Creative Business

Many creative business owners find the business side of art dull, tedious, and maybe even a little scary, but managing your company's money doesn't have to turn into a chore. Here, we've shared tips from the experts on handling the business side of art, from accounting basics to financial software solutions, without losing your mind.

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Easier Expense Tracking with Shoeboxed

It’s great that we can deduct expenses for our small businesses, but it’s a lot of work to track them all on your own. The old way to do this with filing reciepts and keeping a spreadsheet was never really OK at all, was it? There are far less labor intensive options out there. One option I want to show you today is Shoeboxed.com. Watch the video to find out more about how you can automate your expense tracking. Enjoy :)

Going Back to School...Online!

For today’s video blog I wanted to talk about the insanely good value of online learning and all of the opportunities for you to go back to school on the cheap.

I'll be introducing you to Creative Bug, CreativeLive, and Skillshare. If you haven’t been introduced to these platforms yet, you should really keep listening because I think these learning platforms are extremely valuable and relevant to anyone with a creative business.

I really hope you check them out and enjoy :)

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Spice Up Your Store for Summer

The year is half over. You've been living with your online, IndieMade store for awhile now and it's time for a little change. Not just any change. We say it's time to spice things up! By just making a few changes here and there, you should be on your way to creating some fun new products and getting your customers to take a fresh look at your store!
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What Emotion Are You Selling?

Think about the last thing you bought that you didn’t absolutely need. Why did you buy that one instead of the one next to it or the one from a different shop? You bought the one you bought because it triggered the right emotional response. We buy a lot of thing because they make us feel happy but we also buy things that make us feel powerful or more spiritual. We even buy things that make us sad. I know that sounds ridiculous but look at the concept of "nostalgia". When we feel nostalgic part of us is happy but part of us feels sad over the loss of that era, so we buy the item to recapture the feel of those days. What emotion are you selling?
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Grow Your Email List : Grow Your Business

You already know that there's power in an email list. It's your direct connection to your customers and potential customers. It's your non-intrusive way of marketing your business because the people who signed up asked you to let them know when you have new items in your store or you're running a sale or if you'll be at a show. Yet, most of us don't have a solid mailing list. We might have a few names of loyalty customers and family members but thats not going to keep you in business. And ten names aren't going to help you grow your business.

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