Starting A Successful Creative Business
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Starting A Successful Creative Business

Learn how to gather the tools you need to navigate the inevitable financial pitfalls of owning your own business.
5.0 (2 ratings)
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Last updated 6/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Set up a creative business
  • Choose the right legal form for their business
  • Plan for retirement (outside of traditional means)
  • Pay off debt
  • Plan for lean months
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This is an hour-long class built to help prospective creative entrepreneurs go about starting their business the RIGHT way. No one goes into business with the expectation of being stressed about money all the time. Unfortunately though, it is an all-too familiar reality to most. Thankfully, with just a little bit of pre-planning, there ARE ways that you can lower the likelihood of the businesses financial failure. You will learn the following: 

1. How to identify the type of creative you want to be. (Maybe you shouldn't own a business or maybe you should!) 

2. How to make sure you've done the proper product prep-work. (To make sure you're not getting completely swamped by competition right out of the gate) 

3. Learn how to identify the best legal formation. (S-Corp? LLC? Sole Proprietor?)

4. Form a budget. (This is your best friend!) 

5. Create an emergency fund. (Your brakes and seat belt for the crazy entrepreneurial ride)

6. Identify key financial roadblocks that might threaten the stability of your baby business and how to navigate around them. 

You'll be watching a voiced-over presentation built into Prezi narrated by Philip and Julia Olson of the Art of Finance with 5 separate lectures and a worksheet to follow along and take notes on. We are experienced creative entrepreneurs and Philip is also a Certified Financial Planner. Thank you for trusting us to start your journey and we look forward to getting to know you!  

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner and Intermediate Entrepreneurs
  • Actors
  • Writers
  • Performers
  • Creative Types
  • Small Business Owners
  • NOT for engineering-types
  • Etsy shop owners
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Curriculum For This Course
How to Create a Creative Business
5 Lectures 49:46

Part 2 - Full Speed Ahead!

Part 3 - Your Toolkit

Part 4 - Hazards Ahead

Part 5 - Conclusion
About the Instructor
The Art of Finance Philip Olson CFP®
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Helping creative types slay their money dragons.

Hello! I’m Philip.  I have called Austin, Texas home since 1997. I attended the University of Texas in the Department of Theater & Dance where I met Julia while we worked backstage for a children’s dance show about a baby monkey. Eighteen months later, we were married.

I spent several years as a ‘starving artist’ – waiting tables, parking cars, and making lattes. Eventually I became a theater instructor, where I fell in love with teaching and coaching my students. I led hundreds of theater productions at  ZACH Theater, KidsActing,  and more.

Eventually I left the professional artistic world when a recruiter for a financial services firm said “This industry needs more people like you – a people person”. I was inspired to make a difference in a notoriously un-caring industry, and began to study for the Series 7 exam in 2011. I’ve been in love with financial planning ever since. In 2015 I went on to pass the Certified Financial Planner™ Board Exam (the most challenging certification in the entire industry), and I now wear the ‘CFP®’ marks with pride.

Julia is a Swiss/Texan who was practically raised on the stage. She ADORES getting to use those talents to empower and inspire others to take charge of their own financial destiny. Spending several years in the mortgage industry  gave her number-crunching confidence and a unique insight into Real Estate and lending. She’s also a self-professed foodie, budget-wizard, yogi, a vintage-clothing collector and has owned several of her own successful businesses. Her excitement for teaching people, especially other young women, about financial matters is matched only by her passion for costume dramas and reading sci-fi.

We live in north Austin with our rescue pitbull Jazz and are active dog-foster parents through Austin Pets Alive. Housing shelter pets until they are adopted by their ‘forever families’ brings us great joy. We are also actively engaged with the theater community; Julia being seen on stage with the Hidden Room and Penfold Theater companies; me directing for Penfold Theater and Soubrette Productions.  We also have a particular passion for serving the foster-children community of Austin through Partnerships for Children and Austin Stone Community Church.