Getting Started Can Be the Hardest Part....What's next on your to-do list?
Perhaps my tried and true favorite resources can help you take the first step. I use each and every one of these products and services, I'm cheering for their success and yours! If offered, I'm an affiliate for these products, so some of the links below will also give me a commission if you use them. I hope you too will add affiliate income to your portfolio, it's a way to share what you love and help pay for your website overhead at the same time. I only promote what I truly believe in!
Online Education Portals
CreativeLive offers courses in a unique format. The instructors present live in front of a studio audience as well as a live online audience which brings an extra energy to the courses as well as real person interaction and questions while the topic is being presented. You can be assured that the material is well thought out and presented in both informational and application focused ways. You won't be disappointed with this platform. Get $15 off your first course with my link here!
Skillshare is a membership educational site, where you have access to all courses for a monthly fee. It's inexpensive and a great way to binge learn over a short period of time for a very low fee. Instructors often offer online workshops where students take their course over a set period of time and have interaction with one another as well as critique and interaction with the instructor. If you need deadlines and dates to keep disciplined in your learning, or just thrive amongst a classroom feel you'll really enjoy this option. This education portal has a place where you upload your work for the workshop or the course you're taking, which is another way to stick to an online course and get it done. And if you have an interest in becoming a Skillshare instructor, that is also an option. Highly Recommended, click HERE for 2 FREE Months access!
Reading List - Some of my favorite books and audio books on creative business strategy to get your left and right brain working together!
Christina Scalera, The Contract Shop - Contract Templates ready to plug in for all of your business needs...get GDPR Compliant Terms & Conditions Template...Learn how to set up your new business legally. Education on business types...sole proprietorship, LLC..., Contract templates pre-customized for creative businesses and their unique needs and offerings ready for immediate download. Legal eze for your website and online courses... Fine Art Commissions. Workshops and Retreats. As your business grows...Contracts with Virtual assistants and 1099 Contractors. Affiliate Agreement. Education on protecting your work from copyright infringement. Education on Trademarks and when to use them... Amazing resource.
Quickbooks Online - Easily create and file 1099's for contractors, import sales data from Paypal, manage business checking and credit cards...everything in one place without manually importing or entering data. Great mobile app too.
Trello Gold - The App itself. Create individual repeatable workflows in an interactive system that's customizable, brandable and pretty.
Trello for Business - Learn how to maximize your Trello productivity. This will set you up for success!
DIGITAL ART & Design
Adobe Creative Cloud - Adobe Illustrator (Ai), Photoshop, and InDesign are my favorite programs in the Adobe Suite. Illustrator on it's own has amazing capabilities and if I could have only one, it would be my choice. They are offered as an online service that is updated regularly and available as single programs or combinations or all. Since learning Ai I can create nearly anything I need to and can't imagine life without it.
Learn Adobe Illustrator in the most fun and engaging way through Surface Pattern Design Immersion (opens once a year Feb 18-27) , or join anytime and dabble with the same instructor's Skillshare course...Intro to Surface Pattern Design This is how I learned Ai after trying a few other methods and I can't say enough great things about it! You'll come out a pro!
Online Course Platforms
Teachery - Pretty, brandable course pages, no transaction fees, amazing customer service. And offer an affiliate program for your own courses - managed within the platform for you.
BOUTIQUE CUSTOMER SERVICE
Customer Relationship Management
Honeybook - Perfect for service based creative companies who need to educate prospects, provide proposals, gather information from clients through questionnaires, offer streamlined billing/payment plans and contracts as well as a communication hub to organize all emails to and from your clients in one place. Honeybook is perfect for collaboration between vendors on larger projects as well a great community of Honeybook using businesses who love to collaborate, refer and promote one another. Great mobile App too.
Email Service Provider
ConvertKit - Made for those who want to offer a number of freebie download-ables to their readers in exchange for their email, and better serve their audience's specific interests through targeted emails serving their unique interests specifically and efficiently.
Interact Quizzes - A fun way to find people interested in your niche and allows you to serve them specific to their unique needs or interests.
Squarespace - Elegant websites that are easily managed by anyone. I created my first Squarespace site years ago when I knew nothing about web design. I created an amazing site and I could change anything I needed any time I wanted. This is the platform I recommend for everyone who wants to spend their time working on their business, not learning code... Squarespace has e-commerce capabilities...sell physical products and services and downloadable products from your own site with simple creditcard and paypal integrations, blogging options, landing pages... Great reporting for both e-comm and analytics as well as simple mobile Apps that take your business on the road. I am a CIRCLE member designer for Squarespace and love helping entrepreneurs get their website and business strategy set up. Take a look at my services page for more detail.
PODCASTING, RECORDING & COURSE CREATION
Microphones - I looked at so many mics and found 2 different types that I’ve been quite happy with. The first is a Lav Mic. This is the microphone that clips to your collar or neckline and is very low profile, discrete and mobile. The thing I love about this one is that it connects to a cellphone via the headphone jack. You can have the phone in your pocket and be a speaker on the stage, creating your own recording or set the smartphone on a tripod and use the 20’ extension cable to stand on set while videotaping and recording with your smartphone. The second type of mic I’m using is a Tabletop Mic that is another easy connect product with a USB cable. No drivers, works with mac and pc and has settings for multiple types of recording, from podcasting to interviews and more. It has over 6,400 reviews if you’re unsure about it and need another opinion. Ok, and the fact that it comes in many colors….may just be an additional plus for the artist in you.