Cotton fiber has gone through the roof in the last year, thus anything made with Cotton will be much more expensive. Freight costs have not only gone up, with fuel surcharges, etc., most LTL freight companies are […]
shackney Hackney commented on the post, At Black Girls Sew, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Flourish 2 years, 7 months ago
Thanks fir sharing this story, Roberta – great stuff!
Maybe you could contact a European publisher and see if they’d like to take on your book?
I know there are strict rules in Germany regarding books and discounting (books are ‘protected’ in terms of discounting), which means you and your resellers make more money.
If you could wholesale your book to one company and let them resell it, you’d…[Read more]
It’s not a trivial, or inexpensive, thing to register barcodes/UPCs, especially if you’re using GS1, which is the company I’ve used.
Once a number is registered, with your unique prefix, that number can’t be used by anyone else – this is important because you want to make sure your number is unique to your product before printing anything (packag…[Read more]
It’s exciting to consider turning something we love and are passionate about into a business, but I would caution that turning your passion into a business can dull or even ruin the love and passion for one’s hobby.
I say this not to discourage you, but to encourage you to consider whether you are willing to risk losing your love for that whi…[Read more]
That’s a great idea, but what do they do with the spools? As mentioned in the article, if they ship/fly them back to Italy where the thread is produced, so the spools can be recycled, the carbon footprint n […]
Your example is a great reminder that there’s good business and bad business. And when we focus our time and attention on bad business, we don’t enough left for good business.
It’s important to know what […]
From publishers I’ve heard NO!
From writers I’ve heard YES!
I guess it depends upon which side of the negotiating table you’re sitting and whether you are willing to risk ‘no deal’ by going out to too many publishers at once.
Personally, I would approach my first choice and give them a bit of time to reply.
If I didn’t hear from them, I’d work…[Read more]
I provide branding and marketing consulting, as well as content creation, copy editing and proofreading (nope, not asking for a gig, just sharing my rates!).
I also consult on business processes and documentation, as well as organization, at the rate of $75-$125 hour depending on what’s required.
My rate for branding and/or…[Read more]
If you search on Fabric Store Shelving you’ll get quite a few options:
Alibaba.com has a bunch of options:
Fabric Displays Unlimited has some unique options for smaller…[Read more]
I have to be honest, I was a bit dumbfounded about Amazon adding this offering. While I definitely see what they wanted a piece of the handmade pie (after all, total Etsy sales are attractive), it seems like a […]
Great advice, as usual, here!
I feel torn about this since I run two sites in an industry where “work for free” or for product is prevalent.
This practice makes it tough for many to get paid for their work, even though their work is most certainly worthy of pay and is work that would almost always be paid for otherwise.
That said, if this is…[Read more]
One last note: I think you might have answered your own question with this statement:
“I’m not sure that a book is my best move business-wise at this moment. I don’t want to take my finger off the pulse of the core of my business, because we have some serious growth planned (and happening!) over the next 12 months, and a book isn’t going to drive…[Read more]
Wow, what great advice from people who’ve obviously been there, done that, got the t-shirt!
Congrats on being approached by a publisher!
I’m hoping the following will be of help, just as the advice above has surely been.
I worked with an author to market his book (I was handling all marketing and PR for his company and this was an add-on) and I…[Read more]
shackney Hackney replied to the topic Contingency Plans and Emergency Operating Information in the forum Business Questions 7 years, 7 months ago
What a big and important topic!
My husband and I have spent many hours considering all of the options for what happens to our individual businesses in the event of our individual deaths, but also what happens to the businesses in the event we both die.
We have a trust, but we have not yet spoken with our trust attorney about the businesses we…[Read more]
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