Business Essentials for Freelancers & Small Business Owners

What You'll Learn

Maybe you're already doing some freelance projects on the side or perhaps you're thinking about finally making the transition from working a full-time gig to becoming an independent contractor/freelancer. This unique class is designed to teach you the necessary skills to run a successful business as a freelancer. In this competitive marketplace it's important to start off on a solid footing and learn from someone who's done it before.

If you're like most creatives and digital professionals, you're great at your craft but never learned (or cared!) about running a business. This class isn't just for digital professionals - it's also for traditional artists that are ready to start turning their creativity into a career. This class will help give you the business skills you'll need in the 21st century.

Topics covered include:

  • Choosing an organizational structure (sole-proprietor, LLC, etc.)
  • How to charge for your time
  • Marketing strategies and getting new business
  • How to hire help (employee vs independent contractor)
  • Budgeting, proposals and contracts
  • Tracking expenses
  • Tax and legal essentials
  • Intellectual property
  • Project management essentials and working with clients

What this class will NOT cover:

  • How to create spreadsheets
  • How to do prepare your taxes
  • Time management skills
  • How to build a website
  • Sales tax

Who Should Take This

This class is oriented towards full and part-time freelancers, along with those people thinking about offering their artistic or technical skills as a freelancer.

Presented By Bill Jones

Bill Jones

Bill is is a Co-founder and Principal at Jones & Associates, P.C. A Boulder Colorado native, he graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver. As a Financial Strategist and CPA, he has over 25 years of professional experience providing comprehensive business and tax services to nonprofit organizations, individuals and businesses of all sizes.

Some of Bill's specific areas of expertise include business and management consulting, financial reporting, individual, business, and nonprofit income taxes, and business and accounting software consulting. Bill also has six years of private-industry accounting experience, including two years with one of the nation's largest real estate developers, where he was involved with various aspects of accounting and treasury areas. Bill has overseen engagements from small, privately owned companies to companies with over $ 1 billion in revenue.

Professional affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Board with Colorado Society of CPAs, and he serves as Treasurer for the Erie Chamber of Commerce.

He is a consultant/adviser/presenter for the Boulder Small Business Development Center and in 2015 was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Small Business Advisory Council / SBDC State Advisory Board.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $60.00

Non-Members: $80.00

Available Dates

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