The Ultimate Resource Guide for Creatives

The Ultimate Resource Guide for Creatives

Welcome to the Ultimate Creative Business Resource Guide. I am sure you will find a lot of this information helpful whether you are just starting out in business or if you are right in the thick of it. There is always room for improving and developing your business so this guide is here to help you decide what resources you can use to make your business even better! I hope you enjoy it and get something really useful from it.


If you don’t know where you are going you’ll end up someplace else ~ Yogi Berra


Being organised is your secret weapon in business. if you are all over the place with your projects, you will be feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Nobody wants that so let’s get you prepared.


The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley – This planner has a daily and monthly layout. The daily pages give you space to fill in the day by half-hour intervals and make notes on the side of the page which is perfect for writing lists.

Erin Condren Life Planner – This planner comes in 2 different layouts; vertical or horizontal. It is super versatile as you have the option to clip in extra pages. It allows personalization using colour coding, space on the side for weekly notes and goals.

Passion Planner – The Passion Planner aims to help you break down your goals and create steps that fit into your daily life to make your goals actionable. At the end of each month, there is a section which asks you questions that help reflect on the progress of your goals.

Bullet Journal – A customizable analogue system designed by Ryder Carroll. This system is an awesome way to keep a log of your tasks in a very simple and super effective way. Check out this video for more.

Project Management Apps:

Asana – This is my top choice for To Do Lists. Plus if you like celebratory unicorns flying across the screen when you complete a task then this is the app for you. Unicorns aside, I love that I can integrate this with my google calendar and if I don’t manage to get a task done it will roll over to the following day which is great as it means that I never miss a task.

Google Calendar – This is so versatile as you can integrate it with the calendar app on mac and the Asana to do list app which for me makes a powerful combination for staying on track wherever you are. I also like that you can create different categories for different tasks which means that you can separate work from personal life.

Dragon Dictation – Ideas can come at any moment, usually when we are doing the grocery shopping or are sitting on the train. It is easy to have a lightning bolt moment and then allow it to slip away because we didn’t have a notebook nearby. Dragon Dictation is for those flashes of inspiration.

Your Website:

You may be a little undecided when it comes to getting a website set up for your business, so we will make it easier for you – Get one! You are going to look more professional and more established with the option to sell your work without all the commissions that often come with selling through other websites like Etsy or eBay.

Web Hosting:

This can be a hard choice so we will just give you the two that we love:

1. Bluehost

2. InMotion Hosting

These both offer great customer service and are always around to help which as a business, it is a must to have a super reliable host.

Top Tip: Get your domain when you sign up for your hosting – these two web hosting services give you 1 free domain when you sign up.

WordPress Themes:

There are so many places to find themes for your WordPress Website so I have picked out the best places that I have found offer great themes for all types of business below:

  • ThemeForest
  • Creative Market
  • Yith (Your inspiration Themes)
  • Elegant Themes

Top Tips:

1. Don’t use a free theme. Always invest!

2. Find a theme provider that offers solid support especially if you are building the website yourself.

WordPress Plugins:

There are 1000s of WordPress Plugins out there so we handpicked the ones that work very well together and are perfect for creative businesses.

  • WooCommerce WooCommerce
  • Table Rate Shipping
  • Bloom
  • Monarch Social Sharing
  • WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips
  • Easy Digital Downloads
  • All in One SEO Jetpack


In this section, we will break down the most important parts of marketing your creative business online and in person.

Email Marketing:

You might be thinking that you don’t need a mailing list but honestly, it would very silly of you not to have one for your business! Go get one! Right now!

MailChimp – When I first started working for myself I didn’t realise how important having a mailing list was. I started out using the MailChimp ‘Free Forever’ plan and it was brilliant as a small business owner. When you first start building a list this is definitely the app to use. You can download 2 apps; ‘MailChimp’ and ‘MailChimp Snap’. Both are great for different reasons. With the standard MailChimp App, you can manage your subscribers, view email campaigns & reports. MailChimp Snap is where the fun of creating email campaigns on the go begins. If you are not on your computer but have some exciting news that you want to get out to your list, then this app is those moments.

