As small business owners, we get easily angered if someone takes our photos or content and uses them inappropriately. And yet, at the same time, I’ll speak with photographers and other creative types use fonts and brushes and patterns and everything that are not set up to be used for commercial use.

If you are going to be doing something that will make money with someone’s creation and it has NOT been licensed for commercial use, you can not sell anything with it. That includes the font on your logo, a brush or icon used in your logo, any fabrics or patterns you’ve gotten off of google images and placed on an image too.

The good news is, there are easy ways to make sure that you are legit and you don’t have to pay a fortune! Just pay attention to your googling and check out the list below!

For fonts, I am a DIE HARD Font Squirrel fan. Font Squirrel only provides fonts that are not only free, but are also fully allowed for Commercial Use. Working on cards for your clients or a Calendar to sell or icons for your website? If you only use fonts you find here, you know you will be legit and legal!

Now, when it comes to clip art and icons, you don’t always want to use the same things everyone else has. Not only that, sometimes you want to find something very particular and can’t find it any of the kits or downloads that are available in the photograph community. deviantArt is the best place to find something you just might love! You can do searches from the main page or even just start delving deeply into the great artists of the future and best of all, a huge variety of commercial use items for free. It’s a little like going into a vintage or antique store with something exactly in your mind you are searching for. You may have to visit several times before you find it, or dig deeply into the back corners, but chances are, you will find it eventually! Just make sure you read the Terms of Use carefully.

Today, I want you to take a look at the products in your computer and those on your website and find out if you are using something for your business that you do not have a commercial use for. Keep those in mind when designing flyers and buttons and anything that will be involved for your business or that will part of a piece you will be selling.

Do you have any resources you love for commercial use products? They don’t have to be free….somethings are worth paying for.

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