Do you want to build your craft business, but you feel there's always too much to keep track of?
If you're anything like me, you worry about missing important dates and struggle to stay one step ahead of the seasonal nature of the business. The Weekly Craft Business Challenge will help you stay on top of all of that.
It's important to be working on the right things at the right times:
These things can sneak up on you if you don't have some gentle reminders in place.
Each week I'll publish a new set of craft business tips - timely reminders of things you should be thinking of or working on in that moment.
Did you remember to find the application deadlines for craft shows and studio tours that interest you? I'll remind you in January.
How's your booth looking? I'll send you craft booth inspiration in the spring and summer when you need to create or spruce up your display.
Start any time you like. I'll post updates once a week, every week. You can jump in whenever you're ready. You don't have to wait until the beginning of the year to get started.
Each week, I'll post a new set of reminders here, on the website.
It's tough to remember to check a website every week, so I'll also send the reminders out each week as part of the newsletter I publish for this site. You can sign up to receive the free Weekly Craft Business Challenge reminders, as well as other craft business tips and news in your inbox by completing the form below.
Below is a list of all of the craft business challenges. I'll add to the list each week. You can come back to review any of the challenges whenever you like.
Start the year off right by committing to better goals. If you're going to launch the new year with new goals, they ought to be ones that will actually move your business and your life in the direction you want. Don't waste time with ineffective goals. Here's how to set better goals.
Your habits play a huge role in your outcomes. Many of those goals and resolutions you've set for the upcoming year are largely dependent on developing habits of daily doing little bits of work that slowly, incrementally build to a larger achievement. This week, we'll look at how to cultivate more helpful habits to support your business and personal goals
Do you have your applications ready for this year's craft shows? If you haven't already started to think about them, it's time to get moving. This week we have loads of tips to help you make the best impression with your juried art show applications.
Resources to help you get better product shots for applying to juried art shows, selling your crafts online, and sharing on social media.
You can't do it all, so prioritizing certain projects and goals, while letting others go is essential. Here are lessons I've learned about how to choose what to keep, and how to let go of the rest.
Whether you need to edit photos for craft show applications, your online shop, or social media posts, there's a photo editing tool that will fit your needs and your budget. This week we look at image editing software and apps to get your images looking great.
When naming your craft business, not only do you need to consider finding a name that's the right fit, but also, confirming you've covered your bases legally, and ensuring you protect your ownership of that name online. Here's how to get started naming your business.
You can't be all things to all people, but if you narrow your focus to a group of customers that you can serve spectacularly well, then you have something you can work with. Here's what you need to know to focus your efforts and apply niche marketing concepts to your own business.
Here are plenty of photos of clever jewelry display ideas to help with your own display design. There's everything from commercially available stands to DIY displays.
Plus, do you need to buy a craft tent for the upcoming season? I've compiled everything I know about buying a portable canopy for craft shows to help you do your research and make the right choice to your needs.
16 accessories booth photos, a helpful tool to make choosing the right craft tent much easier, and 6 tips to help you make the most of your next craft show.
Spring studio tours are just around the corner. Here's how to prepare to make the most of your day if you're participating in your local art studio tour.
Plus, how to banish distractions from your working hours so you can focus deeply on your most challenging and valuable projects.
This week we focus on preparing for craft shows with plenty of craft booth lighting photos and resources to get your display in top shape, a craft show packing list, so you don't forget anything, and shade options for irregularly shaped outdoor booth spaces.
Pinterest provides an excellent opportunity for craft business owners who want to promote and sell their crafts online. This week, we'll look at the first 5 articles in my new Pinterest business marketing series, so you can start taking advantage of this excellent strategy for bringing traffic to your website or online shop.
Get your craft booth looking great with inspiration from these 18 craft booth photos. Plus, check out a very popular craft tent, and learn how to make your website irresistible to pinners on Pinterest.
If you promote your craft business online, you need to be active on social media. This week, we look at how to promote your business on Instagram, whether Pinterest is the right marketing venue for your business, and how to take great photos and write persuasive copy.
Do you feel the standard rules of good craft booth design don't work for your product or your booth space? Here are ways to break the rules and still create an effective display.
This week we'll focus on promoting your business and managing your resources intelligently. Plus we'll continue work on getting ready for craft shows.
