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 a few minutes to do some research.   My first year in business, I said yes to every market pretty much within driving distance of my house. After participating in a total of 27 … [Continue reading...]

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 a refresher, hashtags are words or phrases with the # symbol in front, like #handmade #jewelry, and #smallbusiness.  You may have seen them on Twitter.com, where they have … [Continue reading...]

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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3 Tips to Market Your Creative Business with Confidence

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It’s not easy to market your business to other people. How do you tell a potential investor or client about what you do without sounding like you are pushing a hard sell? How do you explain to someone you admire or look up to about your business without feeling like an impostor?   First of […]

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Canva Series: Facebook Cover Template Tutorial

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This post is part of a series of tutorials for creating amazing graphics with Canva.com. Be sure to check out the first post here for the basics on how to use Canva.   If there is one thing that your business Facebook page needs, it’s a good cover photo. This is your moment to shine. […]

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