More Creative Business Links – Makerhood



Makerhood Twitter on Tuesday Nights at 8.30-9.30pm

NOTE: #handmadelambeth will soon be changed to #lambethmakers

Robyn from Archie Mac who is a member of Makerhood (creative small makers from Lambeth, London) came up with an idea to do a #handmadelambeth hour with us all giving tips, info on our crafts and small business.

Archie Mac London

Robyn Parker of Archie Mac London interview with Makerhood
click this to read Robyn Parker of Archie Mac London, interview with Makerhood



It’s early days and we are hoping more people will join and Makerhood are great at getting a few other organisations to join in on the Tuesday night #handmadelambeth hour – tonight was about #business #training #handmade and there’s a lot of good links – some I’ve heard of and some I needed reminding of and some are new.

If you read my previous post you’ll see that I love links, information and ebooks etc… I’m getting slightly fatigued but I have got more aware of my procrastination habits… it’s funny how trying to be productive and informative is a procrastination/avoidance tactic to facing personal fears lol.

The reason I started doing this sort of posts was to share the information I find… I’ve tried it with friends who say they want to do similar but I  realised that they don’t really… it’s a nice idea and they think that if you do work for yourself is is ‘luck’ based… which is rather insulting really as people don’t learn, build a business (not necessarily talking about myself as mostly just freelancing for one company at the moment with a little side line) all based on luck… nor do people create wonderful items like Archie Mac from luck… I’m sure it took a lot of work in so many areas and not just the initial design, research, testing, failing, retesting (I’m assuming ;-)) and long long hours… so don’t tell someone is lucky … tell them well done on all your hard work through doubt, fear, loneliness on top of all the other life things that have to be dealt with… I hope to get that strength and courage to start taking control and stop flippin procrastinating. HA!

anyway, enough of my ramblings… here’s the links that got discussed during our twitter #handmadelambeth hour (soon to be  #lambethmakers)

 Brand Amplifier

Makerhood have had several of their members apply for the @brandamplifier for women in business

Brand Amplifier

The four-weekly program offers workshops and seminars on brand strategy, business planning and digital marketing in a nurturing, supportive environment.

Morley College & Makerhood

Makerhood members also get discounts on a range of courses at Morley College (save 10%) on business start up etc.

Makerhood and Morley College
Makerhood and Morley College

Morley College provides a wide range of learning opportunities that promote community inclusion and sustainable development. The work it does fosters the development of both social and human capital.

In the Ofsted inspection in January 2011 Morley College received an outstanding grade for effective partnership work because of a rich variety of learning opportunities that significantly contribute to local economic and social regeneration.

Makers’ Club members are entitled to a 10% discount on all Morley College courses, except for accredited provision. Please quote the discount code MAKER04 when you book.

You can see more Makerhood partner discounts by clicking on this sentence!


The British Library – St Pancras

The British Library Business Centre
The British Library Business Centre


The British Library Business & IP Centre at St Pancras, London can help you start, run and grow your business. 

Our experts have handpicked the best information for researching key industries. These guides highlight useful databases, publications and websites. You’ll be able to find all this information for free in the Business & IP Centre. To use it, you just need to get a Reader Pass.”

I do tend to forget about this rather fantastic resource – they have business networking information and links – a startup saturday workshop, business planning, protecting ideas and researching markets. and free industry guides. (ooh… !)

The Design Trust 

(mentioned these guys before!)

(Twitter @TheDesignTrust)
The Design Trust joined in with Makerhood’s twitter #handmadelambeth hour giving us this recommendation: “Another great book is @DougRichard @CreativeS4S How to start a creative business.

We don’t just promote ourselves! Check out our free resources for our selected opportunities & business training across UK”.

“Our new SHARE membership get that plus online community include 30 Day Challenges, forums & monthly Q&A with The Design Doctor”.

The previous book they recommended was “Get Clients Now” (yup… just bought it myself – click pic for Amazon UK link or the link in this sentence to visit C. J. Hayden’s website).

