Absolutely fabulous! I commend you on your entrepreneurial drive and creative passion.
And I would like to offer some advise as a woman, an artist, and a self employed self-sufficient business artist.
1. Most important is the all powerful first impression, this is comprised of you as a person, your physical business location, and also your virtual presence (websites, advertising, etc.) How do you want to be seen and treated? Who is your market, what is your competition? And most important, does your overall image really match you and your talent? Get the opinions of past clients, and potential. Ask leading industry professionals for opinions (ex: interior designers, realestate, galleries)
2. What is your main goal? ex: you wish to only create stone tile art, you want this to provide all the needs of your family, and you desire to live in Hawaii. These being true - EVERYTHING then must
ing you closer to that goal. Distraction is our biggest enemy, it causes discouragement and steals time.
3.Having said these 2 things, next Make A Plan - business and personal. How will you increase your profit margin, advertise, balance work and family, and expand your artform. Then, and only then, can you move forward. Knowing what you want, specifically, is your best guide.
So to help you get there, here are my constructive critiques:
~get a professional artist biography, artistic statement, and CV/resume done for you. I read some great personal expression and statements on your myspace.
~create a website that does you justice,ASAP, and close this one(priority)
***Free listings like here are great, you only need to pay for the one you sell from. I recommend "ShopPal.com" very affordable and easy to customize, very professional looking and built-in shopping cart and everything you'll need. ***
~direct all internet traffic to your 1 main sit, less to maintain and the best for sales.
~ ADVERTISE!!! like crazy, website link exchanges are free and great. Join all the groups applicable, and find international guilds for artisans. This adds to your reputation and status, and creates trust for potential clients.
~get your official trademark! and always sign your work
~dont be afraid to ask for help, relationships with other artists can be priceless. Trade with a photographer (priority) to get fabulous pictures and video of your artwork. Trade for marketing & printed add materials, trade with interior desigers for exposure. And try auctions for lovable non-profit societies etc, this is cheap exposure, tax deductible, and people love you for it.
~separate your Art from other work to increase your status as "Artist"
~identify yourself as an artist, and people will see you as such
~google yourself every week to see what others do, make sure only what you want pops up!
~google artist listings/registries to add in, and trade fairs/expos.
~keep a little personal life set apart for yourself as a place to retreat to.
So thats most likely lots to think about, but you seem like such a straight talking go getter I figured I would put it all out there
I look forward to seeing you succeed !