Money Matters for Creative Entrepreneurs

Money Matters for Creative Entrepreneurs

Columbus College of Art & Design

Understanding the intersection between money management and creative fulfillment is paramount to building a sustainable creative career, and this course is designed to help students build and use financial tools to forge their own paths.

The first course covers goal setting, strategic planning for creative careers, and budgeting (because really, a budget is simply a way to quantify our goals). The second course is all about financial reporting and the metrics we manage to answer the question, “How are we really doing?” It is by refining these reporting systems and metrics that we figure out how to spend less time on the money part and more time on the creative part.

Lastly, the third course covers taxes. With particular emphasis on tax overview and deductions common to creative entrepreneurs, this third course is all about practical tax nuances you may not have learned… yet. It will also cover sales tax and record keeping, connecting such requirements to our overall financial systems.

By mastering these tools, you’ll be empowered to create financial systems, evaluate financial information, and manage your tax obligations… all in service of your creativity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Create financial systems based on financial literacy that connect budgeting and reporting to creative and professional goals
  • Evaluate financial information to determine primary funding sources, major expense categories, tax reporting obligations, and overall connection to creative and professional goals
  • Describe U.S. income and sales tax obligations for creative professionals


3 Courses
12 Sessions / 12.0 hours of work per session
94 Lesson videos
Course 1: Financial Planning for Creative Careers Starts Aug 8, 2017
  • Session 1: Building a Creative Portfolio Career
  • Session 2: So You’ve Got this XLS…
  • Session 3: Budgeting Basics
  • Session 4: Budgeting Analysis
Course 2: Financial Systems for a Successful Studio * Starts Oct 3, 2017
  • Session 1: The Budget Becomes Real
  • Session 2: Managing Cash Movement
  • Session 3: Snapshot of Financial Health
  • Session 4: Protecting What You Have
Course 3: Tax Basics for Creative Entrepreneurs * Starts Mar 13, 2018
  • Session 1: Tax Overview
  • Session 2: Schedule C Overview
  • Session 3: Sales Tax Obligations
  • Session 4: Recordkeeping for Taxes
* Program exclusive course

Featured Coursework


Skill Level : Beginner
  • Equipment: A computer with a database software system (XLS is preferred, but Numbers or another open-source system will work)
  • An open mind
Upon completion you'll earn
  • A verified Specialist Certificate that prove you completed the Program and mastered the subject.*
  • A verified course Certificate for each individual course you complete in the program.*
  • 3.0 transferable academic college credit(s) (additional fees apply)

* Each certificate earned is endorsed by Kadenze and the offering institution(s).

Price: $300 USD *

Add college credit at checkout or later for just $900

Specialist Certificate

Receive a Specialist Certificate by earning a Certificate of Accomplishment in each course within a Program.
Students earn a Certificate of Accomplishment for any course they complete with a grade of 65% or higher.
Using its unique link, you can share your certificate with everyone from future employers and schools to friends, family, and colleagues.

Credit Eligible

3.0 units
Kadenze has partnered with Columbus College of Art & Design to offer this course for college credit.*
*If enrolled for credit, this rigorous college-level Program will provide credits that are recognized and transferable from the partnering institution upon completion. Credit as workload and transferability is defined by the granting institution. Participation in this Program does not represent an acceptance decision or admission from the institution that offers them.

*In order to receive college credit, learners must complete all courses within the Program. Credit is not given for partial completion.

Why join a Program?

Becoming a specialist in a subject requires a highly tuned learning experience connecting multiple related courses. Programs unlock exclusive content that helps you develop a deep understanding of your subject. From your first course to your final summative assessment, our thoughtfully curated curriculum enables you to demonstrate your newly acquired skills.

Program Benefits
Access an exclusive curriculum taught by expert instructors and industry leaders
Earn a verified Specialist Certificate with a unique shareable link
Submit and share coursework
Enroll in credit-eligible Programs and receive college credit (when applicable)
Receive grades and feedback
Build a portfolio to showcase your work
Participate in forum discussions
Receive exclusive discounts on select Program materials
Test your new specialty with a summative assessment
Collaborate with peers