June 1, 2017  • Newsletter


Message from Elaine

Record keeping is the worst, isn’t it? It’s tedious, it’s boring, and there are considerably more important things you could be doing in your studio. Nevertheless, maintaining accurate books and records—and an overall understanding and mindfulness of your business—is crucial to long-term creative success. So this month, we’re focusing on Record Keeping. What does that mean?


By the end of the month, creative individuals will be able to:

  • Design spreadsheets to communicate numerical information effectively.
  • Build custom charts to express numerical data visually.
  • Evaluate key pieces of evidence any good record keeping system retains and presents.
  • Develop habits for improving tracking and record-keeping.


What We’re Doing

Our online, self-study class this month is Excel Basics for Artists. It usually takes 3-5 hours to complete these courses, all on your own time.


Excel Basics for Artists (3 hours, Self-Study, $49)

XLS Basics is designed for creative entrepreneurs who want to harness the power of database software for billing, organizing client contacts, managing expenses, and creating visual communications. This is an introductory course designed for someone with minimal experience writing formulas in Excel. We’ll cover SUM, SUMIF, COUNT, COUNTIF, sorting, categorizing, formatting, and charts.

At Minerva Financial Arts, we care about artists and the community… A lot. All our courses are distinguished from others by Elaine’s hands-on, supportive approach to coaching you through the material as you build your overall (successful) creative career. Enjoy!


What We’re Talking About

This month, we are super excited to receive Professional Artist magazine. Rumor has it there will be a very special cover…

Beyond that, we’re enjoying summer with a few “Business in the Arts” workshops here and there, mostly for educators looking to launch their own business programs in the arts. Want to talk about this (or anything else) in more detail? Book a Creative Coaching session with Elaine to chat.

Creative Coaching (1 hour, $90)

Got a few questions? Not sure what you need? Feeling stuck financially? Book a Creative Coaching session with Elaine to jumpstart your financial wellness.



Record Keeping Wrap-up

Hang in there with record keeping this month. Next month, we’re talking about reflection, which is a lot more fun. See you soon!


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Arts & Numbers

You don’t have to do this alone. Arts & Numbers is a comprehensive financial guide for creative individuals… and anyone else with a passion for something other than accounting and finance. This book aims to provide basic information on finance and financial matters for creative entrepreneurs to take ownership of their financial situations, thus ensuring their long-term success, creative and otherwise.

Written in short story form with fictional anecdotes supporting the financial advice, Arts & Numbers promises to be an easy and useful read for creative entrepreneurs at any stage.

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