How to Start a Fine Arts Business With No Money

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Fine art reproductions offer consumers high quality decorative art at a fraction of the price.
Fine art reproductions offer consumers high quality decorative art at a fraction of the price. (Image: woman painting on a canvas image by monamakela.com from Fotolia.com)

Becoming an online art broker is the simplest way to start your own fine arts business with no money, and much of the work can be done from your home office. Serving as a fine arts broker to artists in your community and surrounding areas increases arts awareness and helps you and the artists earn profits from the sale of highly desirable paintings, photography, pottery, ceramics, sculpture and other works of art. Becoming an online art broker requires very little experience or knowledge of fine art. You do not even have to know a lot of artists personally in order to get started as an art broker, and you can make a substantial profit from high quality fine art.

Locate art trade organizations or coalitions within your community and network with local artists. Museums and Chambers of Commerce have listings and directory information for community artists and art foundations that you can connect with. Networking helps you to build a solid base of contacts within the art community who are looking for ways to sell more of their art.

Talk to these local artists about their work and offer your services. Artists who are interested in selling more of their artwork will need to understand the benefits of being able to reach more customers and how using your services enables them to devote more time to creating art. Discuss with them how you plan to use your personal skills to promote their art and sell it through online auctions or directly to art enthusiasts through your website.

Create a calendar that includes all of the art shows and events for showcasing works of art in your region. These events give art brokers a number of opportunities for meeting new artists to add to their client list, so be prepared to hand out business cards and take down contact information for artists you meet. Plan on attending as many of these events as possible and talk to art gallery owners about meeting some of their hosted artists.

Set up a website that serves as an online gallery providing a separate portfolio page for each individual artist with samples of the artist's word. Add an Ebay account that is linked directly from your site. Visitors to your site can view and bid on your clients' works of art through an Ebay store with Paypal handling all of the invoicing and payments for you.

Promote your art business and the work of your clients online. Popular social networking sites allow you to do this at no cost. Online forums dedicated to artists and art enthusiasts can also put you in touch with more potential customers, and free online classified services point interested people to your website.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can create professional websites for free through sites like Yola, Wix, Free Hostia, Blogger and WordPress.
  • Print out some business cards to take with you everywhere you go, and tell others about your website and your services.
  • Shipping losses from fine art that may be damaged during transit create a liability situation for your business. To avoid this, be sure to insure all packages shipped properly.

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