Creative Founders was born out of the desire to inspire female artists and creative entrepreneurs looking to nurture their creative passion into thriving businesses. Our goal is to connect a collective of like-minded women (like you!) with the best resources to support you on your entrepreneurial journey, which is why we’ve curated this handy resources page to share some of the products and services that we know, use and love. From our free downloads, to website platforms, outsourcing, communications tools and more, these are some of our favourite resources that we hope will help you run your creative business.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links
Our ultimate hashtag guide for artists and creative entrepreneurs to help you grow your niche instagram audience.
A handy checklist to make sure your blog posts get the attention you want and the results they deserve! Everything you need to do before and after you press publish.
SOCIAL MEDIA RESOURCES
We created this Pinterest Group Board to share the best art business content we can find on the web.
This tool is absolutely AMAZING and it has helped us grow our Pinterest account in a very short amount of time. We can’t recommend it highly enough!
We are loving Tailwind and Tailwind Tribes! We have seen our traffic shoot up since using it. Don’t forget to check out our TRIBE Artist Biz & Marketing Tips! See you there!
Manage, plan, and schedule your Instagram posts from your computer and mobile phones. It’s so good we have just upgraded to the paid version.
An Instagram Marketing tool. Influencer Analysis, List Building, Campaign Tracking, and Statistics all in one tool.
Save time by managing all of your social media marketing efforts from a single dashboard…and there is a FREE version.
Email Marketing & Lead Acquisition
Get the automations and email marketing tools you need to grow your blog and business. We use Convertkit here at CF and love it!
MailChimp provides marketing automation. Send beautiful emails, connect your e-commerce store, advertise, and build your brand.
Sumo is a suite of free tools that can be used to grow your website’s traffic. The Sumo tools are easy to install and work on any website.
WEBSITE PLATFORMS & HOSTING
We’ve always been fans of Squarespace for their beautiful templates and the fact that it is super super easy to use.
28% of the web uses WordPress, including Creative Founders!
A ecommerce platform that has everything you need to sell online with the flexibility to grow with your creative business.
Bluehost is one of the largest and most trusted web hosting services powering millions of websites. We use it here at CF too!
GoDaddy makes registering Domain Names fast, simple, and affordable. We love how easy it integrates with Square Space, making it really easy to get a website live!
WordPress Themes, Photos, Fonts, Graphics, Music & More…
Buy and sell handcrafted design content like wordpress themes, fonts and more
Over 3 million digital products created by a global community of designers, developers, photographers, illustrators & producers.
This is our favourite resource for free stock photos!
Free stock photos sent directly to your inbox
Beautiful, Free High-Resolution Photos with No Restrictions
We never thought to look on Etsy for branding support, but there are lots of amazing creative women hanging out there, so now it is a first port of call!
The #1 marketplace for graphic design, including logo design, web design and other design contests
This freelancer site has been good to us as we’ve found some great people that help us out when we need a little extra support.
All types of freelancers here, get some jobs for as little as a fiverr.
An outsourcing platform that gives you access to a team who can complete any task or project – for life and business!
Organization & Productivity
We really love Asana, we use it to keep the team organised!
This is one tool we could not live without! We also love the mobile app so we have all our documents with us when we are on the go!
Secure file storage and sharing.
SEO & Analytics Tools
A free analytics tool by Google that allows you to measure your website ROI by tracking your visits, sales and so much more.
The #1 WordPress SEO Plugin. If you are on wordpress, we highly recommend it!
We recommend you check out Neil Patel’s website for great content on online marketing and SEO.
We use Canva for our Pinterest images and banners. It is a really amazing tool that allows people with no graphic design experience to make beautiful creatives.
For general photo resizing, we love Pixlr…and its free!
Editing your photos is easy with PicMonkey! Add filters, frames, text, and effects to images with our free online photo editing tool!
Melyssa teaches entrepreneurs + bloggers how to grow their audience, and her Pinfinite Growth Course is a must-do!
We highly recommend the Instagram Marketing Course by I LOVE CREATIVES. We took this course and really enjoyed it.
Art Inspiration + Resources
ArtMaze Mag aims to support the international artistic community by promoting the work of emerging artists from around the world.
The Jealous Curator encourages artists to transform their jealousy into inspiration. If you don’t know it already, go check it out!
The Artist Market Co. was created to help emerging artists who want to make a living as a professional.
Artist Marketing Resources is a treasure trove of information about where and how to sell your art.
Their inspiration is to inspire artists to not just dream, but also do!
Showcasing the best fine art business resources, tips and tricks to modern independent artists looking to sell more art.
Cory Huff, The Abundant Artist, teaches artists how to market their businesses more effectively online.
Creative Encourager Tara Leaver’s approach is to create ‘sparks and springboards’ to helps you with practical tools and experiences to ignite your excitement and propel you into carving your own artist path.
Maria Brophy’s goal is to “help creative people to design the career and lifestyle of their dreams…”.
The Inspired Editorial’s blog is filled with the inspiring stories of creatives, business tips & tutorials, motivational quotes, creative space tours, and more!
Your home for all things design
a women’s lifestyle company focused on creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle.
The ultimate online resource helping shape the creative, career-driven woman to experience her life better lived.
Not only is Pinterest one of our favourite marketing tools, but it is also one of our first ports of call for Inspiration.
An art & design blog for the creative industries, featuring art, graphic design, illustration and photography.
This podcast by Danielle Krysa gives its listeners a chance to get to know successful artists, who also happen to be regular people with hilarious stories.
A monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Galuska from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with.
Author of the 4 Hour Workweek and #1 business podcast on iTunes, we always find something interesting here.