Connecting with like-minded makers can fuel your creativity, help you hone your crafting skills, and keep you energized. Not sure where to start? Here are some helpful hints on starting a craft group. 1. Set goals. Decide what type of crafting group you want to start. A knitting circle for yarn enthusiasts only? A craft-of-the-month group eager to try a new project at each meeting? A … [Read more...] about Come Together: How to Start a Craft Group
Even the most beautiful crafts won't sell online without great photography to showcase them. How do you shoot like a pro? In addition to mastering technical basics like lighting, focus and contrast, you can make your product photography pop with the right background. Makers often stick to white, seamless paper backdrops, but you can put a unique spin on your shots at no cost by using … [Read more...] about Picture Perfect: 6 Free Photo Background Ideas
A day at the fair can be exhilarating, exhausting … or both. Use these strategies collected from craft fair veterans to minimize stress and maximize your profit potential. DO your homework. Research craft fairs to find one that's a good fit for your products. Who typically attends? Who exhibits? What types of products are sold? What's the price range? If you're considering a weekly or … [Read more...] about Do’s and Don’ts for a Successful Craft Fair
It's not always easy to make the leap. Our quiz can help you decide. Admit it. You've thought about it. If you love crafting enough to design and sell your own products, you've probably daydreamed about making it your "real" job. But are you ready to take crafting from sideline to full-time? Here's a quick quiz to help you find out. 1. It's a typical weekday morning. You’re most likely … [Read more...] about Time to Quit Your Day Job?
From bookkeeping basics to rewarding referrals, these online tools can help you succeed. 1. Referral Candy drives word-of-mouth sales by giving your customers a coupon code to share with their friends online when they buy an item from you. If their friends buy from your store, the customer who referred them to you gets a reward, too. The app lets you customize the incentives you offer and … [Read more...] about 10 Must-Have Apps to Grow Your Business
Learn some helpful tips for your business this tax season. Ah, spring. Flowers bud, birds chip and April 15 looms like a rain cloud on the horizon. For many makers, tax season is an annual reminder of the downside of running a home business. To make it less onerous, follow these tips for simpler filing and avoiding unexpected debts. Keep your business and personal expenses 100 percent … [Read more...] about Tips For Tax Season