Craft Business Resources

Here is a list of resources for craft businesses, including those I create. These are books, services, courses and information I have used, read, or had experience with in some way - so if I have reviewed a book, or a service then I will link to that blog post for you. I hope you find them useful, Sara x

The Handmade Business Podcast

Free weekly episodes

The Handmade Business Podcast is a weekly podcast for makers and craft business owners.

Each episode is themed to a specific topic, with actionable tips tricks and tutorials. Packed full of inspiration I help you to build your business success!

My Craft Biz Zine

Quarterly magazine

My Craft Biz Zine is a quarterly advice publication for Craft Businesses, brought to you by Sara Millis of My Indie Life Blog.

Each themed issue is packed full of advice and actionable tips you can put directly into action!


My Books


Facebook Group

Join fellow Craft Business Owners where we work together to improve our businesses through weekly chats and quarterly challenges.

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Free Guides

I have created a mini guide as an email series where we will cover;

  1. How to decide what your Craft Business should be

  2. The 8 business models I think are great to start with

  3. Details of my eBook that takes your step by step through how to set up the foundations you need for your Craft Business

In this video workshop you will learn;

  1. The framework for a better Etsy shop

  2. How other successful shops are using this framework

  3. How to go the extra mile and really grow your Etsy business in leaps and bounds

I have created a mini guide as an email series where we will cover;

  1. The power of automation

  2. Powerful ways to increase your workflow

  3. Simple, but powerful systems that help organise your business

The aim is to save time for growth.


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Craft Event Directory

Check out the Event Directory I put together where you can find events in your local area and the information you need on what they need from you to apply!


Services & Tools

Online Selling Platforms I Used

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Etsy* is an online market place for handmade, artisan products and limited vintage finds. It's super easy to set up and start selling on. So if you are just starting out then I recommend having a closer look.

Open a shop on Etsy, they will give you 40 free listings using the link below!

EKM Powershop - the eCommerce host I used for my craft business

Folksy - an online craft business selling platform for UK sellers only.

Not on The High Street - an online craft business selling platform for UK sellers only

eBay - a general online platform for selling products

Amazon - a general online platform for selling products. I haven’t used Amazon Handmade.


Online Marketing platforms I have used

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I started with the FREE Mailchimp* plan, meaning that I could grow my business and my newsletter without adding costs to a new business. The service is clean and simple to use.

Mailchimp are offering you a $30 certificate in MonkeyRewards to your new account if you sign up through my link.

RecurPost - This is an easy to use around social content planner, allowing you to post to all of the main social platforms.

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This is an easy to use social media scheduling tool, allowing you to post to sites such as; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and more.

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This is a slightly more advanced social media scheduling tool, allowing you to post to sites such as; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin and more.


Blogging tools - coming soon

Office Tools/Services

Vistaprint - business cards and flyers

Moo - Business cards (although more expensive than some)

Photography tools - coming soon

Podcast tools - coming soon


Online Productivity Tools I have used

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Asana is an online productivity planner, deigned to help business teams create workflow and task lists for larger projects. You can do anything from create tasks for yourself, to manage and delegate work for colleagues.

I can use Asana on my PC, my tablet and my phone, so at any point during the day I can see what needs to be done and stay on point.

What I have reviewed here on the blog

Whatify

Whatify* uses state-of-the-art analytics to determine which of your existing Etsy product photos will bring the most sales. 

Craftybase* is an online inventory and bookmarking tool.


What I have heard good things about

SHOPIFY free trial

Shopify* is an eCommerce platform on which you can build your own website with a shop, blog and more!

It's fairly simple to use and they have a great selection of layouts and tools for your to make your website better.

Powered by Creative Market

Sometimes when you are doing everything yourself you need just a little bit of help with branding and graphic work. Creative Market* offers you connection to freelancers who can help you out!

So check out their offerings for;

  • website and blog templates

  • social media graphics and templates

  • product mocks from labels to special packaging

  • photography and more


Recommended Reading

Youtility*

Jay Baer (2013)

This book just MADE SENSE. It has a real no-nonsense approach to what modern marketing should be and it changed the way I approach my marketing forever.

So even if you are just starting out, or if you feel like your business is 'too' small to be taken seriously, get this book. Let Jay show you why Youtility works on any scale.

She Takes On The World*

Natalie MacNeil (2012)

This book totally inspired me!

Natalie takes great care and attention to talk us through the path of finding our true business passion and inspires us to take those very first steps. You feel totally swept along, drafting out your own dream and purpose out on to paper. Along the way the book has a great wealth of resources and tips. I highly recommend this quick and easy read.

 
 

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