Artist as Entrepreneur Series - Session 3: Taxes for Artists + Art Business Operations (Virtual)

Makiko Harris, Artist and Small Business Owner
1 class meeting / Wednesday, March 24
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

In the third virtual session of the Artist as Entrepreneur Series, we will focus on the operations and “nitty gritty” of how to run an arts practice as a business. This session will take a look at:

- The basic business systems that are helpful to have in place, such as inventory management and cataloging
- Expense tracking - why it’s useful and how to do it
- Taxes (both sales taxes and self employment taxes), including artist-specific tax deductions, unemployment, and grants
- Self-employment and the basics of an LLC

And more!

This session will be co-facilitated with Jeff Thompson, MA, MBA, EA. Jeff Thompson is an actor, writer, magician and tax professional from Los Angeles. He currently has a roster of over 300 clients in the entertainment industry including actors, dancers, writers, and cinematographers. In addition to preparing taxes, he also teaches improv at the Westside Comedy Theater and Impro Theater, teaches psychology at Citrus College, helps run The Ruby LA, and produces short films with his production company, Great Hair Productions.


About the Artist as Entrepreneur Course Series: Being an artist is sometimes so much more than making artwork. If you want to have a sustainable creative life, it can basically mean becoming a self-employed entrepreneur. In this course series, we’ll cover the Mindset, Systems, Operations, and more of running an art business. Take them as a series or pick any course individually!

About the facilitator: Makiko Harris is an artist and also owner of a product design consulting agency, Silent Howl Studios. She’s been working for herself for 3+ years, and prior to venturing out solo, worked in-house as a user experience designer for the QuickBooks Self-Employed product as well as e-commerce giants like Sephora and Gap. Now, she’s looking to share her entrepreneurial experience, self-employment skills, and e-commerce savvy with artists everywhere who are looking to create sustainable creative practices.