Resources

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.

SEO Tips and Tricks to Optimize Your Website

earch 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.

CIA’s Favorite Online Tools 2018

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.

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

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

Fortunately, there is a better option than constantly sending yourself reminders or reset links: password managers. 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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Sample Press Release

How to write a press release and what it should look like. A sample press release is provided for you to pattern your own after.

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

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

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

Quotes might be everywhere in 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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