Small Business Monday: An Interview With Maxine From Tilly Tea Dance

Small Business Monday: An Interview With Maxine From Tilly Tea Dance

Today's feature is from a textile artist who I really admire.

I've talked before about how you need to market yourself and your products to gain the following you need to make sales and get a foot-in-the-door to bigger opportunities. Maxine is a shining example of how you can build a brand and a reputation over time to create a craft business you can take full time.

Let Me Introduce To You Maxine From Tilly Tea Dance.

Mums in Business! Do this One Thing to Save Time.

Mums in Business! Do this One Thing to Save Time.

We all know how hard it is to get things done sometimes and it's especially hard if you have other responcibilities at home with you. Today I have a guest post by Mahlena-Rae Johnson who has some advice for working mums.

How to decide WHAT your Craft Business should be

How to decide WHAT your Craft Business should be

Back when I was running Sara’s Texture Crafts, I would encounter the odd fellow crafter who marvelled at the idea of owning their own business.

They’d say, ‘Oh I wish I had my own craft business. I can imagine it’s SO much fun!’

‘What would you sell?’ I ask.

‘Oh I don’t know… I just want to be creative! It seems like such a lovely way to earn a living. What sort of business would you recommend?’

Podcast: Why it’s important to start your business the right way!

Podcast: Why it’s important to start your business the right way!

Today we are talking about systems and strategies and how important they are as part of our business foundation.

How Better Product Photography and Photo Testing Tools can Increase Sales for Your Etsy Shop

How Better Product Photography and Photo Testing Tools can Increase Sales for Your Etsy Shop

Many of you know I'm a strong advocate for starting out simple and Etsy is a great tool to help you get your products online and out to an audience quickly.

Today I have a wonderful guest post by Jake the CEO of Whatify, that I think will really help your Etsy shop stand out!

Make sure you stick around until the end as I will be adding my review of their Etsy photography tool here for you!

The 8 Craft Business Models You Need To Know About

The 8 Craft Business Models You Need To Know About

The ultimate guide to finding a craft business model that works for you!

I’m really excited to bring you this guide today… I have had so many questions about what sort of craft businesses you should start that I thought I’d give you my top tips to finding something you will love doing!

 

Working in the Arts and Crafts industry can be everything you imagine, as a creative type… starting and ending each day doing something you love is an amazing feeling. The best news is that you don’t need a huge investment behind you to start out either; so we aren’t talking bank loans, or fancy premises, in fact most craft businesses can be started at home. I started mine in my spare room!

Working Happy and Working with Purpose; How to be Your Own Boss

Working Happy and Working with Purpose; How to be Your Own Boss

Running your own business is difficult. Period.

There are so many things we need to know at the start and so many things we need to create.

Often we rush in to working on our product first, before we have found a customer base, explore profitability, or even create the foundations of our business plan. We are relying on the one thing we know how to do as artists and that is to create.

We forget that the first step is realising the commitment of our business and aligning that with our values and our happiness. We forget that we also need to fully realise a blueprint (a plan) for our business.

How Much Time Should I Spend On Marketing?

How Much Time Should I Spend On Marketing?

I often talk about planning your time in order to create actions of success and it leads to a lot of questions. Clients ask for specificities to help them understand how they should be breaking down their days, weeks and months. I get that, you want to know how to achieve the planned success that I talk of.

One of the questions I get asked a lot is, ‘How much time should I be spending on marketing my business?’

15 FREE Ways to Market Your Artisan Products Online

15 FREE Ways to Market Your Artisan Products Online

Previously we have talked about how to add ‘value’ to our marketing message and so today I wanted to explore different ways we can get that message out there. In other words I want to explore the different online venues that we can use to connect with our customers.

STOP Wasting Opportunities & Create an Authentic Marketing Message Today! BONUS: Marketing Message Planner

STOP Wasting Opportunities & Create an Authentic Marketing Message Today! BONUS: Marketing Message Planner

Marketing yourself online is always a daunting thing for small business owners, particularly if you do something creative.

How do you reach those people who crave what you create? How do you connect in a way that resonates with them and eventually converts them from admirers to buyers?