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Tag: “Business”

License? What is a License and what type do they have?

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License Agreement. What is a license to be exact. A license by definition is a permit from an authority to own or use something, do a particular thing, or carry on a trade.(*source Google dictionary) This is very important to learn and know because I’m not just talking about license with like a car or a CDL License I’m talking for about any artist trying to sell art that isn’t their own.

It’s very important because to sell something that has copyright protection most times you need a license to do so. And bear in mind that a license can expire. So you may have to renew your license or it’s a possibility that your license may not be renewed. It’s very similar to a contract but a contract and a license are two different things. For example, if I created t-Shirts with Marvel content like Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron-Man, etc.and I posted it here on my blog or even on a different site without a license to sell them from Marvel than my content can be taken down or the company can issue a warning and put in a complaint and if you were to have made a big profit even sue you for a lot of money.

The reason I say “made a big profit” is because lets say you sold a product and only made about $20 from it. Well, most likely Marvel may send you a warning and threaten to press charges if you don’t stop as long as you stop and don’t do it again you’ll be fine. But for $20 the company is gonna pay a lot more for lawyers and court fees to pursue the claim than what its gonna pay. So it’s not worth the trouble in that case and a big company isn’t more so going to look for small independent business people unless they are making big profits from they’re products. (*It still doesn’t make it right and it is illegal to steal other peoples work). But with a license you can sell Marvel products and usually as a part of the agreement in the license you may have to share a small percentage of the profits you make from selling something with their name on it. Soon I will post an artist tips on Licenses and how to get a license from big companies in the business industry. Thank you for reading and stay tuned!       

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Goals for the 2019 Fiscal Year

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This is the Anniversary of my website Brownscomicart and I just finished renewing my subscription with WordPress still keeping my Business Account. Which for those that don’t know it is about $299 a year to have a business subscription with WordPress but the good thing with it is you have 24/7 access to support as well as an very unlimited access to premium themes and access to plugins and can upload your own plugin that you may have created or purchased by another developer. So every year as an artist and a Business Man I’m always trying to find ways to do more with my business and to make more in profit instead of just ditching out money to run the business. Currently I’ve probably only made less than $100 in profit just from running the business and that not a bad start, I know and I learn from a lot of bloggers on here that you are always gonna lose money when you start something new and will be spending a lot of money just to get it up and running. So having a good business plan and knowing what your goals will be for the next year is a good way to start. Here are my goals for the 2019 Fiscal Year….

  • Commissions! I will be doing Commissions starting the New Year and I’ve already set up my Commission Page just setting up the Contract Details.
  • Keeping all my Social Media Outlets up-to-date. I will use more Social Media outlets to help with my free advertising.
  • Spending less on operating expenses, tools, and supplies.
  • Making revenue on Google ad-sense ads by keeping my blog updated to increase traffic. Trying to make profit with ads on my blog to pay for the expenses of the blog.
  • Getting Clients and letting subscribers post their art on my blog with their own art gallery.
  • Offering Clients the option to be a premium member where they may be able to create their own profile page and describe who they are and post in the artist tips page giving themselves credit for the post as advertisement for them and there business/Art.  
  • Attending more Comic Cons and Business events to interact with the community and other fellow artist to get ideas and share my art and business ideas.
  • Updating my YouTube Channel and creating brief effective tutorials that will help artist and Entrepreneurs on a daily basis. 

Thank You for taking the time to read and for being a subscriber to BrownsComicArt! If you feel as if their’s something that I should work on or an idea you have that can help me in the near future than feel free to let me know! All comments and feedback are appreciated! Thank You!  

Receipts! Why so Important?

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Receipts, we all are familiar with how receipts work. For the most part everytime we make a purchase we receive a receipt for our purchase. But as most of us know we need the receipt as a way of insurance purposes. I myself have found receipts useful when I’ve had merchandise I’ve sent back and either the mail carrier or person in charge of sending it back had mishandled the merchandise which without the receipt would have been hard for me to do. I had the receipt and was told that it was fine as long as I had the receipt saying I did my part the company couldn’t fine me for it. To make a long story short the merchandise was found and returned and I wasn’t fined but I had to call around because I was told it was missing in transit. So always for your protection keep your receipt.

As well as when in the business field always make sure to give your client/customer a receipt for all work done. And always keep yourself a copy because you never know what may happen. Stores give receipt so that you can’t be stopped and so it can show proof that you purchased your food/product. I learned in business that receipts not only are extra insurance for you but also is more professional for you.

I’ve seen businesses get under fire because workers wouldn’t give a receipt. Unless the consumer tells you they dont want the receipt, always give a receipt. Receipts are very important and should always be considered as a necessity. I will be posting an Artist Tip soon on some of the necessities you should have while running a business. Thank you for reading and feel free to share your thoughts!

