7 Steps to Business Start-up

This guide discusses the main points you should consider in the early stages of starting out as a self-employed art practitioner, designer or creative business. This is an original work devised by Ali …

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VAT

VAT is charged when a VAT-registered business sells to either another business or to a non-business customer; when VAT-registered businesses or self employed individuals buy goods or services they can …

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Mark Gubb and Angela Kennedy: the money problem, or, how artists could be paid more than £10,000 a year

Without artists, there is no art world – no Frieze or commercial galleries or arts-led regeneration. Why are we paid so badly, and what can we do about it? http://soundcloud.com/artquest/system-failur …

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Hunt & Darton: on earning a living

Live art duo Hunt & Darton address the question of how artists (without an easily sellable output) might earn enough to live and support their practice without spending all their time working for mone …

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How to negotiate

Everything is negotiable they say, and they’re mostly right. Learn the best way to negotiate in any circumstances and create good working relationships. Artists can often fall into the gratitude trap …

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Anonymous: Pay them the money

When I first started leading a publicly funded visual arts organisation in the late nineties my priority was to do everything I could to pay artists fees for making artworks. This could be a residency …

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Anonymous: Ignore this at your peril

We hold low status. Outside the institution our experience is dismissed. Inside the institution our experience is increasingly dismissed. We are artists and we work in gallery education. We work hard …

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Anonymous: A chasm of carelessness

As Claes Oldenburg once wrote, “I am for the art of conversation between the sidewalk and a blind-man’s metal stick”. The practice of constructing dialogues around the everyday, with a wide variety of …

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Anonymous: Shut up and sell out

Buy an artist a drink, and the chances are you’ll be rewarded for your generosity with a well-worn conversation about money. How can I sell without selling out, how can I work while still making work? …

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Pensions for self-employed people

Kay Linnell and Nick Wilson of Accounts Action Ltd shed some light on the different pension options available. There are many different pension scheme variants, but they fall into two main categories …

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