6 Great Apps for Boosting Your Productivity

As creative business owners, we have to keep on top of many things at once. Sometimes it can feel like we spend more time tied to the computer than crafting, and that’s not a great feeling! Fiona Pullen is the owner of The Sewing Directory and the author of Craft a Creative Business. She uses a series of apps to stay productive and organized and work more efficiently. Learn to use a few of these apps and you’ll free up the time to focus on what you really enjoy.

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How to Use Gmail Canned Responses to Speed Up Your Workflow

Do you find yourself writing the same types of emails over and over again for your business? Programs Like Gmail’s Canned Responses and Text Expander can help you streamline your approach to answering emails, and free up more time for marketing, shipping orders, or anything else that might need attention your business. I use canned responses to speed up replies to wholesale requests, client questions, customer support, job applicants, and more.

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Etsy to Close Etsy Studio & Etsy Manufacturing, Focus on Sales Growth Continues

On Tuesday evening Etsy announced the company’s first $1 billion quarter. In its fourth-quarter earnings call Etsy’s CEO, Josh Silverman, said sales grew 17.8% over the fourth quarter of 2016.

“In a sea of sameness Etsy stands for something special and we need that now more than ever,” Silverman said. “We believe we have a long runway of growth and we’re acting with urgency to move faster.” There are now 50 million items for sale on Etsy, 1.9 million active sellers, and 33 million active buyers.

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