Business Start Up For Creatives (Online)

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This popular online course is for artists, designers (e.g. graphic, product & fashion), photographers and image makers who wish to know about how to set up a business and learn about the benefits of setting up a company or becoming self-employed. Did you know for instance that you can be employed and be self-employed at the same time? Did you know that if you sell work, pieces from your collection, gain commissions or run workshops on an ongoing basis that you have to gain legal trading status? Don’t panic! In eight live sessions you will discover where to find support, how to write a business plan, develop extensive networks, identify trends, and potential markets for your artwork, creative products and skills...

Taught by: Alison Branagan.

Description

This popular online course is for artists, designers (e.g. graphic, product & fashion), photographers and image makers who wish to know about how to set up a business and learn about the benefits of setting up a company or becoming self-employed. Did you know for instance that you can be employed and be self-employed at the same time? Did you know that if you sell work, pieces from your collection, gain commissions or run workshops on an ongoing basis that you have to gain legal trading status? Don’t panic! In eight live sessions you will discover where to find support, how to write a business plan, develop extensive networks, identify trends, and potential markets for your artwork, creative products and skills.

Other topics include: intellectual property, key legal issues, money management, taxation, crowdfunding and invoicing.

Though the detail of this course is for creatives who wish to set up a business in the UK, the general content of the course is essential for any artist and designer based anywhere in the world. This is especially so for artists and designers who desire to trade with UK businesses or other countries within the European Union. Students will get access to a set of extensive handouts including money management and bookkeeping spreadsheets which have been specially designed for creative practitioners and businesses. Coursework is on the whole optional. However, weekly online feedback is available to all who complete the various activities.

Course extras:

  • City Law firm Silverman Sherliker LLP is pleased to offer 1 hour's free legal advice to course delegates on Business Start-ups for Creatives Online.
  • For concept and idea protection Creative Barcode offer a free 20 minute Q & A with CEO Maxine Horn on Skype and a massive discount off of its IP protection product including IP Tags, registration of work, file transfer service and much more. 

Course Schedule 8 weeks: 1.5 hours of live class per week

1st week
The first steps to setting up as self-employed and how to develop social and business networks in your arts sector or industry.

2nd week
You will discover more about: Market research, trends, innovation and how to define what is unique about your practice or business idea.

3rd week
During this workshop you will understand more about how to write a business plan and develop a longer term vision whilst raising your awareness about possible risks and skills gaps.

4th week
By the end of this lecture you will be able to organise you time more efficiently and learn how to realistically cost a service such as a day rate or pricing an artwork/creative product.

5th week
After this talk you will know how to: Manage a business bank account, draft an invoice, secure payment from clients and why it is advisable to have terms and conditions.

6th week
The objective of this talk is to raise your awareness of contract law and become familiar with key regulations which apply to anyone who lives in the UK or wishes to trade with or within the European Union, thus enabling you to trade legally, safely and ethically.

7th week
This seminar is all about Intellectual Property and introduces important matters such as: Choosing a business name, how to protect and also exploit your creative rights concerning trademark, patent, design right and copyright.

8th week
The final session provides an overview of: Funding, money management, how taxation applies and what records you are required to keep by law.

Alison Branagan is an author, lecturer and visual arts consultant. She has written several books including: 'Making Sense of Business', 'The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers' and 'A Pocket Business Guide for Artists and Designers'.

What are previous students saying about this course?

'Business start-up fro Creatives Online was a very useful course and very well structured. I found that every week I learned something new and many of my questions were answered. At the end of the course I felt more confident to make my business plan and I also learned in which aspects of my business to be careful.'- Katerina L.

'Business Start-up for Creatives Online' was conducted spectacularly with very interesting lessons. The course was extremely well organised. Stellar! Definitely!'- Barbara C.

Please note this course is being delivered on UK time.  To view more information and a live UK clock, please follow this link: http://www.timeanddate.com/time/zone/uk/london

Please refer to your joining instructions about getting set up for your first session. 
Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here:
http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/courses/short-courses/short-courses-online/frequently-asked-questions/

Read more about this course on the CSM Short Course blog http://csmshortcourses.myblog.arts.ac.uk/




Tutor information

Alison Branagan MA IC FRSA’s publications include 'The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers', and 'A Pocket Business Guide for Artists and Designers' both published by A & C Black, 'Making Sense of Business' (A no-nonsense business skills guide for managers and entrepreneurs, published by Kogan-Page). For more information and to view over one hundred student testimonials go to www.alisonbranagan.com and www.makingsenseofbusiness.com

Materials

Please bring to your first session:

  • Copy of Alison's book (optional, but strongly recommended 'The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers' Revised and Updated). http://is.gd/5CmjLQ
  • For the first session please make sure you have a pen and a notepad to hand

Details for booking

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