There is something about New York City that attracts artists, writers, and musicians by the droves. They go there with dreams of making it big. While only a few will find the huge, international success that they dream about, it is possible to be a successful New York artist even if your work is never displayed in a formal gallery.
The great thing about New York is that there is always something going on. Many artists have discovered that they are able to take advantage of the various street fairs and flea markets that are happening every single day in the city. Some are able to earn a living selling their art this way, while others simply find that it is an enjoyable way to earn some extra money to help them finance their hobby.
The one thing you should never assume when you are selling your work at a New York street fair is that you will be able to hide the money. These street fairs are very closely monitored and the government has a surprisingly accurate idea of just how much money vendors make at the sales. It is in your best interest to make sure that you are being honest on your tax records. You should also make sure that you keep very accurate records so that if there is a dispute, you will be able to take care of the problem quickly, and without racking up any costly fines.
Try to make sure that the art you are selling is good quality and also slightly different than the art your fellow vendors are selling. The people that come to these street fairs for the purposes of buying art are looking for unique pieces, the last thing they want is to find stall after stall of the same stuff.
Make sure that you always have plenty of business cards with you. You never know when you are going to meet up with a customer who is interested in making additional purchases and you want to make sure that they have a means of getting in touch with you.Read the rest of this entry »