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Resources To Help You Set Up A Creative Business!

What did we read and what did we listen to, whilst building and growing M.Y.O?

· startups,creative thinking,creative,Creativity

Starting a business is always exciting, yet at times, can be difficult and always involves some creative thinking to navigate the ups and downs. This is part of what we covered in our first, of many! podcast with Creative Jungle Company.

We wanted to share some useful resources that weren't covered in the podcast with you. They are some books, other podcasts, websites and instagram accounts that helped us through the M.Y.O journey so far. They not only include how you might go about starting your own creative business (with no creative experience), but also how to, more broadly, bring creativity to your life and business!

Books

  • Shoe Dog by Phil Knight - the grit and determination that comes out in this book is immense

  • Choose Yourself by James Altucher - really helps you think about why you are running a business or how you could structure your life better to achieve the things you want to achieve

  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz⁠ - this helps show how to deal with difficult things in business

  • The Creative Entrepreneur by Isa Maria Seminega. A mini book series by Jen Carrington – including ‘Uncover your big-hearted business’, ‘Resonate and Connect’, and ‘Nobody is going to do your business (or life) for you’ – can be accessed by signing up to her newsletter at jencarrington.com

Podcasts

  • How I Built This⁠ with Guy Raz - incredibly inspiring and so many great stories and insights

  • Screw it Just do It, from Alex Chisnall⁠ - UK based podcast chatting with up and coming and been there and done that entrepreneurs, we were on it in the early days too! See here, we're c31 mins in!

  • Being Boss is a “podcast for creative entrepreneurs, freelancers, and side-hustlers.” Some of our favourite episodes include: #230 Being a Creative, #192 Cultivating Optimism visit Being Boss or listen on Spotify.

  • The Get Paid Podcast explores the reality about running an online business and how to make money from it. On Spotify.

  • Make It Happen supports people who look to build an impactful, fulfilling, and sustainable creative life. Jen Carrington also co-hosts another great podcast:

  • In each episode of Letters from a Hopeful Creative, Jen and Sara answer a ‘letter from a hopeful creative’ to offer guidance, support and encouragement in their journey. Some of our favourite episodes are ‘How can I make working from home more enjoyable?’, ‘Let’s talk about podcasting’, and ‘You are so much more capable than you think you are’. On Spotify.

Websites

  • CreativeEntrepreneurs.co has tonnes of resources for setting up a creative business and learnings from others who have done it.

  • The-Dots.com community can be great for asking other creatives questions/gaining feedback. They regularly host (online) events to engage with creativity more, as individuals and as a business. Instagram @the_dots_uk

  • VirginStartUp.org are legends and they're the the not for profit entrepreneurially part of the Virgin Group, offering advice, funding and mentorship to aspiring entrepreneurs.

  • EnterpriseNation.com are a membership based support group for entrepreneurs. They have given us invaluable opportunities, from going to No. 10 Downing Street to making a video about startups with us in it!

Instagram

There are thousands of creatives and startups out there on Instagram. You can gain inspiration from them for your branding, aims, finding gaps in the market, etc. Here are a few accounts we follow and love:

@inxsanixty

@alicegabb

@rebelbookclub

@badasscrossstitch

@doodle_moo

@hollytucker

@escthecity

Have you got anything else you would recommend?

Please share in the comments below.

Thanks for reading,

Diana & Sam

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