Creative Money Maker by Eleanor Whitney

Two questions for you:

1. Are you a creative person who wants to make a living at your creation?

2. Is there a part of you that wants to run away screaming as soon as you hear the words “finance” or “money”?

If you answered “yes,” you’ve come to the right place, because Eleanor Whitney is here to help you. Her column, Creative Money Maker, provides creative types with nuts-and-bolts financial strategy to take your creative ideas to the next level.

About Eleanor Whitney

Eleanor Whitney is a writer, rock musician, educator and arts administrator raised in Maine and living in Brooklyn.

She finds joy in supporting artists to think of themselves as entrepreneurs and in managing and facilitating creative projects with panache. Eleanor is the author of Grow: How to take your DIY project and passion to the next level and quit your job, which will be out in 2013 on Cantankerous Titles.

Eleanor writes extensively about art, culture and nonprofit management and published the personal, art zine Indulgence for 10 years, as well as co-founded the Portland Zine Symposium. She blogs about fashion, travel and art at and plays guitar, writes songs for and sings in the indie rock band Corita.

By day, she works as a Program Officer at the New York Foundation for the Arts. Previously, she worked at the Rubin Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and at POV/American Documentary. Eleanor is the proud recipient of a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College, where she learned to stop worrying and start loving statistical and budgetary analysis.

Creative Money Maker Archive

#4: Value Yourself? Then Pay Yourself!

#3: What’s the story with your budget? (part 1)

How to identify and keep track of expenses for your project or small business (June 26, 2012)

#2: What do you need money for?

Step 2 in the Creative Money Maker process: Itemize your project’s ingredients (June 12, 2012)

#1: Dear creative person: Is it time to shift your thinking about money?

Let’s get some cents together: Financial empowerment is creative empowerment (May 29, 2012)

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