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Guide to Business Resources For Creatives


Art Inc. book coverArt schools have gone a long way to offer classes on the business aspect of art, stressing how active and engaged you must be to turn your creative abilities into a cash flow. Needless to say, as a creative, you will need to be your own finance, business, and marketing manager.

The New York Public Library can help you with resources on subjects ranging from the planning stages of your creative career all the way through to retirement. The Science, Industry and Business Library offers a wide range of classes and programs, and subscription databases are available to find articles on business topics. To access online video courses from, you'll need to log in first through our website with your library card number. 

We have recently updated our Guide to Resources for Freelancers and Business Owners, which includes sections on Comprehensive Business Guides, Negotiating and Pitching, Law, Marketing and Branding, Networking, Money, Taxes, and Retirement. In addition, check below for a list of recent career and business resources specifically geared toward creatives.



Hablot Knight Browne's drawing of Nicholas instructing Smike in the art of acting
Nicholas instructs Smike in the art of acting, by Hablot Knight Browne, 1838; NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID 4057929



Portrait of Mr. Abel by James Nixon
Mr. Abel by James Nixon, 1787; NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID 1100707

Visual Arts 

General Bingham painting Mayor McClellan's portrait
General Bingham painting Mayor M'Clellan's portrait; NYPL Digital Collections, Image 1110765


Inside book cover of The Useful Letter Writer
From The Useful Letter Writer, 1854


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