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Jan 14, 2019

Visual Merchandising Tips for Craft Show Displays

Habit Visual Merchandising Tips for Craft Show Displays6 tested visual merchandising tip you can use to boost sales at craft shows. Big retailers use these tested strategies to entice customers to shop more, and you can use them in your own craft booth, too.

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Jan 12, 2019

Habit Management Strategies to Accomplish More in Less Time

Habit Management Strategies to Accomplish More in Less TimeHabits have an immense impact on your life. Those little tasks you do (or don't do) every day may not seem very consequential on any given day. But when you add up those small, consistent actions over time, they can turn into huge achievements.

Here's the first resource I found that really helped me to actively cultivate better habits that help to accomplish more and reach my goals.

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Jan 11, 2019

Effective Work Habits to Help You Grow Your Craft Business

Effective Work Habits to Help You Grow Your Craft BusinessWould you believe a full 40-45% of our daily actions are done out of habit?

That number shocked me, but it's backed up by scientific studies. And if 45% of our day is habit, that means, if we consciously develop helpful, productive habits, we can get almost half of our day right automatically.

Here's how to make your habits work for you, so you can achieve your goals this year.

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Jan 10, 2019

The Best Time Management Books

The Best Time Management BooksThere are a lot of terrible time management books out there.

Believe me, I've read them all. Too many of them depend on strategies that are only doable if you have total control of your time.

Good grief!

If I had total control of my time, I wouldn't need a time management book in the first place!

There are a few great books out there, though, that have really helped me to accomplish more and thrive.

These books meet you where you are rather than forcing inflexible schedules on you. They present strategies that can work with almost any type of lifestyle and work schedule, and in one way or another, they have all changed my life.

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Jan 09, 2019

Better Time Management Habits

Better Time Management HabitsFive time management habits that actually work!

Learn how the most productive people work, and apply these five completely do-able strategies to your own work routines to get more done in 2019.

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Jan 08, 2019

Trending Crafts That Will Sell Well in 2019

Trending Crafts That Will Sell Well in 2019What crafts will sell well in 2019?

I have the trend reports, interpreted for craft business owners, so you can create products that are in demand and on trend.

Don't get stuck with a booth full of yesterday's foxes and unicorns when all of your customers are looking for llamas and sloths!

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Jan 07, 2019

Better Habit Management = Better Goal Achievement

Better Habit ManagementWant to really achieve your business goals in 2019? Forget about resolutions and white-knuckle willpower.

The smart way to achieve your goals is through better habit management.

Actively cultivate a set of habits that truly support your goals, and you'll be on your way to big accomplishments in 2019.

This week on the Craft Business Challenge, I'll share my favorite strategies for cultivating better work habits to accomplish more.

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Dec 15, 2018

How to Research Your Craft Business Competition

How to Research Your Craft Business CompetitionCheck out the competition before you launch your product. Use these strategies to discover what the competition is doing and how you can make your product more competitive.

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Dec 14, 2018

Test Your Craft Business Product Idea

Test Your Craft Business Product IdeaHow to create a prototype for your craft business product idea and test it to improve your product and boost your chance for success.

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Dec 13, 2018

How to Assess Business Ideas & Find the Most Promising Opportunities

Better Business CollaborationsHow to assess business ideas, toss out ones that won't work, and focus on developing a well-conceived craft business idea with a real chance for success.

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Dec 10, 2018

Handmade Product Development

Better Business CollaborationsThis week on the Craft Business Challenge: How to develop a better product.

We'll look at a three part series that shows you how to research and develop a product that has a better chancellor success. Learn how to find and fix flaws, develop a prototype, test your product, and use information from your competition to create a better product.

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Dec 09, 2018

Better Business Collaborations

Better Business CollaborationsYou've been approached by another business owner who wants to collaborate with you on a project. Is this partnership a big opportunity to grow your business, or might it end up being a colossal waste of your time?

Will you say yes?

Here's how I assess partnership proposals to decide if I want to commit my time to a project.

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Dec 08, 2018

Measuring New Project Benefits and Risks

Starting a new business project can mean you're taking on risk. Even if you're not risking a lot of money, you may be risking your time, which is also extremely valuable.

Before you dive into a new business project, ask these 5 questions to determine if a new business project is worth the commitment of your time and money.

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Dec 07, 2018

Setting Priorities to Accomplish More by Doing Less

Setting Priorities to Do Less BetterTime management gurus like to tell us how to cram more into our day. But, what if the answer isn't cramming in more? What if the real answer to feeling like you're thriving is to accomplish more by doing less?

Here's how your business can thrive while you do less and save time for other priorities.

