Business Basics Bootcamp

Business Basics Bootcamp is a free, eleven week, sequential course designed to get your small business formalized. Focused on artists who are self employed or sole proprietors, this course will cover legal and tax entities; marketing basics; finance basics; intellectual property; contracts; and accessing other resources. This will help you access small business funding and supports, as well as organize your business skills in support of your artistic practice. You are encouraged to attend all of the sessions, but it is not required. The classes will be recorded and available to view here the day after the class. Mollie will hold office hours each week, you can either drop in to Zoom office hours between 3 and 4pm and Thursdays, or set up an appointment to ask questions, get additional support, or fill out/start paperwork discussed in the course. All resources, links, class slides, and readings will be available on this page.

Classes will be Tuesdays from 4-6pm, from October 6-December 15th. You can register via Zoom, and join each class session here.

Office hours will be held via Zoom on Thursdays from 3-4pm, from October 8th through December 17th. You can join office hours here. You can also email Mollie to schedule an appointment.

Week One- October 6th

Introduction, Values Identification, Goal Setting.

Note: Since this session was very interactive, and we spent the majority of the time either doing work or sharing the results, I have only shared the slides and not the recording. The slides will take you through the exercises we did.

Slides

Links to Values Sorting Exercise

Week Two- October 13th

Legal and Tax Entities/Business Forms.

Slides

Rhode Island Business Structures Guide from Sec of State

Costs By Business Structure in RI

 

Week Three- October 20th

Business Names, State and City Registration; Banking and Insurance.

Week Four- October 27th

Finance 101: Budgeting and Bookkeeping.

Week Five- November 3rd

Finance 201: Taxes, E-Commerce.

Week Six- November 10th

Marketing 101: Who is it for? Who will pay for it?

Week Seven-November 17th

Marketing 201: Personas, goals, branding.

Week Eight- November 24th

Intellectual Property Basics: copyright, trademark, protecting yourself, licensing.

Note: This class will be guest taught by Luke Blackader from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts New England.

Week Nine- December 1st

Contracts and Negotiation.

Week Ten- December 8th

Funding, Calls for Art, Public Art, Residencies.

Week Eleven- December 15th

Small Business Resources.

PDF of syllabus.