Are you feeling the crunch artists? The lack of enough time? What more can you do?? Well, I know I certainly am! Paintings take time!
Unfortunately, it is that time of year where we find out if we are super human or NOT! Why does everyone wait until the last minute? As one of fellow artist friend put it, “Do our customers think we are a printer?” I know that you, as well as myself, deal with this issue during the Christmas holidays especially.
Is there an answer?
I don’t really know the answer to this delima as every year I try different strategies to get customers to plan sooner. I have explained that the sooner they get their order in, the more quality time I have to make sure their painting is done to the best of my ability. After pondering the situation quit a bit, I think I am making progress and have come up with a new strategy that might work this year.
My Holiday strategy!
- I will decide how many pet portraits and/or paintings I can possibly take on in 2016. For example: 2 per month would equal 24 spots. Once these are filled I will have to tell potential clients that they will be next in line and a Gift Certicate for Christmas will be issued.
- Stick to my cut-off date for Christmas….and really mean it!
With the above approach, I am hopeful for a less stressful holiday season in 2016. I will let you in on how well it turned out! What are your strategies for remaining sane during this time of year? I would love to hear a “squawk back” in the comments below. Until then “Paint on” my friends! Eleven days and counting! Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!