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Dec 06, 2018

Do Effective Things Well

Do Effective Things WellToo many ideas, not enough time. That's how I often feel. I'll admit, it's one of my biggest weaknesses when it comes to running a business. Taming my tendency to jump from one project to another is my goal for the coming year. Here's how I plan to tackle this big challenge.

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Dec 05, 2018

How to Assess Business Ideas & Find the Most Promising Opportunities

How to Assess Business Ideas & Find the Most Promising OpportunitiesHow to assess business ideas, toss out ones that won't work, and focus on developing a well-conceived craft business idea with a real chance for success.

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Dec 05, 2018

Craft Booth Color

Craft Booth ColorEffective use of color is an affordable way to make your craft booth more inviting. These 6 craft displays show you how to use color effectively in your own booth.

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Dec 03, 2018

Stop Wasting Your Most Precious Resource

Stop Wasting Your Most Precious ResourceIt's crucial that you spend your resources wisely. As a solopreneur, there's no resource more precious than your time. Yet, many of us waste that precious time to save a few dollars, or because we decide to work on projects that don't have a lot of potential return on the time spent.

This week on the Craft Business Challenge I have 4 articles that will challenge you to rethink how you use and value your precious time.

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Nov 30, 2018

Dazzling Retail Jewelry Displays

Dazzling Retail Jewelry DisplaysThe retail jewelry displays in this indie shop are some of my all-time favorite displays - and I have looked at a lot of jewelry displays! These ideas are perfect for showing your jewelry in a retail shop, but they are also portable enough to use in your craft booth.

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Nov 28, 2018

12 Retail Display Design Photos

12 Retail Display Design Photos12 beautiful retail display design ideas perfect for displaying crafts in indie shops and portable enough to use at craft shows.

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Nov 27, 2018

Retail Display Solutions for Your Craft Show Booth Dilemmas

Retail Display SolutionsThis week on the Craft Business Challenge: I have oodles of photos of gorgeous displays in indie retail shops. For those who sell at craft shows, these display ideas are portable enough to use in a craft display booth. Plus, I'm also sharing photos of 6 craft booths that do a spectacular job of using color to make an impact. Color is a low-cost, high-impact way to make your displays more effective. Read on to see how to use color to make an impact with your own craft display.

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Nov 24, 2018

How to Price Crafts and Things You Make to Sell

How to Price Crafts and Things You Make to SellDiscover how to price crafts for profit. Learn how to thoroughly assess your costs, consider how the competition's prices impact your business, discover how to raise the perceived value and decreasing costs to increase profits.

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Nov 23, 2018

Pricing Crafts to Address All of Your Costs

Pricing Crafts to Address All of Your CostsPricing crafts can be tricky business. To be profitable, you need to be sure you've factored in all of your costs. Here's how to ensure you've accounted for all of your costs in your product prices.

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Nov 22, 2018

Separate Craft Pricing Decisions From Your Emotions

Price your crafts logically, and not emotionallyPrice your crafts logically and profitable, not emotionally. Discover how to use a craft pricing strategy that is objective and based on business goals and eliminates emotion when you set your prices.

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Nov 21, 2018

Price Your Crafts to Match Your Business Goals

How to Price Your CraftsDiscover how to price your crafts to meet your business goals. Your product pricing has a bigger impact on the direction of your business than you might think. Here's how to price your crafts to grow the type of business you really want.

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Nov 20, 2018

Craft Pricing Formula and Downloadable Calculator

Craft Pricing FormulaThis craft pricing formula shows you how to price your craft for profit. Plus, download a free craft pricing calculator to apply the formula to your own products.

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Nov 19, 2018

How to Price Your Products

How to Price Your ProductsHow to price your products intelligently for a profitable craft business. Learn popular theories on product pricing, and calculate retail and wholesale prices for your handmade items with a free, downloadable craft pricing calculator.

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Nov 17, 2018

Smarter Instagram Hashtags

Instagram FollowersThese 6 simple steps will help you find better hashtags for Instagram and boost your social media visibility.

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Nov 16, 2018

Get Found on Instagram Search

Instagram FollowersDevelop a better understanding of how Instagram search works, so you can boost your chances of being found and grow your presence on Instagram.

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Nov 15, 2018

Get More Instagram Followers

Instagram FollowersWant to grow your Instagram following? Here's how to get more Instagram followers without using spammy tricks that could put your account at risk.

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Nov 14, 2018

Is Instagram Marketing Right For Your Business?

Instagram MarketingIs Instagram marketing really right for your craft business? Here's how to find out whether it's worth your precious and limited time to develop an engaged following on Instagram.

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Nov 13, 2018

Instagram Business Marketing

Instagram Business MarketingDiscover how to promote your business on Instagram.

