Building Connections at ‘Meet the Teacher’ Programs

Each year, quilt teachers, judges, quilt shop owners, museum staff, conference/show organizers, and guild representatives gather for regional Meet the Teachers (MTT) programs. Quilt teacher, Sarah Goer, describes MTT as “speed dating for quilt teachers and guild program chairs. It’s a great face-to-face opportunity to meet dozens of people in a short period of time.”

How to Make The Most of Your Trunk Show

Although ‘trunks’ themselves are virtually a thing of the past, ‘trunk shows’ produced from a multitude of travel bags and boxes containing all sorts of beautiful handmade items are very much a thing of the present.

Brand Ambassadors Help Companies Earn Loyal Fans

Nothing sells a product better than word of mouth from a trusted source – whether it’s a restaurant to try, a movie to see, or a craft product to buy – which is why brand ambassador programs are so successful.

How to Write a Great Bio: Tips for Craft Business Owners

Writing a professional bio can be intimidating. Whether it’s a short bio on a website, an “about me” column on a blog, or a one-liner for an article, it’s tough to write about ourselves, ‘cause, heck, no one likes a bragger.

But your bio is an important business tool, whether you are introducing yourself to potential customers and clients or to a potential boss. A good bio tells someone why you are the right person for the job, why he or she should buy your products, why you are the perfect one to write an article or book, teach a class, create a design, etc.

Business Retreat Planning Checklist

Planning the details of your business retreat beforehand will ensure you and all the participants to get the most out of the retreat.

LinkedIn for Craft Professionals

LinkedIn claims 500 million users, with about 100 million using the platform actively—that’s a big audience that you don’t want to ignore.

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.

How to Start a Local Creative Business Meetup

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.

Networking Tips for Introverts

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.

How to Pack for a Craft Conference

Attending a craft business conference can be a transformative experience. What should you bring? Craftcation owner Nicole Stevenson lends her expert advice.

Game On! Working With a Business Coach

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.

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