Small Business Resources

Here’s where you’ll find posts on creative as a business; for and about running your own small company and succeeding in today’s world. Look for advice on pricing your services, legal issues with intellectual property and copyright, plus tips on self-promotion, finding new clients and dealing with difficult and/or slow-paying clients.


Trademarks and Copyrights

SOLD OUT Protecting your ideas and safeguarding your print, video and audio work has never required more vigilance than today, when many social media users share whatever content they wish without thinking twice. Whether you’re a designer, filmmaker, photographer, actor, podcaster, writer — anyone whose digital assets can fall out of your control — you … Continue reading

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Convention Writing Opportunities

HOW TO FIND AND PROFIT FROM CONVENTION AND TRADE SHOW WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Find out how to turn your writing talent into lucrative and continual work  covering conventions and trade shows at the Independent Writers of Chicago’s meeting on Jan. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 4F at the Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut Street, just … Continue reading

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The Ins and Outs of WordPress

WordPress currently powers more than 74 million of the world’s websites. Why? Because it’s robust, customizable, cost-effective and easy to use — once you know how. Explore the ins and outs of building, growing and managing your WordPress website and/or blog at the Nov. 14 meeting of the Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC) with the Wizard of … Continue reading

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Web Design and Neuromarketing

Andy Crestodina, co-founder and Strategic Director of Orbit Media, an award-winning 38-person web design company in Chicago, will take us into a journey of the Mind. Web Design and Neuromarketing will cover Better Mousetraps: A Content-Driven Approach to Conversion Optimization 15 Things To Remove From Your Website Immediately Brain Science and Websites: 6 Ways to … Continue reading

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Get Creative with Google

Focus your energy on creative and strategic work, not busy work. Does all your technology slow you down or speed you up? Tom Stuenkel and Rob Austin, Managing Partners at WorkSite believe that technology should support your business every second of every day. Join us to get a real-world, hands on (bring your lap top), introduction … Continue reading

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Copyright, Content and Contracts

“I own my content … don’t I?” “I have permission to use this … I think.” “This is public domain … right?” Know what you can and can’t do as a creative today at Copyright, Content and Contracts: How To Protect Your Works And Your Livelihood In A Mashup World with attorneys Rick Bixter and Elaina … Continue reading

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LAKE FX 2015 Expo

Join Chicago Creative Coalition at the inaugural Lake FX Summit + Expo, the Midwest region’s largest FREE conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs. The theme is Improvisation and Innovation, which fits right in with our programming year. C3 will have a table on April 17-18, 10am–4pm at the Chicago Cultural Center. Connect with other creatives, network … Continue reading

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Expose Your Creativity: Go Bananas

Join C3’s Chief Exploration Officer George Berlin and his band of wacky Creative Geniuses for this fun hands-on program about invention, curiosity, tinkering, making stuff, and asking “what if?” Inquisitive kids and their respective grown-ups are invited to come explore “Scratch” a simple and intuitive programming environment made at MIT for kids of all ages. … Continue reading

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Break out of Your Shell

February 17, we get some fresh ideas on how to stay on your toes for pitches, meetings, and innovation at Expose Yourself: Break out of your Shell – Improv for Business with Mark Carter and Greg Werstler. They will help us bust down the walls with performance exercises and ways to use improvisational techniques for business and creativity. Mark … Continue reading

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Expose Yourself: Speak for Your Work

Expose Yourself: Speak for Your Work – January 15, 2015  with Catherine Johns, radio legend and career coach Your work is meaningful, even magnificent. And it’s tempting to think clients will “get it” without much input from you. Sadly, that website, photograph or video does not speak for itself.  You need to speak for your work and … Continue reading

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