Making money isn’t usually the top priority for big vision creators — making a difference is. But without financial power, the diverse and unique solutions that you bring to the world as a creative entrepreneur aren’t able to see the light of day. And you are left burned out and exhausted. This show is designed for the big vision creators — artists, designers, freelancers, and purple-haired, punk rock weirdos — to answer the question: “If you had your taxes, retirement, and investing on lock, how big of an impact could you make on the world with your creative work?” Your host, Hannah Cole, is both an artist and a tax expert, and the founder of Sunlight Tax. In each episode, she and her guests will explore the connection between financial power and creative success, uncovering the unique money mindset and financial management shifts that help creators like you have a bigger impact with your work. From what you need to know about self-employment taxes and bookkeeping, to unlocking your vision, you'll have everything you need to become more successful — and have a bigger impact — in your creative career. Hannah has supported thousands of creatives with accessible tax and business setup skills through her signature program, Money Bootcamp. You can learn more at and connect on Instagram at @sunlighttax. If this sounds good to you, please subscribe to the show, and share it with a friend.


October 3, 2023 48 mins

This week, I’m sharing an interview I did on the Emerging Brands Podcast with Kelly Bennett. 


Kelly Bennett is a New York City based Brand Strategist who helps brands define their brand strategy and develop brand narratives. 


Join me in this episode as I talk about my business, how and why I started my company and some important parts of accounting you should know as an entrepreneur. 

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Farnoosh Torabi is an Iranian-American personal finance expert, journalist, author and the host of the So Money podcast.  


Today, Farnoosh joins me to talk about her new book, A Healthy State of Panic, why the idea of fearlessness can sometimes be problematic and how growing up in an immigrant household shaped her relationship with fear. 


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September 19, 2023 39 mins

Today, I’m talking about some of the best things I’ve invested in during my time as a business owner that have brought me a good return on investment. I’m also sharing how you can determine if something will be a good ROI for you in your business.  


Join me today to learn how you can break through any mindset barriers you have when it comes to spending money and make smart investments that will bring you...

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Have you ever wondered what questions you should ask when you’re hiring a new accountant?


Today, I’m explaining some of the biggest mistakes I see people make when they begin to work with an accountant and clarifying what you don’t get when hiring an accountant. 


Listen to today’s episode to learn how working with an accountant could work for your small business, some of the benefits and h...

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In today’s timely bonus episode, I am sharing some information on student loans, the new SAVE program and how this new program can help lower your payments and still lead to student loan forgiveness. 


Join me as I give you all the nitty-gritty details about your student loans including who qualifies for the SAVE program and how you can make sure you sign up for it to take advantage. 


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Today, I want to talk about 2 areas of the tax code where you can get more money as a deduction than you actually spent and how you can make the most of these deductions during tax season.


Join me in this episode to learn how you can maximize your tax deductions and get the most money in your pocket. 


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Today, I’m sharing an article I wrote about why it’s so important to keep your personal and business bank accounts separate as an entrepreneur. I’m also sharing information about LLC’s vs. a sole proprietorship and if having an LLC really changes anything during tax time. 


Join me in this episode to hear why mixing your personal and business accounts can hurt your business and to learn more about wheth...

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August 22, 2023 12 mins

Today, I’m sharing important details about the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and how you can use it during the summer months when sending your children to summer camp. 


I’m also talking about the difference between a tax credit and a tax deduction and why a credit is more beneficial to the taxpayer. 


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Today, I’m sharing a civic oriented article I wrote back in 2018 that I hope will inspire you to get involved in your local politics and think more about why civic education is so important. 


Join me in this inspiring episode to learn a bit more about why it’s so important to take a greater role in your local government and why I feel so passionate about advocating for tax education in this country. 


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In this quick and easy episode, I’m talking about something practical you can do in just 15 minutes to make your life easier during tax time.  


Join me today to learn how you can do an easy paycheck checkup to prepare for tax season, avoid any surprise tax bills and ensure your withholding is at the right level. 


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August 1, 2023 25 mins

Have you ever wondered what happens when you make a mistake on your taxes? 


In this episode, I’m talking about the most common mistakes people make when filing their taxes, how you can fix them and the basics of an amended tax return.  


Join me today to learn how you can easily amend your taxes when you accidentally make a mistake and when you can skip filing an amended return. 

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Today, I’m sharing some tax basics and diving into tax schedules including what tax schedules are and why they exist. I’m also diving into capital gains, itemized deductions and self employment tax. 


Join me in this informative episode to learn more about how tax schedules work, how they relate to you and how you can use this information during tax season to make your life easier. 


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July 18, 2023 44 mins

Today, I’m sharing the details of what I do with my money, how I got interested in personal finance and how my idea and process with money has evolved over the last 20 years. 


Join me in this episode as I give you my tips on what has helped me grow my wealth including some of the mistakes I’ve made and why rinsing and repeating is powerful when it comes to finances. 


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July 11, 2023 49 mins


Have you ever wondered how you can have it all in your life and business?


Today, I’m talking about focus as an entrepreneur and how I use metrics in my business to decide what to focus on next. 


Listen to this episode to learn how you can use metrics to have it all and why you need to be focusing on one thing to get your best work. 


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For this July 4th episode, I wanted to go over the top reasons that I’m patriotic and talk about some of the great things that are happening in our country that the media doesn’t like to talk about. 


Join me in this episode as I go some reasons why you can be patriotic this July 4th and how you can be involved in making a difference in your local politics. 


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It’s my 50th episode of the Sunlight Podcast and today, I wanted to share with you the one thing I believe you must do in your business to be successful. I’m also sharing why it’s so important to clearly communicate with your clients on what you’ll be delivering and when. 


Join me in this special episode, as I give you one of my biggest tips that I’ve learned since starting my business and how you can ut...

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Have you ever wondered how medical expense deductions work and if you could potentially qualify? 


Today, I’m giving you a deep dive into the medical expense tax deduction, including what it is and who qualifies for it so you can know if you have to prepare to keep track of your medical expenses.


Join me in this episode to learn whether or not you qualify for the medical expense deduction a...

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June 13, 2023 48 mins

Artists and mission-driven people make natural entrepreneurs. 


In today’s episode, I’m going over all the reasons why I think creatives, artists and value-driven people have an advantage over others in the business space and why they do great as entrepreneurs. 


Join me as I talk about how you can leverage your creative expertise and grow a thriving business using your strengths. 

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Have you ever felt like you have more work than time in the day? 


Today, I’m sharing some of my biggest tips on how I structure my day for maximum focus and what I’ve learned as an entrepreneur on how you can stop wasting time throughout the day so you can.  


Join me today to learn how you can stop endlessly scrolling Instagram and really start spending your day on what you need to focus o...

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Today, I have my dad, architect John Cole, joining me to talk about his successful career in architecture and to give some of his best advice to young architects just starting a creative career path. 


Join my dad and I in this episode as we discuss the significance of face-to-face interaction when growing your career and why empathy is such an important factor in architecture.


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