I can say with confidence that I have many skills. I can also say with confidence that time and office management are not any of them. In a perfect world I would immerse myself in creating art all day. At night the magical elves would come and tidy up my studio, organize my files & bookkeeping, update my shop and manage my social media and marketing. As you must have guessed, that doesn't happen.
I recently took an online class on "Organizing Your Art Biz" with Alyson Stanfield. It was the gentle kick in the pants that I was looking for! Many of the lessons focused on a way of addressing the different forms of clerical chaos in my studio. I've spent the last few weeks diving into the lessons and adapting them to me and the way I work. I'm also getting thrill out of cleaning out and organizing my email. Now I'm actually pretty exited to "run" my business. Who knew?
Some of the things that I am the most excited about are the various apps and websites that have proliferated in the last few years to help with small businesses. To some of you (the naturally gifted, organized, computer-proficient folk), this may be no big deal. To me, bells went off!
- Obviously I already love Squarespace for my website.
- Tailwind is my open secret for my consistent posting on Pinterest.
- I'm still deciding on which online art archive to use.
Some of my favorite new tools are:
- Asana for task management
- Evernote for storage of nearly everything (It finally makes sense!)
- Xero for my bookkeeping
Once I hit "post" I will go to Asana and check "update blog" off my "social media update" list.
The upside to all of this is that I will have more time and less distractions, and I will have more time to do what I love best at work: Creating and painting!