The best places to sell your artwork online to support your creative business.
Back in the day, artists were pretty limited in how, when and where they could sell their art. There were no sites to sell artwork. If you wanted to get your art into someone’s hands, you had to find a way to get to them in person, whether at a fine art gallery, a creative show or an impromptu street sale.
But thanks to the internet, it’s never been easier for artists to share their work online with art enthusiasts across the globe—and to actually sell that art and support their businesses.
Let’s take a look at some of the best sites to sell artwork online so you can get money from that sale right into your pocket.
You can’t talk about sites to sell artwork without mentioning Etsy. Launched in 2005, this mega-popular online marketplace has become the go-to spot for crafters, designers, painters and artists of all kinds to showcase their work, connect with potential customers and sell their art online.
Etsy’s popularity is both the biggest draw and the biggest challenge for artists. Its online marketplace gives you exposure to one of the largest audiences of craft and art enthusiasts on the internet. On the flip side, it also has one of the largest groups of artists trying to make a living off their work, which can make it hard to break through and get your art in front of the right people online.
How to sell art on Etsy:
To sell your art on Etsy, you’ll need to create an Etsy shop. Once you’ve created your shop, you can list your products (make sure to include high-quality photos) and start marketing your products and making sales. Luckily, Etsy has a variety of tools to help you get your art in front of the right audience.
In terms of fees, Etsy charges a nominal listing fee. If your art sells, you’ll pay a 5% transaction fee and a 3% + $0.25 payment processing fee. There are also additional advertising fees if you want to promote your products on the Etsy platform or off-site.
These days, people buy just about everything on Amazon—and that includes art.
Depending on the type of art you’re selling, the world’s largest online retailer has a variety of opportunities, including Amazon Handmade, which features homemade, crafted items. Plus there’s an entire section dedicated to fine art, featuring one-of-a-kind paintings, drawings, watercolors and photographs from partner artists.
How to sell art on Amazon:
Amazon has different fee structures based on where and how you want to sell your products.
With Amazon Fine Art, you’ll need to get approval through Amazon. Once approved, you’ll pay $0.99 per unit sale and a referral fee of between 5 and 20% based on total cost. You can get a full breakdown of fees on Amazon’s seller pricing page.
If you want to sell your art through Amazon Handmade, referral fees are 15% per sale (listing your art is free).
If you’re looking for versatility, consider FineArtAmerica, one of the world’s largest online art marketplaces. FineArtAmerica combines a more traditional gallery model with extensive print-on-demand offerings. Whether you want to sell your original artwork online or give people theContinue reading