Craft Business News

The latest craft business articles are right here!

Whenever I post new articles or make big updates to older posts, you'll be notified about it on this page.

You'll find links to everything that's fresh and timely, so you can be sure you don't miss a single post.

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Jun 08, 2021

Product Photography Style Guide & PDF Template

How to develop a product photography style guide. Plus, download a free PDF template, so you can create consistent product photos for your brand.

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Jun 08, 2021

Product Photography Style Guide & PDF Template

How to develop a product photography style guide. Plus, download a free PDF template, so you can create consistent product photos for your brand.

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May 19, 2021

Product Photography Ideas

How to find product photography ideas, and collect and analyze your favorite photos to understand the looks you love. Analyzing great photos in this way will help you develop a distinctive product photo style for your own brand and improve your photography skills.

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May 05, 2021

Camera Settings for Product Photography

Key camera settings for product photography show beginner photographers the basic DSLR camera functions you need to master to take great photos of your crafts.

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Apr 29, 2021

Product Photography Lighting Setup

Product photography lighting setup tutorial for beginners. Three diagrams show you how to set up side lighting, back lighting, and front lighting using simple gear designed for an amateur home photo studio.

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Apr 25, 2021

Light Box Product Photography Tutorial

Light box product photography tutorial. Light tents are affordable and simple to use, which makes them ideal for beginners. This tutorial shows you how to take great product photos of your crafts using this smart lighting solution.

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Apr 21, 2021

Using Natural Light in Photography

Using natural light in product photography. Learn how to photograph your crafts outdoors and in window light with this beginner's guide to setting up a simple and affordable product photography home studio that uses a natural light source.

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Apr 17, 2021

How to Light Product Photography

How to light product photography. Painless product photography lighting techniques for handmade business owners. Learn how to light craft photography with easy lighting setups using affordable gear.

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Apr 13, 2021

12 Product Photography Styling Tips

12 product photography styling tips for handmade business owners. Learn how to use props in product photography to tell your brand's story, show ways to use your product, convey the size of your items, and evoke an emotional response that builds a desire to buy.

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Apr 09, 2021

Photography Composition Tips for Beginners

Product photography composition tips for beginners. 2 simple composition rules and 6 design elements that will improve your craft photography. How to use the rule of thirds and the golden triangle to improve your crafts photography. Plus 6 design elements: line, color, shape, light, texture, and negative space you can use to make your craft photos more compelling.

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Apr 06, 2021

DIY Your Product Photography or Hire a Professional Photographer?

Should you DIY your product photography or hire a pro? There are times when it makes sense to do your own craft photography and times when you need the skill of a professional photographer to get the quality required for the situation. Here's how to decide when it's reasonable to take your own product photos and when it's smart to work with a pro.

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Apr 01, 2021

15 Craft Photography Tips

15-step craft photography guide for beginners. Learn how to photograph your crafts with this simple action plan for beginner photographers.

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Mar 01, 2021

Lifestyle vs Product Photography

Compare lifestyle vs product photography for your craft business, and decide which type of photos you need to sell your handmade products online and apply to juried art shows.

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Dec 04, 2020

Home Office and Craft Room Organization Plan

My 14-step home office and craft room organization action plan will help you turn a messy workspace into a tidy haven for creative productivity. It whipped my chaotic office and craft room into shape - wait 'til you see the before photo! It can help you get your space under control too.

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Nov 05, 2020

Craft Fair Signs - Free Handmade Business Printables

3 free, printable craft fair signs - Post them in your booth to encourage your customers to shop local and support handmade businesses. Plus 5 free, printable "thank you for your purchase" tags to include in your packaging, and 2 cute wall art printables to decorate your home for autumn.

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Oct 23, 2020

9 Halloween Craft Kits for Kids

9 Halloween craft kits for kids make it easy to have some DIY fun with your little ones and your not-so-little ones.

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Oct 23, 2020

Halloween Pumpkin Coloring Pages

5 cute pumpkin coloring pages for adults & kids. Free printable fall coloring sheets you can download for a Halloween party or a fun Thanksgiving activity.

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Oct 22, 2020

Resin Jewelry for Beginners

Resin jewelry making guide for beginners. In-depth tutorial shows you how to make resin jewelry, choose the right supplies, and avoid common problems.

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Oct 19, 2020

Jewelry Resin Guide

Jewelry resin guide for beginners. Everything you need to know to choose the right resin for your craft projects. Plus, other supplies you'll need to start making resin jewelry.

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Oct 08, 2020

Christmas Craft Shows & Online Holiday Shopping

How to prepare your handmade business for Christmas craft shows and online holiday shopping. Holiday retail trends and craft trends to help you predict what your customers want this year, so you can benefit from 2020 Christmas trends.

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Oct 06, 2020

Christmas Shopping Trends for 2020

The 2020 Christmas shopping trends report for craft business owners is out! Learn what holiday shoppers are looking for this year, so you can meet their needs and sell more handmade items.

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Oct 05, 2020

How to Start a Craft Business

Learn how to start a craft business with my favorite business skills courses for creative professionals and craft-based courses to build your artistic skills.

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Aug 04, 2020

Craft Artist Business Plan

Learn how to research seasonal trends in selling handmade products. Then develop a seasonal craft artist business plan, so you can profit from those seasonal opportunities and never miss a deadline.