ConvertKit – This is brilliant for small business owners and a great alternative to MailChimp and you can sign up for as little as $29 a month for 1000 subscribers. You can create unlimited forms, sequences, landing pages and automation rules as well as the ability to send as many emails as you want each month unlike the free version of MailChimp. It is also worth noting here that MailChimp duplicates a subscriber if they are in more than one list – ConvertKit has one list and separates subscribers by tags (categories chosen by you)

Point of Sale and Packaging:


  • Exaprint
  • Moo
  • Tiny Box Company
  • Rajapack
  • BoxMart
  • Morplan
  • Shopfittings LTD
  • SoloPress


  • Store Supply Warehouse
  • Pix Art Printing
  • Printing Center USA
  • Got Print
  • Jukebox Print
  • Overnight Prints
  • Shop for Shops


Image Creation Apps:

These are the must-have apps for creating awesome images for social media, blog posts or emails. If you aren’t confident with using Photoshop or other complex image editing programs these are great tools for getting started with creating impressive images: Canva PicMonkey Pablo

Stock Photography: 

These 4 websites are brilliant for finding photographs for your website or social media images if you don’t want to use your own photos. Unsplash Fotolia Creative Market Photo Dune


Finding Beautiful fonts can be tough but there 2 websites are the perfect place to start. Free fonts often come with usage limitations so invest in a few fonts that you can use consistently from either of these: Font Squirrel Creative Market


Make your designs look super professional with a framed mock-up or use a mock-up of an easel to create an image to promote your work on social media. There are so many options and you are going to look like a total pro. Graphic River Creative Market

Video Editing:

Videos are one of the most popular mediums for marketing so whether you want to talk about a new art series or create a slideshow of images from your last exhibition these apps are going to help you do just that. iMovie Mac) or AfterEffects, Screenflow or Splice.

Ripl and Clipman are great for creating fast videos on the fly too.

Where Should You Sell Your Work?

Original Art:

  • AccessART
  • Art Finder
  • Art Rising
  • Artsicle
  • SaatchiArt

Handmade Products:

  • Handmade at Amazon
  • Etsy
  • Folksy (UK only)
  • iCraft Maker Faire
  • Renegade Craft


  • 500px
  • iStock Photo
  • Fotolia
  • RedBubble
  • SmugMug
  • Zenfolio

Print on Demand Platforms:

  • Art Rabbit
  • Art Rookie
  • CafePress
  • Curioos
  • DENY Design
  • Fine Art America
  • Fine Art England
  • Gumroad
  • InksterInc
  • ArtTree
  • RedBubble
  • SaatchiArt
  • Society6
  • SpoonFlower
  • Tee Spring
  • Zazzle

For further help with your creative business head click here to check out planners & workshops.

Did I miss something or do you know of an awesome resource I should add in? Let me know in the comments.

What Creatives Need To Run A Business

What Creatives Need To Run A Business

**This blog post contains naughty words so if you don’t like that, then please kindly refrain from reading 😇 **

When you make that “crazy to everyone around you” decision to go for broke and start your own business, there are so many things to think about. All that research that you have to do to find out how to even get started in business and the amount of overwhelming advice being given all over the internet is so draining that it can make it super difficult to get your head around it all. In this post, we are going to break it down into the most digestible chunks as possible so that you can start honing in on the things that you need to get done to move forward.

Side note: Check out the Ultimate Creative Business freebie at the end of the post, I promise it super awesome and breaks down a lot of the yucky stuff which will save you some time with researching it yourself.


#1 – A reason why

Ask yourself why you are starting a business? Is it just to make a quick buck? Or, is it because you have a fire in your belly and cannot think of anything else but your reason WHY?


Potential Customer: Why did you start Business ABC?
Business owner: Because I wanted to quit the job I hated…
Potential Customer: …

The conversation ends here because your customer likely couldn’t give two about the shitty job you once did. They want to know the ‘why’ behind the creation of your business. Why do you make what you make? What is your story?


#2 – An ideal customer

So, who is your customer? If you haven’t got a clue, then you are likely not moving your business towards its big goals.

Look at the bigger picture, for example, imagine you create floral watercolour paintings with inspirational quotes. What type of person likes floral illustrations? Why do they want them? What are they going to do with them? Who is the quote on the painting directed at? Who would it inspire? Who would buy your product? Give that person name and have them in the back of your mind when you are selling your work.


#3 – A consistent brand

When you look at all the big brands, there is pure consistency across everything that they do, and this honestly is one of the big foundation stones that is going to set you up to go the distance. Lack of consistency from the customer’s point of view is so confusing and looks like you are not in it with your whole heart. You want to be in it with your whole heart, right? So, use the same logo everywhere, use the same fonts and always been precise and consistent with colours.


#4 – A shit hot website

When starting a business, it is so easy to tick things off your to-do list because “they can be done cheaply.” This is one of the worst mindsets to have when you want to create a business that works. Sure, there are many people who have done this, but it is not without a huge amount of stress and time wasted. Believe me, investing in a damn good website will be one of the best things that you can do for your business. One of the top reasons why people will leave your site is because it is slow to load or it looks terribly out of date. For me, a slow load time is the main reason I will click away. If your website looks like it was built in 1999 or has a banner telling me to get myself a “free website” – I will 9 times out of 10 leave and move on to something with the looks and the load time.


