Free Tips and Resources for Artists and Creative Businesses

Resources and Tips for Artists and Creative Businesses

Are you an artist, maker or creative biz owner in need of guidance or business help?

I know how you feel, because I've been there. I set up at my first craft show and started my first handmade business in 2004. I’ve learned a lot over the years, the hard way, figuring stuff out on my own and making plenty of mistakes along the way.

I want to help you skip the mistakes part and get straight to the money-making, badass creative part instead.

Check out my educational products, my recommended tools, plus plenty of free blog posts, videos, podcast episodes, and advice:

Mallory: Miss Malaprop

How To Make Money At

Craft Shows

In this book, I share everything I learned while doing craft shows for more than 10 years.




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Products & services I use and recommend:

For websites – the easy peasy way:

  • SquareSpace – while this website is built on WordPress, I built the Badass Creatives podcast website with Squarespace. I absolutely recommend SquareSpace as an easy-to-use, one-stop solution for creatives who don’t want to worry about a lot of technical stuff.
  • Shopify – I learned a lot of stuff the hard way when I was running my e-commerce shop many years ago, and a hosted platform like Shopify is the way to go. They take care of security and software updates so you can focus on selling your creations.

For websites – the techy way:

  • – if you’re into DIY down to the final detail and like to play with HTML and CSS, hosting your own website and using this open source software might be right for you. This is what I use, but it’s best for the tech savvy.
  • SiteGround – web hosting starting at $3.95/month. I switched my site to this company in 2014 after getting lackluster customer support from another company. SiteGround helped me get my WordPress sites moved over with ease and every time I’ve had a question or problem, they’ve been super quick to respond.
  • Thrive Themes – I use their WordPress themes and content builder plugin to make this site look great!
  • Sucuri – the website firewall and security service that I use to keep my site safe.

For marketing your work:

  • Overnight Prints – I love their service for business cards & other printed materials. They’re fast, affordable, and they have a great quality product. I’ve been using them for years.
  • Mailchimp – one of my favorite services for sending email newsletters. If you’re just getting started, this is a great option.
  • ConvertKit – if you want to get fancy with e-mail segmentation and automation, this e-mail marketing tool will take you to the next level.
  • Hotjar – awesome tool for tracking your website traffic and optimizing for conversions (aka more sales!)
  • Canva – I use the paid version of this browser-based graphic design tool, but the free version is great as well!
  • Tailwind – Pinterest is the biggest social media source of traffic to my website. Tailwind is how I schedule pins in advance and keep that traffic flowing.

For organizing your digital life:

  • LastPass – the password manager I use to keep track of all of my login information. (I’d seriously lose my mind without this tool.)
  • Xero – somehow I made it until 2016 without using any fancy accounting tools. Just Excel spreadsheets and a CPA to file my taxes annually. But when doing everything manually started to make me nutty, I switched to Xero and haven’t looked back.
  • Evernote – it took me awhile to climb aboard the Evernote bandwagon, but now I’m a convert. I love having a searchable digital repository for all of my brainstorms and zany ideas.

Helpful videos & blog posts:

#BadassCreatives, the podcast!

Do you believe that art, creativity, innovation, and kindness can change the world? If you answered “Heck yeah!” then this is the podcast for you.

Badass Creatives is hosted by Mallory Whitfield and features marketing and business advice for creatives, as well as interviews with a diverse range of handmade artists, performers, makers, and creative entrepreneurs.

Listen to the Badass Creatives podcast!