Handmade Business Tips

Making the Most Out Of Custom Orders
By August 8, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Making the Most Out Of Custom Orders

No matter what color, font, fabric or metal you use on your latest masterpiece, there will always be a customer that wants to change just one thing…you have a choice….walk away shaking your head or turn that interest into a CUSTOM ORDER! Before diving in, though, please take a few seconds to consider a couple […]

The Why, What and How of a Standalone Website for Handmade Business Part 2
By April 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

The Why, What and How of a Standalone Website for Handmade Business Part 2

By Anna Cragin What Should You Have on Your Website to Make it Worth Having? If you missed Part 1 of this extremely important series….start HERE to catch up! In this next section, I’m going to break down first the pages you definitely want to have, and then the specific elements that are most important.  Please note […]

The Why, What and How of a Standalone Website for Handmade Business Part 1
By April 11, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

The Why, What and How of a Standalone Website for Handmade Business Part 1

By Anna Cragin Chances are, you first got the idea of starting your handmade business because you simply enjoyed making things. And you made so many things, and they were so awesome, that family and friends encouraged you to try selling them. The first rite of passage for a new handmade business owner is usually opening an […]

By April 4, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Handmade accessories from wood. Wooden bow ties in limited editions.

Handmade accessories from wood. In store are designer sunglasses models in wooden frame, different shapes stylish wooden bow tie, men’s cufflinks and other accessories. All products are manufactured in limited series. Each item is individually handmade work of art. All products are made from environmentally friendly wood and covered with oils of natural origin. WoodTon […]

Top Five Mistakes – Promotion
By March 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Top Five Mistakes – Promotion

I will be the first to admit it, promoting my own work is NOT my favorite pastime but it is a necessity if you are planning on selling your handmade work online.  So, since this sometimes time consuming job must be done, why are people not taking the time to actually make it count?  I’ve […]

Big size DeluxeEdition secret opening puzzle box. brain teaser,handmade, carved, wooden, jewelry box, money bank, candy box, trinket box
By February 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Big size DeluxeEdition secret opening puzzle box. brain teaser,handmade, carved, wooden, jewelry box, money bank, candy box, trinket box

This is a lovely hadmade traditonal Secret Box, with 2 secret compartimets and hidden key and keyhole. It’s a real MUST HAVE. CUSTOMIZATION available, I can carve a few words on the top or bottom of the box, like “With Loove From John” or any other words. Please contact me if you choose this option. […]

Who are They Sending Your Customers To?
By January 28, 2016 2 Comments Read More →

Who are They Sending Your Customers To?

I was sitting down this morning, drinking my coffee and trying to get my brain in gear for the day while watching the Today show.  The feature was about Valentine’s Day and great personal gifts to give…great!  Maybe some ideas!  They went a few along with big name websites such as Snapfish and Pier One […]

Top Ten Tips to Grow an Online Business
By December 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Top Ten Tips to Grow an Online Business

There are so many blogs, articles, videos and information out there on how to really sell your crafts online that it can be too overwhelming to really comprehend…so what do we do?  Shut it off and dive in and then wonder where we went wrong! To help make it a bit easier to digest, I’ve […]

Why am I Not Selling?  Photos, Photos, Photos!!
By November 2, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Why am I Not Selling? Photos, Photos, Photos!!

It is a question I see daily on blogs, facebook groups and forums all over the internet, “Why am I not selling?”  While I do not claim to know it all, though my family may disagree with that, I do know that after a number of years selling online as well as running a number […]

Are You a Seller With Questions?
By September 8, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

Are You a Seller With Questions?

Have you created something beautiful and all your friends say “You should sell that!” Are you a handmade seller that has hit a wall when it comes to sales despite trying all the old tricks?  What is the most common question from handmade sellers….”Why am I not selling?” There is finally a place to go […]

Don’t Pay Attention to the Doubters!
By July 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Don’t Pay Attention to the Doubters!

Since you began your crafting business, has anyone ever told you that you should just give it up?  You will never be successful?  You will never be able to make a living doing what you love?  If so, you are NOT alone!  Over history, many of our most influencial people were told that they were […]

Tulle Monogram Letter, Wedding Table Decor, Wedding Centerpiece, Cake Topper

Tulle Monogram Letter, Wedding Table Decor, Wedding Centerpiece, Cake Topper

Our “Handwrapped Tulle Monogram Letter “T” is perfect for any wedding! This white tulle wrapped letter would make a great addition to your guest table, as a centerpiece/part of a centerpiece, on the reception photo table, or as a cake topper. This letter can then adorn the home of the newlyweds! Our letter can be […]

Can’t You Do It Cheaper?
By March 19, 2015 7 Comments Read More →

Can’t You Do It Cheaper?

