Getting Started With A New Creative Business

I am going to be presenting some of the things you need to do to when starting a new creative business.  Even if you have an existing company you should take a look at these topics and make sure that you are positioned for future growth and success.  I like to think of these areas as the “nuts and bolts” which build the foundation for your company.

Some of the areas we will be exploring in future articles include:

  • Your Form of Organization
    • Sole Proprietorship
    • Partnership
    • Corporation
    • Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships
    • Which is right for you?
  • Choosing Your Business Name
    • Finding a name that can help build your brand
    • Making sure that you can use the name
    • Registering your trade name
  • Making Sure That You Are In Compliance
    •  Sales and use taxes
    • Federal and state taxes
  • Accounting and Record Keeping
    • Choosing an accountant
    • Choosing an accounting package
    • Understanding basic financial statements
    • Preparing you cash flow projection/budget
  • Financing Your Business
    • Financing Basics
    • Financing Alternatives
    • Things you need to get financing
  • Protecting Your Intellectual And Other Property
    • Tradenames
    • Trademarks
    • Copyrights
    • Insurance
  • Developing A Network Of Trusted Advisors
    • Your lawyer
    • Your accountant
    • Other creative professionals
    • Consultants
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About Neil McKenzie

Neil McKenzie is an author, educator and consultant to artists and arts organizations. He is the author of The Artist’s Business and Marketing ToolBox – How to Start, Run and Market a Successful Arts or Creative Business available in softcover from Barnes & Noble and Amazon and as an eBook from iTunes, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. He has developed and teaches the course “Artrepreneurship” at the Center for Innovation at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and is also a visiting professor at University College at the University of Denver. Neil has over 30 years’ experience as a management consultant and marketing executive, working with some of the world’s top brands. Neil is a frequent lecturer to artists and arts organizations, a guest columnist for Colorado Biz Magazine, where he covers the creative sector of the economy, and the author of several articles for Americans for the Arts, a national arts organization. Follow Neil on Twitter: @neilmckenzphoto