Social networking has become the darling of the Internet. Why? First, it is free and easy to use. Second, it humanizes your Internet experience. And third, there are so many people now members of social networking sites that it is a powerhouse of prospects and leads just waiting to take to the next level of marketing no matter what kind of business you have. Building relationships with those prospects and members is the key to getting them to visit a webstore and making a purchase.
Where do you find potential customers for your art? Look towards the groups on Facebook, Squidoo or Twitter to find like minded people that have an interest in you. Searching "fine art," "beading," or "sculpture" in the Facebook search engine will connect you with groups already established with possibly thousands of members that joined the group because they have an interest. These people are worth networking with. They are consumers that may purchase directly from you, hobbyists who may be looking for coaching, training or guidance or other artists that can help you find customers or give you great art show circuit advice.
The point is that in the past, the Internet was a cold and anonymous place to try and do business. Hidden behind thousands of webpages or long winded sales letters were people you never really got to know. That has all changed. Because of social networking sites, the Internet has become a warmer place where people get to know each other better. They share videos and images. They chat and say "Hi." They learn from each other and they most importantly buy things.
If you have the right training, the Internet and social networking can work for you in creating the online business opportunities that you have only dreamed of. You can turn a hobby or seasonal art business in to a full time career of sales, mentoring and networking. The proper training guarantees that you won't waste time or money doing it the wrong way. Make sure that building relationships online is a priority.

Author's Bio: 

Alka Dalal , MA. , MS., (NYU and Rutgers University) with many years of corporate experience, founded i-Speak Consulting to enable individuals to take a pro-active approach in being effective communicators in the workplace. She has enjoyed success with different careers, family life and business. She is thrilled to share the stories of her struggles and triumphs in spite of adversities with others, to help them build their dreams and succeed in their own ways and finding their own creativity.She draws upon her vast experience to provide valuable tips on how to succeed in today’s economy using great tool called Internet Marketing.