…new Get Clients Now!: A 28-Day Marketing Program for Professionals, Consultants, and Coaches



 Tree Shepherd

These guys do talks, business surgery and startup meetings – sounds good… Robyn at Archie Mac Designs says it works great for her!

Tree Shepherd  talks, business surgery and startup meetings
Tree Shepherd talks, business surgery and startup meetings



 Space Studios

SPACE is a leading visual arts organization providing creative workspace, advocacy, support and promoting innovation.

has workshops and learning spaces for Artists… founded by artists Bridget Riley and Peter Sedgley, and Peter Townsend in 1968. lots of info. link

Stimulating and supporting contemporary visual arts practice

I joined when they had a special deal on and really need to re-familiarise myself with them!

Good for jobs, opportunities, interviews, news and knowledge bank.



Creative Bug Creative Branding course

I recommend the Creativebug Creative Branding course which is online and interviews several maker/artist types and downloadable PDF – the first two parts were really good. I paid an early bird price as I did the subscription for monthly unlimited viewing of their classes

I tend to do a few months on different sites as I spend a lot of time on my computer and like to have tutorials/info video’s in the background whilst working on the more ‘auto’ pilot type work.

Also do so many different videos, marketing, business, software etc.





Skillshare has got bigger and bigger… currently watching the 3D printing classes… they cover so many different skills and also have several business/startup modules by big names so worth having a look – free month when you sign up… if you click my link we both get a free month (hint hint!)




I need to stop searching for answers…


How many guides and how-to’s do I need?

I was searching to see if the e-book was something that I had bought in the past, I was having deja vue on the title and subject… well, couldn’t find it but I found a that I own a huuuuuuuge amount of guides, how-to’s, creative business finance, business management, project management, excel sheets and planners of all shapes and sizes… from one day, a week, month, 6 months, plan your life for the next 5 years… all of the above come in either very serious (and slightly boring) formats to the extreme that consist of 10-year-old like drawings on how to plan your life, career, bedroom, dinner etc.

I’m wondering when I’m going to stop researching how to research and trying to plan out my multiple plans… urgh… see confusing.

Running away or just a big fat chicken!

It’s all about being vague, unsure, un-confident, confused… desperate for clarity yet then off I go looking for something to help clear things for myself… so this week I have found and downloaded about 7 types of planners… urgh.

It’s the same with art medium, crafts, and art styles… I want to do them all lol. which is ridiculous as it took artist, and crafters to learn over years so it’s not an instant skill… plus halfway through trying something new (or just buying all the bits…love doing that bit!!) I see something else to get excited over.

I know that I do that so try not to get excited over something new but I think that then bounces back onto the project I wanted to finish… I just need to learn to prioritise and finish things more. yet anything that I do for anyone else gets finished… ok, correction… I just need to learn to prioritise MY projects and finish them 😉

It’s also about fearing the outcome… fear or failure of a project… another example of waste…. waste of materials, money, time and effort… yet, it’s hardly a waste if it’s learning skills that can be used later but it’s easy to kick yourself in the teeth and be supportive and positive to someone else… I’m not saying that should be the other away around though… please don’t kick anyone in the teeth as I was speaking hypothetically.

Maybe it’s about time I took my ideas seriously and start DOING. Planning is a form of procrastination… I spent months last year going through so many productivity apps and gadgets and I realised that I was just avoiding the actual issue… plus how do you set up a productivity system when you haven’t actually mapped/planed it out anyway so it’s not like my ‘testing’ was very well thought out.

I think I would get first place in ‘faffing’, ‘avoidance’ and ‘running away’…. now where’s my gold cup and ribbon?


From Busy to Happy – a 21 day productivity course...Scholarship-Social-Media-1-copy

I signed up to the  “21 day productivity course”

There’s a scholarship and you have to fill out a declaration … here’s mine… my first selfie! gargh… as you can tell I don’t do selfies and that’s also the reason why I’m usually the one yielding a camera… a large one! Neo is not impressed is she?! (yes… I made the picture smaller… might delete it soon ;-P)

  1. Create 2 products with research on costs/labour… wholesale, retail prices and set up ready to sell.
  2. Write a tutorial for Etsy/e-commerce set up for beginners for a local art/craft group with photo tips too.
  3. also start jogging again and stop smoking… I’ve not smoked since last night and walked 9 miles (had heavy bag of work files so no jogging!)

ps: The pic got cropped at the bottom but it says that I wont let the mind gremlins sabotage me … I’ve been a wuss as far as those are concerned!

