Make the most of the tools we provide!
Check out this handy Best Practices Guide!
As an Artist trying to sell your handmade goods or services, you are the very definition of an entrepreneur!
Obtaining a Business License & Where to Get One
We encourage collaboration between our Exclusive & Inclusive Memberships!
Inclusive Members can approach Expert Exclusive Members offering products or services in order to Commission Works that meet their specifications!
Our Expert Exclusive Members have the skills & talents to aid our Inclusive Members with bringing their visions to life!
Please Note: It is customary to pay additional Artists for special requests or custom work!
Best Practices for Commissioned Work
While performing commissioned work, it is important to protect the interests of all parties involved.
Therefore, we recommend the use of a contract between the Exclusive Member performing the creative work and the Inclusive Member commissioning the creative work.
Appeals to a VARIETY of Artists & Creatives
Authors | Bloggers | Comedians | Crafters | Dancers | Entertainers | Filmmakers | Musicians | Painters | Performers | Producers | Sculptors | Singers
Our Fee & Pricing Guide
These are only recommendations, intended to provide guidance in beginning negotiations between our Members. An agreement that is fair and equitable for all parties involved should be reached prior to beginning work. We highly recommend that these agreements be in writing to protect our Members.
Makyn Originals Studios LLC is not responsible for meeting contractual obligations on behalf of our Members. The Members who enter into such contracts are party to the agreement, not Makyn.me.
If you are having difficulty, you will have to take it up with the Members who are party to the contract. We merely provide a suitable contract for our Membership to utilize for this purpose.
Artists should provide a written estimate the expected cost of goods/materials/time/work to the Benefactors.
We highly recommend that Artists secure half of the estimated full price of the project prior to beginning work on a project.
Upon completion of work, the remaining balance is due. The Artist should invoice for the work, and payment should be transferred to the Artist immediately.
We encourage our Benefactors to provide a retainer to the Artist. This serves a couple valuable purposes,
1.) A retainer offers assurances to the Artist that the Benefactor will pay, and when completed the retainer often is subtracted from the remaining balance
2.) The retainer acts as a security deposit in the event you cannot or are unwilling to pay
3.) Retainers are non-refundable, so if the Benefactor changes their mind mid-project, this minimizes the risks of loss to the Artist for an uncompleted project.
Potential Resources for Financing
- Apply for a personal or business loan through a credit union or other banking/financial institutions
- Small Business Administration – Funding Programs | Capital Investment + Grants + Loans
- Apply for Grants – Grants.gov
- SAM.gov – Government Awarded Contracts
- If you own your home, consider a Cash-Out Refinance with RocketLoans
- Kabbage Small Business
- Fundraising & Crowd-funding: Kickstarter, Patreon, GoFundMe, Indegogo, GoGetFunding, Ulele, RocketHub, CrowdSupply
Federal Tax ID Number
Protect Your Work
Because Makyn.me is an Online Social Marketplace, the products sold are shipped from the location of the seller (Artist) to the location of the buyer (Benefactor).
The Artist should consider purchasing insurance with the Shipping Carrier to cover their work during shipment. In the event that the work is damaged, lost or stolen, this will help the Artist recover the loss sustained.
Sales & Use Tax
Venues to Consider
Some Artists earn a living take their wares to market at local farmers gatherings, flea markets or get their start at the craft fair or a show in their niche.
Artists find work by entertaining & performing at various venues, food establishments & restaurants, & clubs!
Other Creatives supplement their income & get fulfillment from teaching classes & helping budding Artists learn the ropes!
Another idea is to approach locally owned stores about retailing your products, offering them a decent markup to sell your products. Provide them with a nice picture frame containing details and information that would appeal to your customers about you & your craft to help them sell your Artwork.
Usually companies, even small businesses prefer to purchase products up front, at wholesale, which is usually half of the full retail value.
Certain products may be sold on a consignment-only basis. Meaning, that the work is still owned by the Artist not having been purchased remains on display at a location until it sold, and when the work sells then the Artist is charged a commission essentially to rent the space and present it to potential customers.
It is always best to document the particulars & quantities of the items left on consignment, as well as the price & the condition of the items.
A signed and dated consignment contract between the parties is useful in protecting the interests of the Artist.
Insurance may also be advisable in the event that damage, loss, or theft occurs while the product is under consignment.
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