MyCake Inpires – Commissions

In this MyCake Inspires video, Sarah talks about the commissioning vs selling both from the commissioner and the designer’s perspective. So a good one to watch if you are asked to do private commissions – and want to look at a beautiful concrete kitchen! Take a look at David Bucknall’s work. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGd7DKj5mFE[/youtube]

RFO Benchmark still free and back for seconds

One year on: MyCake’s secure and direct RFO Culture Benchmark remains a free tool for arts organisations Yes that’s right – we offer the Arts Council England’s regularly funded arts organisations the ability to see how their annual data submission to ACE compares to that of their peer organisations instantly Are you ready to benchmark Read the full article…

Birmingham & benchmarking

Just sitting in the morning sun in Kings Heath making final preparations for my discussions with the members of the Independent Arts Forum in Birmingham this morning. We will be looking at the Culture Benchmark and of course I’ll be discussing earned income generation from intangible assets (the Size Matters paper has been doing the Read the full article…

What reports should I run in my book-keeping system?

  One of the benefits of using a proper book-keeping system as opposed to a set of excel spreadsheets is that there are usually a whole set of reports which you can run on the data without having to invent complicated charts for yourself. MyCake is no exception to this. In recent conversations with users Read the full article…

Money For Creative People – is LIVE

Hurrah, we’ve made it to the launch. Here’s the link to the product. In our view selling yourself short is as bad as selling out. Money for Creative People is an in-depth guide to financial management for your creative business, covering everything from cultivating a balanced mindset about money and creativity, through to assembling a Read the full article…

Money for Creative People – coming very soon!

Very shortly Mark McGuinness and I will launch Money for Creative People. – a new course designed specifically for creative entrepreneurs of all flavours from individual artists to those who run a larger company with a clutch of employees to those who are employees of larger companies! Money for Creative People is designed to teach Read the full article…

Do you want to change your mindset about money?

One of the things that creatives fear is the idea of ‘selling out’ … we equate it with a reduction in the quality of our work that we think will be noticable to us, our clients and our peers. There is a truth in this. The question is what does it take to change the Read the full article…

MyCake Benchmark Bulletin 5: changing cost base in a recession

One of the questions that MyCake is asked on a regular basis is how are creative entrepreneurs weathering the recession? So we dedicated the recent Benchmark Bulletin 5 to answering that question, making comparisons between the 2008-9 (referred to as 2009) and the 2009-10 (2010 from here on) to see if we could spot trends in how creative businesses Read the full article…