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.
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.
Links to Values Sorting Exercise
Legal and Tax Entities/Business Forms.
Rhode Island Business Structures Guide from Sec of State
Costs By Business Structure in RI
Business Names, State and City Registration; Banking and Insurance.
Finance 101: Budgeting and Bookkeeping.
Creative Capital’s Budget Tips and Templates
Finance 201: Taxes, E-Commerce.
Guest Lecturer: Erica Hope Guatieri, CPA, MST; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing 101: Who is it for? Who will pay for it?
Ted Talk: Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking
Marketing 201: Personas, goals, branding.
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.
Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts
Contracts and Negotiation.
Getting Your Sh*t Together – Forms and Templates
Article on Force Majeure, the pandemic, and artist contracts by Luke from VLA
Funding, Calls for Art, Public Art, Residencies.
Small Business Resources.