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How Craft Businesses are Dealing with Inflation

Inflation is a pressing concern for large and small businesses around the globe right now. Learn how craft businesses are dealing with new challenges and methods to try to counteract the effects of inflation.

The Ins and Outs of Working with Freelancers

Outsourcing some tasks to a freelancer could be the answer to your overwhelmed feelings as well as business stagnation. We discuss the ins and outs of working with a freelancer, including when and what tasks are appropriate, the legal aspects and how to handle conflict.

Coley International Helps Small Businesses Bring Products to Market

Coley International is a new consulting firm headed by Nichole Schneider, an experienced product developer, and sourcing specialist. With Coley, Schneider is focused on helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners navigate the product manufacturing process from start to finish.

All About Small Batch Manufacturing with David Allen of Allen Manufacturing

In this webinar, David Allen of Allen Manufacturing in Lewiston, Maine will explain all of the steps you need to have a product manufactured. David specializes in working with small businesses and will walk us through sourcing, creating prototypes, costs, minimums, and turnaround times, and protecting your intellectual property.

Podcast Episode #179: Twinkie Chan

In this podcast episode, crochet designer Twinkie Chan talks about her career in craft including her licensing deal that led to YummyYou, her book deals, teaching with CreativeBug, and more.

How to Source Products on Alibaba

Sourcing on Alibaba allows you to get customized products for you to sell at a fraction of the cost, but be aware of this advice before you begin.

When Should You Hire Help?

Most of us begin our businesses as one-person shows. We make our product, take the photos, make the listings on Etsy and answer the emails. And that’s great! Starting small (with as little debt as possible) is a good way to begin your business. You’re agile with your product, can test what’s working with your customers and get a hands-on feel for what needs to change. But at some point it may be wise to hire help so that you can grow and professionalize. Here’s how to know when.

How to Hire a Model for Your Next Photo Shoot

Designers who create knitted or sewn garments often face the added challenge of finding and hiring models for photoshoots. It can be tough to find a model that has the right look, is experienced and at ease in front of the camera, and is also affordable. Read on for expert tips on how to do just that.

Why We Didn’t Outsource our Website

The CIA website is more complex than it looks. Believe it or not, it is because of that complexity that we decided to do as much as possible ourselves. Learn which tasks we tackled and which we out-sourced.

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