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Schedule C Cheat Sheet

Schedule C Cheat Sheet

The Schedule C Cheat Sheet breaks down this tax form into simple terms with tips specifically for craft business owners filing for taxes.

Covid-19 Retail Business Resources for Reopening 

Covid-19 Retail Business Resources for Reopening 

As retail stores prepare to reopen, they need to look to their local government for guidelines. There are wide variations within the US when it comes to reopening for business and other activities and it's ultimately the business owner’s responsibility to be familiar...

Big List of Virtual Craft Fairs for 2020 & 2021

Big List of Virtual Craft Fairs for 2020 & 2021

For many craft business owners, attending craft fairs and shows is an important way to generate sales and grow a customer base. The ongoing impacts of COVID-19 has made attending these large-scale events difficult or impossible. Luckily, a lot of shows are going...

Custom Packaging Manufacturers

Custom Packaging Manufacturers

Simple customizations to your packaging can help create a cohesive brand experience, help you save money on shipping costs, and protect your products in transit. Dive into our list of custom product packaging options to find the option that works best for your business.

A Comparison of Online Course Platforms

A Comparison of Online Course Platforms

Online course platforms, of which there are more than three dozen, can be divided into four categories: stand-alone platforms, all-in-one platforms, marketplace platforms and WordPress plug-ins. The ones chosen for this article are those most fitting for craft entrepreneurs.

6 Crafty Backgrounds to Use in Your Zoom Meetings

6 Crafty Backgrounds to Use in Your Zoom Meetings

You can use a custom Zoom background that will completely hide whatever is actually behind you. Once you enable the background, you’ll just see your face superimposed on top of it. Voila! You look instantly professional. We’ve created a series of crafty backgrounds especially sized for Zoom.

Trend Forecasting Resources

Trend Forecasting Resources

Trend forecasting experts to help us navigate what’s coming in the years ahead. Explore our guide to 40+ trend forecasting resources that will help your business stay ahead of the curve.

2020 Free Printable Monthly Calendar

2020 Free Printable Monthly Calendar

2020 is here! And with it, trade shows, business goals and events. Print this 2020 calendar, staple together, and start drafting your goals for next year!

2020 Planners for Craft Pros

2020 Planners for Craft Pros

Paper planners are a great way to help boost productivity, and achieve big goals for your business. Check out our roundup of the best planners for craft pros.

Contests and Business Awards for Makers

Contests and Business Awards for Makers

Applying for a business award can help you to hone in on the goals you have for your business and your future. What would you do with grant money, or specialty training that winning a business award might bring?

Ecommerce Platform Fees Calculator

Ecommerce Platform Fees Calculator

With all of the ecommerce choices out there, it can be difficult to know which option is best for you. We’ve built this calculator the will help you compare all of the most common platforms.

Craft Industry Alliance’s Favorite Online Tools

Craft Industry Alliance’s Favorite Online Tools

Craft Industry Alliance is a group of co-founders, contract writers, and service providers. Although we’re a small team, we have big communication challenges. Here are some of the tools we’ve found to be the most effective for communicating with each other as well as our members.

30-Point Blog Critique Checklist

30-Point Blog Critique Checklist

Once you have completed our 30-point checklist, you’ll not only have looked into your blog’s overall performance, you’ll have discovered some easy tweaks that will get you more attention from your audience.

Landing Page Builders Round-Up

Landing Page Builders Round-Up

A well-designed landing page has a single call to action; visitors are asked to do one thing, such as enter their email address, in order to get what they want.

Creative Business Owner’s Gift Guide

Creative Business Owner’s Gift Guide

Hey craft business owners! This gift guide is just for you. If someone has been asking you what you want this holiday, we know you’ll find some things on this list that you’ll need and love. Treat your business (and yourself) to something fun this holiday season!

Sample Return and Exchange Policies

Sample Return and Exchange Policies

In these sample return policies, you can see what kinds of issues might arise and put some thought into what policy makes sense for your specific products and for your particular business.

Cashflow Spreadsheet Template

Cashflow Spreadsheet Template

Using a spreadsheet to input your cash flow you’ll be able to determine when to hold onto cash for upcoming expenses and when to make significant purchases without causing undue stress.

SEO Tips and Tricks to Optimize Your Website

SEO Tips and Tricks to Optimize Your Website

Search Engine Optimization is the steps you can take to increase organic traffic to your website through search engine results. Here are 20 SEO tips and tricks to optimize your website.

Brand Messaging: 220 Adjectives for Craft Industry Businesses

Brand Messaging: 220 Adjectives for Craft Industry Businesses

A brand message is the way a business communicates the value of your business to your target audience. It describes why your brand matters, what it stands for, and what it has to offer. It can include your tagline, your About page, advertising slogans, and a recurring story or theme in social media posts.

