CREATIVE BUSINeSS RESOURCES, TOOLS, & NETWORKS
Below are some of the tools I use to run my creative business as well as places I go for inspiration. There are many, many more things that I will be adding soon! This page includes affiliate links, see my disclosures here.
I was introduced to Thrive via our SoCal Chapter Leader Nicole Schroeder and thought, hey I could use that! Thrive’s mission is to help female artists succeed. As a curator and artist, I see how hard it is for women to get ahead in the art world and I am very supportive of any organization that helps move us forward.
I joined the Mastermind program and am now a City Lead in NYC, which basically means I organize events for Thrive Mastermind ladies in NYC.
Being a part of Thrive Mastermind has helped push me to commit to art and do the work to be an artist. I am still mid-way through the program, but so far it’s been supportive and inspiring.
CRAFT INDUSTRY ALLIANCE
Craft Industry Alliance is a reliable and high quality trade publication about all things craft industry. I get their newsletter and check their blog often.
JPG Legal is a law firm that provides flat fee trademark services. I got my US trademark through JPG Legal and it was extremely easy and cheap.
Also, Jeremy, the founder and principal attorney, is my boyfriend and we share an office/studio space.
TO DO LISTS
If you like makings lists, I highly suggest TeuxDeux. I use it to organize my todos (in combination with a notebook where I handwrite things weekly and a monthly planner where I organize appointments and deadlines). TeuxDeux is not free, but $2.99 USD per month or $23.99 USD per year is nothing compared to the amount of time I otherwise would spend trying to track down my to do list. I love that it is always with me and that everything is moveable, so I don’t have to rewrite things (which is what I was doing before in my planner). I also use google docs for specific clients or projects, but then I can manage everything in TeuxDeux.
I use Skillshare often to learn new skills, practice old skills, or just get inspiration. It can be hit or miss, but if you check the number of students and peak at student comments you can get a sense of if the class is going to be high quality.
CREATIVE NETWORK ANYWHERE
CreativeMornings is a morning breakfast lecture series that happens in hundreds of cities all around the world. I started going in DC and continue to go in NYC. I also often host CreativeMornings FieldTrips because I love them so much.
I research a lot of different customer relationship management tools and services and finally settled on Dubsado. I couldn’t be happier. They are continually adding new features and have great customer service.
I am still finding new ways to use Dubsado to make my business run smoother and eliminate annoying tasks so I can spend more time creating for clients and myself.
CRAFT SUPPLIES, FAST
When I’m in a pickle and need craft supplies fast, I use Amazon. I hate that Amazon has killed so many local brick and mortar stores (I saw first hand with my own, Eche Verde), but sometimes I have to use it.
A CREATIVE DC
CREATIVE NETWORK IN DC
When I was in DC, my friend Fawna Xio introduced me to the creative community and soon after Morgan started the hashtag #acreativedc. Both were huge influences on me and helped me have the confidence and support to pursue creative endeavors, even in DC.