"A business plan is a road map formal (formal in the sense that you should write it down) document where you state the goals, objectives and expected results for your art business. You plan can be very long and detailed or it can be just a few pages – it is really up to you to decide what your art business requires. Developing your business plan will make you think about all of the things that affect your art business and what you intend to do to make your art business a success..."
The first few steps in developing a business plan for your art or creative enterprise are to identify your overall direction after careful consideration of you external and internal business environments and capabilities. This article from Creatives and Business LLC describes how goals and objectives can lead to development of your artistic business.
A basic checklist and presentation prepared by Fresh Arts in conjunction with the "Business Skills for Visual Artists" workshop.
This presentation by artist Taft McWhorter from 2012 offers artists tips on how to take their art career to the next level.
GrantSpace provides easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations. GrantSpace is a service of the Foundation Center.
Each year, over 1,000,000 new businesses incorporate, yet 9 out of 10 of these businesses will fail in the first 5 years. The leading cause of this business failure is the lack of preparation and timely access to adequate funding and credit. Here are four key funding secrets that every business owner should know:
The U.S. Small Business Administration's website provides a variety of content to help small businesses grow and succeed through educational articles, media, and free online small business courses. Peruse their library for additional resources regarding business startup and assistance
The Greater Houston Partnership provides a platform for businesses of all sizes to grow their company. The Partnership is the place to network, gain key insights on issues facing today’s businesses and to work alongside other Houston area business leaders to make Houston the world’s best place to live, work and build a business. Visit this link for membership and resources information.
Home business is booming, and so is craft and hobby business. Perhaps you seek artistic freedom or are driven by a desire to love what you do. Whatever your goals, there are some basic things you can do to improve your chances of success, and make sure you're running a safe and legal business.