December 1, 2010

ArtBusiness: Online

So I have finally .... gotten my Etsy shop up and running! If you are unfamiliar with Etsy it allows users to:
Buy and sell handmade or vintage items, art and supplies on Etsy, the world's most vibrant handmade marketplace - Etsy Website
Also I managed to create a "page" on facebook for my artwork. This allows people to become a fan of the page/ and in turn my art, all for free! Etsy and facebook are two more great ways to self promote your artwork for little or no cost. Signing up for each is 100% free.

The "fees" or expenses associated with etsy are:

  1. Initial listing fee (of $00.20 - in American currency) this covers a 4 month period of time, after which the item will "expire" unless you renew it. Also the listing fee is per item so if you had four of the same gilcee print - to list those four (identical prints) would cost .80 (or = .20 x 4). I didn't have to worry about the additional items since all of my art to date, is originals (however if you do work more with prints, or multiple identical items keep in mind the cost structure. Before you jump into listing a ton of things figure out the expense, and decide how much you are willing to invest.)
  2. There is also a 3.5% commission fee on all items sold through etsy. This percentage is automatically deducted upon the sale of an item (obviously on etsy). 
Listing fees for your account are listed on "your etsy" page, in "your bill" (on the left hand column). Here you will find all your fees to date, for the current month.

The cool thing about Etsy and Facebook is that you are able to integrate the two. For example on KEH Art Facebook Page, you will see a tab called "My Etsy". When you click on the "my etsy" tab all the items aviable in my etsy shop appear, with their titles and the price associated with each piece.

So if you are looking for a great way to promote your artwork, for a reasonable price definitely check out Etsy and Facebook.

Hope this helps to increase sales of your artwork, and keep painting, drawing, and creating!

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