Why as a creative person you need to understand business

So I was contacted recently to sell my artwork on a site. The idea of me selling my calligraphy  is always a great thing. By my artwork I was referring to my calligraphy work and etc. At first I was like “oh yeah” why not? Well let me tell you why I am not going to do it.

Being a creative person whether your a designer or not you need to understand business. By business understanding profit/loss and many other things. If you are ever offered to do business or sell your artwork take the time to understand what you are giving up. You could be giving up rights and even profits.

So the organization said that I would receive 10% of profits. Ten percent is a joke especially when there are other places where I can get 95% or even greater of the profits. This is where a lot of people get taken advantage of and or they think the artist is not knowledgeable.

I want you to avoid having the mindset of I cannot do such a thing on my own. Well you can if you are willing to educate yourself. Do not fall into the trap of letting other people decide things for you. If you are in business as a freelancer or wherever there is nothing wrong with asking for advice on things. But you need to do what you feel is right.

Then learn the difference between a crappy deal and a good deal. There are a lot of people who will give you crappy deals just because. Know your value and worth stop selling yourself short. Because there is not a reason in the world you are not good enough. But all of this boils down to how much you believe in yourself and how much you value your work.