One of the great things about having a creative business in the age of the Internet is that there is so much FREE information out there. But sometimes it’s not so easy to find good content because there is SO MUCH going on in Internet-land.
So where do you start? (Besides the blog you are looking at right now, that is.)
Here are a few of my favorite finds:
Seth Godin is a wealth of business information. Seth’s blog (http://sethgodin.typepad.com/) isn’t like many of the blogs you are used to. There are no photos for us visual types, but man, is it packed full of great information for business owners of all kinds. His website has a load of other FREE STUFF as well as a list of his books. If you want the books for free be sure to check your local library. Which is also free, as long as you don’t keep the book too long.
The Sewing Directory has a list of free guides and e-books for you here: Craft Business Guides. Don’t worry that most of them are geared toward fabric crafters or sewers, there is still plenty to glean from these guides.
Handmadeology: the science of handmade is a blog that is FULL of business tips and tricks, especially if you are running an Etsy shop. Again, don’t fret if you don’t have an Etsy shop as there is still plenty to learn here. Including HOW to set up an Etsy shop!
Craft Business is another site that is loaded with a variety of information about business, manufacturers and suppliers, as well as other industry related articles.
The Small Business Administration is the place to go for all of the heavy lifting. Business plans, and accounting as well as a training and resources center are just a mouse click away.
Craft Business Journal has lots of great articles for turning your hobby into an online business.
These are just small drops in the bucket when it comes to available Internet resources for helping you to grow your creative business.
Is there information you’ve been looking for but haven’t found yet? I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments.
What are some of your favorite crafty business websites?
By: Vicki O’Dell, The Creative Goddess
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