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.
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.
Tony Lee advises to rethink how you calculate a true return on investment by factoring in new and strengthened relationships as well as orders.
Networking might sound like a nightmare when you’re introverted by nature. But it’s super important to building your business and community, and it doesn’t have to be a drag.
Attending a craft business conference can be a transformative experience. What should you bring? Craftcation owner Nicole Stevenson lends her expert advice.
I’ve worked with a business coach three times, which represent three of the best business decisions I’ve made. I encourage you to explore mentoring or coaching too.
It’s important to communicate effectively with our clients. Speaking assertively means choosing language that sets us up for successful interactions.
WeWork and other coworking companies like NedSpace and Central Office, pitch their services as more than just an affordable desk in an office of strangers.
Attending an in-person event can be a great opportunity for creative business owners. You’ll be exposed to new ideas, learn useful skills and, perhaps most importantly, meet new people. But what happens next?
Online groups offer a space to meet new customers, build relationships, and where people can form connections with each other.