Handmade to Sell Book Review and Giveaway

handmade to sell

I had the pleasure of reading the popular Handmade to Sell written by Kelly Rand, former editor of Crafting a Green World, a co-founder and executive director of Hello Craft, a director of the Summit of Awesome, and a Crafty Bastard organizer. This easy to read but chock full of insightful facts and tips “bible” […]

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Looking for a Little Inspiration?

Kanelstrand

Have you ever had the moment where you look around your shop and suddenly realize everything is way too familiar?  You have been producing and selling so fast and furious that nothing new has entered your shop in months.  While you might not be in a design rut, you may be in the mood to […]

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Disaster Recovery – When Equipment Fails

tanjasova

You’ve organized all your photos, taken the time to edit, give them unique names and save them in their own folder. You have also taken the time to organize your music, financial records and all those other files you’ve created over the years and then suddenly your computer crashes or dies and your files are […]

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Should you go into business with your best friend?

friends

Sometimes you just can’t do it all by yourself. You have to create your items to sell, advertise, network, social media marketing, accounting, package, ship, and reply to customers’ emails….arrrgh. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a partner to help you with some of these tasks? Or sometimes you need financial support. Or sometimes you […]

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Balancing A Part Time Etsy Shop

A little over a year ago, the EcoEtsy team conducted a survey and found that around half of the team shop owners were running their business as a part time endeavor.  Being one of those part time shop owners, I sometimes find myself so buried in my “day job” and the responsibilities of being a […]

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Optimize Your Shop for Etsy Browse

browse

Last October, Etsy changes the way buyers search for items by introducing “Browse.” Now when buyers visit Etsy to find items they are looking for in a more user-friendly manner – for example, if you are looking for gift ideas for this upcoming Valentine’s day, you can click on Gift Ideas or Valentine and then […]

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Handmade Business 2012 Success Tips

RegrowRoots

2012 is almost over and most of the online businesses are finished taking orders for the holiday. Holiday season is the busiest time of the year for most retail businesses and while it may be too soon to evaluate what business strategies worked this year, it’s easy to tell what was the most important decision […]

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Home Stretch

This is my last post for 2012, it’s been a great year. Thank you all for reading all my posts and rants. The holiday season is almost over we are in the final home stretch.  I know that most of us are up to our ears in family activities, shop orders and all the other […]

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Take Notes this Busy Holiday Season

The holiday season has everyone running for the finish line.  We are creating last minute products, filling orders, and rushing to get everything done.  In between, we work on preparing for our own holiday traditions. During this busy season, I know I should start thinking about where I want to take my shop and my […]

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