Reducing Your Business Operating Costs

Reducing Your Business Operating Costs

Entrepreneurs can reduce costs by spending a few minutes analyzing their expenses, this blog post will walk you through determining your business operating costs and then reducing some of them. There are two types of expenses you have as a business owner, fixed, and variable…

6 Pitfalls of Setting Up a Business Bank Account

6 Pitfalls of Setting Up a Business Bank Account

Looking to take your hobby and turn it into a small business? One of the benefits and necessities of owning a small business is opening up a separate business bank account. This week’s post outlines the 6 common pitfalls of setting up a business bank…

Sales & Use Tax Tips for Artists

Sales & Use Tax Tips for Artists

Sales and use tax for artists can be very tricky. It’s an area of small businesses that can have a big learning curve when you are first starting out. This week’s blog post covers some sales and use tax basics for artists and creative small…

Payment in Exposure

Payment in Exposure

As a creative you have probably have been lured by opportunities of free exposure, networking, or some other intangible benefit. This is called “payment in exposure” or PIE. The offer to work for exposure runs rampant in the creative realm. Artists are constantly asked to…

The Double Costs of Studio Rental

The Double Costs of Studio Rental

Having a separate studio is oftentimes the dream of an artist, but renting can be costly, and it’s not just rent that adds up. This weeks blog post highlights the double costs associated with having a studio or rented creative space, meaning the things that…

Why Art Professors Always get Grants: 6 Myths of Art Funding

Why Art Professors Always get Grants: 6 Myths of Art Funding

The fact that you’re reading this week’s post is probably because you have had a few missed opportunities and feel a bit stuck on grant writing and other creative opportunities.  While it may feel like established artists and professors always  are receiving awards and grants,…

Creative Cash: 4 Art Things You Should Pay For

Creative Cash: 4 Art Things You Should Pay For

Artists are always very creative, this includes how money is spent. All expenses can add up quickly, especially the tools and supplies needed to make the work we love. While our creative brains are good at problem solving and finding the most budget friendly way…

Grant Tips: Final Reports

Grant Tips: Final Reports

    This article of grant tips is based on the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant which is funded through the Legacy Amendment. Although most of these tips can be generalized and applied to any sort of grant final report. My tips are…

Grant Barriers: How to Tackle Your Creative Hurdles in Writing

Grant Barriers: How to Tackle Your Creative Hurdles in Writing

A creative colleague of mine recently emailed me and asked for some advice about the “barriers” section of grants. The barriers section is the part of the grant where you describe what you are struggling with that the grant will help you with. I did…

24 Grant Writing Tips Part 2

24 Grant Writing Tips Part 2

13. Attend the Info Session If the grant is offering an info session, attend it. I can guarantee you will learn something even if you have applied to the grant before. Things always change in applications. 14. Complete Your Grant Before the Deadline I once was…