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.


ASMP Chicago/Midwest Strictly Business 2020

Strictly Business is a one-day photography conference that brings together experts in the field to focus on best business practices and so much more. Working collaboratively with speakers ranging from mindfulness specialists, commercial and editorial photographers, and leaders in Chicago’s photography industry, join us for engaging sessions where speakers share their career expertise while sparking conversations and … Continue reading

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Create a Meaningful Business Plan

Advanced Basics for Creative Businesses, Program 1 As creatives, we’re special, right? We’re content makers and risk takers; lucky to be doing the thing we love as our job, but with so much of our selves in our work, often feel cut to the bone at the merest of criticisms. We’re so special we often … Continue reading

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Social Media Elevated

Nothing elevates your brand’s social media presence quite like video — and the higher the quality the better the results. If you’re a content provider, agency creative, brand manager or anyone looking to ramp up your image, you’ll want to join Chicago Creative Coalition and our panel of social media gurus at Zacuto Studios on … Continue reading

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Creative Collaboration in a Gig Economy

What does it mean to collaborate? “Going it alone” doesn’t mean we don’t need partners. It just means we need partners we can trust, who “get” our process, and that we can work with on a two-way street: someone who knows how to fill the gaps perfectly. But how do we find the best people … Continue reading

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Master Your Inner Game

note: This is the third of three programs in Chicago Creative Coalition’s RE-Presenting Yourself series. It is a rare individual who can go into a presentation – whether to an individual or a large audience – without any anxiety.   Carolyn Potts, former photo rep and current creative consultant will expand on the talk she … Continue reading

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Beyond Body Language: Listening with Your Eyes!

note: This is the second of three programs in Chicago Creative Coalition’s RE-Presenting Yourself series. As creatives, you are often undervalued, underpaid and misunderstood. Over time, your nonverbal signals can either change to reflect less confidence, or sometimes overcompensate, and become harsh. It is imperative that you understand the nonverbal signals you send and receive. … Continue reading

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Improv for Sales, Storytelling and Life

If you’ve ever walked out of a pitch or important meeting with that sinking feeling of “If I’d only said SOMETHING different I could have landed the deal!” and then thought of something better on the drive home, you’re not alone. The good news: you can get better at storytelling and thinking on your feet. … Continue reading

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Organize Your Shi_!

PROGRAM HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6. DPO Flow – Organizing Digital Photos Join Certified Photo Organizer Caroline Guntur of OrganizingPhotos.net for a closer look at how to best organize your digital photos! You will learn how to designate a digital photo hub, how to create a consistent file naming convention, and get help on figuring out your … Continue reading

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How to Be a Badass Creative

Congrats! You are a creative genius! As they say, that and five bucks will get you a latte. So how‘re you gonna make those five bucks, anyway? No matter how creative you are, whether you work alone or want to start a small company, you need to know some business basics. The evolution from being … Continue reading

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Making Friends with Fear

Business for Life, Program 4 If procrastination, fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of criticism, or any other fears make an impact on your work, this program is for you. This is not a ‘blast through your fears’ kind of workshop. Instead, we will get to know the fears as part of your personality … Continue reading

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