I followed to a tee all the advice I read in an article by Jack White (Making It on eBay) in the December 2009 issue of Professional Artist Magazine. It was good advice in every way.
I took a break from eBay last June (2011) and haven't returned, although that isn't an impossibility. I learned a few things about eBay and about myself as a person and an artist. I thought I'd share some of those things with you. The negatives first.
- I'm not as thick skinned as I'd like to be
- I don't like to, or want to, paint every day
- I need to set boundaries for social media just like I do for face to face relationships
- I tend to let tasks become taskmasters
|My drawing board where I put paintings to dry|
- Don't take myself too seriously
- I can paint a lot
- There are tons of people buying art
- I love my galleries!
- I still like to at least feel like a free spirit when it comes to painting
- How to organize my record keeping in a simple way
- How to establish a good work flow
- How to make and keep a schedule
- How to organize my studio
- How to stop buying art supplies I don't need
- Gained confidence in my ability to tackle new things
|My desk at it's organized best|
|My framing/shipping center|
I may go back to eBay sometime in the future. It has it's allure. If I do, I'll be even better prepared by my own experience, as well as Jack White's valuable information.
How about you? Have you considered eBay? Or other online selling venues? What have you learned about yourself through tackling new ventures?