Are you an artist or creative professional? Trying to earn a living from your work? Investing time and money to make products and then waiting for them to sell?
It’s time for a better way.
Discover the world of creative commission work.
Reverse the sales equation, make products people love, and get paid before you do the work.
Make Something Meaningful helps artists and makers navigate the commission process. You’ll be guided through both the practical and emotional sides – or what I call the how tos (how to come up with an idea, how to decide what to charge, how to write a contract) and the what ifs (what if something goes wrong, what if a buyer doesn’t like it, what if they don’t pay). You’ll learn how to set up a process that allows you to take on the types of work you want, avoid the ones you don’t, and have the confidence and wisdom to know the difference.
In addition, we’ll dig into the sticky stuff like how to maintain a sense of creative autonomy, how to comfortably address both time and money, and how to master the invaluable skill of reading your customer.
Creative professionals of all experience levels will benefit from this book.
If you’re new to commission work, you’ll learn the process from beginning to end to beginning again. Experienced readers will learn how to streamline their process and customer service to create a well-oiled machine. Those looking to reach a higher professional level will learn to stretch their creative comfort zone to unlock the “big door” markets that can feel exclusive, elusive, and out of reach.
Even if you don’t do commission work, if you are an artist or maker selling your wares, you’ll find much of this inspiring book relevant to selling creative work in general.