Grow Your Audience With These Website Traffic Tips — Jetpack — Your all-in-one WordPress plugin for design, marketing, and security

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Your site has been online for a while and you’ve built a catalog of content related to your business, but you’re still in need of fresh ideas to keep your audience interested in your brand. The good news is that there are some user-friendly ways to do this using Jetpack’s handy tools. Today, we’ll share […]

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Contracts? Why so Important?

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A contract is a promise or set of promises that are legally enforceable and, if violated, allow the injured party access to legal remedies. As most of us know we must sign a contract when getting a hired for a job and usually it’s a lot of legal documentation. That documentation is very important and is usually always very detailed with the can and cannot’s of the work or work to be performed. It’s very important for a individual as well as a company because contracts can save you a lot of time as well as money; and provide insurance for you as well. For example, let’s say your an artist doing some work for a client and they agreed verbally to pay you once the job is completed and let’s say you get 85% done with the project and they pull out at the last minute. Well, now you’ve probably used a lot of money and spent a lot of time doing work for someone that just pulls out at the last minute and now doesn’t want to pay you for the time spent already.

So with a contract you can write down your own rules like depending on how much of the job is completed you still have to pay the full amount because your time is valuable especially when it comes to business. When you make a verbal agreement remember it will be harder to prove that you all ever had an agreement. Even in court. So having everything down in paper and even making a copy of it is always the best solution. Always keep the contracts in your file and never throw them away, you never know when or if you may ever need them again. Please note, that if you have a good lawyer to help you review a contract, then your better off than having a lawyer who doesn’t know the terms of agreement like they should. Also, also questions and thoroughly read all the contact to make sure you know what your getting into before signing anything.  I will be adding this to Business Tools page soon and will have it more broken down in detail describing what you should have on a contract and what to look for before signing one. Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions regarding this topic please feel free to ask.

This Week in Small Business, Big News From Facebook on Interactive Content — Small Business Trends

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?? It’s another week of This Week in Small Business and this week, I clearly had Facebook on my mind. For this latest episode of This Week in Small Business, I’m joined by live streaming expert Monique Johnson and we’re going over the top articles appearing on Small Business Trends in the last week. Two…

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Finances in Business? What are they and why is it important?

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Finances. As most of us know in our daily lives we go over our finances all the time especially when we have bills to pay. We use finances to go over our bills to see how much were spending, how much were making, and to budget out where we can save. To be honest now most banks offer help to help you manage your finances so you can keep track of your spending, which is very important if you want to stay in control of your money.

Well, the same goes for business and it is even more important the bigger the business. You have to always be in control of your money and always find ways to save. The more you save the better you can never go wrong with saving and the way to do that doesn’t always have to be with cutting labor. That is a last resort if your business is failing and you need to lay off employees to save the business. But with you need to try to on your controllable’s. 

Your controllable’s include lets say for example, it may be tools, supplies, vendors, food products, brands, etc. Lets say with supplies you may be getting your art supplies from one company that is charging you twice as much as another company that may offer a discount for getting a bulk of those supplies. If its transportation maybe you can consider controlling operating expenses. There are always ways to cut back and save and in a lot of cases doing inventory on a monthly basis can help you to see where your at. Remember that knowing your finances are very important and is very effective to a business.    

Planning and ahead and always saving is the best way to go. You never know what may happen so having money set to the side in case of emergency is the way to go. Have yourself a check list, binder, receipts, bills, etc. to stay on track of your finances. Even if you ask your bank to help organize your finances so you remain ahead of the profit you make as a business. 

I will be making more post on tips for running a business and I will be creating a page soon under the artist tips page for those looking for advice to run a cost efficient business. Thanks for reading and I hope this helps. Stay Tuned.

Some tips that will help you get better at business — Jenny in Neverland

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Nobody starts off being good at business, it is something that you need to learn, develop and perfect. When you are able to do this, you can then go on to really start being better at everything you do and you may even find that you start getting way better results out of the campaigns […]

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Motivation! Never give up on your Dream!

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I’m gonna be honest with everyone I’m not alone in saying this because a lot of people have gone through this too. Don’t ever let what happen to you in your past put you down. Especially when it is something that wasn’t good for you, I was married had a toxic relationship for years and even was giving up what I love to do just to keep her happy. But I came to realise that I was giving up on myself because I thought I could make someone else happy and thought that love could be bought. I had a nice website before was starting to get well known, was making some money from my blog and I was giving all that away because of wrong decision I made in the past! Never give up although I’ve moved on and had family and friends to get me back on my feet. I almost had a accident that almost caused me my life and I’ve learned to never hold on to something that isn’t meant to be! My message to you Entrepreneur and artist or to anyone else that has gone through this or worse “you can succeed and it’s never to late to try again”. Its taking me time and it’s a process but I can and I believe I can become that artist/Entrepreneur I want to be. And my goal is to help others that may need help on where to start and to offer suggestions on what they need to do. If you can repost or share to help someone that just needs that little push to get them the Entrepreneur spirit!