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Handing Out Wisdom

Comic Lily Tomlin once observed that society couldn’t function if we all grew up to be what we dreamed of as children: ''Imagine a world populated by nothing but nurses and ballerinas, firemen and cowboys! Who would pick up the trash?'' That wry...

Pushing the Boundaries

Jerry Moran calls himself an ordinary guy, a former Marine who's spent his career building, refurbishing, and repurposing both commercial and military aircraft. His jewelry line, however, is no ordinary jewelry collection. As Moran explains, ''It...

Starting a Business Based on Facts, Not Fantasy

Learn one of the most prominent reasons why artisan businesses fail or succeed. It all comes down to whether the artist created a business plan before taking the plunge.

Calico Juno Designs: Simple Steps to Success

Calico Juno Designs, a handcrafted gemstone jewelry business, got started in late 2002 when Bonnie Riconda discovered a bead store and fell in love with all the colors of the stones. With a few cheap beads and wire, she experimented and came up with...

Solve the Pricing Mystery

It's easy for handmade entrepreneurs to get caught up in a pricing quandary. Are my prices too high, too low, and how do I know if they're just right? What's the magic formula? While there is no one perfect answer, there are ways to pick apart the...

"Do me a favor ... don't show me any more hats."

That's a line from one of my all-time favorite movies, . When you're self-employed you wear many hats. I forget sometimes that I only have one head, and lately, it's full to capacity! These days in my home-based craft business, I'm the artist, the...

Business Tips A to Z

The mission of is to inform, instruct, and inspire both the beginning and the established professional craftsperson and crafts retailer. Here are some of the best insights from this past year. New designs are really key to driving sales. I have a...

Traditional Handmade VS Fair Trade Handmade

First, handmade is handmade whether it's made in Ghana, Peru, China, or the United States. It's the hands that count. Traditional handmade is a new term for me. Traditional could mean an item was made using long-established techniques that are heavy...

Ignite Your Image with Instagram

Vanessa Lauria creates handwoven accessories and scarves under the name Pidge Pidge. She's been in business for ten years and said, "My goal is to make beautiful one-of-a-kind art that you can wear." Lauria's Instagram (@hellopidgepidge) is a...

It's a Wide, Wide World!

Getting going can be expensive; it's essential to not compromise quality now, or ever, in your career. You'll be faced with the cost of the classes where you'll learn your skills, and then there are tools and space to pay for. Typically all of this...

Conquer the Social Media Movement

Artists and craftspeople are constantly bombarded with advice on how to improve their social media presence, but how do you know exactly what to follow? Social media platforms are ever-changing their algorithms, making it very difficult for the...

The Legal Side of Consignment

Sometimes you need to take extra steps in order to keep you and your artwork safe when it comes to dealing with dealers. This is where artist-dealer consignment laws come into play.

Jewelry-Making: A Most Recession-Proof Business

Want to know a secret? The jewelry-making business is one of the most recession-proof businesses there is. When the economy goes into recession, people seek entertainment, but they also look for security by investing in items of value and beauty...

Feeling Overwhelmed

Feeling like everything is crashing around you can lead to major issues for you and your business. Learn a few tips to help reduce these feelings in your life.

Business Considerations for Craftspeople

When a hobby becomes a business, the new entrepreneur is forced to consider a lot of things that didn't seem important before. Craftspeople are particularly plagued with this reality, because too many of them forget that it takes more than just a...

Guerilla Marketing Tactics that Work

Guerrilla marketing is a disruptive way to get your message out there without going broke doing it. Writer, Laura Fitch offers tips to guide small business owners in the art of going guerrilla.

8 Proven Ways to Sell Your Craft

So you've created a beautiful craft and now you want to sell it. Congratulations! You've taken the first step from being a hobbyist to being a business owner. But selling your crafts is much more than just throwing your product on a shelf at a craft...

Guiding Tools for Your Business

Donald Clark, author of Making a Living in Crafts, says. "A business plan is an essential tool to guide you when planning a new business." This article explains why.

7 Administrative Essentials You Need to Succeed

Being a craftsperson and starting a craft business means having the opportunity to utilize all your wonderful talents. It means making money from your creative gifts and experiencing the joy of knowing people truly appreciate your art. In short,...

Take Better Jewelry Shots

When my book, "Photographing Arts, Crafts and Collectibles" (Lark Publishing, 2008) came out, it received lots of positive reviews on Amazon. But there was one less-than-positive comment and it has stuck with me over the years. It read, "I am a...
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