Handmade Selling: 5 Tips for Staying Positive During the Slow Times

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As handmade business owners we often get consumed by worry about a lack of orders during slow times.  This can prevent us from growing and expanding, as well as creating an environment of negativity.  But there is a better way!  The following tips will help you maximize your potential (and profits) for your crafty company. 1.  Don't Obsess It can be easy to get yourself down during a slow week on your website, Etsy or with wholesale orders.  This can be made even more irritating if you … [Continue reading...]

Should You Use QR Codes for Your Handmade Business?

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QR Codes originated in the logistics field as a way to track inventory and products in warehouses, similar to barcodes. “QR” stands for “quick response”**, as the code is a way to store a lot of information in a small graphic and receive a quick response when scanned.   A few years ago, companies started putting QR codes on everything. Not wanting to miss the boat, etsy shops, handmade artists, bloggers, and other creative businesses started using QR codes on product … [Continue reading...]

5 Things to Keep in Mind Before Signing up for a Craft Fair

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So you’ve started your handmade business and you’d like to take things to the next level. How about a craft fair?   A local craft fair can be an excellent opportunity to get your name out there. But, before you sign up for every farmers market, flea market and cakewalk in the tri-state area, take […]

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How to Use Hashtags on Facebook for Your Crafty Business

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Last year the popular social media network Facebook.com added active “hashtags” to posts.  This means that you can tag your posts and comments with searchable words that help your company get found- so cool!  Let’s look at how this new feature works and how to use it on your crafty business’ Facebook Fan Page. As […]

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Schedule Re-Set for Peace and Productivity

Schedule Re-Set for Peace and

September seems to be the season of the start of new schedules. Even if no one in your household is going back to school this fall, the post-summer schedule reset is an opportunity to build new routines.   That’s why the September issues of magazines are full of tips for streamlining your mornings. You want […]

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Release Your Creative Genius

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We often think that huge successes are made up of luck. Maybe it’s easier to explain success that way—as a chance happening, sheer luck, or good fortune.   If not a fairy godmother of luck some of us tend to think that the successes are achieved because of good genes, financially supportive family or some […]

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How To Deal with a Difficult Customer

How to Deal with Difficult Customers

The dreaded difficult customer. We’ve all had {or will have} one at some point. If you haven’t experienced this pitfall yet I’m sure you can imagine the heart-stopping moment when you spy the product review that tarnishes your perfect track record. Those 5 beautiful, golden stars are blemished for all eternity {or so you believe}. […]

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Why You Should Make Time for a Creative Retreat

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If you are like many creative business owners you probably spend a great deal of time tending to your business. Then there is the family, the day job, the house and all of the other demands you deal with while trying to run and improve your business. All of that running, going and doing can […]

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Labor of Love: How to Price Your Handmade Items

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So, you’ve got your shop name. And, your banner is looking pretty good, if you say so yourself.   Your first product is all finished and you’re ready to list it in your online shop. Titles, tags? Check. Check. Aw shucks! You still have to charge for this item! This, being the labor of love that, […]

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7 Outdoor Craft Fair Booth Ideas You’ve Never Thought Of

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Craft fairs and art fairs all over the country often times take place in the great outdoors. There’s something refreshing about taking a stroll in the park and looking at wonderful works of art. Personally, I love outdoor craft fairs. It’s a summertime staple for a craft lover like me. I’ve seen some pretty unique […]

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