There are basics to negotiating. They are decidedly unsexy, but if you skip them, or fly through the motions, the seams don’t hold quite as well.
Negotiating a business relationship or contract on your own can be incredibly intimidating, especially if negotiation doesn’t come naturally for you. It didn’t come naturally to Katie Lane when she first started work as an attorney. She had to learn how to negotiate including how to help herself when she felt uncomfortable or intimidated.
Katie shares her expert tips for getting comfortable in your role as a negotiator when you own a creative business.
Preparing an operating agreement is a wise step to take before entering into a business partnership. Here are some questions to ask as you start.
Before opening shop, you and your partners will have to discuss certain critical issues about how the business will be run. Enter the Operating Agreement.
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.
When a customer walks into a brick-and-mortar, a shop owner smiles, says hi and gently inquires if the customer needs any help. But in today’s digitally-driven world, the perfect welcome-procedure isn’t so obvious. Between checking facebook messages, replying to tweets and battling your email inbox, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by customers service demands with no time left for doing what you love… working on your product! In this webinar Stacey Trock gives you tips for communicating with customers in ways that are more positive and more efficient.
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.
Cosy Project catches designers by surprise by selling digital versions of their patterns previously published in magazines.
Make sure you consider the following issues when drafting or reviewing a design agreement.
In the absence of a national platform for assessing craft teachers and class experience, show owners and event organizers are on their own for vetting instructors. Some best practices are emerging, especially as students’ expectations rise and professional teachers raise standards.
When you’re planning to teach it’s important to include all of the terms of the agreement in written form, and to get the contract signed by both parties.
A contract for creative teachers and lecturers protects both parties and prevents surprises since everyone knows what’s expected ahead of time.
An open letter to the community from John Bolton, General Manager of Interweave. This letter apologizes for and announces corrections in favor of teachers.
Changes to Interweave Yarn Fest Contract Shift Financial Risk and Promotional Burden from Show Organizers to Teachers
#FairFiberWage was a trending topic on Twitter last week after fiber arts teacher Abby Franquemont published a piece on Medium entitled, What Does It Cost to Hire Top Talent in the Fiber Arts? I’m Glad You Asked. The conversation was spurred by the latest contract offered by F+W Media to Interweave Yarn Fest teachers. We explore what the contract looks like now and what the implications are for teachers at this show.
Teaching your craft professionally can be a great way to earn income and establish yourself as an expert in your field. Here’s best practices!
How to read craft book contracts and what you should consider when negotiating, by expert Kate McKean, a literary agent with 12 years of experience.