Great Ideas: How to Grow Your Business

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Sometimes it’s hard to find the best small business ideas. Not all business strategies are geared towards the small business owner, and discovering your options can be an overwhelming process. We know many small business owners have a specific question on their minds: how to grow your business? So, we’ve put together a brief list […]

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Advice for Selling Jewelry: 5 Ways To Stand Out In A Crowded Marketplace

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If you are a craft artist who makes and sells jewelry, you face some stiff competition. The craft fair scene and online retail space is crowded with tons of other handmade jewelry sellers, not to mention all of the mass-manufactured jewelry and high-end luxury jewelry brands out there. Many juried craft shows even put a […]

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Etsy Interview Series: Meet Sadie Solomon

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Welcome to our fairly new Etsy Interview Series! After attending Renegade Craft Fair Chicago in December 2014, I just HAD to get to know some of the wonderful designers! Lucky for you, I’ve spoken with many designers, Etsy shop owners, handmade business owners and more. Get ready to learn from the best folks! Today we […]

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Small Business Saturday: LuRu Home

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Welcome to Small Business Saturday, a new feature here on CreativeIncome. We recently got to talk to Claire Russo and Liza Serratore from LuRu Home about their business. These women founded LuRu Home in 2010 and have since become the ultimate authority on Nankeen dyeing. Nankeen dyeing is a traditional Chinese indigo hand-print process dating back 3,000 […]

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Small Business Saturday: Realm

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Welcome to Small Business Saturday, a new feature here on CreativeIncome. This Saturday, we are featuring Realm, a handmade textile brand created by Vanessa Crook. I chatted with Vanessa about her design process, what it’s like to run an online shop, and her love for textile arts. Q: What’s the first item you ever designed? A: I […]

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Should You Be Using Item Numbers When Labeling Handmade Products?

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A few months ago, I did a wholesale show with a group of wonderful ladies. One benefit to exhibiting in this group was that we could take orders for each other if someone stepped away. While we looked at each other’s items to get a feel for the different product lines, one of my booth […]

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How To Deal with a Difficult Customer

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The dreaded difficult customer. We’ve all had {or will have} one at some point. If you haven’t experienced this pitfall yet I’m sure you can imagine the heart-stopping moment when you spy the product review that tarnishes your perfect track record. Those 5 beautiful, golden stars are blemished for all eternity {or so you believe}. […]

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Labor of Love: How to Price Your Handmade Items

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So, you’ve got your shop name. And, your banner is looking pretty good, if you say so yourself.   Your first product is all finished and you’re ready to list it in your online shop. Titles, tags? Check. Check. Aw shucks! You still have to charge for this item! This, being the labor of love that, […]

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Meet Tami Gagne of Peanut Envy

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I just love interviewing bloggers and business owners! It’s always amazing to get a new outlook on the crafty business world from someone who is experiencing all of the same trials and tribulations. Today we get to see just what it’s like to own an online shop by getting to know Tamera from Peanut Envy. […]

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7 Tips for Better Product Descriptions

The reason we get into business is to sell goods, right? However, as you and I both know, there’s a whole lot of other stuff that goes into running a creative business, including writing product descriptions for our online shops. Do your homework: Read, read and read some more. Cruise through Etsy, Ebay, Artfire and […]

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