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10 Best Tips For Opening An Art Gallery


1. Create A Plan, Write It Down: Starting an art gallery requires careful planning. 

Document your startup costs. Do you have a brick and mortar? Are you an online entity? Plan to pay for business software and incorporate that into start up costs. ArtCloud can help with our comprehensive art gallery platform. Learn more here.  What artists would you like to represent? Have you reached out? Do you follow them on all social media and do you know how much their artwork sells for?

2. Legal Entity Formation

Form your art gallery as a legal entity, such as an LLC, to protect your personal assets. This step ensures that your business is legally compliant and provides the necessary structure.

3. Register for Taxes

Register for state and federal taxes, including obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Compliance with tax regulations is essential for a smooth operation.

4. Set Up Business Banking

Open a business bank account and credit card to separate personal and business finances. This streamlines accounting and financial management, which you can even more easily capture in ArtCloud, which connects directly to Quickbooks. 

5. Establish Accounting Practices

Implement an effective accounting system to track expenses, income, and taxes. Proper accounting ensures accurate financial records. ArtCloud makes it easy.

6. Obtain Permits and Licenses

Secure required permits and licenses for your art gallery business. Compliance with regulations and legal requirements is crucial for smooth operations.

7. Get Business Insurance

Protect your business with appropriate insurance coverage, including liability and art gallery insurance. Insurance safeguards against unforeseen events and liabilities.

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8. Define Your Brand

Craft a strong brand identity for your art gallery. A unique brand helps your gallery stand out and attracts customers. Your logo and look matter. ArtCloud allows for custom branded business that export with one click. Easy. 

9. Develop A Communications Plan

Establish a business phone system for effective communication with customers and partners. What is the target market of collectors in your area? Do you have a list of contacts to start with? ArtCloud's industry leading CRM (Contacts) is fully integrated with your email, inventory, invoices, and much more - making it easy to get in touch and know everything you need to know about your collectors. 

10. Create a Website

Develop a professional website to showcase your gallery's inventory, events, news, etc. An online presence is essential for attracting a wider audience. ArtCloud's Website Builder is the way to go. 


Starting an art gallery involves meticulous planning, legal considerations, financial management, and effective communication. By following these steps and utilizing an all-in-one business platform like ArtCloud, you can lay the groundwork for a successful and thriving art gallery business.

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