Weekly Craft Business Challenge

Craft Business Tips When You need them

Do you want to build your craft business, but you feel there's always too much to keep track of?

Craft Business Challenge

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.

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It's important to be working on the right things at the right times:

  • completing craft show applications in January and February
  • attending studio tours in spring and fall
  • deciding in October how you'll make your booth festive for upcoming Christmas craft shows
  • adding new stock to your Etsy shop in November in time for big holiday sales

These things can sneak up on you if you don't have some gentle reminders in place.

Timely Reminders in Your InBox

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.

When Can I start?

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.

How Do I keep Up With the Weekly Craft Business Challenge?

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.

Here Are Your Weekly Challenges

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.

JANUARY

Goal Setting Guidelines

Set Better Goals

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.


Habit Management Strategies

Cultivate Better Habits

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


Craft Show Application Tips

Craft Show News!

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.


FEBRUARY

Better Product Photography

Resources to help you get better product shots for applying to juried art shows, selling your crafts online, and sharing on social media.


Get Your Priorities Straight!

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.


Photo Editing Tools

Edit Your Photos With the Right Tool for the Job

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.


Choosing a Company Name

Choosing a Company Name

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.


MARCH

Find a Business Niche

Niche Marketing Guide

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.


Email Marketing Tutorial

Jewelry Booth Inspiration & Craft Tent Buying Guide

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.


Portable Booth Display Ideas

Portable Booth Display Ideas, Photos, and Craft Show Tips

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.


Art Studio Tour Preparation

Art Studio Tour Preparation

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.


APRIL

Get Ready for Craft Show Season

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 Business Marketing

Pinterest Business Marketing

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. 


Art Show Booth Ideas

Art Show Booth Ideas

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.


Selling Crafts Online

Selling Crafts Online

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.


Email Marketing Tutorial

Craft Booths for Rule Breakers

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.


MAY

Handmade Product Display Ideas

Handmade Product Display Ideas

Effective booth signs to help you communicate better with customers at craft shows, portable flooring options for your booth, and a simple but important craft tent buying tip.


Clothing Display & Tents

Clothing Displays & Tents

11 portable clothing booth photos show you how to use commercial racks in your clothing display, and where to find racks for your own booth. Plus, help deciding whether it's time to invest in a craft tent for outdoor shows.


Clothing Display Ideas

8 Clothing Displays & Design a Booth the Tells a Story

Build a better clothing display with inspiration from these 8 booth photos. Plus entice customers by designing a craft booth that tells a story, and a reader shares how she found a craft tent that she loves.


JUNE

Outdoor Canopy Tent

Survive a Rainy Craft Show

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, make your booth bright and whimsical with ideas from 8 children's clothing booth photos. Also, don't be a craft show rule breaker. My printable craft booth regulation checklist will help ensure your booth is in line with the rules of shows you attend.


Handmade Product Development

Lots of Craft Show Displays

Those who do shows are about to dive deep into summer craft show season and many are putting together or improving upon display booths. This first week of June, we'll focus on getting your booth in shape.

This week features 26 photos of craft show booths including tabletop displays, handbag displays, and tips for keeping your booth simple so your display doesn't out-shine your products.


Where to Sell Your Crafts

Where to Sell Your Crafts

Brainstorm venues for selling your crafts beyond the typical craft show. Tips for selling on consignment, and promoting your business to tourists.


The Resource That Transformed My Business

Celebrating Independence

The days leading up to Independence Day celebrations in the U.S., seemed like a perfect time to reflect on and celebrate the source of my own independence. Our businesses can bring us our own personal independence, and this week, I'm sharing the story of how I built my business and my independence.


JULY

Soap Display Photos

Soap Display Photos, and an Affordable Craft Tent

Check out these fabulous soap displays. Plus, a popular and affordable craft tent reviewed.


