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cerf_tip_of_the_month_smallResolve to Cover your A’s: Art, Assets and Archives

January, 2016 | Tip of the Month

It’s January. You have likely made great resolutions to advance your art career in 2017, but here’s one resolution every artist can quickly check off the to-do list in less than an hour!

Resolve to visually record your art business inventory. Let’s get started!

“I would recommend to any artist to do a yearly inventory of tools and materials. The time you will save and peace of mind earned will be well worth it,” says New Jersey wood carver Jode Hillman regarding his insurance claim after a 2013 woodshop fire.

  • Take pictures or shoot a video of your business property and its contents. Include every angle of your studio, inside and out. Don’t forget any nooks, crannies, and inside closets and drawers.
  • Narrate the video as you film, if you like. If photographing, include the make and model of any major tools in the photo saved file names.
  • Transfer the resulting video or image files to your computer and organize, then upload them to “cloud” storage (or directly from your cell phone if that is your image recording device). Services such as box.com, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud and OneDrive offer free storage as well as paid accounts..
  • Recording more detailed information about your art business assets is a good idea. Once you have created and safely stored the visual record, consider creating a list of the items along with their purchase date and value. As a computer spreadsheet, this too can be stored in the cloud with the image files.

There! You now have a safe record of most of your business assets. Congratulations! Do this every year at the beginning of the year. and if you make improvements to your studio or invest in new tools during the year, add images of those to your cloud stash as you go.

Now that you have a digital record of your “assets”, here are some next steps to continue your preparedness efforts.

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