your art, I’d recommend advertising through word of mouth, Facebook, local newspapers, events pages or local TV station events pages.  Make sure you print up the name of your pieces, with pricing on the display cards and post them near the painting, drawing, etc. I’d recommend keeping an inventory with pricing in an excel spread sheet and check the location My Birthday Status for Whatsapp at least once a month to see if any art has sold.  Some places will collect the money and then cut you a check later, like consignment.  You’ll have to work out the terms for each place that you are working with, but it’s definitely a great way to showcase your art or craft and get your name out there.

#87 – Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn to showcase your art and announce any upcoming events –

Create a “Fanpage” on Facebook & ask your friends to”like” it.  Start tweeting about any new things you are working on and add “Artist” to your resume and your LinkedIn profile.  Make sure you get the word out about any upcoming events or shows you may be participating in.  Keep your events page up to date and archive old events or set the page up to do this automatically for you to save time.

#88 – Holiday Bazaar’s or Craft Fairs –

The holidays are coming up, how about finding some craft shows in your area that you can participate in. You just may be pleasantly surprised who may want to purchase your art as a gift for someone they love or maybe even for themselves.

#89 – Gift your art –

Art of any form is a great gift.  My Mom is a fantastic artist and I absolutely LOVE getting a painting from her as a gift during the holidays or for a special occasion.  So if you aren’t up for selling your art but it’s overtaking your home, think about making a list of those in your life who would love getting a piece of your art as a gift.  It will be cherished and your gift budget this year might just go down a bit!  Win-Win!

#90 – Teach your medium or craft –

If you are an artist or are just plain “crafty”, why not teach a “how-to” class at your local adult school or alternative education center?  These types of organizations are often looking for unique classes to offer their students.  You will need to actually have a curriculum or outline of what you propose to teach prepared and ready to present when you ask to teach your class.  Most organizations like this, keep a percentage of the total fee that is collected.  All are different, so check out a few in your area to see which one may work best for you.

If you live in a rural area and don’t have an alternative school like this near by, see if maybe your local church, recreation center, or fire hall may have a space that you could rent or use how ever many times a week or month you may need the space.  Sometimes in more rural areas, these types of places may just let you use the space out of the kindness of their hearts or let you use it for a small donation to the organization.  This is when “who you know” may actually come into play and be very helpful!


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