Be fearless and join the Craft Biz Incubator now!

Be fearless and join the Craft Biz Incubator now!

I ran a craft business called Sara's Texture Crafts for 11 years before I sold it in 2017. In that time, I learnt a lot, from what not to do (yes, I'm super honest about my mistakes) to exactly what to do to take my business from my original £100 investment into almost 7-figures of turn-over in 11 years... and no crazy hours involved either!

When I first started out it was tough, I had no idea how to run a business, or how to make this thing grow… and I struggled, because there was no guide!

It wasn’t until later when I really started to feel more confident and that was because I had learned what I needed to do, but trial and error, taking courses, reading books and consuming all the free stuff.

I worked out a system of growth for craft businesses that I now teach to others.

I have created the Craft Biz Incubator to help others follow their creative dreams and make their craft a full-time job.

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.  

5 things you need to know before you open an Etsy shop

5 things you need to know before you open an Etsy shop

An Etsy shop is still one of the easiest and quickest options for craft business owners to get their products out to the world. Let me share my 5 things you need to know before you start there.

Etsy vs website: How can I start the most successful business?

Etsy vs website: How can I start the most successful business?

I’ve often been asked which is better as a starting platform; Etsy shop or your own website and while of course there are distinct differences in how each will work for the business owner, there isn’t a straight answer as to which is ultimately better.

Today on the podcast we are delving a little deeper into the subject to lay out the pros and cons of each choice, so that when you sit down and work out which is right for you and your customer base, you ultimately have a better understanding of what each platform can do for you.

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!

How To Start A Craft Business - Tip 5: Be prepared to work hard

How To Start A Craft Business - Tip 5: Be prepared to work hard

The final tip in our mini series

How To Start A Craft Business - Tip 4: Make a commitment

How To Start A Craft Business - Tip 4: Make a commitment

Tip 4 in our mini series on how to start a craft business

How To Start A Craft Business - Tip 3: Know Your Knowledge

How To Start A Craft Business - Tip 3: Know Your Knowledge

Tip number 3 from our how to start a craft business series

How To Start A Craft Business - Tip 2: Know your knowledge

How To Start A Craft Business - Tip 2: Know your knowledge

Today we move on to tip 2 for the things you should know before you start a craft business.