Friday , 24 October 2014

Small Business Tips

15 Holiday Promotion Ideas

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The holiday shopping season is upon us. You now have less than 2 months ’til the big day, and even less than that if you are considering the crafting and shipping times in-between. That means, if you want to make sure your products are at the forefront of your customers’ minds, you’ll need to push some clever promotions to tip ... Read More »

Want lower PayPal fees in 2 minutes? Here’s how.


Want lower PayPal fees in 2 minutes?  Here’s how. Jason Malinak of JJMFinance here and I’ve got a quick exercise for you to perform. PayPal typically charges you 30 cents per transaction plus 2.9% of the value of the sale.  There is a way you can lower this fee to 30 cents + only 2.5%, 2.2% or 1.9%!  Say what!?!?!?  ... Read More »

Craving visibility? 7 ways to get seen this season

Craving visibility? 7 ways to get seen this season The buzz over the holidays has begun and you are about to enter the best time of year to be a handmade business. As more people crave shopping local and buying smaller what you do becomes increasingly important. But this is also a time to rev up for next year with ... Read More »

Here’s the Simple Formula For Success

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Welcome to part four of my success series! It started when I asked you to research your best life: First, you made a list to help you figure out what you want. Next, you created a list of all the things you didn’t like about the way your present life is unfolding. Last week, you made note of everything you ... Read More »

“Your Handmade Business Foundation” for success and more sales

Hi, I’m Mei (‘may’) Pak, the Pragmatic Designer. I’m your practical problem solver, and I’m here to help you create a happier, abundant and fun business! I specialize in helping handmade businesses like yours. I once started out at zero sales, and now make six figure sales a year selling my handmade jewelry. I’m a maker, artist and designer, just ... Read More »

How to Work From Home and Stay Productive


Today, I wanted to share some of my best tips for staying productive when you work from home. The more comfortable you get with working at home, the more tempting it can be to procrastinate and become really unstructured with your days. These are some tips that keep me organized and efficient. As always, these are just some things that ... Read More »

Make more-better-faster! Tips to Increase Productivity in the Studio

  The summer craft show season is fast approaching and for many of you that means replenishing inventory. Here are a few tips for streamlining your production that you can use this summer and all the way through the busy holiday season. Spring is a great time to reorganize and rethink your workspace. Arranging materials in the order that you ... Read More »

Half Off Handmadeology Ad Spaces

Half OFF Handmadeology 3 month ad space packages!!! ( we are also giving you a special social media blast with each 3 month package purchased!)  2014 has been an amazing year of growth so far for us. In the first half of the year we have seen over 6 million page views over on the blog, and our fan page ... Read More »

Pricing For Time Intensive Handmade Items

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  Article by: Honey’s Quilling If you are like me you have read dozens of articles, posts, and comments on how to price your handcrafted items. And if you are like me you have been confused more often than not. The number one thing I have learned is that there is not one single formula that will give everyone the ... Read More »

4 Keys to Creating more FREEDOM in Your Jewelry Business

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Are you feeling burnt out, stressed out, overworked and underpaid? Not sure how to break the cycle? Watch this FREE training ASAP and learn how to create FREEDOM in your business and in your life. Join me tomorrow as I host a FREE webinar with Tracy and Robin from Flourish and Thrive. GET REGISTERED HERE Make sure you register even ... Read More »

Harnessing the Power of Emotion for the Creative Business

  Harnessing the Power of Emotion for the Creative Business One of the most powerful ways for a brand to connect with its audience is by emotion. Creative business owners often have a leg up over larger, more established brands when it comes to emotional connection, because we are by nature, intensely passionate about what we do….right to our very ... Read More »

Learn How Etsy Featured Seller Jeanne Connolly of Vintage Renewal Successfully Uses Etsy and Indiemade

Here is an interview with Jennifer from Indiemade and Jeanne Connolly the current featured Etsy seller. Etsy gives new and established indie designers an unparalleled opportunity to market and promote their wares.  Etsy was the first handmade marketplace of its kind, it offers a real community for lone indie crafters and has made it possible for thousands of artists to ... Read More »

Biz Control Bootcamp

When I had my handbag company, I realized that getting products to celebrities seemed like a sure way to get into magazines and to get more sales. I didn’t really know what to do, so I started calling managers and publicists who handled the celebs. They were remarkably receptive and I sent my bags to famous gals like Kristin Davis, ... Read More »

The Breakdown of Branding Your Creative Business

Article by:  Jacqueline Jewelry Branding is like a person’s fingerprint, showing your customers how your business is distinctive from the competition. It involves creating an image for your company that reflects your style and your goals in a way that appeals to your targeted customers. As you develop your brand the key is to identify and describe your business in ... Read More »

Get Your Creative Business Organized – 3 Part Video Series

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Get Your Creative Business Organized – 3 Part Video Series So how organized are you? In my first of three free videos, I show you how to get organized and not feel totally overwhelmed and actually get things done to make more money, feel more successful and get your product into more stores.  2014 is the year to finally take ... Read More »