Budgets for Arts and CreativesBudgets for Arts and Creatives


We believe that your business budget is one of your most valuable allies. It might sound surprising, but the process of budgeting should not be daunting or intimidating. In this episode of “I Hate Numbers,” we’ll explore the advantages of implementing a budget for arts and creatives.

Your Budget as a Valuable Ally

Budgets, for example, play a pivotal role in your business. They help allocate resources, monitor progress, motivate your team, and facilitate communication across departments and stakeholders.

Transforming Your Business Journey

Budgets, in fact, transform your business journey into tangible numbers, creating a robust performance system.

Budgeting for Creativity

Lessons from different sectors, such as the arts, likewise, can be adapted and applied to your business context.

The Universal Language of Finance

Additionally, finance is a universal language that offers valuable lessons for businesses, regardless of their sector.

A Traditional Approach

A traditional approach involves setting your destination point. Once we’ve got our destination, your budget becomes your roadmap, outlining the journey and activity plan needed to reach that destination.

Building a Financial Model

Budgeting is a financial model that simulates and represents something, a bigger landscape. To build a successful financial model, you need to understand your business model.

Understanding Your Business Model

Your business model defines your value proposition, core values, target audience, and transformation goals. That sounds odd, but your business model is not the same as a financial model.

Cost Structure

Your business model influences your cost structure, including the nature of expenses involved in delivering products or services.

The Art of Revenue Streams

Another aspect of your business model is revenue streams. So, each revenue source has its value and risks, but we need to factor them in.

Simplifying Data Management

Two tools can support you: a digital accounting system and a planning platform like Numbers Know How.


In conclusion, budgets are powerful tools. Granted, they might have their limitations, but they help control costs, provide accountability, offer direction, and motivate teams. They are not financial straitjackets but rather flexible frameworks that enable adaptability and focus.

We hope you found this post insightful. So, we’d love to hear your feedback. Do you follow a similar approach when creating your budgets? Reflect on your organization’s model, and until next week’s episode, keep budgeting wisely.