Advice for designer-makers: Tax, insurance, business plans and copyright

So, tomorrow is the big day, the Spring 2012 Brighton Craftaganza market! Pretty exciting! For our last post before the event, I thought we’d look at some really boring stuff. No, bear with me a minute.

There’s loads of advice out there for designer-makers on the exciting things like marketing, selling, and updating your twitter account, but less on the nitty-gritty of setting up your own business.

So today we’re going to look at online advice for some of the less sexy topics out there, like insurance, business planning, tax, and copyright. Think of it as the business equivalent of eating your greens before you’re allowed pudding.

Copyright – Something that’s been in the news lately, with Claire’s accessories seemingly copying the work of UK company Tatty Devine, copyright can be a very tricky issue, whether you’re being imitated or accused of imitation. It is a bit of a grey area legally, but there are some things you can do to protect yourself.

Insurance – The definition of boring? Maybe, but lots of situations you’ll encounter as a designer-maker will require some kind of insurance, especially if you end up working with local authorities or the like.

Business planning – Not just for suit-wearing bankers, business plans are a key tool for helping you expand your business.

Tax – Oh no, the dreaded T word! A fact of life for everyone, taxes are no-one’s favourite subject, but facing them head on is the best way to deal (or that’s the theory…)

  • Again from UKHandmade, here’s a brilliant guide to keeping the tax-man happy, all based around the ‘3Rs’.
  • Ever tried to navigate your way round the HMRC website? It’s a bit like a giant labyrinth of tax, so it’s a good thing that the Cockpit Arts blog have picked out the most useful pages for designer-makers. Read part 1 and part 2 here.

Phew, I hope that was useful. Here, have a picture of a bunny as a reward. See you all tomorrow at the market!


2 responses to “Advice for designer-makers: Tax, insurance, business plans and copyright

  1. Thanks for mentioning us, much appreciated! Good luck with your fair tomorrow.

  2. Pingback: Advice for Designer-makers: Beating creative block | brightoncraftaganza

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