Posts made in September, 2012

Advertising: Is it worth it?

Advertising is a way to take your Etsy, crafty, or creative business to the next level, but when you are just starting out, it can be difficult and overwhelming to figure out how much you should pay for it. How do you know if it’s effective? How do you know if it’s worth the cost?

Let’s walk through figuring out how much advertising is worth to you

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I know it’s only mid-September, but all you Etsy sellers and makers out there know: now begins the holiday scramble. There are craft fairs and holiday rushes to prepare for. Not to mention your own holiday travel plans, meal preparations, gift buying. I’m exhausted just thinking about it; how about you?

Take a deep breath, count to ten, and let’s make a plan.

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Calendars for your Handmade Office

Calendars for your Handmade Office

Posted By on Sep 12, 2012

Doesn't this desk calendar from bomobob on Etsy just make you feel so joyful?

When I first joined a CSA, I remember feeling so good about the fact that I was living my values.

As a handmade entrepreneur, you are living your values by creating an authentic business for yourself. But are you supporting other creative businesses?

It’s easy to scrimp and save when bootstrapping our Etsy shop or other new opportunity, but it’s also important not to do that at the expensive of the values you are trying to create in the world. Do you want others to pay a bit more for a handmade item? Then you should be willing to also.

One thing a lot of crafty businesses have in common is the desire to control your time — how you schedule it, what you do with it, how much you have left after finishing work. So what better way to start incorporating handmade into your business then with calendars? Everyone needs a calendar — they can help you set goals, organize your schedule, and keep notes. Did I mention they can also be beautiful and inspirational?

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