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.

The Stitch Labs staff

Craft Business Tools: Stitch Labs Helps Crafters Hold Their Business Together

Stitch Labs offers craft business owners all the tools you need to track inventory in one simple program. Craft business owners can manage contacts, all their sales, product inventory, invoices, expenses, and even shipping labels all in one place. Even selling in stores becomes easy with downloadable line sheets in one easy click. Amazing!
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Be Your Own Boss - Start an Indie Business!

IndieMade was invited to present mini-sessions at the WBEZ event "Making Your Own Job." The event was well-attended by plenty of artist entrepreneurs and indie business owners. Welcome to the new economy, one that is driven by micro- and small businesses. These "indies" are either filling in the gaps with their niche businesses or freelancing, often replacing jobs once held by full-time employees.
Urban Folk Circuit organizers Kelli Wefenstette (left) and Jessica Duff

Indie Craft Fair: Urban Folk Circuit Travels Around Chicago

Chicago artisans Kelli Wefenstette and Jessica Duff believe that every Chicago resident should have easy access to quality handmade wares, right in their own neighborhoods.  As they grew their own handmade businesses, though, they realized that most craft fairs were concentrated in the same parts of the city, and many were costly for crafters in both time and money.

Eye of Inspiration

Find Creative Inspiration by Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone

Novelist Molly Moynahan moved out of her comfort zone and found creative inspiration by attending Gong Lab's Suite for Dreamers.

a guest post by Molly Moynahan

At 50 + I sometimes feel I’ve earned my place on the couch, in bed, watching television or reading Oprah, congratulating myself on my specialness, cat on lap, chocolate at the ready. And then it hits me that I am becoming one of those people I once pitied, inert, pathetic, declining opportunities to be creatively moved to remain static.


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