Making art and making an art career are two different things. A professional artist is responsible for the day-to-day business of their career such as financial management, applying for grants and funding, documenting work marketing, promotion, researching opportunities, and a list of other tasks. These areas are t always covered within the education system so, while highly educated and skilled, many visual artists are t prepared for the reality of life after art college. As an artist led organisation Visual Artists Ireland is keenly aware that artists are pressed for time, trying to fit their art making into daily lives that juggle family, work and other commitments. We hope this manual will provide you with some of the tools to make the most of the opportunities that come your way, whether it be pursuing a post graduate course, getting a studio, entering juried exhibitions, initiating your own projects or getting representation through a gallery.