Consultant for Creator-Owned Small Businesses

Sandra Tayler has been running a small creative business for more than 20 years. During those years she has done the jobs of book keeper, administrator, fulfillment officer, payroll clerk, marketing, and HR manager. She has also set up, run, and fulfilled multiple crowdfunded projects with funding levels in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and up to 6000 backers. Sandra understands the unique challenges that come with creative businesses, including fluctuating income, time availability, and creating space for creativity to flourish amid all the business tasks. Most creatives just want to create, Sandra will help you decide how to set up your creative work so the business aspects make the least impact possible on your creativity. If you’re a creator looking to make more space in your life to create, one looking to set up a full business, have an ongoing business seeking to recalibrate, or just looking for help setting up a crowdfunded project, Sandra can help you identify your next steps and how to take them.

For crowdfunding consultations: I will correspond via email, evaluate your project set up, help you define clear pledge levels and stretch goals, and help you make sure that your project is set up to succeed. You’ll be invoiced $60 per hour via Paypal. This type of consult can usually be done in two hours.

For creative business consultations: A forty-five minute consulting session by phone or Zoom is $60. During this time, I will listen to you describe where you are creatively and where you would like to go. If there are multiple people involved in the business or project to be discussed, they may all attend the session. The fee will be invoiced via Paypal in advance of scheduling the session.

Group Rate: $120 for a two hour block of time for up to 15 people. Often this session is formatted with individual people taking turns talking about their creative challenges while I help troubleshoot and provide additional resources or information. Listening to others find solutions can be really informative and helpful. Also it brings the cost of consultation down because cost can be shared across the group. Fee will be invoiced via Paypal in advance of scheduling the session.

Some possibilities for consulting are:

  • Figuring out how to rearrange your life to make more space for creativity
  • Specifics and basics for starting up a new business including financial management and marketing
  • Blending a creative business with the other aspects of your life such as schooling, parenting, care taking, or a day job
  • Planning for and launching a creative project via crowdfunding, with resources for preparing, running, and fulfilling your crowdfunded project.
  • Discussions on building an audience and managing social media in ways that boost your creative business without impacting your ability to create

To request a consultation, please email sandra.tayler @ gmail.

Scholarships available for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled creators and creators with financial need. I reserve a certain number of consulting slots each month for those who might not otherwise be able to afford a consultation.