You’ve got your big creative business idea. Check. Now what? Where do you go from here? Below is a list of top-notch resources that can help you expand your business knowledge and guide you through the initial steps of making your idea a reality. Bonus: Almost all these resources are free!

FREE Business Know-How Resources:

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SCORE Resources

Online Workshops Template Gallery: Business Planning & Financial Statements


 Small Business Administration’s Resources

Learning Center Check-List for Going into Business

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Venture Capital Tool’s

Entrepreneurial Readiness Survey


Tools from MDA’s Entrepreneur Center:

Entrepreneur’s Tool Kit and Guide to Business Planning Financial Projections Sample Spreadsheets

Books and Accompanying Resources

This is a brief reading list of books we have found useful for creatives who are entering the business world and beginning their entrepreneurial journey. Feel free to share your reading list with us @MSCreativeEcon or #MSCreativeEcon.

Right Brained Business Plan

The Right-Brain Business Plan

by Jennifer Lee

8-Week E-Course Here are the free downloads that accompany the book.
Creative, Inc

Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business

by Joy Deangdeelert Cho and Meg Mateo Ilasco

The Element

The Element by Sir Ken Robinson


The Craft, Inc. Business Planner

Rise of the Creative Class

The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida

The Icarus Deception

The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin