11 – Passive Income and Online Sales for Creatives with Pat Flynn [Podcast]

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In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay Podcast, I talk to Pat Flynn, father and husband who supports his family with passive income from podcasts, blogs, and online businesses, about why creatives have the advantage when it comes to building their own businesses.

 

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How to Get People Pounding Down Your Door to Buy Your Creative Work

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You know, those people who will love your writing, art, music, or other creative work so much that they’re the first to buy whenever you release something new?

The people who open your emails as soon as you send them.

The folks who tell all their friends how much they love your work.

The fans who buy multiple items you’ve made or several tickets to your shows to give as Christmas gifts.

Maybe you’re trying on your own to attract enthusiastic followers through your website, social media presence, or personal interactions.

But you could be running into one or more of these problems: [Read more…]

Struggling to Sell Your Creative Work Online? You Might Be Missing This Key Ingredient

So, you’re trying to sell music, books, jewelry, or art from your website.chefs_woodleywonderworks_flickrcc

You’re religiously sharing on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Maybe you’ve even got a presence on Amazon, iTunes, Fine Art America, or Etsy.

But you’re not getting great results – and you’re not sure why.

After all, you’re doing what “they” advise – posting three times a day, asking interesting questions, and sharing funny memes.

But still… all you hear is crickets. [Read more…]

07 – Succeeding at Multiple Creative Passions with Bob Baker [Podcast]

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Do you have so many interests that it’s hard to decide what to work on next?

Do you struggle to get your work out consistently?

In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay podcast, prolific writer/musician/artist/comedian Bob Baker talks about deciding between multiple passions, finishing projects, learning to create on cue, and overcoming fear to get your work out to the world.

 

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06 – PR Basics for Creatives with Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR [Podcast]

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Ever wonder how creatives get publicity?

Or – would you love to be your own PR person?

In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay podcast, I talk to Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR publicity about how artists should approach PR. Learn what activities are a good use of your time and money, why PR is a long run game, and what you can do to best prepare for exposure.

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11 Compelling Reasons Creatives Should Teach (And 7 Signs You Shouldn’t)

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Do you have so many paying customers that you’re turning people away?

Are folks pounding down your door for your writing, art or design projects, stage production, or latest musical compositions?

Are you wondering how you’ll ever work through your waiting list?

Or are you still dreaming of that magical day?

Let’s face it.

It can take a while before you start making really good money from your creative work.

If you’re right out of school, you might not mind sitting on milk crates, sleeping on an air mattress, and eating ramen noodles.

But the rest of us – well, we’ve been there, done that and have no desire to go back. ;)

Maybe you’re open to the idea of teaching as an income stream, maybe not.

But consider this: even if you never teach a class, private lesson, or online course in your life, you will still have to educate some very important people –

Your clients, readers, fans, and customers.

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05- How Creatives Succeed Without Industry Approval with Cartoonist, Author Hugh MacLeod [Podcast]

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In this session of the Make Creativity Pay Podcast, I talk to cartoonist and author Hugh MacLeod of GapingVoid Ablogging_underwearrt about seeking industry approval, balancing creativity while keeping a business focus, and the importance of having a mission.

Besides being an extremely successful artist, Hugh is also the author of three fantastic bestselling books for creatives, “Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity”, “Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination”, and “Freedom Is Blogging In Your Underwear”.

He’s got a lot of great, humorous insights into making a living for artists, writers, musicians, and crafters of all kinds.

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7 Lessons From the Craig Wayne Boyd School of Overnight Creative Success

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You’ve wondered. Admit it.

How some people get the breaks and the attention.

How did that performer land that audition or appointment with the industry rep?

How did that writer, speaker, designer, or cartoonist come from out of nowhere to suddenly being everywhere?

How did that contestant impress the judges and manage to stand out from thousands of hopefuls to secure a spot on The Voice, American Idol, or America’s Got Talent?

Why were they picked?

Are they well connected or just lucky?

They might obviously be much more talented than you or your friends are – or not.

Maybe you’ve worked just as hard, for as long (or longer) than they have. You’ve promoted all over social media. You’ve networked like a champ.

So what gives? And what hope do you have? [Read more…]

04- The Truth About Selling, Selling Out, and Competition in Creative Fields with Paul Jarvis [Podcast]

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Paul Jarvis has made a career as a professional creative.paul-jarvis

He’s the author of 5 books as well as a musician and a web designer. He’s been doing web design for over 20 years with such high-profile corporate clients as Yahoo, Mercedez Benz, and Microsoft, as well as with online celebrities Danielle LaPorte, Marie Forleo, and Kris Carr.

His latest book is called, “The Good Creative – 18 Ways to Make Better Art.”

Paul offers some great insight on how to sell if you hate to sell, why to focus on relationships rather than networking, why “selling out” is crap, and how to succeed with cooperation.

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02 – How Photographer David Molnar Grew His List By 12K in 3 Months (with Tips for You) [Podcast]

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Don’t miss this interview with photographer David Molnar who grew his opt-in email list by 12,000 subscribers in three months.david-molnar

 

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30 Warning Signs That Spell Failure for Your Creative Business

You’ve probably wondered if you have what it takes.

Is your creative business doomed?

Is your creative business doomed?

You love creating, whether it’s plucking out a story or a song, producing a new show, capturing a sunrise to preserve a moment forever, or crafting that silver into wearable art.

But when it comes to making good money at what you do?

That’s a different story.

There are so many things that you’re juggling, and they’re all important.

It’s easy to let things the things you don’t like to do slide, to rationalize or make excuses, or to tell yourself you’ll get around to them someday.

On top of that, you have to deal with all those nagging fears and doubts –

  •  “I’m not good at business,”
  •  ”I don’t think I can ever learn to manage all this,”
  •  “There’s just no money in music/photography/poetry,” or the big one,
  •  “Does it really matter what I do? Would anyone even notice if I quit?”

We’ve all been there.

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How to Boost Your Email Signups with Irresistible Incentives

You’re trying to grow your email list.

You wish it was easier and more straightforward.

You know that having that having a solid, engaged list of fans is essential for writers, performers, crafters, and creatives of all kinds.

You’ve seen how excited, loyal fans will pull out their wallets and buy from you, and that the effort you invest in building your list opens doors to greater opportunities.

So you put out the signup sheet at your shows, display the business card fishbowl in your studio waiting room, and add the “sign up for my newsletter” box in your website sidebar.

But progress is slow – and you’re not sure why.

Are you doing something wrong? (Not exactly.) Do people just not like you? (Doubtful.) Or are you missing something important? (Most likely.) ;)

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10 Steps to a Killer About Page for Artists and Creatives

Have you ever wondered if you can really be any good at this marketing thing?

You’re a writer, musician, artist, photographer, entertainer, or crafter.

You’ve got the website, but you’re pretty sure it’s not the best it can be.

You imagine attracting hoards of raving, loyal fans, but you’re not sure how to find them.

You’d love to sell more stories, more songs, or more sculptures – or maybe grab publishers’ or gallery owners’ attention.

You have this nagging suspicion that your website could work harder for you, boosting your marketing efforts even while you sleep or drive the kids to school.

But you don’t know where to begin. You don’t like selling, and you HATE writing about yourself.

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