4 Easy Steps to Make Money as an Artist

Written by Wild Lotus Media on January 9, 2016

piggy-bank-968302_960_720  As an artist, I often talk to other creative minds and discover that most of them struggle. They don’t struggle with the fact that they can make amazing, beautiful things, but they cannot grasp the concept that they can live of off their creations. Many people think it is impossible to make a career as an artist, which is where the term “starving artist” comes from. Artists should only starve because they are hungry with passion and unrelenting drive, not because they cannot make money.

After going to college, I decided most creatives never get the business training they need in order to have a career. Most artists struggle with it, but it’s not hard at all. If you break everything down, it’s as easy as the following four steps.

1 – Make Art (or anything pretty/creative)

This is a no-brainer. Most artists can do this in their sleep, but the catch is making things that people actually want. Don’t make things to copy off of others or steal ideas. No one will buy what

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How to Pick The Perfect Social Media Network for Your Business

Written by Wild Lotus Media on October 4, 2015

social-media-logos_15773Social media is everywhere nowadays, which is a reason why more business owners are turning to it to promote their brand and find more customers. But, how do you use social media to your full advantage to reach your target audience? In order to benefit your business, it’s crucial to use the right social media network for your business. There are many sites out there, so how do you know which one to use? Here are some basic tips of finding the right social media network to use for your business so you can get the most out of it.

1. Who is your audience and where are they at?

Knowing your audience is crucial to running a business. You need to know where your customers are at and what social media sites and resources they use. Do a simple Q&A with a few customers to learn what sites they use most or how they learn about news in your specific niche. For example,  

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How to Hire the Perfect Graphic Designer

Written by Wild Lotus Media on April 11, 2015

If you run a successful business, you may reach a point where you can’t make your own designs for your business. From a logo to business cards and even signage, there is a lot of design work to be done all for one business. When that time comes to outsource, how do you find the perfect designer for your needs? Here are a few tips.

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1) Inspect Their Portfolio

A designer’s portfolio represents them and speaks better than they can about what they do. When picking a designer,

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New Online Store

Written by Wild Lotus Media on March 20, 2015

After many hours of coding my eyeballs out, I’ve finally finished my online store. Right now, it is being used to sell my online photography, which consists of 3 different sized photo prints. We’ll be adding new prints every week, so check back in every now and then to see some brand new items.

Click here to check it out!

What do you think of it? Like my photography? Buy a print to show some support!

Don’t want to buy a print? Click here to enter my Facebook giveaway by Sunday and win some prints!


5 Branding Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

Written by Wild Lotus Media on November 19, 2014

If you own a business, it’s up to you to manage everything to make sure your business is successful. You might know that the devil is in the details when it comes to how your business looks. I’ve seen many things go wrong when it comes to branding a business. Here are some common branding mistakes that many entrepreneurs tend to make.

1) DIY Creations

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There comes a time when you are running your own business when the budget will become low. One way that business owners cut around the corner is with their branding. They will try to avoid

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Post Summer Update

Written by Wild Lotus Media on October 11, 2014

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a new post. Every time I come up with new ideas for a great blog, I find myself procrastinating like crazy then I become busy with other things in my life. Between working my first full-time job at Scientific Marketing Services, moving in with my boyfriend who runs his own art business, and trying to maintain my own business, I’ve found myself running out of time to enjoy my personal life, which includes writing blog posts. I’m done with the excuses and would like to update the world with what I am working on.

So far, I’ve been working on my own graphic and web design business, and trying to get more clients. So far, so good with that. I’ve found myself diving into social media quite often and I’m trying to help small business owners learn how to properly use it as a powerful tool for their business. This summer, I’ve also re-explored my love for taking photos. So, I decided to buy a new Epson printer and make prints of the great photos I’ve taken. It’s been quite a journey trying to work a full time job and balance all of my creative projects. But in the mean time, keep an eye out for huge announcements regarding e-commerce stores.

If you’d like to have a chance in winning a custom print from me, please enter my latest Facebook contest, which you can find at my facebook page. If anyone would like to ask me questions or buy some of my photography, shoot me an e-mail at WildLotus@mail.com. I’ll gladly mail you a photo print if you donate a buck or two towards my creative projects.

Thanks, world, for keeping me inspired. Stay great. :)


How to Gain Loyal Customers Forever

Written by Wild Lotus Media on July 23, 2014

A good business is all about your customers. A lasting business has it’s foundation built on loyal customers. The difference is how often your customers will come back to you. Loyal customers are also great because they will help refer people to your business and get you more customers in the long run. A loyal customer is very valuable since they can help you promote your business almost as much as you do (assuming you are the business owner) but for free. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to gain loyal customers over the lifespan of your business.

Give something away

Everyone loves free stuff. If you give something of value away to someone, nine out of ten times, the receiver will

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Business Cards: Vistaprint vs. Morning Print

Written by Wild Lotus Media on June 15, 2014

When it comes to business cards, there are plenty of options when it comes to getting them printed. There’s a huge selection online of companies that will print them for you, with tons of options to enhance your cards. I am a huge fan of VistaPrint. You can even get an advantage account and save 40% all year round. After ordering my first business cards from VistaPrint, I switched it up and decided to see how Morning Print would do them. Here is my review of each company.

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