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Jul 23, 2020

Pinterest Trends Tool: What is it, and How Do I Use it?

The Pinterest Trends tool is a free, simple resource for researching the latest search trends on Pinterest. Let's take a look at what it is, how to use it, and how it can help you market your creative business online.

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Jun 22, 2020

Start Selling Crafts Online

Here's how to start selling crafts online. This 8-step guide shows you what you need to research to create an online craft business with real potential.

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Jun 19, 2020

Business Name Registration

Why registering your craft business name is a smart idea and where to go to start the process.

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Jun 16, 2020

Criteria for Choosing a Business Name

11 criteria for choosing a business name will help you create a cool company name. 6 things to look for and 5 things to avoid when you select a name for your small business.

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Jun 12, 2020

7 Tips for Choosing a Company Name

Choosing a company name is an easier task when you have a clear process in place. Use these 7 tips to keep yourself focused while you select a name for your new company.

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Jun 09, 2020

Help Naming a Business

Get help naming a business with loads of free tools and resources.

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Jun 04, 2020

Business Name Ideas

Find catchy business name ideas with these 10 strategies for brainstorming company names.

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Jun 02, 2020

Create a Business Name

There are only 3 ways to create a business name and 3 different types of company names. That's it! Learn how company names are constructed, so you can find a great name for your own company.

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May 29, 2020

Choosing a Blog Name

Choosing a blog name is tricky when all of the good domain names are taken. It is possible to find a name for your online business that's available and affordable, but it takes some creativity and patience. Here's how to create an awesome blog name that isn't already taken.

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May 26, 2020

How to Write a Naming Brief

A naming brief will help you create a clear picture of what you want your company name to communicate to customers. Here's how write a naming brief, plus a printable template to help you get focused before you start brainstorming ideas.

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May 25, 2020

Where to Sell Crafts - Beyond Craft Shows

Wondering where to sell crafts other than art fairs? Here are 12 way to build a creative business and sell your handmade items when you can't sell at craft shows.

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May 22, 2020

Bad Company Names

Bad company names share a few common characteristics. Learn what the worst business names have in common, so you can can avoid a horrible naming fail when you name your own business.

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May 19, 2020

Create a Catchy Company Name

How to create a catchy company name your customers won't forget. Use these 4 strategies to find a clever and memorable business name.

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May 16, 2020

Traits of Good Business Names

Good business names have 6 characteristics in common. Learn what they are, so you can choose a great name for your own new business.

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May 12, 2020

How to Name a Business

Learn how to name a business. This in-depth, 12-part series shows you how to work through the whole process of brainstorming and choosing a great company name from start to finish.

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Apr 01, 2020

Emergency Management Resources for Craft Business Owners

Emergency resources for independent artists & craft business owners. Here's a growing list of resources & organizations working to support artists, handmade business owners, and other creative entrepreneurs & small businesses through times of crisis.

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Jan 28, 2020

How to Start a Craft Business Right

How to start a craft business right. Get tasks like registering your business, checking product labeling requirements, and setting up your books under control with advice from the right local professionals. Here are 15 things to do in February to find the right professional support for your business, and get your business fundamentals in place.

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Jan 06, 2020

Create a Craft Business Plan

Create a practical craft business plan that will set you up for success for the coming year. You don't necessarily need to write a formal business plan - you just need a plan that works for you. Here are 18 things to do in January to help you plan & prepare to achieve your business goals this year.

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Dec 26, 2019

Trending Crafts That Sell Well in 2020

What crafts are trending for 2020 and will sell well in the upcoming year? Check out the hottest decor and fashion design trends shoppers at craft shows and on Etsy will be buying in 2020.

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Oct 15, 2019

6 Holiday Craft Show Display Ideas

6 holiday craft show display photos. Easy, affordable Christmas booth ideas for craft business owners who sell at holiday craft fairs and Christmas markets.

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Oct 13, 2019

Christmas Design Trends 2019

Christmas design trends for 2019. Discover what shoppers who love handmade will be buying this holiday season.

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Oct 11, 2019

DIY Christmas Trends Trending Crafts to Sell for the 2019 Holiday Season

Etsy's DIY Christmas trends report for 2019 has been released just in time the holiday sales season. Want to modernize your holiday craft show display with the latest trend or add a few on-trend products? Check out this report first to discover what shoppers who love handmade are searching for heading into this Christmas season.

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Oct 02, 2019

Christmas Craft Show Display Ideas

Christmas craft show display ideas. 6 brand new photos of holiday craft show booths to help you get your own portable display ready for holiday craft fairs and markets.

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Sep 29, 2019

Craft Displays for Holiday Bazaars

9 photos of craft displays at holiday bazaars. Get your own craft booth ready for Christmas craft shows and markets with these display ideas.

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Sep 23, 2019

Free & Affordable Pinterest Tools

Pinterest tools to market your creative business on a budget. If you're starting a blog or promoting an Etsy shop on Pinterest, and your business budget is tight, you don't need to spend a lot on Pinterest marketing. Here's how you can get the job done for free.

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Sep 23, 2019

How Do Blogs Make Money?

How do blogs make money? If you're thinking of starting a blog, you'll need to plan out some monetization options. Here are 6 ways savvy beginner and more established bloggers make money.

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