Starting a Calligraphy Business?

How do you get started in a calligraphy business? I don’t have all the details, but I do know that you’ll need to determine exactly what you want to do with your skills. I thought I’d jot down the different kinds of ways we can apply our calligraphy.

  • Create clipart and sell online through shutterstock.com, fotolia.com, istockphoto.com, and similar sites.
  • Create custom gift pieces and sell online at etsy.com.
  • Sell small services or pieces at fiverr.com.
  • Create popular phrases and market them on mugs, apparel, and other gift items through zazzle.com and similar sites.
  • Do personalized framed or unframed certificates, poetry, notes, letters, quotes.Do diplomas and degrees for learning institutions.
  • Do wedding invitations and the associated paper pieces that go with it.
  • Submit work for the movie industry.
  • With knowledgeable graphic design skills, apply your calligraphy to full design services.
  • Teach calligraphy classes or tutor individuals – post a job at http://www.guru.com/d/freelancers/q/calligraphy/
  • Write how-to books on calligraphy.
  • Create bound calligraphy art books or custom books.
  • Produce calligraphy-related video(s) and sell on disc.

I thought I would do a quick search on the Internet for more ideas. I really hit the jackpot — this page has over 200 uses for calligraphy! http://www.willowrosevillage.com/WillowroseCalligraphy/uses.html

On this Reddit page, a calligrapher shares his (or her) insightful questions to ask regarding starting a calligraphy business: https://www.reddit.com/r/Calligraphy/comments/53umr3/question_business/

What would you do if you decided to practice calligraphy as a part-time or full-time business? How would you specialize?

About Steve Husting

Steve Husting is a mild webmaster by day and fearless writer by night. He is deaf, loves making calligraphy, hiking, terrific movies, and making the Bible's message clear to his readers. His devotionals are regularly published in Daily Devotionals for the Deaf, and his latest apps are sold in the iTunes App Store. His self-published Christian and calligraphy books are on lulu.com/spotlight/stevehusting
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