I've worked to make both this site and the Art By Brett site work more closely together. The gallery here at beatcanvas now displays and links all of the cards available for sale.
I've also started to grow a representative network. For stay-at-home moms, for example, they can sell Art By Brett cards and make decent money doing it. If they sell just 3 Connection Packs in an hour, they'll earn $12, or $4 per Connection Pack sold. It's slow getting folks on board, but it is happening.
And the Christmas card orders are trickling in.
The only major to-do that I have is to integrate a new payment gateway for internet orders. Currently, I'm using PayPal's methodology, but PayPal occasionally scares off folks who don't trust it, so I need to offer both. Some people swear by PayPal; others won't touch it.
I now offer 23 large cards. This time last year, I hadn't even finished my first acrylic, and it wasn't until December that I printed my first card. A lot has happened in these past 12 months. I've spent over $6,000 to get this venture going and I've made about $1,500 to date. I hope to turn my first profitable dollar in the next two months. In the next two years, I want to make my living doing this.
My recent search engine optimization efforts have spurred a very remote sale. A guy in British Columbia found my art via Google and bought 100 Morning Tree cards. Pretty cool. More of that please...
I had hoped to start my next painting this weekend, but I don't think that will happen. Too much web site work and other things going on. That's okay.
Here's a year of my life in paintings...