Starting To Present and Sell Your Creative Work Online

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Why sell online? Are you ready to sell online? Which products or services sell best online?

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A Big House Event supported by Real Creative Futures Digital

Please note: If you have already accessed 12 or more hours of support from The Big House, you may be placed on a waiting list and your place is not guaranteed until you receive confirmation from The Big House Events Team.

This is part of a series of 3 workshops. Please check you are available to take part in all workshops before signing up.


In this first online workshop delivered by Patricia van den Akker of The Design Trust we will focus on presenting and selling your creative products & services online:

• Why sell online?

• Are you ready to sell online?

• Which products or services sell best online?

• What are the most common opportunities to show and sell your creative work online?

• What are the most important steps to get your business online quickly, incl. deciding on your software, creating your website layout and the pages you need, getting the right images and how to plan your launch.

At the end of this session you will have a clear action plan to get your creative business online.

This introductory session is aimed at creatives (especially visual artists, illustrators, photographers, designers and makers) who want to get started with presenting themselves, their skills, products and work online more professionally and confidently, and to start to get more sales.

Patricia will teach you what works and what to focus on, and you will be identifying specific activities to do after the session to present yourself better online - either your own website or other opportunities.

This session will be recorded. There is a max. of 100 live participants. You will get a reminder one day and one hour prior to this session.

To register for this session, click here:


You need to register for each individual session on Zoom and you will then get immediately a confirmation email in your inbox. Make sure you check your spam folder and that you have spelled your email address correctly. One day and one hour prior to the live session you will get a reminder email. Use the link or button in any of these emails to connect to the live session.

These will be Zoom webinars, so you will be able to hear Patricia and see the presentation, which you will get access to after the session. You can ask questions via the chat option or the Q&A.

You do not need any special equipment such as a headset. We recommend that you will join us from a desktop or laptop computer (either PC or Mac are fine). You can join us from tablets (such as ipads) or phones too but then often the slides are too small to see properly, and often the older models have problems to send texts.

We will make these sessions as interactive and practical as possible. Bring pen & paper so that you can make notes and also create your own action plans.


Patricia van den Akker is the Director of The Design Trust, the online business school for designers, makers & other creative professionals. Over the last 20 years she has worked with 1,000s of creatives and has been teaching online for nearly a decade.

She regularly teaches at art colleges across the country, works with various trade fairs and craft fairs, and with various studio space providers too. She regularly writes and talks about creative business development and has self-published a diary planner each year for the last 5 years.

In 2018 she was voted the Number One Business Adviser in the UK for Branding & Design by Enterprise Nation, and in 2019 for Sales.

Her sessions are packed full with practical tips, creative examples and she will get you involved to start taking action too to progress your creative business and career too.

She is a creative business trainer, adviser and coach who works mostly with visual creatives, but some of her sessions are very suitable for performing creatives too.

For more details see @TheDesignTrust


This event is free, but space is limited. You must be enrolled with The Big House and/or RCF-D. Space is limited, so make sure to book your ticket today to guarantee your place.

PLEASE NOTE: The Big House events are free to you, because they are funded – however there is a cost attached to them for us and we are a not-for-profit organisation. So, if you have registered to come, your place will have been paid for. Our events are very popular and we often have a waiting list. With this in mind, if for any reason you are unable to attend it is very important that you cancel your ticket on Eventbrite as soon as possible, to enable someone else to take your place.

If you have already accessed 12 or more hours of support you may be placed on a waiting list - your place is not guaranteed until you receive confirmation from RCF-D Team.


If you have any questions and/or would like any further information about this event, please contact the Events Team at or telephone 0115 924 8630.


The Big House offers fully-funded business support, mentoring, workshops, networking events, access to grants for creative and digital businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Visit for the complete details of the programme. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

As this event is part of a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) initiative, we will require you to be enrolled in The Big House Programme, prior to attending. If you are not already enrolled, you will find the appropriate form at: Please download and complete the form and bring it with you to the event, as it will be required when signing in.

If you would like any further information on this programme, please contact

NB: We will be documenting the event. If you do not wish to be included in images or videos that may be used later for marketing purposes, please let us know beforehand.

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 - 2020

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