Instagram marketing is a natural fit for many craft businesses. The platform is highly visual, providing excellent opportunities to show off your handmade products.

But, is Instagram marketing right for your business? And how do you get started building a presence on Instagram? That's what we'll explore this week on the Craft Business Challenge.

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Nov 02, 2018

Retail Market Trends - Christmas Holiday Shopping Data and Predictions for 2018

Sell More Crafts this ChristmasA study of retail market trends shows you when shoppers plan to start their holiday shopping. Discover the biggest in-store and online retail days, so you can plan your promotions in time to sell more crafts this Christmas season.

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Oct 30, 2018

Holiday Retail Industry Trends 2018

Retail Industry TrendsThis week, I've spent hours working through holiday retail sales statistics so you don't have to. Want to know what Christmas shoppers are looking for in 2018, so you can market your products more effectively? It's all right here...

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Oct 24, 2018

Best Selling Christmas Crafts

Best Selling Christmas CraftsHow do you find out what will be the best selling Christmas crafts this year? There's limited data published on the craft industry. There's definitely no information specifically about holiday craft sales.

We need to use some research and ingenuity to determine what customers are looking for this holiday season. Retail holiday shopping surveys and trend predictions provide plenty of useable information craft professionals can apply to holiday sales strategies.

I've spent hours pouring over holiday shopper surveys and statistics so you don't have to. Find out what shoppers are looking for this holiday season.

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Oct 11, 2018

DIY Halloween Costumes

DIY Halloween CostumesTime for some fun with 50+ DIY Halloween costumes from fabulous designers on Etsy. Get yourself, your kids, and even you dog and cat ready to trick or treating with these clever costumes to sew, knit, or crochet.

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Oct 01, 2018

More Christmas Craft Fair Ideas!

Holiday Bazaar DisplaysHere are even more photos featuring craft booths at Christmas shows. Get your own display ready for the busy holiday season with these ideas.

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Oct 01, 2018

Christmas Craft Fair Ideas

Christmas Craft Fair IdeasChristmas craft show season is almost upon us. Don't worry! You still have time to get your booth ready for the holiday season. Here are plenty of photos of craft booths at Christmas shows to help you spruce up your own display.

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Sep 28, 2018

Christmas Craft Fair Displays

Christmas Craft Fair Ideas10 photos of craft booths all dressed up for Christmas. Whether you want to add a full-sized tree, or just a little garland to your booth, you'll find ideas for decorating your own display for the holiday season here.

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Sep 26, 2018

Sewing Booth Ideas for Craft Shows With 3 Fantastic Photos

Sewing Booth DisplayI have 3 fantastic new sewing booth photos thanks to reader, Theresa, from Seams Like Monet. Theresa has generously has shared 3 photos of her gorgeous sewing booth. Plus, she describes the decisions she made to create a craft booth that is both attractive and functional.

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Sep 19, 2018

Pottery on Display

Pottery on DisplayCheck out this pottery on display. Plenty of photos to help you plan your own craft booth. Click the link below to see all 6 photos.

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Sep 17, 2018

Get Ready for Christmas Craft Show Season

Get Ready for Christmas Craft Show SeasonGet ready for Christmas craft shows with gorgeous holiday display ideas and printable signs for your Christmas craft booth.

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Sep 14, 2018

Email Marketing Basics for Your Craft Business

Email Marketing Basics for Your Craft BusinessEmail marketing basics series for craft business owners shows you how to build a newsletter mailing list that can boost your sales and give you an advantage over your competition.

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Sep 14, 2018

Email Marketing Basics for Your Craft Business

Email Marketing Basics for Your Craft BusinessEmail marketing basics series for craft business owners shows you how to build a newsletter mailing list that can boost your sales and give you an advantage over your competition.

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Sep 12, 2018

Pottery Displays

Pottery Displays6 photos of pottery displays showcasing a variety of styles from elegant to casual.

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Sep 10, 2018

Email Marketing for Beginners

Email Marketing for BeginnersThis week on the Craft Business Challenge: Learn how to start a business newsletter and promote your creative business with email marketing. Plus, discover how to protect your business name online.

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Sep 06, 2018

Soap Display Pictures

Soap and Jewelry Booth Displays5 fantastic photos of soap displays showing clever solutions for displaying handmade soap at craft shows.

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Sep 04, 2018

Soap and Jewelry Booth Displays

Soap and Jewelry Booth DisplaysThis week on the Craft Business Challenge: Loads of soap & jewelry booth displays, plus portable shelves for your craft booth.

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Aug 29, 2018

Jewelry Booth Display Ideas

Jewelry Booth Display IdeasThere are plenty of jewelry display ideas you can take away from this booth. Check out 4 photos of a marvellous booth at an outdoor show.

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