#5 – Paid Advertising

A bizarre myth has developed in recent years which has made many people think a lot of things should be free and this rings true for new small business owners who think that Facebook should be free. A massive part of the platform is, of course, free but the idea that Facebook should promote someone’s business for free is not dissimilar to an artist being asked to work for free for the “exposure”. Facebook is a business that now sits in the public domain on the stock exchange, so they are never going to promote your business for free. Imagine if they did that!? The stock price would plummet, and the whole platform would go down the drain. That would be a waste, wouldn’t it?

So, here is what you need to do… Learn how to do Facebook adverts properly. Don’t dismiss them because you don’t think it works, or you think Facebook doesn’t care, or that they just want your money. This is especially important if you have already tried adverts and you did not get you the results you wanted – There is a heck of a lot more to Facebook adverts than meets the eye.

Top Tip: Do not use Facebook adverts until you know exactly who your ideal customer is. (See point 2)


#6 – A mailing list

What if you could not connect with your followers on Twitter because there was a problem with Twitters server or Facebook went down (heaven forbid)? How are you going to let people know that you just launched a new product or are having a flash sale?

Your mailing list! It is absolute key that you have one. Get this written down on your to-do list… Now… Go on…

The point here is that you can’t build your audience solely on rented social media land as it can be taken away at any moment. There are, of course, many other great reasons to get started with building a mailing list but here are just a few of them: 

Customer relationship building, customer loyalty, higher reach than social media as email generally has a 90% delivery rate, email is the preferred channel of communication, email will always be around.


#7 – The ability to outsource

You might not like this one, but honestly, the whole do it ALL yourself approach will to hurt you in the long run. Whether that is through time lost messing around with a website plugin, losing time building your whole website and then spending your time learning WordPress. Or designing a logo and wasting precious time trying to figure out how the hell to use Adobe Illustrator when you could be creating a brand new line of products and driving your business forward. Don’t waste time.

Invest in a logo, invest in a professional website, invest in advertising, invest in proper business cards, invest in a copywriter to write your products descriptions and…


#8 – Invest in yourself

Self-Development is an absolute no-brainer in business. I am always learning something new, whether that is learning a new system that helps me make my workflow seamless or learning a new marketing strategy. Nowadays it is so easy to find out about pretty much anything so embrace what the internet has to offer – find an online course that helps you drive your business forward, get a mentor, listen to some podcasts, read more books, meet new people.

Create a mindset that allows you the freedom to INVEST and GROW your business in a way that makes you happy and ready to take on the next challenge. Be forward thinking. Be ground-breaking. Be yourself.


#9 – A support network

Starting and developing a business can be tough especially when you are doing it alone. Sure, your family understand that you are creating something but do they truly know the extent of what you are doing? Having someone to talk to about your business is going to change the way you do business whether that means getting advice, help with creating new ideas and building new systems to get your business running super smoothly or just having someone to bounce ideas off whenever you need to. So, think about this…Who do you have to lean on and get advice from when it comes to your business? (Answer: It’s not your mum or your best friend 😉 )


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Inspirational Quotes for Creatives

Inspirational Quotes for Creatives

Whether you are a painter,  a photographer or a crafter these quotes should spark you with a reason to carry on and remember why you should never let anyone walk on your creativity with dirty shoes!

“To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong” ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity” ~ Charles Mingus

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” ~ Thomas Merton

“Every artist was first an amateur” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Art is anything that you can get away with” ~ Andy Warhol

“Great art picks up where nature ends” ~ Marc Chagall

“Being creative is not a hobby; it is a way of life” ~ Unknown

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser” ~ John W. Gardner

“Creativity takes courage” ~ Henri Matisse

“Art is the most intense form of individualism that the world has known” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” ~ Pablo Picasso

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one” ~ Stella Adler

“Play always, as if in the presence of a master” ~ Robert Schumann

“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life” ~ William Faulkner

“Life is a work of art. If you don’t like what you see paint over it” ~ Unknown

“An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision” ~ James Whistler

“Anyone who says you can’t see a thought simply doesn’t know art” ~ Wynetka Ann Reynolds

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” ~ Scott Adams

“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one” ~ Charles Horton Cooley


And… last but not least, here are some of my favourite quotes. If you want to share these awesome quotes on social media feel free to download them.