Choosy Artists Say “No.” {Art Marketing Vlog}

Hi friends! I hope you are having a nice Valentines weekend! It was record cold here I the north but it was a good excuse to stay inside and enjoy the day with hubby and kids (and have a vegan chocolate sugar coma nap LOL!) I hope you are at the point of your art career or craft business that you are getting busy. As your products/service are more in demand you may have to decide what it is you really want to do and stop taking every job that comes along. We will talk more about this in today’s Art Marketing Vlog:

This video is sponsored by Rich Mom Business and their FREE Handmade Training Course.

Ask yourself these questions before saying yes to that next job:

  • Can you do this job well?
  • Do you have time to take this on?
  • Will this add to your skill set or portfolio?
  • Do you want more work like this?
  • Do you want this job? *This can be a “no” if work is slow:) Sometimes work you don’t love but are good at reminds you to work towards your goals harder. I don’t love custom picture framing but I’ll do it if no other work is coming in. It makes you appreciate that you get to do what you love most of the time. Gratitude is good!
  • Will you be paid what you are worth? *Note: It’s OK to do projects that you are passionate about for free or trade but if it is not a “passion project” make sure you are getting a fair deal.

I think that women especially want to please but it is OK to say “no” if it is a job you can’t do or don’t want to do, or if you will not be compensated fairly. Many times when you say “no” to others you are saying “yes” to yourself. Thanks so much for stopping by, good luck in your crafty career and til next time happy crafting!



9 Responses

  1. It is hard to say no sometimes. Years ago I made clothes for a few people. One lady always wanted her dresses made with three different patterns. Bodice one pattern, sleeves another, and collar the third. I hated it but I was young and she went to church with my mother. Now I just do what I want to. It is all pleasure. Lindsay I hope you have a great week.

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  2. I had to say no to a bride that wanted me to make her wedding invitations. when I quoted her a price of 1.50 each with envies, she looked at me like I had 2 heads, so I just said no.


  3. Great advice, I have learnt to say no, it feels good, I’m in control of my time much better now. I don’t feel obliged anymore, I was running on empty and not getting any rewards. I strongly advise everyone to go check out the sponsor too, she’s an amazing lady, so encouraging and motivating. Xx


  4. Great advice. I needed to hear that!


  5. Hi Lindsay.

    Thanks for the video!

    I have recently been asked to sell some of my designs to a craft company. I’m not sure whether to go ahead. I haven’t tried to sell my own stuff yet so it might be a good way of getting my stuff out there, but if the products took off I wouldn’t get royalties if I had accepted a one off price. Plus I have no idea what the going rate it. Have you ever done anything like that?



    • that is a tough one,it will be good for your portfolio any event. I would retain the copyright and sell them a limited edition licence for say 1000 items, if they want to do another run they would pay royalties or an additional fee. And you can require they credit you as the designer. Good luck!

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