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Looking for art career inspiration and ideas while you’re working in the studio or schlepping your art across the country? Alyson Stanfield helps you be a more productive artist, a more empowered artist, and a more successful artist. https://ArtBizSuccess.com/podcasts/

Aug 20, 2020
Four and a half years ago I hired the best assistant I have ever had at Art Biz Success. She has been loyal, prompt, and 200% dependable.

She was 21 years old at the time—about to turn 22—and had just graduated early from college.

After making many hiring mistakes in the past, I was determined to do it right this time

And I did. I hit the jackpot.

Mesa is moving on to new professional opportunities, but I wanted to give her a little surprise send-off. (Any typos are on me this week!)

In episode #59 of the Art Biz Podcast I tell you exactly how I hired the perfect person for my business at the time. I also give you the steps I put in place to make sure that we maintained a good relationship and that, above all, she enjoyed her position.

I touch on the hiring process, setting up an assistant for success, working together, and keeping her happy.

I also share my mistakes. I’m sure there are more that I’m unaware of, but I can tell you about those I know.

I get a little vulnerable and a lot sentimental. I’m sharing the story because I don’t know of a single artist who wouldn’t like a little more help with their business. Perhaps you’ll benefit from my experience.


I'm grateful that Mesa and I have dedicated so much energy to greasing our systems. All tasks are properly documented in our Notion app, and we've spent three weeks poring over them to make sure that someone else could take over the tasks.

THAT's why I love systems so much--because they help my business run (almost) on autopilot.

If your systems are broken or, worse, non-existent, I invite you to take a look at the Art Career Success System, an intensive program that guides you through the systems you need for a successful art business.

Whether you need to create an income plan, find new venues, write an artist statement, or improve your marketing, I've got you covered in the ACSS. See the individual courses, calls, and download a suggested syllabus at http://artcareersuccesssystem.com .


Music for the podcast is by Wildermiss: Wildermiss.com

Read the show notes, see photos, and leave a comment at https://ArtBizSuccess.com/podcasts (episode 59).

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