Personalized Business Consulting for Artists

Many artists and craftspeople struggle with building their businesses.

Do You?


The Arts Business Institute offers solutions and support through personalized consultation sessions with our faculty.

Whether or not you have attended one of our workshops, you can get access to experts who will spend one-on-one mentoring time with you to help you focus and grow your creative business.


Your consultation consists of:

  • An evaluation of your background, business challenges and your priorities
  • An hour-long appointment by telephone or Skype with one of our faculty experts who will work with you on developing goals and strategies to meet them, customized to your needs and your lifestyle
  • A highly detailed follow-up email summarizing your discussion, and itemizing specific steps for you to move forward with your art or craft career

Amy FrankMy ABI mentor’s advice and direction were key to giving me the confidence and the know-how to begin wholesaling my products through trade shows. When we spoke, I had only 2 small, local wholesale accounts. I’m proud to say that now I have 30 in over 14 states, several with re-orders after only a few months! While I am now working hard to manage this demand and grow my brand, this is a really GOOD issue to deal with!  I don’t think I could have ramped up so quickly and so successfully without your guidance. ~ Amy Frank, Mindfully Made Studios

Consultations are offered at $125.00 per hour.

To book your own personal business consultation, click below.

The Arts Business Institute staff will be in contact with you shortly after receiving your reservation to schedule your personal appointment. You will receive an email questionnaire about your business, your goals and your priorities so that we can  fully prepare to make every minute of your session valuable!

 “My experience with the one-on-one consultation was fantastic: it was an hour-long learning experience with someone who understands from hands-on experience the vagaries the art market and who had done the research on my particular niche in advance of the interview.  I left the hour with three separate, viable options (with contacts!) for the future of my illustration business.  I learned more in this hour than I did in the whole year preceding the consultation.”   – Jessica Boehman, Illustrator

Lisa CottoneNo one thought I was a first-time exhibitor at my first tradeshow – with all the guidance and tips from ABI workshops and personalized consultations with Executive Director Carolyn Edlund, it appeared as though I’ve been refining a well-oiled business for years . . . . Thank you! – Lisa Cottone, Franjuli

If you . . .

  • Need an accountability partner
  • Want an honest, third-party critique of your existing body of work and ways to make it more marketable
  • Need to brainstorm ideas for improving your portfolio, marketing, sales and profitability
  • Want specific strategies to address your concerns and start making progress

. . . . Book your personalized business consultation today!


I have been a painter, illustrator and craftsperson for many years.  I went to Philadelphia in February to the ABI marketing workshop for artists/craftspeople where I met Carolyn Edlund, who was kind enough to offer her services as a consultant.  It was not only a fantastically informative …  Carolyn and I spoke on the phone for an hour…  I felt she was completely knowledgeable about my needs, the saleability of my work, and the trials and tribulations of being an artist trying to make a living.  I will definitely use her again and I recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone trying to market their art.             – Ellie Wyeth, Painter

Different from an open forum or workshop, which could be informative but too generic at most times, the one-hour consultation with ABI focused specifically to my needs and my business. The one-on-one consultation allows me to feel free asking questions of any sorts – from basic questions I am usually too embarrassed to ask in an open forum, like how to conduct myself in an interview with a buyer, to strategic questions like where my sweet spot is in the market. The consultant shared a similar background in trade as myself so the advice is relevant and very useful to me.” – Debbie Liu, designer and owner of Harlequin&Lionhead Jewelry

Evelyn PelatiI did my homework before I started my wholesale business, but nevertheless came upon some situations that caused me to have questions. Not knowing anybody in the business that I could ask, I was grateful to find ABI’s personalized business consulting service for artists. After our one-hour conversation, I had my questions answered and a clear plan of action for my next steps. The consultation was money well spent! – Evelyn Pelati, jewelry designer

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