An Offer is Not a Gift: Why Negotiation is Necessary Even If It’s Scary

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.

Recorded Webinar: How to Negotiate (Even If You Hate Conflict) With Katie Lane

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.

How I Got That Gig: Absolut Vodka + Libs Elliott

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 Not so Cozy for Some

Cosy Project catches designers by surprise by selling digital versions of their patterns previously published in magazines.

Best Practices for Vetting Craft Instructors

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.

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.

The Art of Crafting Book Contracts

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.

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