Free Resources for Creative Enterprises

You are invited to download and distribute these free resources to help creative enterprises become even more successful.

Creative Business eBook // Online Toolkits and Courses // Videos // DYCB Publicaton // Webinars // Case Studies // Articles // Business Guide // Book extracts (see below for details).

Update: Some new free resources have been added in a creative response to the COVID-19 crisis.

[Note: these resources are completely free, but if you want to say thanks, or encourage me to do more, you can buy me a coffee! ]

This website contains a range of free resources for entrepreneurs in the creative industries, including materials that can be freely downloaded, copied, printed and re-distributed. These free resources can be offered as free downloads from your own website and/or given away as part of training workshop materials, conference documentation – or in any other way. The Creative Commons licence (see below) which means that anyone can copy, print and re-distribute them provided they are not changed or sold. [But if you would like to sell them or adapt these free resources, contact David Parrish’s office first.]

T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity (Free eBook in English)
The free eBook version in English is available here. Also published as a free eBook in some other languages (Lithuanian, Georgian, Russian (in Kazakhstan) and traditional/complex Chinese for Taiwan). Further translations can be arranged, subject to a publishing agreement – see ‘Translations’ below.
Also for sale as a paperback and audiobook.

Masterclass videos and slides: “How to be a Successful Creative Entrepreneur”
Free videos plus presentation slides and links to associated resources are all on this page.

‘Designing Your Creative Business’ toolkit publication.
The complete toolkit publication in full-colour PDF format (16 pages) – online here.

Free extracts from book ‘Chase One Rabbit: Strategic Marketing for Business Success. 63 Tips, Techniques and Tales for Creative Entrepreneurs’
Several sections of the book are published free of charge, plus videos about the book. This marketing book was written especially for businesses in the creative industries. Also for sale as a paperback, eBook and audiobook.

Create Your Own Business Formula (article)
Free article about devising a winning business strategy in the creative industries. In English and several other languages available here.

Cash Flow Planning – a video-based toolkit with downloadable cash flow forecasting spreadsheet – access it here.

Webinar on Pricing (“Three Dimensions of Profitable Pricing”) for creative enterprises in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The webinar is online and useful for businesses in other sectors too. This was a collaboration with Foundation 787 in Sarajevo and supported by Swiss EP at Swisscontact. See complete webinar and additional information online here.

Creative, Cultural and Digital Industries Guide
Free guide with case studies and information about marketing, intellectual property, financial management etc in the creative industries. Download here.

Free Online Courses for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurs – Strategic Planning and Marketing.

‘Ideas in Action’ articles
Various articles illustrating cool business techniques from creative entrepreneurs around the world, available here. Some have been translated into other languages. These can be downloaded, printed and shared online.

Various videos are available and can be embedded from the T-Shirts and Suits pages of YouTube and Vimeo.

Articles on the T-Shirts and Suits blog
These blogs can be republished in print and online provided they are not changed or sold. Please share them with colleagues, clients and contacts in the creative industries worldwide. An author credit and link must be included.

Creative Entrepreneurship Course for Universities – Videos
These videos on creative entrepreneurship topics can be accessed free of charge by individuals. Universities should contact David about licensing arrangements before using them in courses.

‘Five Steps to Success as a Creative Entrepreneur’
This article was first published in Spanish in the first edition of Bogotá Naranja entitled: “5 Pasos Para Ser Un Emprendedor Creativo Exitoso”.

‘Toolbox Naranja’
Toolbox Naranja contains creative business development resources in Spanish and English for creative entrepreneurs in the Orange Economy in Colombia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Other free resources for business development in the creative industries will be added to this site and listed on this page.

Note: these resources are completely free, but if you want to say thanks, or encourage me to do more, you can buy me a coffee!


Translations of the book ‘T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’ have been published in 14 countries so far. Translations are published subject to a publishing agreement which includes the payment of a royalty to the author by the publisher of the translation. Subject to such an agreement, translated books can be published as paperbacks for sale, or as eBooks for distribution as free resources. Contact David Parrish for more details. Several examples of translations are online here. Most are paperbacks but some are published as eBooks for free distribution.

The book ‘Chase One Rabbit: Tips, Techniques and Tales for Creative Entrepreneurs’ has been published in Spanish and French. Contact David Parrish to discuss options for translating this book into other languages.

Articles can be translated by agreement and the usual arrangement is for them to be published widely, as free resources, using a Creative Commons licence. The translator retains copyright of the translation, is given a credit and copyright notice in the translated article, plus a link to their website.

Translations and adaptations of the ‘Creative, Cultural and Digital Industries Guide’, which can include the addition of local case studies, are subject to a publishing agreement. Contact David Parrish to discuss options for collaborations to produce this guide, or something similar, in other countries.

Creative Commons licences – a note from David Parrish

Most copyright work has the phrase “All Rights Reserved” attached to the copyright notice, for example: “Copyright © David Parrish. 2019. All Rights Reserved.”

Strictly speaking, this means that it is forbidden to copy the work in any way, shape or form, without the express written consent of the copyright holder.

But this is too restrictive for many circumstances.

I often want you to copy, share and distribute my ideas, articles and publications. Those works are specified above. I ask only that you keep my name attached, don’t change anything, and don’t make money from them without getting me involved.

So instead of always having an “All Rights Reserved” policy, I often have a policy of “Some Rights Reserved.” This legal position is set out in the Creative Commons licence known as “Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivativeWorks”, which states that:

  1. Attribution. You can copy and distribute the work so long as I am attributed as the author of the work.
  2. Non-Commercial. It cannot be used to make a profit. (We can do a different deal for this – see below.)
  3. No Derivative Works. The work must not be changed or built upon.

The following international version of the same Creative Commons licence will be used in future: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) – see this licence on the Creative Commons web site.

NB: If you want to sell, translate or adapt any of my works, please contact my office for permission. I’m always happy to talk about how we can work together for mutual benefit!

When republishing articles, please add the following copyright notice:
“Copyright © David Parrish [date]. Some rights reserved.

This work is released under a Creative Commons licence, which allows you to copy, print and redistribute it so long as you credit the author, do not change the work, and do not use it for commercial purposes.

For further information see Copyright and IP Information page.


Free resources for creative business development
T-Shirts and Suits free text-only eBook

Contact David to discuss potential collaborations to make these resources more widely available to help creative entrepreneurs even more successful.

These resources can also be used in projects and events where David delivers a keynote speech, training workshop or business advice sessions.