{Business Tips} Inventory Overload?

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As 2011 winds to a close, we begin to think about starting 2012 with a clean slate and fresh outlook.  We optimistically envision 2012 to kick off with our business organized, focused and poised for success.  Yet, with a couple months of 2011 remaining, many of us see some of our inventory that we would [...]

{Business Tips} Marketing Strategy – Kick Starting Your 2012 Plan

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I know.  It’s October.  You are knee deep in getting your shop ready for the busy holiday season.  You can’t imagine why you would dive into a 2012 plan yet.  However, this is really a great time of year to start collecting information and thinking about changes in your overall strategy for 2012. So, I’ve [...]

{Business Tips} Etsy Photography Tips and Techniques

I find the photography in Etsy shops to be one of the most fascinating elements of branding.  The photos are the key to making an artist’s design “speak” to potential buyers.  Yet, the medium itself is an art form.  There are many sellers on Etsy that specialize in photography and have worked for years to [...]

{Business Tips} from Oprah

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I am not a person who can claim that they have watched all 4,561 amazing episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show, nor would I ever attempt it at this point. However, the last episode of this American syndicated talk show had me scrambling for a pen; afraid I might miss her little pearls of wisdom. The woman is a [...]

{Business Tips} Budget – Time is as Important as Money

Time Flies - Flock of Birds Pillow by Ekofabrik

Grasshopper Mandala Record Clock by EyePopArt As business owners, when we hear “budget” we automatically think about money.  We balance the books and ensure that we are not overspending.  Marketing opportunities hit our mailboxes and in-boxes.  We diligently evaluate each one and determine if the benefits to our business are worth the financial investment. What I’ve [...]