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How to be MORE EFFECTIVE on social media in LESS TIME!

How to be MORE EFFECTIVE on social media in LESS TIME!

One of the questions I get asked A LOT is how to be more effective on social media in less time.

I totally understand where you are coming from, because if you are anything like me, then the thought of doing yet more marketing is making you feel stressed, overwhelmed and sometimes even sick! That’s because we just don’t know how we can fit ‘more’ into our days especially as better marketing should lead to more sales and more sales means more production.

We have only one pair of hands, right?! So how do we cope with doing more?

Today on the podcast I want to help you tackle that by looking at scheduling social content in a way that will help you feel more in control, more organised and ultimately more effective on social media.

Selling Crafts Online: The 6 Proven Rules You Need to Know About!

Selling Crafts Online: The 6 Proven Rules You Need to Know About!

Selling crafts online used to be an easy game and back when I started in mid-2006, selling my craft products was as easy as listing and crossing my fingers - well almost! Today online retail is much more competitive and so starting a craft business and growing it to make a sustainable income can be challenging.

Here on the blog I want to lay out a guide for the key things I think you need to be doing with your online craft business to make sure it works for you.

Introducing the Craft Biz Incubator - Your Best Chance for Success!

Introducing the Craft Biz Incubator - Your Best Chance for Success!

Last time here on the blog we talked about my journey from hobby to successful craft business and how getting the right help, following my tips you can also enjoy a successful and profitable business. Today on the podcast and blog I wanted to tell you what happened next for me, so that you can understand how the Craft Biz Incubator came about and why I feel it’s your best chance at success on a budget.

Read to the end to find out about one of my students!

Entrepreneurship: How to succeed if you are chronically ill

Entrepreneurship: How to succeed if you are chronically ill

Having come away from a recent class where I had to answer the question, ‘How do you find time for a business if you are a long-term carer, or are chronically ill’, I felt I ought to talk about this more, because I certainly have met several people who are chronically ill, or care for chronically ill family members and still find time to run their businesses quite successfully.

Today on the podcast I want to give you the seven steps that I think will help you find the time to build a craft business and still be focused on your main carer duties, or take the time away you may need if you are chronically ill.  

Now is the right time to invest and explode your online business

Now is the right time to invest and explode your online business

Today I had a Facebook live session as part of Issue 3 of My Craft Biz magazine called ‘Why you need to start thinking about investing in your craft business’. I wanted to expand on that subject here on the blog, because I think there are two types of investment you always need to consider which can make a massive difference to your business.

Multichannel Retailing: How to solve your nightmares with one simple system

Multichannel Retailing: How to solve your nightmares with one simple system

If you have run your online business for a while and are familiar with good inventory management, you can immediately see the potential nightmare that can unfold if stock control gets out of hand – if you aren’t selling something you already sold elsewhere, then you run out of stock everywhere! These are just some of the obvious problems with multichannel retailing.

BUT

That doesn’t mean we should avoid this lucrative sales opportunity altogether, especially as a niche business creating unique handmade items. In fact, I wholeheartedly encourage it, because it grows your brand awareness. Today we are going to talk more about a simple system that could help you.

10 ways to achieve Work-Life balance if you are self-employed

10 ways to achieve Work-Life balance if you are self-employed

Work-life balance is the equilibrium we strive for, between our dedication to our career and the commitments of our home life. So, it’s striving for a sense of harmony between the two that ultimately brings us a sense of happiness and maybe even contentment.

But how do we do it? Let me tell you…

Handmade Business Episode 011 – Work-Life Balance

Handmade Business Episode 011 – Work-Life Balance

🎥Today we are talking about work-life balance and why it is so important that we strive for the dream we had when we started working for ourselves… please comment with your thoughts!

5 Things to know before you start a craft business!

5 Things to know before you start a craft business!

Craft businesses must be one of the most under thought-through start-ups, in my opinion. It starts mostly with no more than a dream of spending all day making things that we get paid for… there is little thought for what it takes to run a business and how to start one in the right way.

Today I wanted to share my top 5 things you need to know before you start your craft business.

3 reasons to use a sketchbook, or a notepad for your Craft Business

3 reasons to use a sketchbook, or a notepad for your Craft Business

I honestly find that having a space to write notes or doodle design ideas is really useful for us creative types and I think it’s especially useful if you run your own creative business.

When I ran Sara’s Texture Crafts I had a sketchbook and a notepad and used them for capturing different thoughts and ideas. Whether you use one type of recording process or another it is very important that you do actually record those thoughts and ideas for your business.

Read more to find out why I think they will be most useful to you!