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Professional Development

Professional Development

Thursday, Jun 9 12:00 – 1:30

Thursday’s profes­sional devel­op­ment session will feature three presen­ters each present­ing for 15 – 20-minutes on a specific topic. Atten­dees will have the oppor­tu­nity to ask ques­tions at the end of the session. Included with regis­tra­tion is access to a PDF work­book that will include helpful resources and templates shared by each presen­ter, and a record­ing of that day’s session.

Money and Organization

•Bidding Contract­ing & Invoic­ing with Sarah Watling­ton

In this short lecture Sarah will intro­duce tools for success­ful project bidding. Simple spread­sheets and disci­plines can alle­vi­ate the stress and pitfalls of this important step. 

•Book­keep­ing and Taxes for Makers with Kristin Mitsu Shiga

Let’s face it – book­keep­ing and taxes (gasp!) aren’t anyone’s favorite parts of being a profes­sional maker. But knowing the facts can make these impor­tant tasks less painful, and maybe even a little bit fun! In this mini-work­shop, we will dip our toes into the termi­nol­ogy, prin­ci­ples and forms you will need in order to ensure that your busi­ness is in compli­ance with US Federal law, as well as giving you an under­stand­ing of the overall finan­cial health of your busi­ness. Topics include allow­able expenses, calcu­lat­ing your cost of goods sold and tips for squeez­ing all you can out of your deduc­tions. Partic­i­pants will leave with fill­able work­sheets designed to auto­mate some of your year-end tax prep. Come prepared to ask ques­tions and take notes!

Please note: This work­shop is designed for self-employed makers cate­go­rized as Sole Propri­etors, who are required to file a US Form 1040 with Sched­ule C for their busi­ness. While many of the prin­ci­ples apply to busi­nesses of any kind, the focus will be on US Federal tax prep. City, State and County laws vary widely, so check with your CPA for guid­ance in your area.

•Work Sample Inven­tory and Orga­ni­za­tion with Julia Harri­son

Can you remem­ber ever impor­tant detail of every piece you’ve ever made? Me neither…but my spread­sheet can! Come get a template and advice on keeping records that will stream­line appli­ca­tions and inter­ac­tions with galleries or clients.