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There is so, so much that goes into having a successful online craft business. Truly, the path is long, and can be hard, and has so very many steps. However, I’ve been in the handmade business for a long time now, and over the last few years I’ve built up my business to the point where I am now earning MORE than I did in my last professional job. Some days, I can’t quite believe that I’ve reached this point. A few years back, it seemed like a pretty unattainable dream....
Every year I switch off the internet for at least a week. I've been doing this for many years now - and this year, instead of taking the internet away from me, I took myself away from the internet. I visited Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef - where there's no phone service and no internet (unless you pay a lot for it) - and spent my time walking, reading, snorkelling, swimming, eating, hanging out with friends, and filming this video for you
Business Systems will save your sanity! Today I’m going to share one very important system that we've developed - how to process and keep track of the orders our handmade business receives. Getting this right will save you time, mental energy, and hopefully prevent mistakes and unhappy customers (most of the time)...
My friend Megan Auman has been running her eponymous jewellery line for over 12 years. She also, like me, teaches makers how to craft successful businesses. We highlight the difference between the ‘one to many’ and ‘1000 true fans’ marketing/business growth strategies; why you don’t need to manufacture problems to sell handmade; and, why social media may just be one of the lowest return-on-investment marketing strategies.
Have you ever had that moment where you thought ‘I just don’t want to do this any more’? This happens to most of us eventually – especially those of us who have been in business for a long time. How do you know if or when it’s time to quit? In this podcast episode I give you some food for thought, and outline a few key questions to ask yourself in order to decide if it really is time to throw in the towel, or if you’re just having a bad day.
I’ve been teaching people about selling craft online for a few years now – and most of those people start out on Etsy. But you know what? I keep seeing them all make the same mistakes. Today, I’m going to share 5 mistakes that I see people make with their Etsy shop – and how you can fix them.
Chances are, you became a crafter because you love making stuff. (I know I did.) By now, you’ve probably worked out what you like making the most. And if you’re here, reading this, I’m going to assume that you like making that stuff so much that you’re trying to make (at least part of) a living by selling the stuff you like to make. #etsyshop #etsyseller #etsybusiness #etsy
If you are anything like me, the fast approach of the New Year has your creative brain buzzing with ideas for new products. Ideas development, product planning, and market research are all very important – but there are a few more things to think about for a new product launch in order to give it it’s best chances of success. #etsy #etsybusiness #etsyshop #handmade
What, exactly, should you have in your handmade shop policies? It doesn’t matter if you’re selling on Etsy, Shopify, or anywhere else online – you need to have a comprehensive policy section on your site. I know, I know – writing policies is NOT fun. But it IS a vital step in protecting both you and your customers. A lot of potential issues with your customers can be side-stepped through the judicious use of policies.