Creative ways to earn money in difficult times

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

This is an opportunity to come out stronger and more resilient — and to get creative. Here are a few creative adjustments to financial difficulties that you might consider implementing. By Elise Kemp. Life is unpredictable.

How I Use Visualization to Drive Creativity

Both Sides of the Table

Creativity. So I thought I’d write a post about how I drive my personal creativity. (A As a practitioner of creativity rather than as an instructor of it I’m certain that there are many ways to get the creative juices flowing and how to release more creativity.

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Thinking About Berlin: Unleashing a Creative Opportunity

This is going to be BIG.

There are a ton of fantastically creative people here. You have amazing creative talent and ridiculously sharp entrepreneurs--let 'em go on some crazy ideas that teach us what the future of technology in our lives will be.

Design Thinking: Refresh Your Business Model and Insert Creativity into Your Routine

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

With design thinking, “you use creativity and imagination to think outside the box and solve large-scale issues,” he says. Design thinking may inspire a teacher to present the same information through more creative means, such as a class game that quizzes students. Creativity is key!

Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

Bias Against Creativity

Tomasz Tunguz

In Bias Against Creativity , a team of researchers at Cornell discuss the bias against creativity they revealed in their study. It raises the question of how to evaluate creative ideas and how to engender internal incentives to support creativity. From the Cornell paper: People often reject creative ideas even when espousing creativity as a desired goal. Theoretically we all support the notion of creative ideas.

Oklahoma startup Cage aims to change creative collaboration

Innovation 2 Enterprise

Cage provides a web-based tool that helps creative professionals—from freelancers to branding agencies to in-house creative departments—collaborate on projects and share ideas in one place in real time, no matter who is working on what. “We We are on a mission to transform the way creative professionals work on a massive scale,” said Sandip Patel, Cage founder and CEO. Constraints lend themselves to creativity and intentionality—and Oklahoma entrepreneurs are second to none.

And don’t forget creative fund raising.


These are just some of the ways to creatively raise funds without offering equity or taking on new debt. Since some entrepreneurs are completely adverse to sharing equity, and some greatly fear taking on any form of debt, creative fund-raising is certainly worth considering.

The Secret to Successful Mentorship

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Kristen Harris is the co-founder and COO of Portfolio Creative , a workforce innovation firm based in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Kristen Harris is the COO and co-creator of Portfolio Creative , an award-winning recruiting and staffing firm, and a leader in the industry. .

Want to get in front of a VC? Be a little creative--human even.

This is going to be BIG.

Given that, the lack of creativity and ingenuity around reaching an investor really astounds me. There are a lot of ways to reach investors by being a little more creative--without being creepy. That's not to say you should follow me home and stand outside my house, but being a little bit creative about how to reach someone goes a long way. Since I launched my fund , I've gotten around 50 offers to work with me. For some reason, everyone wants to be a VC.

The Ultimate Marketing Efficiency Checklist

Here are 7 creative ways marketers can work smarter (not harder) - with the resources you already have!

The Creativity of Entrepreneurship: Community Leader Spotlight with João Marinelli


To João, the truly amazing thing about entrepreneurship is the way that it gives life to people’s creativity, and helps them use their creativity to change the world. “I He’s currently working for Darwin Startups, a Brazilian accelerator—named the best accelerator in Brazil by Associação Brasileira de Startups—where he has “freedom to use my creativity and entrepreneurship to develop new products or approaches.”. “If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business.”

Creative Selection - An Inside Look at Some Key Moments at Apple

Tomasz Tunguz

His book, Creative Selection, is the first book that provides a view of the day to day environment at Apple. Ken calls this concept Creative Selection. I’ve wondered what it’s like to work at Apple.

[Honeybook in Forbes] Martha Bitar’s Flodesk Is Making Email Marketing Easier For Creatives


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2019 LaunchPad Propel Pitch Competition Winners Help Build Student Credit Scores, Connect Young Creative Talent to Opportunities, and Provide Healthy Snacks


After struggling to balance her own successful creative content development work with the demands of school, Cllctve cofounder and Syracuse University student Kelsy Davis is developing an online marketplace to efficiently connect other young creators with companies needing talent.

The tension between predictability and creativity

Tomasz Tunguz

I think every startup, company and business must maintain tension between creative chaos and a drive toward predictive performance. In every one of my conversations with Peter Lehrman, founder of AxialMarket, he always speaks about AxialMarket as “the business.” Never the company, the startup or any other word.

These Music Innovators Are Shredding The Industry's Obsession With The Past

Entrepreneur - Entrepreneurs Category

Gamechanger Audio wants to build tech and tools that fuel musicians' creativity. Real Entrepreneurs

Good News from Small Business in the Time of COVID-19

Co Starters

They used the influx of orders and COVID-19 restrictions to find creative ways to organize their space and streamline processes so they could get the sea of shoe orders out in spite of the shutdown. Nevertheless, We Rise.

