Blog posts and Articles

These creative business blog posts and articles are written to help creative entrepreneurs become even more successful by combining their creative talent with smart business thinking. They complement my books, guides, videos and a range of free resources for creative business development.

In addition to this list of recent blog posts, there is also a complete index of all blog posts in alphabetical order.

A selection of the most popular marketing blogs for creative, digital and cultural enterprises.

And here is a list of travel blogs.

The Long and Winding Road to Success

This article about my quirky 'career' was first published by Upstairs with the title 'The pieces will fall into place in the end'. “This illustration is a gift from the Upstairs Community by Pixelgrade, a growing place for creative professionals. Find me in their Hall of Fame and join our community!” An astronaut; a firefighter; ...
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The word ‘creativity’ is a problem because it means different things

The word 'creativity' is a problem. Because people use it to mean only 'artistic' creativity. It's as if the artists have hijacked the word for themselves. So many people say "I'm not creative". Meaning they aren't good at painting, crafts or music. There are two kinds of Creativity. As a creative business owner, you can ...
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Lifestyle Businesses

Is it an insult or a compliment? In the world of venture capital it's a derogatory term. Equity investors looking for a lucrative 'exit' look down their noses at them. I'm talking about "lifestyle businesses". It's a name used for enterprises that aren't attractive to investors seeking super-profits. It's a term used insultingly by venture ...
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How to Set the Right Prices

If our creative enterprises are to continue doing great work over the long term, they need to be financially sustainable. That means we need to combine our vision, values and objectives on the one hand, with a financially robust business model on the other. The right decisions about pricing are crucial if our creative businesses ...
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Competitive Advantage and Fell Running

Here’s how I explain Competitive Advantage in my book ‘T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’, using the metaphor of fell running (the British sport of running up and down mountains: ‘fells’): === One of the questions to answer is: “What can we do better than our competitors?” Ironically this might not ...
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Colour Palette and Font

The colour palette and preferred font for use with the corporate identity of T-Shirts and Suits and David Parrish are as follows. Download PDF of colour palette with full details of colours including RGB, Hex and Pantone references. Univers 55 Roman is the font used. In the event that this is not available, there are ...
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