business resources to call your very own

never ceasing to amaze me, some of the most prolific and creative bloggers in the handmade and/or design genre have added to their respective to-do lists with new business advice blogs and columns to help *you* with *your* to-do lists. these resources come in all shapes and sizes, from video snippets to creative exercises to informative editorials. they provide the knowledge & experience that comes with having internet-based businesses for years (and having been around the block a time or two in the non-virtual business world) - get a notepad and a pen – you'll need it as you peruse each one! so grateful to have these at my fingertips! {this post took forever to edit and code - please let me know if any links are incorrect.}

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Modish BIZtips : Jena Coray [modish]

Jena's very accessible writing style and 'down-in-the-trenches' knowledge of the indie/handmade world give her new Biz Tips blog plenty of fodder that you can use today, right now, this instant. no excuses. marketing 101, self-employment, motivation, biz basics, selling suggestions. yup. She covered it! As she states, "Modish BIZtips is here to help you, the artist, crafter or designer who is working towards making a living off your own creations. It's a road that's not an easy one to take, but this blog will be a source of support, information and guidance along your way."

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Creativity Series : Holly Becker [decor8]

Mind mapping, listening skills, analysis paralysis, finding laughter…all areas of you & your business persona that may need to be polished now and again. Holly's 10-week Creativity Series (1 week to go) provides tips, deep discussion and real activities for you to do to as you tap or re-tap into the well of your own darn creative self! This has been one of my favorite things on the blogosphere in months – such a need for me to get to the heart and soul of myself when I feel like an unpaid blogging drone most days (oh, like right now… ;).

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Biz Ladies 2009 : Grace Bonney and guests [design*sponge]

In 2006, Grace started the d*s biz ladies series because she "felt that there was a real need for women running their own businesses to connect and create local support systems." She continues that generous and much-needed tradition on her blog with the addition of Biz Ladies 2009. Every Tuesday, she features a working professional who will discuss surviving and thriving in the world of small business. Good stuff!

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dialogue : Erin Loechner & guests [design for mankind]

Dialogue is a new video series on Design for Mankind – "dedicated to all the things we as a creative community SHOULD be talking about, but AREN’T ". Nice format, well-edited - illustrates the point that really real people who are independent business owners like you deal, struggle and create every day, too – you can learn a lot about what to do and what not to do by listening to their take on the topic at hand.

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Bakery : Erin Loechner [design for mankind] & Jaime Derringer [design milk]

Baking businesses one savory tip at a time. "With a dash of advertising, a pinch of public relations and a smidgen of marketing, we’ll shape your work into something you knead. BAKERY offers a wide variety of assistance to small businesses and independent shoppes worldwide. Whether you’re struggling with a start-up, self-promotion or navigating the waters of social media, BAKERY has the experience and knowledge to advance your work."

2 thoughts on “business resources to call your very own

  1. Oh Jan, you’re so awesome! Thank you thank you for spreading the word for me. And for listing all the other incredible resources, which I also adore! You’re the bestest!
    -jena

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