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Are subscription boxes a fantastic way to make money still?

Are subscription boxes a fantastic way to make money still?

I started my first subscription club back in 2010/11, if I remember correctly and even back then, I knew that subscription boxes were a hot trend among my competitors in the craft industry. Since that time the subscription box market has grown to a whopping 2.6 billion US dollars! 😲 In such a sizable industry is there still room to offer subscription-based product services and make some money? 🤔

🙌 Today on the podcast 🎥🎧 we will explore the idea of subscription-based offers in the craft industry, to seek an answer to understanding if this product service is an idea we could consider for our handmade and craft-based product businesses.

10 Creative Hashtags to use on Instagram RIGHT NOW!

10 Creative Hashtags to use on Instagram RIGHT NOW!

As of June 2018 there were 1 billion users on Instagram 🤯, making is one of the biggest and fastest growing social media platforms after Facebook, according to HubSpot. To put that figure into perspective in 2013 Instagram had just 9 million users! So, the importance of having a business presence on Instagram is becoming more and more important.

But with all of those users how easy is it to get found? 😟

The answer is in two things; Firstly, content and secondly use of hashtags.

🕵️‍♀️ Finding the right Instagram hashtags to use can take a bit of time. 🎧🎥 Today on the podcast I’m going to share 👉 10 Instagram hashtags that I have found that might be useful for you to in order to start getting noticed!

5 Reasons Why You Need to Know Your Business Expenses!

5 Reasons Why You Need to Know Your Business Expenses!

One of the biggest areas of mindset change when it comes to owning a craft business is the idea that tracking business expenses is a good thing. At the beginning if we aren’t careful, we are all susceptible to overspends and it’s when these moments become habits that we find ourselves in real problems.

Today on the podcast I want to give you 5 reasons why you need to know your expenses, so that you can keep your business on track!

Take a look behind the scenes of the My Craft Biz Magazine

Take a look behind the scenes of the My Craft Biz Magazine

When issue five launches in May we will officially be into the second year of publication for the My Craft Biz Magazine… It has been a phenomenal experience and learning curve for me, so today I thought we’d take a moment here on the blog to celebrate that achievement and look at what is next.

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.

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!

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!

STOP Wasting Opportunities & Create an Authentic Marketing Message Today!

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?