Your Business Self-Portrait

By: John Anderson, AHA

September 2, 2021

Do you have what it takes to profit from an art business?

Success in business is a matter of proper planning, the ability to make decisions (yes, and pivot quickly), while assessing risks and taking action.  The Art business is based 80% on creativity and understanding the nuances of converting that creativity to revenue. 

No doubt there is a lot more to the story, but none more important than to know how to follow your plan and focus on the activities that meet your detailed set of goals. We’ll discuss how to formulate those goals in another blogpost, and to tie those goals to match the plan you have set out. There are thousands of advice columns that wear out the Captain Obvious expressions of the day – “the journey starts with the first step,” and “if you fall, pick yourself up” and…well you get the idea!

My stance comes from what I consider to be the greatest book about creativity and arts that was ever written. Send me an email and I will send you the details. No, I didn’t write it and I am not here to make money on that book. I am interested in you personally, and the success that can come from an Art business. So, we must communicate, and those friendly discussions are free. Your success is a feather in the cap of Artistic Harmonies Association, but you will see that as it develops.  So, think carefully about this:

“The dragon embodies the power, beauty, and mystery of your own inner forces that shape and interact with your world. There is an OPPORTUNITY inherent in every attempt and failure. There is a chance to turn all experiences into positive lessons. There are lessons to be learned – in effect… to ride the dragon instead of being devoured by it.”                                                                                   (Bryan et al., 1999)

How can we help you to fill in the areas where your need is the greatest?  First, we have to be honest with each other and figure out where your strengths and weaknesses lie. We will then put in your business goals the “when” to seek help to strengthen your efforts and achieve great things. This basically means, we need to know who you are, you need to know how we can help you, and as I’ve mentioned in other blogs, you need to know you! I realize that this blogpost seems to be centered on those who want to start an Art business, but actually it is also designed to help you continue to grow your existing business whether it has been active for 1 year, or 30 years. The objective is to discover where you are in the business cycle, the best path forward to meet your challenges and the best actions to take to reap the rewards. Knowing it takes time for a business to grow, we also know that success begins with the seed and progresses to full bloom. My message to you comes from George Bernard Shaw:

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”  I’ll go first.

I repeat this with confidence from a previous blogpost:

As you are reading this, know that AHA is interested in your story and all of the elements that combine to lead you through each day.  No doubt, not all stories are related to art directly but the substance there might be the reason to take that first step into the art world – again as a creative artist, or like me – an “aesthete.”

Who knows, somewhere in your history or in your daydreams there might be the impetus of realizing your creative dreams. At any time in your life, you can choose to reach out to your artistic harmonies and make those dreams come true. That is why we are here.

So, communicate with us through our website and we will keep the conversations between us confidential. At AHA, we are mindful and protective of what was, and are ready to celebrate your journey of “what is to be!” Tell us your story so we can collaborate on achieving your true dreams in the artworld – including my help as an aesthete and business counselor. Contact Linda and me, and we will respond.

John A

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