Recurring Payment Tracker — Printable and Template

Recurring Payment Tracker — Printable and Template

The truth is, many businesses are using a subscription model, and it’s easy to lose track of them. For this reason, we’ve created this recurring payment doc to help you keep track of recurring payments. We have a handy editable file, as well as a printable file in both letter and A4 formats for your planners.

Password Managers: Main Features and Price Comparison

Password Managers: Main Features and Price Comparison

Password managers can be a lifesaver when you have multiple accounts and employees. These apps allow you to generate, store, and authenticate your passwords on your computer or mobile devices. Most companies have a low monthly fee and similar features.

Social Media Image Sizes At-a-Glance

Social Media Image Sizes At-a-Glance

Part of having a polished visual face for your brand online is having beautiful images. Here’s a handy guide to all of the image sizes and types required.

GDPR Checklist for Small Craft Businesses

GDPR Checklist for Small Craft Businesses

GDPR regulations are now an important part of the internet, no matter where you’re located. Use this checklist to go through your business and website to be sure you’re dealing with customer privacy properly.

Bookkeeping Software Comparisons

Bookkeeping Software Comparisons

Selecting the best bookkeeping software for your business can be a confusing process. Each product offers specific features and upgrades at various price points. To make the process more straightforward we’ve gathered the information for the most commonly used applications in one place so that you can more easily compare and contrast.

Big List of Packaging Suppliers

Big List of Packaging Suppliers

If you’re looking for boxes, bags, custom labels, or other items for packaging and shipping, check out the prices and reviews of these suppliers.

Best Tools to Sell PDFs Online

Best Tools to Sell PDFs Online

Selling PDFs is a big part of many craft businesses. Here are some options for handling the sales of these digital goods.

The Big List of Fabric Manufacturers

The Big List of Fabric Manufacturers

Whether you’re starting an online fabric shop, launching your own line of garments, preparing for a large class of quilters, or planning for a big sewing giveaway, there may come a time when you need to reach out to fabric manufacturers. Here’s the big list of fabric manufacturers with contact information.

Low Tech Analytics: Printable Social Media Trackers

Low Tech Analytics: Printable Social Media Trackers

We’ve created this very low-tech solution for keeping track of your social media efforts. We suggest focusing on one platform for a couple of weeks to see how your community engages with different types of posts at different times of day.

Paper Planners, Journals, and Calendars

Paper Planners, Journals, and Calendars

Despite the advancement and proliferation of calendar applications, over the past few years good old-fashioned paper planners have made a huge comeback. Here’s our favorites.

Best Websites for Building a Customer Survey or Poll

Best Websites for Building a Customer Survey or Poll

Surveys and polls can help you understand your customers and followers much better than social media reactions because they allow you to target the specific information you’re interested in to grow your business and engage your community.

Membership Plugin Features to Consider

Membership Plugin Features to Consider

If you’re planning a membership site, you’ll have many considerations such as content, cost, and community. Use this guide to find what is available.

Payroll and Time Clock Software

Payroll and Time Clock Software

Payroll services can keep you on track, keep you compliant, and save you time. Time card apps can help you and your employees and contractors keep track of their hours.

How to Ship Like a Pro

How to Ship Like a Pro

A list of shipping tips and resources for creative businesses, to help your packages ship seamlessly and arrive beautifully packaged and ready to charm!

Conference Packing Checklist

Conference Packing Checklist

A conference and/or tradeshow packing checklist to help you come prepared for business opportunities, and personal comfort!

Legal Building Blocks: Takedown Notice

Legal Building Blocks: Takedown Notice

A takedown notice is like any legal remedy, to be effective it must be done right. Learn about takedown notices, then use our template to craft your own.

Commercial Printers: Rate and Review

Commercial Printers: Rate and Review

Here are commercial printers commonly used by craft businesses. If you’ve used any of these printers please take a minute to rate them so all can benefit.

The Big List of Wholesale Suppliers

The Big List of Wholesale Suppliers

Sourcing supplies at a reasonable cost is a big part of making a small, creative business profitable. Here is a list of wholesale suppliers for crafters.

20 Great Business Blogs to Follow

20 Great Business Blogs to Follow

Discovering high quality business blogs to follow can be tricky. Discover some gems in our list of 20 terrific blogs for creative business owners.

Art, Life, and Work Quotes for Social Media

Art, Life, and Work Quotes for Social Media

Quotes might be everywhere on social media, but it’s because they are so very effective! We’ve put together a bunch of art, life, and work quotes for you to use and share as you wish!

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