108: The One Thing You Need to Make Your Art Business “Real”

with host artist Miriam Schulman

Today, we’re talking all about the one thing you need to make your art business “real.” If you already consider your business real and not a hobby, make sure you have this one thing!


In this podcast, you will discover…

  • Why I never have to ask my husband’s “permission” to spend money.
  • Why this one thing will help you make the most important decisions that will grow your art business.
  • As a little bonus, I’m going to catch you up on art news in and around NYC.

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About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and M.I.T, I initially pursued finance but after witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and my story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. My forthcoming book with HarperCollins Leadership on how to make it as an artist is scheduled to be released January 31, 2023. When I’m not in the studio, you can find me hanging out with my husband, adult kids, and a tuxedo cat named Ebony. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies


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Listener shout out of the week!

“I recently finished chemo treatment and am finally getting back to exercising–getting out walking for a couple of miles a day. I am totally new to podcasts and was lucky enough to find yours. I listened to a few recent episodes and then went back to the first episode and have been working my way forward from there. I’ve found the podcast inspiring and motivating. It has been really wonderful to have that familiar New York voice accompany me each morning. You are making my walks better and hopefully making my art career better as well.”

~James Andrews, jamesandrewsart.com, @james_andrews_art

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3 thoughts on “108: The One Thing You Need to Make Your Art Business “Real””

  1. I set up a separate account when I started at Spoonflower and Etsy. I had to borrow family money to open it, but paid it back after a while. We ran into a problem when our bank put a fee on checking accounts that were below a certain level and the only way we could avoid fees was to combine the two checking accounts. Now that we are retired, there is consistently a reasonable amount in the account. My art really has only been a hobby. Though I did just have my very first quilt commission!

    • I don’t work outside the home and farm where we live. I mentioned registering my business to my husband and he wasn’t impressed with the idea.

  2. Just some thoughts on today’s topic…. In the past, I have used the ‘excuse’ before of having to ask my husband when I really didn’t want to buy whatever the item was… so that might be one reason your people have said that. Also, there are some women who don’t earn money outside of what their husband makes… My 41 yr old daughter, case in point. So she would need to discuss spending large amounts with him first. But, I agree that if you are going to start a business, you Need to have a separate account. Thanks for your raw honesty… i love it!


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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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