It's getting to be that time of year - craft show season. I've dedicated this week to sharing 34 craft display photos. There are a variety of display types, and lighting ideas. Plus, plenty of information to make sure your craft tent is properly weighted and secured, so you can avoid craft show disaster.
This week I share the single most important resource I use to build an online business, a simple tool to give you peace of mind when packing for a craft show, 11 clothing booth photos, and tips to help you avoid a mistake I made when I was getting started.
In this three-part product development series: Discover how to assess your business ideas, choose the product idea with the best potential for success, test your concept, and learn from your competition.
Those who do shows are about to dive deep into summer craft show season and many are putting together their displays. This first week of June, we'll focus on getting your booth in shape.
There are two new articles with 9 new booth photos. You'll discover booths that entice shoppers to buy by letting them imagine how a product will improve their lives, and deceptively simple looking booths that let the product shine.
You'll also see the 4 most common booth layouts and assess the pros and cons of each setup, and checkout 14 booths that use portable shelving. Plus discover the tent I chose when I was in the market for a portable canopy.
This week I have tips for those who are getting started selling at craft shows and online.
Discover whether small craft shows are right for your new business. There is a lot that makes small shows attractive to new craft business owners, but there are some drawbacks as well. Weigh the pros and cons of small shows for your yourself. Plus, avoid this big craft tent buying mistake.
For those who want to launch and online business, there are a lot of services that simply don't deliver and end up wasting your time and money. Here are online business building resources I use that are worth your time and money.
Discover how this effective and affordable marketing strategy can build your business. This week, the first three articles in a nine-part series on email marketing.
Dive into part 2 of the email marketing series. This week we look at what to write about in your newsletters, and how often to send mail to your subscribers.
Discover the right company to host your craft business newsletter, then learn how to encourage people to sign up to receive emails from you.
Plus, since we're well into craft show season, this week we'll look at how to choose the right craft tent, and check out some gorgeous glassware and pottery displays.
Make the most of your business newsletter with strategies to encourage more subscribers to read your emails, and information that helps you make informed decisions about your newsletter.
Plus, more craft show display inspiration! Create a booth that is truly functional and meets your needs.
Getting started with social media marketing can feel daunting, but you shouldn't miss out on the huge business benefits social media can create just because you have a little to learn.
This week we look at how to develop a social media marketing plan that's realistic, plus tools to help you create social media optimized images quickly.
Check out these fabulous soap displays. Plus, a popular and affordable craft tent reviewed.
Discover a quick and simple way to find effective hashtags to help you get more visibility on Instagram search. Plus, how to spice up your craft booth with color.
Easy to use, and free (or inexpensive) tools you can use to edit your images for social media, online sales, and craft show applications.
Effective booth signs to help you communicate better with customers at craft shows, and some lovely, clever DIY necklace display stands. Plus, create a fun or spooky costume this year with beautiful Halloween costume patterns from indie designers.
Christmas craft show season will be upon us sooner than you realize. Get your booth ready for the holiday season with inspiration from 20 beautiful Christmas craft show displays.
Jewelry booth displays you can make yourself. Plus, exciting new discoveries about how we learn shows you can develop creative skills you may have never thought possible.
Build a better clothing display with inspiration from these 11 booth photos. Plus exciting new research that shows us exactly how to practice in order to master almost anything. If you've plateaued in the mastery of your craft, you haven't reached your peak; you just need to learn how to practice better.
Almost 100 pages of craft show information, including 600+ photos of craft display booth photos are linked from my new craft show information center. Learn more about it here. Also, this week, how to stay motivated to do the tough work required to achieve big goals.
The only thing worse than a day at a rainy craft show is a day at a rainy craft show in a leaky tent. Here's how to prep your craft tent to reduce the risk of leaks. Plus, are you holding back on your big business dreams because you're worried about taking a risk? Find out from an astronaut how to manage risk so you can chase a big goal and still be happy even if you don't fully reach your objective.
Have you ever stopped to consider whether you have a craft business, or if you sell crafts as a hobby? Either option is perfectly valid, but you should know exactly what you aim to accomplish with your venture.
Here's the printable planner that helped me triple productivity this year. Committing to use this planner is the best decision I made in 2017.