General Business Resources
On this page you’ll find useful resources for your business. If you find something you think should be on this page, please let us know through the contact page. Content checked July 2018.
The Arts Business Institute is an educational nonprofit that partners with regional art guilds, educational institutions and development organizations through the United States and Canada to produce business education workshops for artists in all stages of their careers.
Organize your stash and accurately price your work with BeadEnCounter Beading and Craft Organization software.
BeadEnCounter works just as well for any craft, or for multimedia art assemblies. Enter beads, paper, wire, found objects, paint, fibers, or anything you use in your craft art! Enter finished work to produce catalogs or invoices, even if components are low or no-cost.
BeadEnCounter promotes organization with minimal work. Components of finished work are entered with a simple click from a list of entered inventory, and the cost is automatically calculated.
Business software for jewelry designers, artists and crafters. Helps you to track inventory and calculate prices.
The Business Bakery is all about helping you make a Healthy Income from your handmade, boutique or intentionally-small business. We think that making a ‘Healthy Income’ is super-important. While a handmade, boutique or intentionally-small business might not be able to make oodles of money it also shouldn’t make its owner work a slew of hours to scrape a living. The thing is it doesn’t have to be. YOU can earn a Healthy Income from your business. And the Business Bakery is going to show you how….
Whether you are self-employed, run a small creative team, or manage a cultural business of two hundred people, this toolkit is for you. It offers hands-on tools to help with the big decisions arts, heritage and creative organisations make every day.
Looking to start up a new creative business? Wondering how to build a marketing strategy? Need help with governance or fundraising issues? This toolkit is here to help you act now.
Useful article from Creative Fire about copying other artist’s work.
“No one likes a copycat”….in fact I’d rather the word was stronger when it comes to artists stealing ideas from artists. Will you stop seeing derivatives of artists’ work? “If you copy someone’s else, that is a derivative work. It doesn’t belong in a gallery or showcase and it should not be published anywhere—this includes your website and all social media.” -Sean McCabe (quote from video). Click the link above to read more.
This copyright article is useful for any artist worried about people copying their work or whether they can teach or sell something they’ve seen elsewhere.
Information on copyright law in the USA.
Useful check list of things to be aware of when putting your work online.
Building your crafting enterprise as a new business owner is exciting. It is an opportunity to mold your business identity, explore the different ways of reaching your customers, and figure out how to best operate your business. But it can sometimes also be overwhelming. During those moments, it is important to stay focused and learn from the many different entrepreneurs and organizations that have taken the time to offer up their expertise to a new generation of crafter. No matter what phase of business growth you may be in, you can use the resources on this website to better your crafting business and create an effective business and marketing strategy.
Many designer makers just create products that they like, launching them on their website or Etsy shop when they are finished. They often keep adding more and more products as they go, creating an ever growing collection of products. Even, or sometimes especially (!), if they don’t sell much they keep adding more and more … creating an enormous monster of a collection. This article from the Design Trust has a great step-by-step exercise to help you create a coherent collection.
This enterprise resource toolkit contains tried and tested methods for teaching enterprise skills to creative individuals who are thinking about setting up a business.
Starting a business can be daunting, that’s why Nesta created the Creative Enterprise Toolkit – a step-by-step interactive resource to help you plan, build, communicate and launch your new creative business.
Do you Protect your Work – Tonya Davidson
Useful article from Tonya Davidson’s blog about copyright and how to protect your work from being copied.
This UK based trade association is a little expensive to join but the range of benefits may well be worth the cost.
Getting Organised – Kris Kramer
Kris shares his way of cataloging and organising his jewelry for sale in this very useful blog post.
The Professional Guidelines have been developed as a reference to help everyone in the arts and crafts community learn how to handle common but important situations that may arise. These documents are basic tools for improved and equitable business practices, leading toward more standard professional practices.
There are lots of useful resources for jewelers selling their work on this site. Sign up for the tips newsletter.
This is a great site for anyone who wants to start up a home jewellery business. It covers a huge range of topics. Well worth browsing.
This website has some useful free articles about selling jewelry and promoting your store.
This is a UK based printing company who supply great business cards, postcards etc. The card stock is really good quality and they will provide short print runs. You can print lots of different images in the same business card pack so you can have a variety of different business cards, showing the range of your work. Although this company are UK based, they deliver anywhere in the world. Everything can be done online and their website is incredibly easy to use.
Useful blog post with a breakdown of things to include when you are pricing your work.
Pricing Happiness Part 1 – Arianne Foulks
It can be so hard to set pricing for your work, whether you provide a service or sell products. You want to charge what seems “fair,” you want to position yourself correctly among your competitors, you want customers to continue to purchase from you, and of course you want to earn a living. The first part of this two part article will give you some food for thought about how you price your work.
Pricing Happiness Part 2 – Arianne Foulks
You’re at the point where you know you should raise your pricing, and you want to do so – but now you’re holding yourself back with many worries. Women are especially prone to these type of worries, and I’d like to break them down and debunk them for you. This the second part of Arianne Foulks informative article.
This is a UK site providing standard documentation for businesses. There are some documents that are free and others that require you to buy a subscription.
This is a useful resource for setting up and running a business in the US.
If you are just starting up a metal clay training or jewelry business or even thinking about it, this website will help you. It contains lots of useful information about starting up a business in the UK.
Many people choose to sell their jewelry at craft shows and markets, but there are several considerations to make when deciding to make it into a business. Certain supplies are needed and competition can be fierce. Making a jewelry business stand out among the many that exist can be challenging, but providing options such as store-front as well as website sales is one way to set a jewelry business apart from the others.
Article from the BBC with tips and hints about turning your hobby into a full time business.
WIZEgen is a web-based application, that enables everyone the option to design their own personalized jewelry. It has all you need to design easily and instantly. Intuitive user interface and rich and advanced functions still easy to use.