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When I first approached SCORE I was very reluctant to put myself out into the community to network. I describe myself as a "loner" who would much prefer to work in my studio. It was very hard for me to approach potential referral sources with requests, and to promote my work with potential clients. And I did not really know how to do it effecticely and economically.

SCORE workshops and mentors helped me overcome these resistances and showed by how to analyze options and budgets. Mentors organized a brain-storming session, inviting a group of other mentors. All that experience gathered at my studio, and for FREE. You cannot buy the expertise of these successful business persons.

I requested that my mentors take on the job of holding me accountable to follow their advice, which they did. Even though I must have been exasperating to some of them in my slowness to act at times.

The outcome at present is thatr in the past three years I have gone from grossing under $10K from my artwork to over $30K. Each time I surpass one annual figure, I up the ante another $10K, so this year's goal is $45K gross. Not bad for a 75 year old artist who quit her day job at 62 to pursue a career in art. Currently, counting my art income with retrement incomes, I actually net more than I did in my previous career.

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