Before I go any further, this isn't a 'Get Rich Quick Scheme'. You will need to put a lot of time and effort in to get anything out. If this doesn't sound appealing then you should probably stop reading now.
You're still with me? Good, you have passed the first test. Now I'm not saying that you should go ahead a quit your day job to open up shop as a painting studio. Otherwise you may find yourself reliving the life of many an impoverished artist. If, however, you have some spare time and a steady hand you will find that there is plenty of opportunity out there. After all, there is money to be made when you can do something that others cannot.
Where to BeginSo where to start? Well you will need to be critical of yourself here, would someone else actually pay money for your work? Many people have fallen into the trap of overestimating their abilities based on the fact that they are the best painter among their group of friends. The simplest test of your ability is to paint a single miniature (that you wouldn't mind loosing money on) and painting it to the best of your ability. Now go ahead and list it on eBay for the lowest starting bid. If it doesn't sell for much, well I would love to say that everyone can paint for profit. But the harsh reality is that not everyone is good enough, if we all were then there would be no money to be made.
If, however, by the end of the auction it has sold for more than the RRP then congratulations, you can probably make some money from painting. This is an excellent way to begin your painting for profit enterprise, it will also help you build up your portfolio and learn what kinds of painting are the most popular.
Next Time on Painting for ProfitOver the next few articles I will give you some pointers on how to move forward from here. They will not be painting tutorials, but rather a follow on from them. In Part 2 I will be looking at how to best present yourself and your work to maximize your profits. Be sure to check back next Monday.
Do you have any experiences in painting for profit? Share them in the comments section and let us know what you think.