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Artist Goals 2015 – Create A Budget For My Art Business + Cash Flow Template

Creatives and Business Cash Flow Budget

As your art business grows your need for budgets will grow also

Ok, every business needs a budget – your art or creative business is no different. A budget for your business is sometimes called a cash flow budget or cash flow projection. Typically a cash flow budget covers a 12 month period and is updated over time. The concept is simple – you itemize your anticipated expenses by month and subtract them from the funds which come into your art business from sources such sales or cash injections like loans.

If you have money left over at the end of the month you can apply these funds to future monthly expenses. If you have a deficit at the end of the month you will need to come up with additional funds or possibly defer some expenses to a later date. Budgeting for your art business is really no different than having a budget for your home.

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Your Competitive Advantages Or Your “Secret Sauce”

College football competiton

Success in business is a lot like sports when it comes to competitive advantages

Competitive advantages are the things that allow a company or organization to outperform its competitors in the marketplace of products, services and even ideas. These advantages can take on many forms from brick and mortar facilities to more intangible things like an organization’s reputation and customer base.

Your competitive advantage may touch all aspects of your art business from creating your art to billing the customer. There are a lot of things that go into competitive advantage and it is well worth the time to determine the competitive advantages for your art business. Think of your competitive advantages as your “secret sauce”!

Competitive advantages are not permanent. The business and competitive environment is always changing and it appears that the speed with which things change is becoming more rapid. With the internet and an age of instant information it doesn’t take too long for competitors to see what each other are up to and change their game accordingly.

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Artists – What Can You Learn From Your Competition?

How do you stand out in a world of competition?

How do you stand out in a world of competition?

An important step in developing business and marketing strategies for your art business is to take a look at your competition. Very successful companies focus on their customers but that is not to say they don’t keep an eye open for what the competition is doing. Here are a couple of quotes from Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder Amazon.com on being customer centric while keeping up on what the competition is doing:

“We watch our competitors, learn from them, see the things that they were doing for customers and copy those things as much as we can.”

“We’re not competitor obsessed, we’re customer obsessed. We start with what the customer needs and we work backwards.”

A competitive analysis is an important ingredient in answering the basic business planning question – Where are we now? You analyze your competition with the goals in mind of determining your competitor’s advantages/disadvantages and defining your own competitive advantage. Who knows? You may also get some great ideas from your competition and possibly creative inspiration!

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