Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Master List of Business & Technology Resources for Your Hero's Journey in Art, Entrepreneurship, & Technology

Master List of Business & Technology Resources for Your Hero's Journey in Art, Entrepreneurship, & Technology

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen. —Leonardo da Vinci

 Einstein stated, “The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives,” and da Vinci also emphasizes action, “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

Begin today!  Cruise on through the below list a couple times, making a list of things you need to do, and then return to it in a week or so, and on down the line!

0)      Conduct a trademark search on your brand: uspto.gov  
1)   Check out the USPTO's page for artists/photographers/songwriters!  http://www.uspto.gov/faq/musicart.jsp  Check out nolo.com's books on copyrights/patents/trademarks/incorporating LLC's and http://www.nolo.com/products/protect-your-rights-as-an-artist-RIP1C.html
2)      Register the domain: 1and1.com, godaddy.com (register a couple domains! It’s cheap! I own hundreds!)
3)   Regularly copyright your work/photography/darawings/words/art at copyright.gov!  
4)      Blog your vision at blogger.com, tumblr.com (artsy), and wordpress.com.  (Note--I am not a lawyer--please always seek a professional lawyer for professional legal advice!)  Put a "TM" by your future trademark if your mark is free and not used by anyone else!  Once you successfully register the mark at uspto.gov, you can put an (R) next to it.
5)      Set up a free, easy website at weebly.com .
6)      Reserve your name on twitter & start tweeting useful tweets.
7)      Incorporate an LLC in a few hours at bizfilings, legalzoom.com, corporatecreations.com (again, you may wish to consult a professional lawyer and/or accountant before incorporating!  professional legal advice up front can save a lot of costs/headaches on down the line!)
8)      Join myspace (on its way out?) and facebook (on its way up!) and set up a facebook fanpage for your site.
9)      Visit ping.fm and posterous.com and take account of all the social media sites they syndicate to--you may wish to join some of them.  Hook your blogger, wordpress, myspace, facebook, and twitter to your ping.fm & posterous.com accounts, as well as any of the other dozens of sites.
10)      If video is your thing, register at youtube, revver, blip.tv, and vimeo!  Tubemogl.com / trafficgeyser.com are the ping/posterous of video, so sign up and study all the most popular video sites supported by tubemogl.com/trafficgeyser.
11)      Register at flickr.com / smugmug.com / deviantart.com / zenfolio.com —especially if you are a model or photographer, in which case you should join modelmayhem.com too!
12)  Make money!  Sign up to sell ads at google.com/adsense on your blogs, and sell photographer equipment/books/more through amazon associates  
13)  Publish your blog or best photos as a book @ lulu.com (dr. e consulted there!), createspace.com (owned by amazon), smashwords.com, or lightningsource.com (for serious small and large publishers--best deals)
14) Surf the vast power of free Open Source software!  Check out all the free scripts installed by fantastico!  IT'S FREE!

Following scripts can be autoinstalled using Fantastico De Luxe. Installation procedure takes seconds and can be performed by novices without the need of setting up MySQL databases, importing structure, chmoding files and without the need of other tasks usually associated with installations:
b2evolution (3.3.3-stable) (website)
Nucleus (3.51) (website)
WordPress (3.0.3) (website) 
Noah's Classifieds (V8 (3.2.0)) (website) 
Drupal (6.19) (website)
Geeklog (1.6.1) (website)
Joomla 1.5 (1.5.22) (website)
Joomla (1.0.15) (website)
Mambo Open Source (4.6.5) (website)
PHP-Nuke (8.0) (website)
phpWCMS (1.4.2 r345) (website)
phpWebSite (1.6.3) (website)
Siteframe (3.2.3) (website)
TikiWiki CMS/Groupware (5.2) (website)
Typo3 (4.4) (website)
Xoops (2.4.4) (website)
Zikula (1.2.3) (visit site) 
Customer Support:
Crafty Syntax Live Help (2.16.8) (website)
Help Center Live (2.1.7) (website)
osTicket (1.6.0) (website)
PerlDesk (4.012.2) (Commercial, needs license) (website)
PHP Support Tickets (1.9) (website)
Support Logic Helpdesk (1.2) (website)
Support Services Manager (1.0b) (website) 
Discussion Boards:
phpBB (3.0.8) (website)
SMF (1.1.12) (website)
YaBBSE (Disabled) (website) 
CubeCart (3.0.17) (website)
OS Commerce (2.3.1) (website)
Zen Cart (1.3.9h) (website) 
FAQMasterFlex (1.51) (website) 
Hosting Billing:
AccountLab Plus (2.8 r14) (Commercial, needs license) (website)
phpCOIN (1.6.5) (website)
Image Galleries:
4images Gallery (1.7.9) (website)
Coppermine Photo Gallery (1.5.10) (website)
Gallery (3.0) (website) 
Mailing List:
PHPlist (2.10.12) (website) 
Polls and Surveys:
Advanced Poll (2.03) (website)
LimeSurvey (1.90+) (website)
phpESP (2.1.1) (website) 
Project Management:
PHProjekt (6.0.4) (website)
dotProject (2.1.3) (website) 
Site Builders:
Soholaunch Pro Edition (4.9.3 r41) (Commercial, needs license) (website)
Templates Express (website) 
PhpWiki (1.2.11) (website) 
Other Scripts:
Dew-NewPHPLinks ( SEF w/Thumbshots) (website)
Moodle (2.0) (website)
Open-Realty (2.5.8) (website)
OpenX (2.8.7) (website)
PHPauction (3.2) (website)
phpFormGenerator (2.09c) (website)
WebCalendar (1.2.3) (website)
Find more scripts at hotscripts.com !
16) Sell posters, prints, and canvases of your photography and fine art!  fineartamerica.com, zenfolio.com, redbubble.com, smugmug.comhttp://emptyeasel.com/art-business-advice/selling-art-online/ 
http://www.bigsunphotography.com/archives/598 (great reviews of sites for selling art & photography!)
         Paid Artist Storefronts:

17) Back it up!  Back it up at carbonite.com or idrive.com!  Buy several 2-terabyte drives, back up all your work, and store them in different physical locations!  Lock one in the runk of your car in a weather-sealed package, and send another to mom!  Repeat every few weeks.  $100 for a 2-terabyte drive.  $100,000-$500,000+ to recreate half the images on it, if that many.
Rock on!!  Always travel with a camera--at least a point-and-shoot, and make something immortal every day.  It's all about legacy for us artists.  Other people put their savings in a 401k--we store up our treasures of the soul where rust cannot tarnish it and no thief/CEO/inflation can steal it--in immortal digital art.
18)  Play & learn a new skill!  Always keep moving!  Action, action, always action!  Get a teach yourself LAMP (Linux/Apache/MYSQL/PHP) book and start playing around with the programming!  Hit the video record button on your DSLR during your next shoot!  Shoot some HDR photos.  Keep it fresh and real!  Often it is that doing something a bit differently grants us an invaluable, new perspective into what we had been doing.