selling handmade items

5 confessions from a successful craft business

5 confessions from a successful craft business

Running a successful craft business is one of the proudest achievements of my working career. Why? Because it was my passion and it taught me so much! Not just about business, but about life too.

Today on the blog and podcast, I want to explore running a successful craft business further by giving you the 5 biggest lessons I learnt from my 11 years in business.

Now listen up, because I know you are going to need to hear this!

How to Build a Successful Craft Business

How to Build a Successful Craft Business

Today on the podcast I want to see if I can help those of you who haven’t yet reached out and show you some of the issues your struggling business has and how to fix them in order to be successful.

I often get asked this question by coaching clients and podcast viewers at the beginning of their journey with me. It’s often asked by someone feeling deflated and frustrated that their craft business isn’t doing as well as they thought or hoped.

As I look into their eyes or read their email, I can sense the desperation in finding an answer that is both simple and transformative, like a magic tap that they can turn on to start the flow of sales.

🌟 The truth is, that that’s a difficult question to answer, not only because businesses vary, but because business owner skills vary widely too. It’s also about their willingness to do what needs to be done to change their fortunes.

Heck, I’ve been there, and I know exactly how they are feeling in that moment… So, let’s dive into what the simple problems are and how to fix them!

Why you need to offer international shipping and how to do it

Why you need to offer international shipping and how to do it

Shipping your products around the globe 🌍 has been a hot topic in recent months, among craft businesses, especially for those who were struck by Etsy’s recent free shipping guarantee scheme. This has led to some scrapping their international shipping offer all together.

In all of this confusion, today on the podcast 🎥🎧 I wanted to set the record straight and tell you 👉 why international shipping is your best option if you sell online and how to set up a system that is easy for you to implement.

Is A.C. Moore Marketplace the new alternative to Etsy?

Is A.C. Moore Marketplace the new alternative to Etsy?

On the 31st of July 2019 A.C. Moore launched their handmade marketplace in conjunction with Zibbet. Today on the podcast I want to look at the new A.C. Moore marketplace with you, to find out if it could be an Etsy alternative, or a secondary platform to sell your items through.

You are KILLING your business with discount codes!

You are KILLING your business with discount codes!

It’s not uncommon for businesses to use discount codes as a way to seek new customers or promote new products. In fact, as many of 53% of millennial shoppers look for coupon codes when shopping online according to Retail Me Not. While large commercial retail set ups can account for regular discount offers in their margins, those who have smaller businesses will struggle to stay afloat with a regular discounting strategy.

This is why it pains me 😞 to see craft businesses continually discounting to try to attract new sales, or to kick start new online shops.

🙌 Today on the podcast 🎧🎥 we are going to explore how regular discounting is killing your business and what you should be doing instead!

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.

Spotlight Retailing: Is Fibercrafty a breakthrough for craft retail?

Spotlight Retailing: Is Fibercrafty a breakthrough for craft retail?

I came across Fibercrafty by chance when I was looking into alternatives to Etsy to talk about here on the blog and I thought it was a really interesting idea to share with you as an example of what I mean by spotlight retailing.

Etsy vs Zibbet: Mainstream to unique innovation in one easy leap

Etsy vs Zibbet: Mainstream to unique innovation in one easy leap

The question of, ‘should I Etsy, or should I not’ is one that is often asked, and I see phases of sellers pondering what else is out there for varying reasons. Today on the podcast I wanted to continue our conversation about alternatives and introduce you to Zibbet.

Etsy Alternatives: Who Are The Successful Top 5 Sites Right Now?

Etsy Alternatives: Who Are The Successful Top 5 Sites Right Now?

A few weeks ago in our Facebook group we started talking about Etsy and questions started rising about suitable Etsy alternatives either to move onto, or from which to host second shops. As you know in my own craft business I sold on a number of different sites including my own website, so I thought we’d start this discussion today based on my experience and findings.