Check out my favorite business books and tools that I think are helpful for running a small art gallery business.
Worthy reads for art gallery professionals
Publications and Resources
Art World News is focused on making the art publisher, art wholesaler, framing supplier, gallery owner and director, custom framer, and artist successful. They do so by creating the best-read trade magazine serving the art and framing industry.
Social Media Planners and Schedulers
Social Media Content Creation
Buffer offers a pretty cool free tool called Stories Creator. The beauty of a tool like this is that you can create your Facebook and Instagram Stories in batches. Creating Stories for social media on your phone is much harder than working on a desktop.
This is a really cool tool for creating fast videos by repurposing your gallery’s blog or artist’s bio or statement. Lumen5 is a desktop browser-based app. Videos are created with images that you upload or media they offer, including video clips. You can also add music. The app animates it for your and saves it as video file.
IG:dm, is a free downloadable desktop application for Instagram direct messages. Once installed, log into your Instagram account and your off and running. It is only for messaging however, but it means you don’t have to be chained to your phone to respond to messages. One hiccup to be aware of is that the software doesn’t always play nicely with Windows 10 or 8.
If you create videos where you are on camera and feel more comfortable using a script, try Teleprompt.me. It is another free tool that works with the Chrome browser. It’s your very own teleprompter to help you look more polished and professional on camera.
Interest free loans for collectors. Learn more about becoming a gallery partner to offer payment options to your buyers.
Guidelines on combatting Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing – Responsible Art Market : Responsible Art Market
A platform that takes you through the art money laundering process to ensure that all steps have been taken and highlights all red flags that need to be addressed
Art World Job Postings
Art Frankly is a platform for the international art world to post jobs, find spaces and discover new opportunities while building an online professional presence.
Use Google’s PageSpeed insights to evaluate your website’s performance for both mobile and desktop versions.
Not sure if your gallery’s website meets the new mobile requirements? Check out Google’s mobile testing tool.
Explore Google Search Console tool to see where your art gallery’s website stands on many different aspects of SEO.
Goals and Productivity
- Productivity Wizard – For goal setting and tracking or just a to do app. Love this!!
- Wunderlist – Great to do list app.
- Asana – Project management tool for teams
- Daily Greatness Business Planner – Physical daily and annual business planner to set business goals, social media plan, budget, etc. Well designed!!
- Evernote – Fabulous program for saving notes, web clips or anything. Use daily!!