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If you’re like most creative entrepreneurs, you crave knowledge. You read 10 to 15 blog posts per day. Listen to a podcast every time you drive. And watch YouTube tutorials while chopping veggies. And while being self-taught is admirable (seriously, we’re impressed), many of these information rabbit holes lack the substance of a good old […]

September 21, 2017

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Are you paying quarterly taxes this year? Don’t worry. You’re in good company. The IRS website says, “As a self-employed individual, generally you are required to file an annual return and pay estimated tax quarterly.” Although it’s common, maybe you’re new to paying quarterly taxes–and all the other responsibilities that come with being a creative […]

The Creative’s Guide to Quarterly Taxes (with examples)

September 8, 2017

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The end of the year is edging closer. Have you achieved all your financial goals yet? Maybe you’re moving forward at full speed. And your creativity is on fire, your schedule is booked out, and your new course is selling like Pumpkin Spiced Lattes on the first day of fall. But it’s time to hit […]

Tracking Progress: Your 4-Point Financial Goals Check-In Checklist

August 31, 2017

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As a creative entrepreneur, handling your bookkeeping can be a blessing…Or a curse. When you’re on the ball, you save money and keep the IRS happy. But, when you get behind, it’s a tedious, confusing, time killer. The way someone manages your bookkeeping is important for the sustainability and scalability of your business. And as […]

3 Critical Questions Creative Entrepreneurs Should Ask Before Hiring a Bookkeeper

August 26, 2017

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When the office cubicle is your couch, and the break room is your kitchen, the lines between your personal and business life can get blurry. But that’s the beauty of being your own boss. You get to work the hours you want. Plus, you can collaborate with the clients who value the results you bring […]

4 Reasons to Separate Your Business and Personal Finances (and how to do it)

August 17, 2017

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There are two ways to grow your business. Spoiler alert: It’s not the hard way vs. the easy way. You can scale up with strategy and intention–preparing yourself mentally and fiscally for the big dreams you want to bring to life. Or you can do what I did. Land your first client and quit your […]

Taking Your Business Full-Time? 3 Signs You’re Financially Ready

August 10, 2017

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It’s the dog days of summer, which means it can be tough to find motivation to be creative! Maybe it’s too hot out to focus, or your kids are out of school and are keeping you busy all day. Perhaps you experience a seasonal slowdown in your industry. Most of our bookkeeping clients are creative […]

5 Ways to Boost Your Creativity as a Small Business Owner

July 17, 2017

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Swag bag we participated in for the GPS workshop for photographers by Simply for Creatives. Last year, I attended The Creative at Heart conference in Denver and this year I’m THRILLED to be a session leader at the event in August. In preparation, I thought I would reflect on how to get the most out of […]

How to rock it at your next Creative Conference

July 7, 2017

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Earlier this year, I collaborated with Brittany Griggs, of Simply for Creatives, and Amy Northard the CPA for Creatives to offer The Creative Finance Academy. The Academy was a four month program that offered financial coaching in the areas of bookkeeping basics, taxes, and charging for your products and/or services. We provided a Facebook group, […]

Recapping The Creative Finance Academy

June 19, 2017

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Photo by Jasmine Star from The Rising Tide Summit As a small business owner, you’re awarded the freedom to run your business the way you want. You get to define your priorities, goals, and plans for the future. When you take a step back and look at your business overall, is a desire to give […]

How to Give Back with your Small Business

June 13, 2017

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