The winners were announced…

I say winners because there were 3 and not just one… I forgot to comment on their blog post and add the declaration to my blog in time so I knew I wouldn’t but I figured I need some markers for deadlines and accountability plus, I think it might help not to hide behind the paper and try to get the cat to distract people hahaha!

from busy to happy 21 day productivity workshop winners

Guides, Planners, How-to’s and e-stuff.

(I was going to add all my books/guides/planner links etc but realised that it would take a month full-time working hours or several months part-time hours… how about I just do it bit by bit).

I have a post it on my iMac that says…

“take action, make it real and tweak as you go!” 



So here are some links to all the ebooks and guides that I have read, bought, and downloaded. As I like to hoard information it does mean that I’ve not necessarily read them all!

Click the images to go get your own – some require using an email address to subscribe which does mean you can get even more links to guides etc… OMG, I’m flippin obsessed.



Tara Gentile

I keep coming back to this site & she’s on CreativeLive too – she also runs a kickstarter labs group – If I actually start earning money I will join!


Tara Gentile
Tara Gentile



The Design Trust

I think they have a monthly group that you can join up to as well.

The Design Trust Business School & Shop
The Design Trust Business School & Shop




Very girly which is not my usual ‘thing’ but could be a refreshing change from the more boring/traditional type gurus! They are separate but work together and April has a course on CreativeLive too – they other sites are Blacksburg Belle & Heartmade & Life is Messy Bootcamp & Connecting the Gaps.

I am considering their 21 day productivity course too… I figure that if I keep buying books/guides etc I might as well get ones that last longer and have some kind of deadline… I’m good at deadlines!

Young/Fun guru girls - 21 Day Productivity Mission - lots of printable too
Young/Fun guru girls – 21 Day Productivity Mission – lots of printable too



  •  Free Ebook.. “Sell Your Art without Selling Out”

Sell Your Art Without Selling Out free ebook
Sell Your Art Without Selling Out free ebook


  • Free eMagazine with useful links (UK) (not read this yet as only found it yesterday… did spy lots of links and it’s hard to find book/guides with the UK in mind.
How to Start a Business in London Central emagazine
How to Start a Business in London – created a series of free downloadable step-by-step guides

Interesting blog and coaching as well as these free planners.

2014 Planning workbook by Lestssandbox
2014 Planning workbook by Lestssandbox
Weekly Planning Workbook from Letssandbox
Weekly Planning Workbook from Letssandbox



A Hand Crafted Academy

Currently doing a trio of free ebooks –

  • How to overcome your doubts and feel confident all the time.
  • What you need to know about your customers
  • Do you struggle pricing your handmade products
Handcrafted Academy
Handcrafted Academy




Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos: Fool-Proof Techniques to Make Your Handmade Creations Shine Online

I’m actually a photographer and retoucher (see my side bar to visit my photography website) but I don’t really ‘do’ product photography. Plus, it’s a book (love books!) which means I had to buy it… I recommend it to anyone who sells work and needs to take photos without having to buy a fancy pants camera and/or lighting system. And, it can give me tips on how to style stuff as I can be rather technical in terms of being practically and not telling a narrative… that’s how to sell things.



Courtney Carver

Be more with less… has several free ebooks on simplifying, decluttering and small business… there’s a monthly online course. (the microbusiness ebook isn’t free… forgot that I paid for that one!)

Be More with Less Books & ECourses
Be More with Less Books & ECourses
Spark and Tinder Courses
Spark and Tinder Courses


oh look just found this… now off to make a wishlist of books to buy next…

37 Books Every Creative Person Should Be Reading

Making things is hard. Here are some books to inspire and invigorate you.