Creative Business

Many creative business owners find the business side of art dull, tedious, and maybe even a little scary, but managing your company's money doesn't have to turn into a chore. Here, we've shared tips from the experts on handling the business side of art, from accounting basics to financial software solutions, without losing your mind.

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Tax Time Made Easier: Start Preparing for Next Year Now

As far as the IRS is concerned, selling handmade items as a hobby and selling them as a business are two very different things. When it’s just a hobby, you’re required to pay tax on the income but there are limits on what you can deduct. Once that activity becomes a business, the IRS allows you to deduct almost all of your expenses including a portion of travel and meals while at a craft fair and the electricity it takes to run your home office.
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What is it that Makes Your Product Unique: Defining your USP

When it comes to selling anything, one of the biggest mistakes a lot of people make is just throwing a product online without really defining what makes it special and unique. When customers have plenty of options to choose from, it becomes important for them to know why specifically they should choose your product instead of your competition’s product. This definition is know as a unique selling proposition, or USP for short. In marketing, knowing your USP will help you sell your product to potential clients by defining what sets you apart.
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How to Run a Business When you Have Another Job

Like many online-based business owners, you may be working on your dream business while still working a day job to pay the bills. This can actually be a great way to break into being your own boss, since you don’t have to rely on your business income right off the bat. Of course, finding enough time to work on your business and making sure it gets the attention it deserves can be difficult, so below are three areas where you can help to streamline your business and make sure that it gets the TLC it deserves while you keep your day job.
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How a Little Love Turns Buyers into Repeat Customers

You have probably heard the saying that it is easier to get more business out of an existing customer than it is to get a new customer, and this is definitely true! But how do you get your customers to fall in love with your brand and become repeat buyers? Well the good news is it doesn’t take Cupid’s arrow to make them swoon over your business and come back for more. Just adding a couple changes to the way you handle client relations should be enough to bring you some repeat business from your existing customer base! Here are a few ideas to get you started!
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Selling the Holidays: Why You Should, Shouldn't and How to Do it Right

Like many other American holidays, Valentine’s Day means more money in the retail cash registers. The National Retail Federation says this year shoppers will spend a record $18.9 billion on the ones they love. $1.7 million will go toward candy, another $3.4 million for a special night out and one in five will spend a combined $4.8 million on jewelry. With numbers like those, creating holiday themed products for your store seems like a no-brainer. But where there’s reward, there’s also risk.
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2015 Craft Fair and Art Show Resource Guide

When you have an IndieMade store, you’ve opened your doors to the world. So why would you want to spend the time and effort to sell your wares at a small, local craft fair? There are a number of reasons starting with; it’s good to get out. I know, that makes me sound like a nagging mom (Turn off that TV and go outside and play!), but it’s true. As creatives, we have a tendency to huddle in our workrooms with Facebook as our only link to what’s happening in the world. That’s good for productivity but not good for you as a person, or a business owner.

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