As a person who runs a school and has attended Clasp, let me put my
$.02 in here.
I have been using Filemaker Pro for several years. It does a good
job of billing and maintaining a database of my students. However,
Quickbooks gives you this and generates profit and loss statements
and creates data files preferred by most tax accountants. It works on
both PC and Mac platforms. I used to use Quicken, but found that my
accountant used Quickbooks.
The content at Clasp is a nice compliment to your endeavors. Last
year I attended specifically for the money track. Just understanding
the language of business has put the schools finances on track. What
I learned was what part of the business process I want to keep and
what needs to be outsourced. Another aspect to our business is time
management. This is something I want to address to professionals at
this year's conference. How to prioritize my time when everything is
After attending Clasp last year, Metalwerx has hired a full time
Program Coordinator with health benefits. It was a big ouch trying to
afford her salary, but the school is running much smoother because I
have somebody in the office who talks to people every day.
The Clasp Conference is an investment in your future and career. The
Clasp conference fee is 1/4 of what print advertising costs, but what
Metalwerx gained out of this conference was way more than a small
print ad in a magazine.
M E T A L W E R X
School for Jewelry and the Metalarts
50 Guinan St.
Waltham, MA 02451
781 891 3854