Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Myth #5: You need a day job to support your art

Ditching the Day Job?
Does your day job give you enough time and energy to not only create, but also market your art consistently each week?

If not, there are still some things to consider before you make the jump. If you’re going to have a legitimate art career without a day job, you should, at the very least, plan to: 

·        work long hours, usually 10 to 15 hours a day seven days a week.
·        spend about 65% of your time doing business tasks as opposed to creative tasks.
·        devote 3 hours of business promotion time for every hour of creative time.
·        spend some of your savings on your start-up costs.
·        have an income that isn’t steady or consistent.
·        get lonely.
·        fight the odds of failing. According to the Small Business Administration 4 out of 5 small businesses fail within five years.

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