Artists have always been challenged trying to find ways and means to support themselves financially. We aren't 'destined to be poor', but wow it sure can seem that way for many of us trying to make money from our creativity by way of trying to find a market for whatever we create.
I have spent many years reading, studying and learning how to go about this. I've come to two conclusions. Make a lot of art and educate yourself, learning everything you possibly can about marketing. Of course online marketing is essential today, if you want to be kept in the loop, but this does not substitute or suffice for doing the physical leg work of the artist, that is necessary to find a niche and to sell your work.
I've researched and Googled myself silly searching for online sites that have practical suggestions, advice and support for artists and have found quite a few helpful sites over the years. This week I found a new one that impressed me. Unconventional Guides its very helpful, especially if you are new to the online labyrinth of searching and you might find helpful. I have also listed below, links to some sites that I have used to assist me as an artist. I will update and add the list as I think of more.
Reading other artist's blogs, networking through social media, and simply being computer literate is a must and helps immeasurably!