A bit of a diversion from design today, I’m going to share some of the resources that are proving useful to me as I start putting together my own business.
Firstly, The Design Trust (ok, not completely diverted from design yet). Set up to support designers to set up and grown their own businesses, there are loads of articles on their website, and they’ve recently launched a business club and published a guide to starting a successful craft business.
Another resource for new businesses is Enterprise Nation. A community for small businesses, their website has loads of guides and tips, offers for new businesses, and a HUGE guide with step-by-step tips on how to get your business up and running.
Next up, a helping hand with the sometimes intimidating world of copyright and Intellectual Property. Own-It, run by the University of the Arts London, offers lots of advice on their website, and also can help you find professional legal advice on copyright issues relating to all manner of creative industries.
The British Library Business and IP Centre is another good resource for IP advice, plus free events and workshops, and access to their business library where you can research your competition. Plus you can get a British Library reader pass, which makes me feel dead brainy.
Finally, the Start Up Training School provides training in the many tech skills you need to make the most of online business opportunities without having to spend a fortune. I’ve just taken part in their annual 1k in 1 Day workshop, where they help 1000 women to set up their own website in 1 day.
Hope you find these useful, and do leave any of your tips below!