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Why I don’t Haggle for Handmade

After having been in the biz (the online craft-selling biz, that is) for a while now, I’ve had my fare share of people haggling with me. It usually goes along the lines of an e-mail or convo that says lovely things about my work (no complaint there!) and then...

Outsourcing – is it still the same?

There may come a time in your business where it all starts to pile up – you’ve got orders to make, wholesalers to stock, blogging to do, promotion and e-mails… and time is getting away from you. I know I feel this way sometimes, trying to keep on top...

An Ode to our Customers

To every single person who makes the choice to buy handmade… Thank you. Thank you for choosing to send your money directly to the maker. Thank you for choosing to buy fair-trade, non-sweatshop goods. Thank you for valuing the unique. Thank you for re-investing...

Working at my Craft. That is all.

There’s been a bit of a buzz around the craft interwebs about this site – This is Handmade. One big discussion has been happening over here on Crafting an MBA. I was interested to see the negative reactions to the site – I was quite amused when I...

What’s your ‘Core Business’?

Sometimes, amongst all the promotion, e-mails, blogging, and the like – we can lose focus on our core business. Ask Yourself: What is your core business? If you are a crafter, then your core business is your craft. If you are an artist, then your core business...