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The best DIY website builders to help you get online

As a creative business owner, it’s essential to have a professional-looking website that showcases what you do. We’ve whittled down the best platforms for creatives who want to design their own brochure website, online portfolio or blog.

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How to stand out in a busy marketplace

When you’re starting out on a small budget, how do you make a big enough noise to get yourself noticed? It’s easy to feel intimidated by the competition or dwarfed by huge companies. Here are some tips on stealing the show.

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Ten art business resources to help you sell your work

One surefire sign of success as an artist lies in the ability to sell your work. From selling platforms and marketing tips to managing your inventory; we’ve put together a list of handy resources that’ll help you turn your art into a profitable creative business.

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How to grip your audience through the power of storytelling

If you could take someone on a journey – if you could invoke strong, impacting emotions – why wouldn’t you? Storytelling enables you to create an immediate connection with customers and clients. Here’s how to harness this art to captivate your audiences.

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How to collaborate with influencers to boost your brand

Influencer Marketing is BIG business. As of 2020, 86% of marketers have introduced Influencer Marketing into their marketing strategies. It’s a £2B industry. Learn how to choose and collaborate with the right influencer for your business.

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The graduate shows: our annual glimpse into the future

The annual graduate shows by the UK’s leading creative universities are massively inspiring. Here, Creative Entrepreneurs founder, Carolyn Dailey, shares her views on these innovative and exciting events.

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How to build a brand on truth

Being authentic is an essential ingredient for a brand’s success. You need to come from a place of truth and stay constantly attuned to your audience. Here’s how to get started with building a brand that’s true to your vision.

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Zoom Dive Recordings | How to run a social enterprise

Want to make a difference to the lives of others by building a social enterprise? Here, Ajay Pabial shares his mission to champion and support budding creatives, through his not-for-profit arts organisation, Art Clubbers CIC.

 

 

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Zoom Dive Recordings | Making money out of funny

Our Zoom Dive with Clara Heimerdinger, founder of Nice ‘n’ Spiky Comedy Club, is packed full of insights and inspiration for anyone looking to break into the business of entertainment, comedy or media.

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Ten noteworthy sessions at Cannes Lions Live, 2021

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is a highly anticipated annual gathering of the global advertising and creative communications industry. This year, the event is fully digital – here’s what to look out for if you’re planning to tune in.

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How to get started with digital marketing

Digital marketing is all about understanding your market so you can send the right promotional messaging to the right people. If you’re just starting out, you probably have a limited budget – so here’s how to work smart and put your pennies where they’ll count.

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How to be a brilliant leader

Leadership isn’t a certificate you stick up on your wall – it’s an ongoing journey of self-improvement. Great leadership is all about empowering, enabling and inspiring your team – and knowing when to step back or step in.

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Zoom Dive Recordings | How might we empower diversity in the tech sector?

Mo Lishomwa is an award-winning, results-driven Senior Digital Business Leader with a passion for people & technology. She’s also a key member of BIMA, the voice of the digital and tech communities. In this 60-minute session, Mo discusses the results of their recent white paper on diversity in the tech industries and shares her own experiences of working in the sector.

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Ready, set, book! Our Summer Events Series is now live

From exploring ways to fund your startup to using ‘experiential design’ to shape the customer experience – our Summer 2021 Events Series is packed full of how-tos, deep insights and actionable takeaways. Registration is now open!

 

 

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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