Craft Display Ideas

Craft Display Ideas From Retail Shops

How to find ideas for your craft booth in local retail shops. Plus, check out a craft tent brand that's very popular with craft business owners.


Craft Show Tips

Craft Show Tips

It's mid-summer, and if you sell at shows, you're deep into craft show season. To help you make the most of the shows you attend, check out tips on choosing lighting for your craft booth, see 11 clothing booth photos, and learn about securing your portable canopy with tent weights.


Craft Show Tips

Get Ready for Your First Craft Show

Tips to help you create a brand new display for your first craft show.


AUGUST

Pop Up Display Booths

Pop Up Display Booths

How to create a portable display using gridwalls, plus 10 tips to ensure your display is practical, functional, and safe. Also, important features to look for when you buy a craft tent.


Selling Your Crafts ONline

Selling Your Crafts Online

The fundamental decision you'll make before you start selling crafts online is where will you sell. Will you invest in building your own site, or will you sell on a third party site? We'll look at  the pros and cons of each option this week. Plus, learn how to make sure you are really in control of your online business.


Portable Slat Wall Displays

Slat Wall Display Photos & Lessons from Retail Displays.

Examples of slat wall displays in craft booths, plus, learn some fundamental lessons in merchandising from this indie retail shop.


Easy to Assemble Craft Displays

Easy to Assemble Craft Displays

Booth setup and tear down times pose the biggest risk for theft at craft shows. Reduce that risk with a booth design that quick and easy to assemble and tear down.


SEPTEMBER

Starting a Home Craft Business

Start Your Online Craft Business

For those who want to launch an online business, there are a lot of services that simply don't deliver and end up wasting your time and money. I do have one resource that it completely worthwhile and will help you build an actual business, not just a pretty website. Bonus - It's on sale the first week of July!


Christmas Craft Show Displays

Get Ready for Christmas Craft Shows

Christmas craft show season will be upon us sooner than you realize. Get your booth ready for the holiday season with inspiration from 10 beautiful Christmas craft show displays and printable signs for your Christmas craft booth.


Email Marketing for Beginners

Email Marketing for Beginners

A business newsletter is a smart and inexpensive (possibly even free) way to market your business with online and off-line customers. Want to start a newsletter for your business? Check out my 8 part email marketing series first.


Jewelry Booth Displays

Soap & Jewelry Booth Displays

Smart solutions for displaying soap and jewelry at shows. Plus, how to use portable shelves in your craft booth. 


OCTOBER

Christmas Craft Fairs

Christmas Craft Fair Ideas

Christmas craft show season is right around the corner, but there's still time to spruce up your booth and get it ready for the holiday season. I have plenty of photos or craft displays at Christmas craft shows to inspire you to get your own booth ready for the festive season.


Halloween Pattern Bonanza!

DIY Halloween Costumes

Get ready for Halloween with 50+ Halloween patterns from talented Etsy sellers. 

Not dressing up to trick-or-treat? Check out these shops are excellent examples of how to turn your original designs into patterns to sell online.

Handmade dresses with text overlay 20+ Booth Photos

20+ Craft Booth Photos

Get your craft booth ready with with 20+ photos featuring clothing displays, food booths, and displays using portable pedestals.

Marketing Through Social Media

Marketing Through Social Media

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.


NOVEMBER

Better Hashtags for Instagram

Better Hashtags for Instagram

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 Photo Editor

Easy Photo Editing Tools

Easy to use, and free (or inexpensive) tools you can use to edit your images for social media, online sales, and craft show applications.


Handmade Product Development

Handmade Product Development

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. 


Spend Your Resources Wisely

Spend Your Resources Wisely

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.


DECEMBER

Learn Email Marketing

Learn Email Marketing

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.


Email Marketing Tutorial

Email Marketing Tutorial - Part 2

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.


Selling Crafts - Hobby or Business

Do You Have a Hobby or Business?

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.


Printable Year Planner

Printable Year Planner

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.


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