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Essential reading for budding creative entrepreneurs

If you want to start a business, you’ll need advice on where to start, what pitfalls to anticipate, and how best to spend your time and money to get your idea off the ground. There are tons of books out there with this kind of advice, but we’ve curated our favourites for you. Whether you’re an aspiring fashion designer or an artisan looking to sell your work, these are some of the most insightful books to help you grow your business.

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Patreon 101: How to get paid for pursuing your passion

Do you ever wish you had a patron – someone who supported your talent and paid you to do what you love doing, so you could do more of it (and worry less about money)? Well stop wishing and start making things happen with the help of ‘Patreon’…

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Zoom Dive Take-Aways | Money Talks: financial planning and accounting for creative startups

We Are Practice was founded by Nick Maynard, a Chartered Accountant, and strategist who has worked in the creative industries for over a decade across retail, e-commerce, tech, and not-for-profit. He noticed a gap in the market for a radically new sort of support system for start-up founders in the creative industries. Recognizing the need for professional services to evolve and support the booming creative economy, Nick launched Practice in 2019 to bring first-class, integrated, and affordable support to founders of exciting high-potential creative brands.

 

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Meet Kevin Osborne, Founder of MeWe360

We are thrilled to be speaking to Kevin Osborne at The Founder Files in April, A person who has spent the last 30 years tirelessly leading, producing, and developing creative industries with supporting BAME talent.

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Simone Rocha x H&M | All roads lead to Fashion East

Simone Rocha’s cult “fashion insider” brand has exploded onto the world stage with her H&M collaboration. Like so many other pioneering British brands, her entrepreneurial success has its roots in Fashion East.

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  • Stories and case studies

Listen Up! Fashion Podcasts Round-Up

Podcasts are a great way to gain insider information and glimpses into the creative world. In this round-up, we look at some of our favourite Fashion podcasts so you can get the story behind the clothes. Whether you are looking for insider business information, trend tips or the history of your favourite garment, there is something in this list, for you.

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Zoom Dive Take-Aways | Inclusivity in Design with Jessica Ryan-Ndegwa

Jessica Ryan-Ndegwa has become a successful designer and curator, despite suffering from Cerebral Palsy – designing both regular household products and beautiful products for disabled people through her Design for Disability project. . In last weeks Zoom Dive, she discussed how we should focus on the human aspect of the design process as well as the product itself

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The amazing entrepreneurial story behind Amanda Gorman’s ring

Who wasn’t captivated by Amanda Gorman, the 22 year old who electrified Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony with her poem “The Hill We Climb.” What we discovered is the amazing entrepreneurial story behind Gorman’s Aviary Classic Ring from mother-daughter creative entrepreneurs and founders of jewelry brand Of Rare Origin.

  • News
  • Stories and case studies

Announcing our new Quarterly Events Programme

Here at Creative Entrepreneurs, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Quarterly Events Programme. With our extensive events offering, we wanted to make it easy for you to view a whole season at a time and book your calendar well in advance.

 

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Zoom Dive Take-Aways | Starting from zero, PR on a shoe-string budget

Jessica Barlow got her start in the world of PR & Communications with no budget and no contacts. But with planning and big creative ideas, she was able to gain worldwide press coverage for the Karma food waste startup she then worked for, helping propel it to success. Since then, Jessica herself has gone viral multiple times and started her own business, No Agency Method, which supports startup businesses in getting their PR strategy right, last week we spoke to Jessica about how she made it happen.

  • Industry insights
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The secrets of a great creative business partnership

Many of the most successful creative businesses are built on a partnership at the top. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, hear from successful partners about what makes them tick, and why they work.

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  • Industry insights
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How to build a brand on diversity

As US Black History Month sheds light on the need for diverse voices in business, we hear from Charlotte Williams, founder of diversity-focused marketing agency SevenSix.

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The CE Lockdown Survival Guide

Many of us are still dealing with lockdown of some form or another, often putting strain on our businesses and our wellbeing. We’re here to help, with a quick guide to surviving and even thriving during this challenging time.

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The best advice I ever had…

We asked six members of the Creative Entrepreneurs community what great advice they received when starting out. From diversifying revenue streams to saying no, here’s what they came up with.

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Why the prototype is the creative tool you never knew you needed

A prototype isn’t always an expensively assembled product. It could be as simple a sketch on a napkin, a book title, a short film of a Lego model. But it might just help you to get to the “aha” moment that takes your business to the next level.

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Ten ways to get set for 2021

Philiy Page is the founder of the mentoring and content network Creative Women International. She shares her ten top tips for getting you and your business primed for success in 2021.

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Founder Files Takeaways | Nicolas Roope’s career lessons

The founder of the pioneering Poke digital agency, and the inventor of the iconic Plumen lightbulb, Nicolas Roope is an icon of the design world, both online and off. In our Founder Files talk, he shared his lessons from 25 years in the industry.

  • Industry insights
  • Interviews
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The fine art of goal-setting

Goals are easy to set, but when we set them wrong they can be a source of frustration and angst. But set your goals just right, and the path towards them become more fun and rewarding. Our tips below will help you become a more motivated and brilliant creative entrepreneur.

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CE’s top ten podcasts for creative entrepreneurs

Podcasts have become ubiquitous water-cooler conversation starters. But which are the most helpful to the creative entrepreneur? We’ve picked our top ten, covering everything from the products of the future to how to build a startup.

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How to produce your first podcast

Podcasting is a great way to reach your audience. And with numerous tools and tutorials available, it’s easier than ever to produce and market your own podcast from your own little studio, aka your bedroom. But where to start? Read on for some handy hints…

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Find collaborators and contacts with Creative Entrepreneurs

Our 15 life-saving tools for micro-business owners

Micro-businesses, with nine employees or fewer are the backbone of the British economy, accounting for 96% of all businesses. We’ve rounded up 15 of the top tools for creative micro-businesses, helping you with everything from design to legal advice.

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How to run your own PR campaign on a tight budget

Want to know how to use Twitter to connect with journalists, how to pitch like a pro, and the different PR approaches for journalists and influencers? Nicola Snell of PR platform Press Loft has the insider secrets for a successful DIY campaign.

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Winnie Awa Antidote Street

Q&A: How Winnie Awa left the straight and narrow

Nigerian-born Winnie Awa had stints at Net-a-Porter, ASOS and LVMH before founding Antidote Street, a beauty brand for anyone with curly, afro or multi-textured hair. Here, she shares her journey from A-Level business student to kickass founder.

  • Interviews
Minimalist iphone Icon set

How a designer made £89k in a week from selling app icons

Apple’s latest operating system allows users to customise their app icons for the first time. Digital designer Traf was ready and waiting for the September launch, and a single Tweet led to more than 4,000 people buying his minimalist home screen icons.

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Best Kickstarter Campaigns

How to beat Father Time and get truly productive

If there’s one thing an entrepreneur needs more than money when launching and growing their is business, it’s time. We explore the best tips, tricks and tools to reclaim yours, from ‘time-boxing’ to limiting social media and learning the ‘two-minute rule’.

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A quick guide to becoming a creative entrepreneur

You have your big creative idea, but what next? Creative Entrepreneurs is all about helping you answer that huge question. Read below for our very quick introduction to becoming a creative entrepreneur yourself, and how we can help you on your journey.

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