When it comes to running your creative business online, social media and blogging play a vital role in the building and promoting of your brand. Whether you run a website, sell handmade goods on Etsy, or use your blog to support a pattern business, learning the best ways in which to do so can be challenging to say the least. Sifting through Google results to find what’s good and what’s just trying to make money off your clicks is something that uses up our precious time, so here’s a list of quality blogs to inspire and grow your creative business that know what they’re on about!

Elle & Co.
You know you’ve found a fabulous resource when you spend hours reading through the archives. Lauren is a graphic designer by trade, so while her specialty focuses on the importance of the aesthetics of your website, her words of wisdom about all things blogging are gold. She understands what it’s like running a business born from your passion, and talks right to that.

Pinch Of Yum
If you’ve ever researched blog monetisation, chances are you’ve come across their famous monthly income reports. Even though it’s a food blog, the tips and tools they recommend can be applied across all blogging niches, especially those relating to photography.

Related: Food Blogger Pro
This site was born from the blogging about blogging success Lindsey and Bjork had on Pinch Of Yum, and covers a lot more of the techy behind-the-scenes nitty gritty of blogging. They also have a podcast if that’s up your alley, with transcripts if you’d prefer to read those instead.

by Regina
Focused on the communication side of running a business, Regina’s passion is teaching others how to effectively share and communicate their own knowledge and wisdom. Think newsletters, think eBooks, think online courses, think video. If you’re wanting to better understand how and why to branch out from your normal blog posts, here’s a good place to start.

While the name might have you suddenly craving aioli, Arianne and her team specialise in online branding, marketing and design for creative businesses. So you know that what they write about on their blog is going to be well-tested, highly useful and straight from an expert.

Create & Thrive
Jess is a successful handmade jewellery business owner, selling her jewellery via Etsy and her own website. Over the years, she’s learned a lot of lessons about online creative businesses, and she shares these on Create & Thrive. As she says, “Learn how to turn your handmade hobby into a successful business from those who already have.”

If your creative business is focused on selling handmade products, especially Etsy, this site has a lot of information. Emphasis on “a lot”. Whether it’s marketing, photography tips, or ideas for small businesses, there’s something for everyone here.

And if after all that reading, you start to feel a bit bogged down with all things blogging, watch an Inspiration Bomb and feel re-inspired about why you’re trying to make a living out of your creative passion. A little bit like TED Talks for the creative soul!

If you have any other blogs or websites you love to follow for creative business tips and advice, let us know in the comments!

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