Sometimes even the most creative people need a little inspiration. Or some sound advice. While making might come easily to you, the business end of owning a maker business can be a little daunting at times. Luckily there are several great resources online, from professional publications to entrepreneurs who are sharing what they have learned. Here are some of the top business blogs to follow for running your home business.
Top Business Blogs to Follow:
Joy Cho is a well known graphic designer and one of the most followed people on Pinterest. She started out like many of us, a person who used the internet to share their creative pursuits. Today she has designs that sell at major stores like Target! Her personal blog, Oh joy!, is largely dedicated to sharing her creative ideas and new product lines, but she does share lots of personal business tidbits in her posts. These insights are helpful for anyone who is trying to turn a passion into a business.
For example, Joy recently shared why she got a life coach: “I needed someone to help me with actionable goals as well as keep me accountable. I didn’t feel the need to talk about my feelings as much as get insight on how I could handle situations better. Overall, I wanted to figure out what my purpose was (is) on a deeper level than what I had already figured out myself.” Insight like this from a successful entrepreneur is so helpful!
Whether you sell on Etsy or not, we consider this blog one of our top business blogs for keeping up with trends. The Etsy Blog posts seasonal trend reports as well as more specific reports on specific items and events. For example, a recent blog post detailed the summer’s top beauty trends. The content curators use Etsy search trends over time to let you know what shoppers are looking for. This is invaluable (and free!) business insight.
The Etsy Blog also highlights various trends and shines a spotlight on different makers. Getting a peek at other creative’s work process can be very helpful for refining what you do in your own business. In a recent interview with maker Jolie Laide I learned how her production process evolved. She went from hand making her items to hiring an in house production team. Today she employs artisans in a different country entirely! Learning about the decision making process behind business moves is helpful for up and coming small business owners.
I have mentioned the SBA website in several of my other articles, like the one about time management techniques for makers. The main Small Business Administration site is an excellent resource for forms and documents, and their blog is equally as helpful. It condenses a lot of business information into smaller blog posts that are easy to understand.
The SBA blog often features posts from guest bloggers. These guests are usually life coaches or small business owners who are sharing what they have learned. A recent post was a Checklist for Choosing Business Software. Useful technical and legal tidbits like this one from people who have “been there, done that” is what makes the SBA blog a valuable resource and one of the top business blogs worth following.
The Red Lemon Club blog is “a self-development ideas hub for creative people.” Alex Mathers is a freelance illustrator who started the site as a way to inspire other creatives. He writes for artists, writers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who are “in search of creative genius.”
Red Lemon Club focuses on learning how to make the most of your creative potential to stand out from the crowd. Many of the blog posts, like “How to be a Creative Genius” are pep talks. They’re written to motivate you to stick with your craft and continue on your path. Other posts, like “I would get so much more done if social media didn’t exist” give you a list of strategies that you can use to keep your creative business on track.
Pat Flynn is a young architect turned online business owner. He started Smart Passive Income in 2018 with the goal of sharing the strategies he used to grow his own online business. He prides himself on sharing sound, ethical advice that has been tested and proven true. In addition to sharing his own experiences, Pat interviews other successful entrepreneurs and small business owners on his podcast. He shares the transcripts of those podcasts on his blog so you can read the content instead of listen in, if that’s your preference.
Pat shares information that is timely for running your small business. His posts target specific topics and offer a lot of specific, technical detail. One recent blog post explained how to use YouTube to grow your business and make money. His guest taught listeners how to monetize your YouTube channel, how to maximize the number of plays and subscriptions your videos receive, and how to turn a profit from your channel. Smart Passive Income is one of the top business blogs that are full of great business information, from marketing to newsletters and so much more.
Of course, since you’re already here you realize what a great resource the Darice blog is for running your small business! We love to help crafters and creatives learn how to turn their hobby into a successful small business. Thank you for making us one of the blogs you turn to for advice on how to run your business.