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Over the last few months, I’ve received questions regarding my experiences with applying to artist alley, how to prepare for a convention, and general booth presentation tips. I’d like to take this post to share a brief overview of what I’ve learned so far. This is from the perspective of someone who has done cons for a year, all within the United States.
Selecting the Best Event for your Audience
For a first con, I would recommend staying local to get a feel for running a booth before investing too much in travel.
If you are fortunate enough to have multiple cons locally to choose from, or have already had experience with local cons, then use your existing network to gather data on what type of audience is most interested in your art. Look at the profiles of people who like/favorite/reblog your art. What kind of other fandoms are they into? What demographic does most of your fanbase fit under? Can you get Google Analytics data on the type of people who visit your sites? Use this data to your advantage and find events that fit your target market.
Sales Tax, Seller’s Permits, and Income Tax
Even though art may be just your hobby and not your full-time business, it’s important that in matters when you are presenting yourself professionally (like a con) that you treat it like a legitimate business. That means keeping track of earnings and expenses spent on cons and making sure you have applied for the correct seller’s permits (check the laws of the state your con is on.) Depending on your situation, it may be worth getting a business license as well.
Keep in mind that at the end of the year, you will be paying income tax based on the money you earned as well, so keep a portion of your earnings aside to be prepared for this. Keeping receipts for all expenses incurred (printing, shipping, stock imagery, marketing costs, etc) using clean books is helpful for possibly lessening your tax burden.
There is a significant amount of financial and legal knowledge that is important for creators to know that is beyond what I can cover here, but some resources you can use to learn more are:
Other items that are great for including are a nice quality tablecloth, banner with your business name or handle, business cards, money deposit bag, and a browsable portfolio case. I prefer a refillable portfolio so I can customize the page count plus switch out pages as they get too grimy/ripped (yes this will happen.) Get a portfolio case here: amzn.to/1YTI8T1
To avoid damage to your prints, and to keep them organized easily, I recommend a roller bag with hard shell. You can use file folders inside to easily manage all your prints. The one I have used for several cons can be found here: http://amzn.to/1P4CKKx I love this one because it holds prints up to 13x19.
For those in the US, consider upgrading to a chip card reader as well to minimize your risk.
Additionally, bringing healthy snacks, water, tissues, hand sanitizer, and a bag for trash will make your time at the table so much more pleasant!
Let me know if you’d like a more in-depth write ups for any of these topics!