An Easy Way Earn More from Your Art Sales

How would you like to stumble upon a formula that reliably will increase how much you make in your art-based business selling prints or even original artwork? There is a method that a lot of businesses, especially those selling online use, but remarkably many others fail utilize. And it is very simple. It does not require you to raise any prices of existing listings or work harder promoting yourself. Of course, you can do that as well if you like which will likely help, but let’s see how you can do this without raising prices or working much harder.

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How Shipping Art Can Help You Raise Prices

One of the most frequent questions I hear from artists and photographers is “how much” they should charge for their prints.  The short answer of course is “it depends”. There is plenty of online advice on how to decide this, including on our own blog. What is not asked as much is how can I raise prices without harming my sales.

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Quick Paper Advice for Photographers

Printing is generally the same thing in the age of digital prints no matter if it is artwork or photographs. It all comes down to image pixels being turned into an image which is printed on a surface, usually paper. The properties of the paper are where many photographers, especially newer ones, have questions if they want something that best shows their work. To help them choose I ask photographers to look at three main characteristics of a paper which have an effect on how their image is printed.

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Is a Single Website Enough for Artists?

Is having one website enough? Most of us know there are many ways to showcase your art or photos and sell them as a tangible product. This ranges from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter if you use social media. There are also shared online market places like Etsy. All these are good, but it is the actual website that you own that provides you the greatest potential and flexibility. But there may be a good reason to think about creating a second website.

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Are You Using the Virtual Inventory?

Under used and overlooked is the virtual inventory system that we have at FinerWorks. When you sign up for an account you have access to a valuable time saving tool which allows you to store frequently ordered prints and products so that you don’t have to upload your files and setup your prints each time you want to order them.

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Is Color Correction Right for You?

Is color correction right for your image files? Within our print ordering app, you have the option to select this service to improve the output of the colors in a print from an image file. It is a two-tiered process in which a printer technician applies a color corrective algorithm and then makes additional manual adjustments. The first part is done with what you might come across with some of the robust tools that Adobe Photoshop offers. If the first level appears to harm the output then this may be undone and the image goes straight to the second tier for manual adjustments. There further manual adjustments are made to the image by the technician to adjust tones and contrast levels as needed.

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Batch Kodak Prints Tool

If you have a bundle of vacation photos or other images you want to make into prints on Kodak professional papers, we brought back an updated version of the batch ordering tool for Kodak prints. The batch setup tool allows you to  add multiple prints to your shopping cart, all from one screen. Below is a walk-through of what this looks like.

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Dropbox Integration

Dropbox is now integrated with FinerWorks. Uploading files to FinerWorks can be a pain if you prefer to keep then on a cloud storage service like Dropbox rather than on your computer or mobile device. Many of our customers who use Dropbox have asked us to make this easier so they can upload those files to FinerWorks direct from Dropbox.

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Does the New Sales Tax Ruling Affect Etsy Sellers?

Many of FinerWorks color lab customers are artists and photographers who use our drop shipping and order fulfillment services to have metal, canvas and framed fine art giclee prints made and shipped to their customers. Many have Etsy shops or sell on their own website. One of the pains though is dealing with sales tax. You have to register your business to get a Tax ID number and file either monthly or quarterly sales tax that you collect. But what if your customer is not located in the same State as your business. Do you have to charge sales tax to that customer and if so, how much?

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