4 Excellent Websites About Doing Creative Work

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I'm all about doing creative work. Not so much for the result, the art, the product you create, but for the process itself.

I believe there are so much gold, joy, learning, growing, connections in the process of doing creative work.

What's always interesting is learning how other creatives do what they do.

How do people make a living from their creative work? 

The million dollar question and a millions different ways of doing it.

I'm particularly interested in learning and getting inspiration from other women creative business owners, and especially moms.

Because that is me, and as much as we all have the same 24 hours, the percentage of those 24 hours in which we can spend on running a business is not the same as a woman without children. Unless she has a nanny or other help.

This is not an excuse, it's a fact, and it's those women, in particular, I am looking for. How the heck do they run their small business?

There are a few great dudes I like too though. 


Austin Kleon

Austin Kleo has written the brilliant book about creating "Steal like an Artist - 10 things nobody told you about being creative."

2 things you should know according to Austin:

  1. Don't wait until you know who you are to get started

  2. Side projects and hobbies are important.

His other book "Show Your Work" is equally as good. What is so refreshing about how Austin Kleon writes about creativity, is that it's down to earth and simple. 

And true.

There was an advert once in Britain about some kind of wood primer for houses, I think. The catchphrase was "It does exactly what it says on the tin".

That's how I think of Austin's thoughts on doing creative work. He tells it like it is. It does exactly what it says on the tin.

Alex Mathers

Alex Mathers website redlemonclub.com (productivity ideas for creative people) is just a creative hub of inspiration.

I get lost in all the great information on this site.  Alex Mathers writes on Medium, on his blog Alexmathers.net and shares illustrations on Instagram.

I love this quote by Alex:


The 300 rule:

You should not expect any traction until you have published (shipped) at least 300 GREAT pieces of work.

Repetition IS persuasion
— Alex Mathers



This kind of truth is better to know that falsely believeing you're going to be a Superstar the minute you start doing creative work. 

He also shares his own struggles with creating and this makes people like me breathe a big sigh of relief.

Design Sponge

Founder of Design Sponge, blogger, and author Grace Bonney believe you “can't really imagine yourself living out a dream realistically until you see someone who reminds you of yourself doing just that."

Desingsponge.com has a Life & Business catagory. 

In that section you will find so many case stories, interviews and stories about designers, artists and makers running creative business.

This interview about Juniper & Scout is heartwarming.

There's an interview with Marie Forleo and as a B-schooler, I know Marie is a smart and savvy businesswoman. 

Some of Marie's advice:

It’s not enough to master your craft, you must master the business of your craft.

Learn to love sales, marketing, and effective communication.

Focus on what you can give, not what you can get. The more you focus on serving, the less you struggle
— Marie Forleo

Mastering the business of your craft. As well as mastering your craft. 

Boom! 

Creative business advice right there.

While She Naps

Abby Glassenberg has Whilesnenaps.com.

Abby is a mom and a small business owner. (Yay!)

She sews stuffed animals and sells sewing patterns, books, and online products. Abby has a course on CreativeLive.com called "Email marketing for crafters" which I did.

Abby's newsletter is so good, apart from being full of craft and business information, you can also buy advertising slots really cheaply to sell your own creative work in her newsletter. 

I have done that a couple of times. Abby is lovely.


There it is..

4 excellent websites about doing creative work. I hope you feel inspired and maybe get some advice you can use in your own life or business.

If you know more excellent websites about doing creative work, please share them in the comments or drop me a line.