If you’re contemplating starting your own creative business but don’t know where to begin, you’re not alone. The prospect of becoming your own boss can be a daunting one. So today I’m sharing ten online resources that have been invaluable to me throughout my journey to becoming a small business owner. And the best part? Most of them are free!
1. By Regina – This website has a wealth of (free) information beyond just creating an action plan. Continue Reading
I can’t tell you how many times people have told me, “You should make those to sell!” Invariably, I ponder the thought, but then I always end the discussion with myself deciding against it. I guess I’m worried that if I did sell my crafts and such that it would take all the fun out of it, which is exactly what Jim Robinson warns
against in his article, “Five Steps to Turn Your Hobby into a Business.” Here’s the CliffsNotes version:
I do my best to shy away from any extra keyring accessories: no decorative keychains, fobs, or extras for me. When offered a discount or loyalty membership, I always opt for the credit card sized version rather than the keychainable one.
Recently, a bunch of small, local businesses banded together to create a great program that I’m excited to support, and the only way to access it? Keychain card. I tried storing it in my wallet, but it would fly out and across the room whenever I’d pull out another card, or fall on the floor and under the checkout counter, where I’d have to ask the clerk to grab it for me. Continue Reading
This business card from AGRIE Paint Services is actually painted over. To reveal the contact information, you must pull off the painter’s tape. Clever, huh? How the tape doesn’t damage the surface underneath, I’m not sure. A guess….the ‘tape’ isn’t sticky, and the paint itself is holding it in place….?
The other day someone asked me for my ‘card’. I didn’t have any with me, which was a good thing really because I made them using my laserjet printer. Not only are they ugly, they’re impractical as the ink wears off after awhile. I’m thinking it might be time to consider making something a bit more exciting. And lasting. A bit of embossing. Colorful paper. Whatever. If you’re in the same situation as I and are looking for ideas, take a look at Creative Bits’ cool business cards roundup part 1 and Part 2.Continue Reading
It's 2003; you just got laid off from your job at a telco (not the first time, either), and things are looking prety bleak. What do you do? Well, if you're like Liz and Tab at Island Girl Salvage in Elk Grove, Illinois, you start prying down all the barn-doors, windows, and mantels you can find!
The Island Girls got their start by scouring salvage yards and antique store for original accents and details for Tab's own 126 Cotswold cottage remodel. Continue Reading