CO.STARTERS Launches New Initiative Focused on Small Business Recovery

Co Starters

This is why we launched the Refocus workshop, a two-hour session in which business owners work in a collaborative setting to creatively problem-solve. A five-step Road to Recovery framework to help entrepreneurs adapt now and for the future.

Kickstarter Lights On

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Enter Kickstarter , the crowdfunding platform for bringing creative projects to life (and a USV portfolio company). So many of our favorite community anchors have shuttered in the wake of the pandemic. And reopening them won’t be easy.

Black Dreams Matter, Every Day

Co Starters

Known for his innovative leadership in his community, Jaylin (aka rapper and entertainer “Jiggy M”) started a production company to help brands reach kids through creativity and fun while promoting unity and positivity. Meet Nine Black Business Starters Who are Paving the Way for Dreams.

An Insider’s Guide to Getting Grants

Co Starters

Get creative and build sustainability into your model from the start. . Tips For Grant Writing to Fund Your Community Work. by Rebekah Marr, CO.STARTERS Director of Operations & Programs. Finding funding is one of the biggest issues identified by community builders.

Welcome Aaron and Harj

Y Combinator

Aaron was the co-founder and CEO of Creative Market (YC W10), a marketplace for graphic design assets, which was acquired by Autodesk in 2014. We’re excited to welcome Aaron Epstein to the YC Team, and welcome back Harj Taggar.

We Talked to 150 Entrepreneurs

Co Starters

To address those concerns, Jose led participants through the CO.STARTERS Canvas , encouraging them to think about how their customers’ problems are changing and what kinds of creative solutions they can offer to those problems. Be creative!

What is a Starter?

Co Starters

Has this narrowing of the language of business success suppressed our instinctual expression of (entrepreneurial) creative problem-solving? Why talking about “starters” more than “startups” can change the way you view entrepreneurship. By Enoch Elwell.

Growing a Living Community

Co Starters

Since its early work with creative entrepreneurs beginning in 2008 and relaunch as a scalable program and brand in 2013, CO.STARTERS has equipped more than 630 leaders across 190+ communities, impacting more than 10,000 starters.

Funding Friday: The 7th RiffTrax Live Campaign

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

” I love the underground, indie creative community and these guys are a great example of that. These guys have been using Kickstarter, and a bunch of other online platforms, to support their live shows riffing on “campy B-movies.” I backed this project this morning. USV TEAM POSTS: Nick Grossman — Feb 17, 2020 Cryptographic Identity Albert Wenger — Feb 11, 2020 Birthday Wish: Contributions to Climate Crisis Collective. crowdfunding

This Simple Tool Could Save Your Business

Co Starters

But it will require creativity, perseverance, and an openness to adaption. Don’t be down on yourself—negativity will only stifle creativity. Reimagining Your Venture with the CO.STARTERS Canvas. Not ideal” would be an understatement for these times.

On the Road to Racial Equality, Start with These 10 Steps

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Parveen Dhupar , chief creative officer at BTI Brand Innovations Inc. Parveen Dhupar is the founder and chief creative officer at BTI Brand Innovations , a creative agency based in Mississauga, Ontario.

Handfuls Helping Millions During COVID-19

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Most entrepreneurs are by their very nature, creative, innovative thinkers,” explains Andy. They are committed to creative problem-solving. And who could you work with to creatively address some aspect of this crisis?

Building Community Immunity

Co Starters

Nothing solves a problem like a little collective creativity. Panic and fear, on the other hand, stifle creativity. Guide your instincts to a productive place by taking a deep breath, collecting your thoughts and some fellow minds, and follow the creative process to see where it leads.

Retool, Repurpose, Redeploy

Entrepreneurs' Organization

2 core value: Creative Thinkers, All Jobs, All Roles. While PPE masks may not seem creative, we have put our creative stamp on them by adding fun prints, brands and sayings to what otherwise is a fairly common surgical mask.

Five Years of Transformation

Co Starters

What we now call CO.STARTERS began in 2008 as a grassroots effort supporting local creative entrepreneurs in Chattanooga, Tennessee. By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary.

A Scorecard: Should a decision be fast, or slow?

A Smart Bear

Online marketing teams are accustomed to throwing creative things at the wall, with new technology and platforms, because that’s the day-to-day reality of their job. We all know that startups should make decisions quickly.

Founders from Warby Parker, Plated, and The Muse to Speak at LaunchPad Propel


LaunchPad accelerates student entrepreneurs’ growth by expanding their networks and providing access to founders and other business leaders to help students think more creatively, take more calculated risks, and thrive.”

Navigating the Stages of Community Growth

Co Starters

Taking local institutional leaders by surprise, rapid economic and cultural transformation is occurring in unlikely places, often led by strange grassroots groups of creatives and non-traditional entrepreneurs. A Model for Starting and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Community. By Enoch Elwell.

5 Reasons Corporations Seek Startups for an Innovation Infusion

UBI Global

A Question of Innovation… Corporations may recognize that they could use a good dose of innovation, and some seek startups as a shortcut to creative thinking.