Selling your artwork online can be a rewarding and convenient way to showcase your talent and earn income. However, in this digital age, it’s crucial to understand the potential risks and take necessary precautions to protect your creations.
We’ve pulled together 11 valuable tips on how to stay safe and minimize the risks that come with selling your work online.
1. Secure Your Website
Make sure your website has a secure connection and uses a reliable platform. Regularly update your website’s software and plugins.
2. Use Strong Passwords
Create unique and strong passwords for all your online accounts, including social media. Consider using a password manager to keep track of them securely.
3. Protect Customer Data
Use secure payment sites to ensure customers’ personal information is kept safe.
4. Be Cautious of Scams
Be wary of suspicious emails, payment requests, or shipping instructions. If something seems off, trust your instincts and investigate further.
5. Educate Yourself About Online Security
Regularly research and educate yourself on potential risks, fraud prevention techniques, and best practices for online selling.
6. Invest in Proper Packaging
Ensure your artwork is well-packaged. Use sturdy materials such as bubble wrap, cardboard corners, and custom-made boxes to protect from potential damage.
7. Document Your Artwork
Before shipping your work, document it thoroughly to showcase the condition. These visual records can serve as valuable evidence in case of any disputes or claims.
8. Choose Reliable Shipping Methods
Research reputable carriers with proven track records for handling fragile items carefully. Opt for shipping options that provide tracking numbers and insurance coverage.
9. Clearly Communicate Shipping Policies
To avoid misunderstandings, clearly state your shipping policies. Include information about estimated delivery times, shipping fees, and any additional info customers should know.
10. Maintain Detailed Records
Keep a record of each transaction, shipping information, and any communication with buyers. Maintaining organized records can help resolve potential disputes.
11. Obtain Adequate Insurance Coverage
While taking preventive measures is crucial, accidents can still happen. Artist and crafter insurance may cover you if a customer gets hurt or a product is damaged during shipping.
Remember, while these steps can help protect your small business, it’s always a good idea to consult with professionals or seek legal advice if you have specific concerns or questions. If you have a specific question regarding ACT’s artist and crafter insurance, you can give us a call at 844.520.6991 or send us a message at email@example.com.
Brianna Hale is a Marketing Communications Specialist at ACT Insurance. She specializes in all things craft insurance—from event liability to covering an Etsy business and more. Outside of work, she can often be found at a concert, traveling, or practicing film photography.