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I'll be giving a talk on Tax Tips for Artists on 5th March 2018 at 4.30pm, in my capacity of Visiting Lecturer at The Heatherley School of Art,
The talk is FREE but my talks tend to get a lot of students and artists attending so it very much works on the basis of first there gets a seat!
The talk is for all those who want to get on top of their tax affairs before any omissions or errors catch up with them!
This page tells you where Heatherley's is and how to get to it by car and public transport.
I've been trying to work out for ages what was happening to my traffic stats on Google's Search Console (which used to be called Webmaster Tools)
The traffic was still there in Google Analytics and my other stats software - so why had it fallen off a cliff in Search Console?
This week Google has been rolling out the new version of Search Console to my websites and blogs this week and the problem had become even very perplexing.
Until I finally worked out what was happening.
IF you have moved your blog and/or website from "http" to "https" - as required by Google if you still want your pages to be indexed - then you have to reverify your site WITH THE HTTPS PREFIX in Google Search Console.
In other words add in your site AGAIN, but this time with the https:// prefix
Otherwise Google ignores your site on the basis that all your pages are redirected i.e. to the https site!
For me it was a very concrete demonstration that Google is seriously not indexing pages which are insecure.
The clue to the explanation was the date when things started to go awry. October 2017 was the deadline to get sites transferred to the more secure https - and that's when Google started its sweeping and deindexing of sites which remain in http.
I'll be working out a "how to" for those who need handholding through the re-input of a site and verification within Search Console.
If you are a self-employed artist living in the UK and earning income from your art, this is a little REMINDER that The deadline for paying tax for the 2016-17 tax year is 31 January 2018.
If you haven't yet started - or completed - your tax return then now is a good time to find that file with all your invoices and tax receipts and get stuck in!
That's because the fines for late filing of your tax return AND payment of any tax owing kick in after 31 January.
Estimate your penalty for Self Assessment tax returns more than 3 months late, and late payments.
Plus you don't want to get caught up in the meltdown of submission which always seems to happen at the end of January when all those who left it to the last minute start to wail when it's difficult to log in to the system and file your tax return and pay any tax owing.
Or maybe HMRC have fixed that?
TOP 5 Tax FAQs
These are the TOP FIVE most frequent questions which get asked about tax this month
Which brings us back to where I started!
Tax Tips for Artists
If you need any more help, you can try looking at my page on Tax Tips for Artists . I can't promise it has the answer to every question but it will probably steer you in the right direction. (Please note I do NOT offer advice to individuals and information is offered without any liability.)
I'm going to be updating this page in the near future while preparing my Tax Tips for Artists talk on 5th March 2018 for The Heatherley School of Art in Chelsea - which is free to anybody who wants to come (but there is limited seating!)
Finally here are some of my past blog posts on the topic of tax
Here's their Self Assessment Video about the weakest excuses and worst expenses they've had from taxpayers!
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Google is getting increasingly concerned about the number of people who are using ad blockers because of annoying and intrusive adverts which disrupt or destroy ur viewing pleasure.
Which when you're looking at an art website is precisely what the experience should be - viewing pleasure!
The reality is that
The important thing is not to use adverts which annoy people like me - because I'm one of the 69% of people who HATE music blaring out at me or things which pop up and hide what i'm trying to read - and consequently sue ad blockers.
According to a Google Video released last month "Introduction to the Ad Experience Report" there is a way for you to check out how your website rates in terms of ad experience. If there's a problem you get told what it is and how you can address it.
You can watch the video below.
You can also access it for your own sites via https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ad-experience-unverified
I read a post by Barney Davey on Facebook yesterday which I thought highlighted some really key issues about selling art that would:
So I asked Barney whether I could reproduce it on this blog and he said 'Yes' (for which many thanks) - so here is it. Except I added in some bold which you can't do on Facebook to make it a slightly easier read!
How to sell your art in 2018 and beyond
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Katherine Tyrrell writes about art, artists and the art business and has followers all over the world. She also delivers workshops for art organisations and reviews websites and career strategies for artists.
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