Jennifer Perkins hosts weekly Facebook Live videos for the DIY Network and HGTV. Hear how she got that gig!
Who doesn’t dream about getting paid to take a vacation? Teaching your craft on a cruise ship, visiting exotic ports, and eating great food sounds like a frolic, but don’t be deceived – it’s also hard work and is not the right fit for everyone.
Before even launching her sewing pattern business, Erin Weisbart was asked to appear on a PBS sewing program. How did it happen? Erin tells us how she got that gig.
Keeping up with trends in scrapbooking these days can be difficult. New products come and go so fast that products disappear just when we discover them. Although we’ve certainly seen a shift away from the traditional scrapbooks of 10 years ago, the art of documenting a life through photos continues to be popular with crafters of all ages. We took a look at what’s popular right now to help you stay on top of what’s trending in the industry.
Asking for what you want or need is hard. In your personal life, that’s called advocating for yourself, whether it’s for more help around the house or saying no to toxic relationships. In your business life, it’s called negotiating. It’s funny that saying no to a friend that is rude or overbearing makes perfect sense, but asking for better terms from a business partner strikes fear in the hearts of even the savviest entrepreneur.
We want to introduce you to a new member of our team here at Craft Industry Alliance, Paula Wilson. Paula will be doing copy editing and social media management for us. Welcome, Paula!
We’re proud to announce our new membership partnership with Studio Art Quilt Associates.
The craft industry is a perfect microcosm of the larger tensions that are pulsing through our national and global cultures in 2017: racial, social, economic. And corporations everywhere—their advertising choices, their mistakes, and their responses to those mistakes—are often the battlegrounds where those tensions come to the forefront.
Not quite a planner, more than a journal, definitely not a calendar. The Bullet Journal® is a trendy combination of all those, but oh, so adaptable, with a cult-like following of devotees, from busy moms and college students to artists and professionals of all ages.
In a letter signed by CEO John Levisay and sent to instructors yesterday Craftsy announced that it will go to a subscription payment model beginning in 2018.
Many vendors at ACRE 2017 in Las Vegas were disappointed by the turnout after Emerald Expositions took the helm.
Ravelry turns 10 this year. How has the knitting social network shaped the opportunities of yarn entrepreneurs?
Most of us begin our businesses as one-person shows. We make our product, take the photos, make the listings on Etsy and answer the emails. And that’s great! Starting small (with as little debt as possible) is a good way to begin your business. You’re agile with your product, can test what’s working with your customers and get a hands-on feel for what needs to change. But at some point it may be wise to hire help so that you can grow and professionalize. Here’s how to know when.
Thinking about going to the next yarn or needlearts trade show? Check out our report on TNNA Spring, 2017.
We’re excited to launch a new series, How I Got That Gig, in which we ask craft industry professionals to tell us the story behind a great commission, job, freelance opportunity, or contract. The first story is from quilter, Libs Elliot, who recently designed a label for the Absolute Canada commemorative bottle.
Leanne Pressly of Stitchcraft Marketing suggests that small business owners use Instagram bots to engage their audience to help grow their followings.
Evernote is one of the best organizational apps out there. Hanna Lisa shares her experience and expert tips on how to use Evernote to bring structure to your creative business.
Running a creative business – especially when you work from home – comes with a lot of alone-time. And to be honest, that’s not always a bad thing! Alone-time creates space for ideas and creativity and discovering how you work best and what you need to be productive. But sometimes we need other people to bounce ideas off of, to celebrate our wins with and to build us up when we’ve royally failed. Sometimes we need an in-person support network to give us a hug and share a cookie with. Here are some expert tips for staring a local small business meetup in your area.
The story behind the creation and development of the adorable and useful sewing notion, the Binding Baby.
Rethink your creative practice and business with these three inspiring books.