If you are an artist or a crafter then I’m sure this has happened to you….a customer inquires about your treasures whether online or in person at a craft fair; you spend time explaining materials and design then the question comes, “Can you do this any cheaper?”  or “I can get this at WalMart/Target/the Dollar […]

Ask Not What a Selling Site Can Do For You……
By February 20, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

Ask Not What a Selling Site Can Do For You……

I’ve seen many people around the internet complaining about lack of sales.  Are times tough, um, yes; are people a bit more tight fisted with their money, um, yes; are there people making a living creating handmade goodies, um, YES!  So what are they doing that you are not? One common comment I’ve seen time […]

What Does Your Packaging Say About You?
By February 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

What Does Your Packaging Say About You?

You put so much love and care into your creations and do a little happy dance each and every time you get a sale….now what?  You have to pack and ship off that handmade work of art to its new home, but before you do, think like a customer.  When you order from Amazon you […]

Your Customers are Watching You
By January 29, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

Your Customers are Watching You

If you will indulge me for a minute to stand on my soapbox and send out a gentle reminder that your past, current and potential customers are watching you so be wise in what you post…. I was recently messaged through the Its Better Handmade Facebook group by a woman that is not an artist […]

Business Mistakes Happen – How You Handle It Matters
By January 16, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

Business Mistakes Happen – How You Handle It Matters

If you are a handmade artist, no matter what you sell, mistakes happen and there is nothing you can do about it.  Whether it is the post office losing your package, a misplaced order, a forgotten email, or just a brain spasm, if you are in business you are going to run into some problem […]

My Handmade Life – Motivated to Work
By January 15, 2015 2 Comments Read More →

My Handmade Life – Motivated to Work

Dreams don’t work unless you do! Living the dream!  Working from home!  Life surrounded by art!  Sounds amazing doesn’t it?  Well, it does to me too; then the reality sets in…. While working from home can be absolutely amazing for many people, for others the motivation pitfall can become more than some can overcome.  I’ve […]

Best Advice Ever
By January 13, 2015 19 Comments Read More →

Best Advice Ever

I’m sure you remember your days of hesitantly listing your very first product for sale, or setting up for your first craft show.  You try to remember everything you wanted to say or bring and inevitably forgot something important.  Over the years, those of us that have stuck through the highs and lows of selling […]

Want to start off the New Year with some free promotion?
By January 5, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Want to start off the New Year with some free promotion?

Now that the holidays are done it is time to start your business ready for the New Year!  What are your goals and plans?  Do they have anything to do with promoting your handmade work? It is easy….all you have to do is head over the the submission tab http://itsbetterhandmade.com/featured-artist-submission-form/ and answer a few easy questions […]

Tips for Doing Promotion Right
By August 27, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Tips for Doing Promotion Right

You spend so much time working on your creations and have every right to be proud and now it is time to promote your work!  You post and list and promote some more, but you don’t seem to be getting the response you expected from all your effort….why not? Well, after a number of years […]

Customers Say the Darnedest Things

Customers Say the Darnedest Things

Why does it cost so much???? I can get this at the Dollar Store/Wal Mart for a quarter of the price! I’m sure I could make that with no problem! Can’t you lower the price? Why is shipping so much? Ever hear comments like these at craft shows or in forums or even in emails? […]

Why Should I Have My Own .com?
By March 25, 2014 2 Comments Read More →

Why Should I Have My Own .com?

Why should you own a website of your own?  After all, you sell your work on a multivendor site such as Etsy, Artfire, HandmadeArtists, Zibbet just to name a few, and they handle all the headaches of design and checkout buttons…so why bother? Multivendor websites give a feeling of community, residual traffic from other shops, […]

Where Do You Want to Be?
By March 24, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Where Do You Want to Be?

Do you have a plan? Where do you see your business in the future?   What is your goal for your craft business?

Craft Show Season is Around the Corner
By March 19, 2014 6 Comments Read More →

Craft Show Season is Around the Corner

While it may not seem like spring in some parts of the country, the reality is that it is just around the corner and that means it is time to get yourself ready for craft show season!  If you are a veteran of the craft show circuit, consider sharing your knowledge with the newbies by […]

Don’t Quit Before You Even Start
By February 28, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Don’t Quit Before You Even Start

STOP!  I have an idea!  It’s a great idea that will take my business to the next level!  It will change the way I live and solve so many problems….but what if I fail?  What if I can’t figure out the details?  What if nobody else thinks it is a great idea? Ever have this […]