There are many creative people that make LOTS of money blogging and you may not realize that bloggers actually can be paid to write their posts or market products. In fact many online content writers have traded their archaic title ‘Blogger’ in for a the new title ‘Influence Marketer’ because that is truly what blogging is all about. Here’s how it works: Bloggers build a following or … [Read more...] about Makers Making Money – #5 Influence Marketing!
Of all the ways that Makers can make a living in a creative industry, providing service to others doesn’t just give you a career – it makes you feel helpful. For me, a driving force in being a business owner has always been to help people. Truth be told, I’m a horrible sales person but when it comes to finding solutions for other people’s problems – that’s where my heart is. If you’re the … [Read more...] about Makers Making Money – #4 Providing Creative Services!
Have you ever dreamed of writing a book, designing your own patterns or creating your own line of fabric? If so, you’re in luck – because these are great ways that Makers Make Money! What is Intellectual Property? Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce – and it’s a … [Read more...] about Makers Making Money – #3 Creating Intellectual Property!
First off, let me say that YES – Selling Handmade can be very profitable, if done right. The Handmade Marketplace is an opportunity for you to create a business that you love - if you set yourself apart from the crowd. I’m by no means an expert in the Handmade Marketplace, but I’ve observed artists that have been wildly successful as well as those that struggle. Here are some of my … [Read more...] about Makers Making Money – #2 Selling More Than Handmade!
I'm sure it won't surprise you at all to know that one of the top 5 ways that Makers actually turn their passion into a profession is through teaching others. I discussed it a lot in the previous section of The Maker's Guide to Making Money so there is no need to re-hash it. Teaching was not only fulfilling for our business, but it was also lucrative. So before you toss aside the idea that you … [Read more...] about Makers Making Money – #1 Educating Others!
I have compiled a list of 23 Absolutely Inspiring Sewing Studios for Creative Entrepreneurs. These studios are top notch! Here are the reasons I've chosen these sewing studios as inspiration for any Creative Entrepreneur looking to open a sewing, cooking, crafting, beading, knitting, etc. studio. Their Websites Rock! No cheesy, thrown together websites here! Each small business owner has … [Read more...] about The 23 Most Inspiring Sewing Studios for Creative Entrepreneurs
Finally, A Comprehensive list of Quality Online Fabric Shops just for you! Quality comes in so many forms. The type of fabric we buy and who we buy it from can make a huge difference to the outcome of our projects AND how we feel about those projects. Quality fabrics are hard to find at 'Big Box Stores", believe me! I've had my share of bleeding textiles or fabrics that fall apart after a … [Read more...] about Where to Buy Quality Fabric Online, The Ultimate Guide!
Have you ever heard of the 80/20 Rule? It’s also known as the Pareto Principle and it basically explains that for many events - 80% of our results come from 20% of our actions. If you're thinking about going into business, the sooner you recognize the 80/20 rule the better. Here are some examples of how the 80/20 rule show itself once you’re in business: Roughly 80% of your results will … [Read more...] about Customer Loyalty ~ The 80/20 Rule for Makers
The dirty little secret about owning a craft, fabric or quilt shop is this – it’s almost impossible to make a livable wage because the margins on fabrics, notions and craft supplies are so small. Most patrons cannot even imagine how hard it is to be profitable and nearly impossible it is to bring home a paycheck – AT ALL. Think about this - When Thread is your biggest seller and you’re only … [Read more...] about The Dirty Little Secret About Owning A Crafty Business
In 2010 my husband and I opened a boutique fabric shop in our neighborhood lovingly named The West Seattle Fabric Company. The Community had recently lost a large, corporate fabric and craft store 2 years prior so there was certainly a need for a convenient place to buy threads, notions and the basics needed for sewing. I personally had a strong desire to create a place that wasn’t fussy but … [Read more...] about Don’t Make the Same Mistakes I Made…PLEASE!