build your business

• Start with a business plan; research your market & competition.
• Attend workshops, bootcamps & conferences.
• Meet with advisors & consultants; network with other business owners.
• Test market; seek feedback; & refine your business plan.


RISD events & workshops

RISD Entrepreneur Mindshare
• Hear 10 talks by RISD alumni presented TED-style to inspire you to start your own business!

NYFA Artist Bootcamp
• This one-day event for fine artists teaches the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts, namely finance, law, marketing, and fundraising.

Art of Business Bootcamp
• One day event with focused workshops on business planning, marketing your work, finding funding, pricing work, and more.


tips & advice

Best Free Online Course for Entrepreneurs

How to Earn an Elite MBA for Free

Danny Kim '09/ID Inspires with His Vehicle of the Future

10 Tips for Getting Paid What You Deserve

How to Make It as a Freelance Entrepreneur

Ten Rules to Build a Wildly Successful Business

Degrees In Action Blog: RISD Alumni Interviews


planning and ideation

Presentation: Growing Your DIY Project Into a Business

Presentation: Creating a Business Plan

Google's Design Sprint Method

How to Build a Startup

The Business Model Canvas

How to Write a Business Plan

Business Plan Techniques & Resources

Determining a Legal Business Structure

SBA: Starting and Managing Your Business


finding manufacturers and suppliers

Tips for Finding Manufacturers & Suppliers

Makers Row

ThomasNet

Alibaba

Industrial Quick Search


marketing and promotion

Presentation: Marketing and Promotion for Creatives

Strategic Messaging and Positioning

SBA: Developing a Marketing Plan

Marketing and Promotion Resources

Marketing Agency for Creatives

MailChimp Email Marketing

ClickBooth "Cost Per Action" Advertising


pricing work and services

Presentation: Pricing Work for the Marketplace

Standard Pricing Formula

Strategies for Pricing Products

Graphic Artist Guild Pricing Handbook

Coroflot Design Salaries & Pay Rates

Pricing Calculation Guide for Freelancers

5 Steps to Price Your Freelance Work


rhode island services & education

GPCC Business Resources

Entrepreneur Providence

Center for Women and Enterprise

Hatch Entrepreneurial Center

DesignxRI

The Founders League

The Plant Providence

Sprout Coworking Space

Free Online Training


tools

Marketing and Outreach