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Building a creativity-focused printable design business

Graphic designers have their choice of projects: branding, websites, signage, social graphics, and so on. However, not every job brings the creative fulfillment we dream of. Most of us have been forced to give up our artistic desires in the name of paying the bills at one time or another. But with a little creativity […]

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A step by step tutorial on how to design printable art, using BeFunky — a free online graphic design program. // From MichelleHickey.Design in partnership with BeFunky.

This step-by-step tutorial on how to design printable art is sponsored by BeFunky, and compensation was received for my time in developing the post. All thoughts, ideas & opinions are my own.  When you’re just getting started in graphic design— and your online business, your resources are stretched thin. You might not have the time or […]

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The wonders of working ahead. // Do you ever wonder what your fellow creative entrepreneurs are up to? In between the big wins, product launches, and collaborations are the small steps (some forward, some backward) that lead to those turning points. Here's a transparent account of a week in the life of a gal in passionate pursuit of business growth, personal development and those magical milestones. // From MichelleHickey.Design

In preparation for upcoming travel plans, I pushed myself to “work ahead” this week— a concept that’s practically foreign to me. The effects were almost infectious, with my tasks becoming easier and more enjoyable with each passing day. While it meant putting some of those big picture goals on the back burner, I know that […]

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Have you ever wanted to see your printable designs sold in stores? In this interview, we learn that hard work and partnering with the right people is the perfect combination for quickly growing a creative business. Read on to find out how Kyla and her team went from sharing printable designs to selling their products in stores, in under a year.

Many creative people sit on their talents in fear that “there’s already somebody out there doing the same thing.” Kyla from BAECK + ANN, with her artistic roots as her guide, rose above those hesitations and asked the bold question, “why not me?” In this interview, we learn that hard work and partnering with the […]

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The secrets to generating passive income from a printables-based blog - an inspiring expert interview with Creative Entrepreneur, Erin Williams of Printable Crush // From MichelleHickey.Design

In this expert interview, Erin from Printable Crush shares the story of how she evolved her struggling Etsy shop into a successful printables-based blog. She is not only an incredibly talented (self-taught) graphic designer, but a savvy entrepreneur. Erin has done an awesome job at identifying the areas that are already working in her business, […]

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Is it possible to make money designing printables? You betcha! In this article, I share some of the ways I’ve made money in my printables based business. When I shared my first printable on this blog, three years ago, I did it to thank my readers (all 10 of them, at the time), for showing […]

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Have you been wondering how to create printable designs that you can share and sell online? Read on for my step-by-step guide! Printables, or print-yourself designs, as many of you know are the backbone of my business. I give them away to my awesome readers on my blog, I sell them online and I convert […]

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Are you interested in sharing and selling your designs online? Here are my best ten tips for creating printables. If you are a frequent reader of this blog you know that I pretty much eat, sleep and breathe printables (and also fonts, weddings, and sometimes cupcakes). When I first started creating printables I had the […]

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An elder millennial, I learned graphic design the old-fashioned way, but for the past fifteen years, I’ve practiced those principles in the digital space. The result: content that stands the test of time.

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